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4-H Tidelands Nature Center

School, Scout, and Group Programs

Tidelands offers hands-on marine science and environmental education programs for school groups, scout groups, and the general public.

School Programs

All our classes are GPS correlated while offering students the opportunity to discover first-hand the life of Georgia's unique barrier island ecosystems!

Beach Ecology: A look at barrier island dynamics and the amazing organisms found along the beaches of Georgia. Topics include: beach dynamics, erosion, sand depostion, waves and tides, and beach life. This is an off site class.
Georgia Performance Standards correlations grades: K-2 . 3-5 . 6-8, 9-12

      

Herpetology: A hands-on encounter with native reptiles and amphibians. Learn about the biology and ecological roles of our local "herps", and enjoy the chance to handle snakes, turtles, alligators, etc.

This is an on site class.

Georgia Performance Standards correlations grades: K-2 . 3-5 . 6-8 , 9-12

       

      

Salt Marsh Ecology: A journey into Georgia's abundant salt marsh. Learn about tidal creeks, estuaries, food webs, Spartina grass, and the importance of the marsh ecosystem. Prepare for mud!
This is an off site class.
Georgia Performance Standards correlations grades: K-2 . 3-5 . 6-8 , 9-12

      

      

 

Seining and Nets: Learn how to use a seine net, and discover the fish, shrimp, crabs, and other life swimming in Georgia's near-shore waters. This is an off site class.
Georgia Performance Standards correlations grades: K-2 . 3-5 . 6-8 , 9-12

       

Dock Study: Students use dip nets to collect and study organisms from the fouling community at the dock. They will examine their finds under microscopes in our lab. This is an on site class.

Georgia Performance Standards correlations grades: K-2 . 3-5 . 6-8 , 9-12

       

Additional programs include: maritime forest, ornithology, sea turtles, sharks, marine mammals, environmental issues, astronomy, etc. Please check out the following link for additional program options: jekyll4h.org/environmentaleducation/classlistingdescriptions

Explore the complete Georgia Performance Standards correlations.

Program Options and Costs

Field-based, off-site programs (such as beach, marsh, and seining programs):
$11 per person for the first class includes a 90 minute program plus walk through our live animal exhibits. ($8.00 per person for any additional 90 minute programs).

On-site -1 Hour programs (Ex. herpetology and sea turtle programs):
$7.00 per person, approximately 1 hour, includes walk-through of Tidelands exhibit area.

On-site -1.5 Hour programs (Ex. Dock, plankton study):
$8.00 per person, approximately 1.5 hour, includes walk-through of Tidelands exhibit area.

Exhibit Area Walk-Through Without Other Programs: $5 per person (children 2 years and under free), admission to Tidelands exhibit area featuring live animal exhibits, touch tanks, and educational displays. Scavenger Hunt activity sheet is available upon request.

Sample Schedules: Herpetology, dock program at Tidelands, and exhibit Area Walk-through, $15.00 per person. Beach Ecology/exhibit area walk through: $11.00 per person.

Homeschool Programs

At the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center we encourage learning by doing. Our enthusiastic educators encourage excitement and wonder of the natural world. Jekyll’s pristine natural environment is the perfect setting for a one of a kind educational experience. For more information, visit our Homeschool Programs page.

Boy and Girl Scout Programs

4-H Tidelands Nature Center offers exciting outdoor programs for scout groups that can help your Boy or Girl Scouts earn Merit Badges and Activity Patches!

Click Scout Programs for examples of scout badges Tidelands can support. Contact us for more information and reservations for your group. Prices vary depending on length of program sessions.

Group Programs

We can customize programs for other groups with specific interests or curriculum needs, including family groups, youth groups, recreation programs, elder hostel groups, and home school groups. Contact us for more information and reservations for your group.

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