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Summer Programs: May - July 2016

While visiting Jekyll this summer, be sure to check out our fun-filled, family oriented programs.  4-H Tidelands offers great summer-time learning experiences for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate (Except for Discovery Day Camp). Reservations requested but walk-in's always welcome! Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for more information or to sign-up.  Click here for a downloadable PDF version of all our summer programs. For Summer Discovery Day Camp program, see sidebar to the right for links to registration and release forms.

Summer Seining Summer Fishing
Summer Marsh Fun Summer Beach Program
Summer Marsh Program Horseshoe Crab

2016 Summer Program List

Time / Date Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9:00-10:30 am
(Nature Walks March-October)

Nature Walk at 
Clam Creek
Go Fish! Fishing Program
Nature Walk at 
St. Andrews
Nature Walk at 
South Dunes
(Offered weekly May 23 - July 29)

Mid Morning Brunch

Summer Seining Mid Morning Brunch Bed, Bath, and Beyond Coastal Explorers
(Themes vary weekly)
10:00am - 3:00pm
(June 13-16) *July Day Camp has been canceled
Day Camp
Day Camp
Day Camp
Discovery Day Camp  

(June 15th & 29th, July 13th & 27th)

    Stars on the Water: Astronomy Nights    


Nature Walks at Various Locations around Jekyll Island

Explore Jekyll’s beach, forest, and marsh. Let one of our experienced guides share with you Jekyll’s landscape and wildlife. On Mondays visit Clam Creek picnic area to learn about the beach and marsh. On Wednesdays explore St. Andrews picnic area to learn about the beach and forest. And on Fridays discover the beach and forest at South Dunes picnic area. Meets March-October: 9:00am @ the walk site. Reservations Required (please call 912.635.5032 to schedule!). Cost: $5.00 per person

Go Fish! (Rod and Reel Fishing Program)

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. Meets Tuesdays June & July: 9:00-10:30am @ Tidelands. Cost: $6.00 per person (includes admission). Fishing license not required for participants <16yrs old. Group max of 15 participants.

Mid-Morning Brunch (Live Exhibit Feeding Program) 

Join us as we learn about marine food webs and feeding adaptations. Watch/help feed our educational ambassadors. Includes 30 minute talk- then its food time for the critters! Meets Mondays & Wednesdays in June & July: 10:45am-11:45am @Tidelands. Cost: $6.00 per person (includes admission).

Summer Seining at South Dunes

Learn to use a seine net to catch fish, shrimp, crabs, etc. Participants should wear clothes/shoes for knee deep wading. Meets Tuesdays in June & July: 10:45am-11:45am @ South Dunes Picnic Area. Cost: $6.00 per person.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond (Animal Husbandry Program)

Find out what it takes to keep all of our animals happy, healthy, and clean. Learn about animal husbandry as we take care of our animal aquariums and exhibits by lending us a helping hand! Meets Thursdays in June & July: 10:45-11:45am @ Tidelands. Cost: $6.00 per person (includes admission).

Stars on the Water: Astronomy Nights at Tidelands Nature Center

Great opportunity to enjoy the night sky. View stars and planets via telescope. Program begins at sunset with an audio-visual presentation. Meets select Wednesdays: June 15th & 29th, July 13th & 27th from 9:00-10:00pm on the deck @ Tidelands. Cost $6.00 per adult (regular $4.00 admission for children).

Coastal Explorers at Tidelands Nature Center (Themes vary weekly!)

Children ages 4-10 are introduced to coastal ecology themes. Explore native animals/ecosystems. Includes making a related craft to take home. Meets every Friday morning: May 27th - July 29th; 10:45am-11:45am @ Tidelands. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $6.00 per child ($4.00 admission for adults).

May 27th- Dock ‘n’ Roll

Join us for “belly biology” on the dock! Use dip and cast nets to collect organisms dwelling in the fouling community around the dock. Get up close and explore how these dockside critters live and feed.

June 3rd- Marsh Madness

Periwinkle snails, sea pickles, and fiddler crabs, oh my!  Prepare to get dirty as we visit a salt marsh.

June 10th- Creepy Crawlers

What’s the difference between a reptile and amphibian?  Discover the answer as we meet our reptile friends!

June 17- Slough Slog

Explore the underwater world of a Slough!  Learn about complete and incomplete insect metamorphosis. We'll have a chance to catch freshwater fish, invertebrates, and possibly amphibians!

June 24th- Turtle Heroes

Meet some of Jekyll’s turtles and find out what you can do to keep them safe.  Be a turtle hero!

July 1st- Surf’s Up!

What kinds of animals have a hard outer covering and are found along the beach? A Snail? A Crab? Come learn all about different types of snails, crabs, and more that are found along Jekyll’s shores.

July 8th- Fantastic Fins

Come learn about sharks! Learn about their unique adaptations and defining characteristics.  Bring a shirt or canvas bag to participate in Gyotaku (fish prints using fabric paint).

July 15th- Feathered Friends

What makes birds special?  Go on a bird safari and spot some of Jekyll’s native birds.  Binoculars provided.

July 22nd- Key to the Ecosystem

Come learn about the keystone species of Georgia’s ecosystems! Meet a couple of our resident keystone species and find out what makes them so important.

July 29th- Maritime March

Come for a hike with us through Jekyll Island’s maritime forest! Learn what a maritime forest is and discover the plants and animals you can find there through our forest scavenger hunt!

Discovery Day Camp at Tidelands Nature Center (program theme varies each day!)

Our day camps are open to the public and available for children 8-12 years old.  Day camps are held Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am-3:00 pm, during the second weeks of June and July. Offered: June 13-16th and July 11-14th (*July Day Camp has been canceled*). Children can participate in a single day or sign up for several days. *Each day is $35 and you will receive a $20 discount ($5 off per day) if you sign your child up for 4 days. Includes field trips, games, crafts, and more.  (*Boat trip with Captain Philip an additional $13) Themes vary each day:

Monday- Forest Friends – Get hands-on with reptiles, investigate insects, & go birding. It’s an island safari!

Tuesday- Salt Pond Sleuths – Dip for invertebrates, explore the marsh, & paddle a canoe in Tidelands’ pond.

Wednesday- Sand, Surf, & Shells – Spend the day on the beach, learn to use seine net, & go beachcombing!

Thursday- Super Sharks & Fantastic Fins – Go fishing and enjoy a boat trip with Captain Phillip!

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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