4-H Tidelands Nature Center
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 Homeschool Days are open to all school age students. Programs run select Fridays from March to May (generally the first and third Friday of each month). Programs run from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and are $10 per person (children AND adults). 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).
March 3rd – Maritime Forest Hike – Come learn about the Maritime Forest and the different plants that have adapted to live there. Which plants are edible? Which ones can be medicinal? Which plants do you know? Study the process of succession from the beach to the mature maritime forest.
March 17th – Dock Discovery – Delve into life under the dock and discover the animals and plants that live there! Search for shrimp, crabs, barnacles, and more as we find out what it takes to survive in an ever changing environment. Also, discover Plankton and why it is so important to our food web.
April 7th – Canoe Buddies - Paddle our canoes around the pond and enjoy being out on the water. No previous experience needed. We will provide paddling instructions and include team building initiative games to get everyone on the same stroke before we head out on the water. Waiver forms must be signed along with two or three people to a canoe
April 21st – Journey with Sea Turtles – Join us while we explore the life of sea turtles! Meet our resident sea turtles and learn about the life history of the different species that our found off our coast. What are the threats to sea turtles and how can we help?
May 12th – Totally Awesome Seining – ver wonder what might be swimming nearby while you are enjoying the beach? Come find out while we try to catch fish, shrimp, crabs, etc.! Learn to use a seine net off the beaches of Jekyll. Prepare to get wet and have some fun! (Please wear shoes that can get wet).
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.
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 (912) 635-5032.