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Upcoming Special Event!
14th Annual 4-H Tidelands Nature Center ‘Art Inspired by Nature’ Sale & Silent Auction

Held on Jekyll Island @ the Morgan Center
(Located in the Jekyll Historic District)
Sunday, February 14, 2016 10:00am-4:00pm

Local artists display their artwork for sale to benefit Tidelands Nature Center. Mark your calendars for the 14th annual 4-H Tidelands Nature Center 'Art Inspired by Nature' Sale this Valentine's Day. The annual event features an eclectic array of artwork created by talented local artists from our coastal Georgia area displaying their coastal- themed art for sale. Look for your favorites from Jekyll, St. Simon’s, Brunswick, Camden, and McIntosh displaying paintings, pottery, hand-made jewelry, metal sculptures, photographs, books, bake goods, hand-made soaps, and more! Be sure to stop in and find your favorite treasures created by all of our talented local artists! And while you are browsing, be sure to check out our silent auction booth, featuring items donated by some of our artists as well as community organizations. Silent auction items include jewelry, pottery, books, photographs, hotel accommodations, restaurant gift certificates, dolphin tours, kayak tours, and more!!

Lighthouse picture Metal turtle sculpture
Shark tooth necklace Crab painting
arts and crafts picture photography pictures

We still have room for a few more exhibitors!!! Call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 or click here for information about exhibiting or making a donation!

Upcoming Special Programs!
4-H Tidelands Homeschool Days: Spring 2016

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.

Our Spring 2016 Homeschool Days will run select Fridays from February to April (generally the first and/or third Friday of the month). Programs will run from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and are $10 per person (children AND adults).  Our Homeschool Days are open to all school age students. Students can participate in a single day or sign up for multiple programs. We accept cash or check.  Classes are conducted rain or shine so please make sure your students are dressed appropriately for the outdoors. At least one parent should attend class with your child/children (or make arrangements for another parent who is also attending to be responsible for your child).   For more information or to sign up, please email Dawn Zenkert ( or Richard Chewning ( or call 912-635-5032

February 5th – CSI Cetacean Step into the role of a marine biologist as we perform a mock necropsy. We will examine a “stranded dolphin” and try to determine what caused the stranding. Learn about marine mammals and the threats they face!

March 4th – Fishing Fun – Join us for a fishing adventure! We will provide all of the gear, bait, and know-how. Learn techniques such as gear selection, baiting the hook, and casting as we try to catch some fish. No fishing license required!

March 18th – Key to the Ecosystem – Come learn about the keystone species of different ecosystems! Meet a couple of our resident keystone species and find out what makes them so important. Then we will look for any of these critical animals around the island!

April 1st – Beach Engineer – Ever wonder how Jekyll’s beaches are affected by all the wind and waves? Come learn how erosion and sand movement is constantly shaping our beaches. Then see if you can engineer and better way to protect beaches while we explore examples of shoreline engineering on the island!

April 15th – Animals of the Marsh Explore the muddy marsh as we learn what kind of animals live there! Search for periwinkle snails, fiddler crabs, birds, and more as we find out what it takes to survive in a salt marsh.

For more information and program registration, call 4-H Tidelands Nature Center @ 912-635-5032 and/or check out our website @  100 S. Riverview Dr. Jekyll Island, GA

4-H Tidelands Nature Center

Tidelands Nature Center offers hands-on marine environmental science programs for the general public and school groups, kayak tours, and live animal exhibits.

Come meet a sea turtle, explore our touch tanks, and observe live alligators, snakes, fish, crabs and many other animals native to Georgia's coast in our exhibit gallery.

Take a guided kayak tour of Jekyll's salt marsh ecosystem.

Rent a canoe or paddleboat and enjoy fishing or a relaxing paddle on the pristine salt pond, adjacent to Tidelands.

Nature walks and other special programs for families and for school and scout groups are available throughout the year. Learn about Jekyll's coastal ecosystems with one of our guides as you explore Jekyll's beach, forest and marsh.

To get the latest Tidelands news and event updates, check our News and Events page, browse through our quarterly on-line Tidelands Newsletter, or Like us on Facebook!

The 4-H Tidelands Nature Center is a University of Georgia 4-H Program. In addition to summer programs, Tidelands offers nature walks at various locations around the island,  kayak tours in the salt marsh, school group coastal ecology programs, as well as our exhibit area open to the public, featuring live coastal species including sea turtles, fish, touch tanks, horseshoe crabs, snakes, alligators, and more! Tidelands is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Admission price: $4.00 per person. For more information on our summer program schedule, nature walks, exhibit area, kayak tours, etc. call Tidelands at 635-5032.

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