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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
10:45-11:45am
(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
Discovery 
Day Camp
Discovery 
Day Camp
Discovery 
Day Camp
Discovery Day Camp  

9:00-10:00pm
(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!

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 (dz@uga.edu) or Richard Chewning (richrich@uga.edu) 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 @ www.tidelands4h.org.  100 S. Riverview Dr. Jekyll Island, GA

14th Annual 'Tidelands Art Sale & Silent Auction - Sunday Feb. 14th, 2016

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Mark your calendars for the 14th annual 4-H Tidelands 'Art Inspired by Nature' Sale, Sunday February 14th, 2016. This winter tradition continues with a host of artists, displaying their coastal themed art for sale.  The annual event features an eclectic array of artwork created by talented local artists from our coastal Georgia area. Look for your favorites  from Jekyll, St. Simon’s, Brunswick and McIntosh displaying stained glass art, paintings, pottery, hand-blown glass jewelry, metal sculptures, wooden bowls, photography, books, bake goods, hand made soaps, and much more!

Be sure to stop in and find your favorite treasures crafted by all of our talented local artists! And while you are browsing, be sure to check our silent auction tables, 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! For information on exhibiting your artwork, please give us a call at 912- 635-5032, or click on: Exhibitor Application. We are still accepting items for our silent auction tables as well!

Upcoming Special Programs!
4-H Tidelands Homeschool Days: Fall 2015

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 September to December (generally the first and/or third Friday of the 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).   For more information or to sign up, please email Dawn Zenkert (dz@uga.edu) or Richard Chewning (richrich@uga.edu) or call 912-635-5032.

Homeschool Days Program Schedule

Click here to download a PDF version of this schedule!

September 18th – Seining in September – Ever 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).

October 2nd – Adventure Back in Time – Join us on a historical exploration of Jekyll Island! Learn about the fascinating people who lived on Jekyll in the past. Travel to some of the lesser known sites on the island, including a pond favored by alligators and an old coastal artillery emplacement!

October 16th – Salt Pond Sleuths – Explore the world of a brackish water pond and its inhabitants!  Use dip nets and a little “belly biology” to learn about the fouling community on the Tidelands dock. Then navigate a canoe during our first ever Salt Pond Scavenger Hunt!

November 6th – Super Sharks – Come learn about sharks! Discover their unique adaptations and defining characteristics. Take a look inside a shark as we dissect one to learn more about them!

November 20th – Forest Friends – Join us for an adventure with our reptile, amphibian, and insect friends! What’s the difference between a reptile and amphibian? How does metamorphosis work? Find out the answers to these questions and more while interacting with real reptiles and insects!

December 4th – Whoa, H2O! – What makes water so special? Come find out as we run water quality tests and explore the chemistry of our pond. Then be amazed by some cool tricks you can do with water!

Summer Programs: June - July 2015

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 required. Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for more information or to make a reservation.  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

2015 Summer Program List

Time/DateMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday 9:00-10:30am
(Nature Walks
March-October) 10:45-11:45am
(Offered Weekly June 1st-July 31st) 10:00am-3:00pm
(Second week in June & July) 9:00-10:00pm
(June 10th & 24th, July 8th &22nd)
Time / Date Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-10:30am
(Nature Walks
March-October)
Nature Walk at 
Clam Creek
Go Fish! Fishing Program
(June & July)
Nature Walk at 
St. Andrews
Nature Walk at 
South Dunes
10:45-11:45am
(Offered Weekly June 1st-July 31st)

Mid Morning Brunch

Summer Seining
Mid Morning Brunch
Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Coastal Explorers
(Themes vary weekly)
10:00am-3:00pm
(Second week in June & July)
Discovery 
Day Camp
Discovery 
Day Camp
Discovery 
Day Camp
Discovery Day Camp
 
9:00-10:00pm
(June 10th & 24th, July 8th &22nd)
   
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 10th & 24th, July 8th & 22nd 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: June 5th - July 31st; 10:45am-11:45am @ Tidelands. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $6.00 per child ($4.00 admission for adults).

June 5th- 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 12th- Marsh Madness
Periwinkle snails, sea pickles, and fiddler crabs, oh my!  Prepare to get dirty as we visit a salt marsh.

June 19th- Creepy Crawlers
What’s the difference between a reptile and amphibian?  Discover the answer as we meet our reptile friends!

June 26th- A Bug’s Life
Explore the world of insects!  Learn about complete and incomplete insect metamorphosis. We'll have a chance to catch some real live insects in different stages of life!

July 3rd- Turtle Heroes
Meet some of Jekyll’s turtles and find out what you can do to keep them safe.  Be a turtle hero!

July 10th- 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 17th- 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 24th- Feathered Friends
What makes birds special?  Go on a bird safari and spot some of Jekyll’s native birds.  Binoculars provided.

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 8-11th and July 6 -9th. Children can participate in a single day or sign up for several days. *Each day is $35 and you will receive a $10 discount 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!

Spring Break Science

Are you thinking about or planning on visiting Jekyll during the months of March and April? If so, we have some great programs for you! Join us from 10:45-11:45 most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for our family friendly Spring Break Science programming for only $6/child and $4/adult (general admission included!). Activities include Tuesday’s Creepy Crawlers (Hands-on Herpetology Program), Wednesday’s Mid-Morning Brunch (Live Exhibit Feeding Program), and Thursday’s What’s Up Dock? (Hands-on Marine Organisms Study). Give us a call or email to sign up. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Spring Break Science


13th Annual 'Art Inspired by Nature' Sale & Silent Auction - Sunday Feb. 15th, 2015

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Mark your calendars for the 13th annual 4-H Tidelands Nature Center 'Art Inspired by Nature' Sale, Sunday February 15th, 2015. This winter tradition continues with a host of artists, displaying their coastal themed art for sale.  The annual event features an eclectic array of artwork created by talented local artists from our coastal Georgia area. Look for your favorites  from Jekyll, St. Simon’s, Brunswick and McIntosh displaying stained glass art, paintings, pottery, hand-blown glass jewelry, metal sculptures, wooden bowls, photography, books, bake goods, hand made soaps, and much more!

Be sure to stop in and find your favorite treasures crafted by all of our talented local artists! And while you are browsing, be sure to check our silent auction tables, 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!


Tidelands Spring 2015- Home School Days

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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. Our4-H Tidelands Home School Days are wonderful opportunity for your children to learn about the coast this spring!

Our Home School Days are open to all school-age students.  Programs run select Fridays this spring (Feb- April) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Program dates are as follows: Feb. 13th, Feb. 27th, March 13th, March 20th, April 10th, and April 24th. Program themes vary each date: 4-H Tidelands Home School Days Program Schedule. Cost is $10 per person (children AND adults).  Students can participate in a single day or sign up for sign up for multiple programs. All classes are rain or shine, so please make sure your students are dressed appropriately for the outdoors. Parent should attend class with child (or make arrangements for another parent who is also attending to be responsible for your child).   For more information, please call 912-635-5032 or email Dawn Zenkert (dz@uga.edu) or Richard Chewning (richrich@uga.edu)> To sign-up, please complete and return the Home School Registration Packet!

Summer Programs 2014 (Stay Tuned for Summer 2015 Postings)

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 Day Camp). Reservations required. Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for reservations.

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Mid-Morning Brunch (Feeding Program) Join us for our ‘Mid-Morning Brunch’ program.  Learn about marine food webs & feeding adaptations. Watch/help feed our marine critters. Includes 30 minute talk- then its brunch time for the critters! Meets Mondays & Weds. 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.

Stars on the Water: Astronomy Nights at Tidelands Nature Center Great opportunity to enjoy the night skies. View stars and planets via telescope. Program begins at sunset with an audio-visual presentation. Meets select Wednesdays: June 4th, June 18th, July 2nd, July 16th,& July 30th 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 (Coastal program theme varies each week!) Children 4-10 are introduced to coastal ecology themes. Explore native animals/ecosystems. Includes making a related craft to take home. Meets every Friday morning: June 6th - August 8st; 10:45am-11:45am @ Tidelands. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $6.00 per child ($4.00 admission for adults).  Themes vary each week such as; terrific turtles, a bug’s life, what’s up dock, under the sea, birds the word, etc. Check our website and Facebook for Coastal Explorers weekly program theme schedule:  www.tidelands4h.org.

Discovery Day Camp at Tidelands Nature Center (Coastal 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 select weeks in June and July. Offered: June 16-19th, June 30- July 3rd, July 14-17th, and July 28 -31st. Children can participate in a single day or sign up for several days. *Each day is $35 and you will receive a $10 discount if you sign your child up for 4 days. Includes; programs, field trips, games, crafts, and more.   (*Boat trip with Capt. Philip an additional $13). Themes vary each day:

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

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

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

Thursday- Super Sharks & Fantastic Fins - Dissect sharks, go fishing, and enjoy a boat trip with Captain Phillip

 

For more information and program registration, call 4-H Tidelands Nature Center @ 912-635-5032 or click here for: Discovery Day Camp Registration Form

Tidelands Summer Programs- 2013!!

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Summer camp canoeing adventures! Click on the image to learn about summer programs offered through our Discovery Day Camps. Or you can check out our fun-filled Coastal Explorer and Coastal Adventure Program Summer Schedule.

See the following, Summer Day Camp 2013 Registration section below for a link to our Discovery Day Camp registration forms. For all other summer programs please call Tidelands (912)- 635-5032 to reserve a space by phone.

Summer Day Camp 2013- Registration

4-H Tidelands Nature Center's Discovery Day Camp will be held June 17- 21, and July 15- 19. Please find links to the day camp registration, medical release, and code of conduct forms included below:

All three forms must be filled out and mailed to us along with your payment, in order to secure a space and complete your Discovery Day Camp registration. If you have any questions regarding registration, please give us a call at Tidelands (912) 635-5032.

 

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4-H TIDELANDS NATURE CENTER SUMMER PROGRAMS

Tideland offers great summer-time learning experiences. While visiting Jekyll this summer, be sure to check out our fun-filled, family oriented summer programs.

All ages Welcome! Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. Reservations Required. Please call Tidelands @ 635-5032.

Monday Morning Brunch (Live Exhibit Feeding Program)

Join us for our ‘Monday Morning Brunch’ program. Learn about marine food webs & feeding adaptations. Watch and help feed our marine critters. Includes 30 minute talk and then it’s brunch time for the critters! Meets Mondays in June: 10:45am-11:45am @Tidelands. Cost: $5.00 per person includes admissions.

Summer Seining at South Dunes Learn to use a seine net to catch fish, shrimp, crabs, etc. Participants should wear clothes and shoes suitable for wading. Meets Tuesdays June 5th- Aug. 7th: 10:45am-11:45am @ South Dunes Picnic Area. Cost: $5.00 per person.

Stars on the Water: Astronomy Nights at Tidelands Nature Center Great opportunity to enjoy the night skies. View stars and planets via telescope. Begins at sunset with an audio-visual presentation. Meets select Wednesdays: June 27th, July 11th & July 25th: 9:00-10:00pm on the deck @ Tidelands. Cost: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per school-age child.

Coastal Explorers at Tidelands Nature Center Children 4-10 are introduced to basic coastal ecology concepts. Explore native animals/ecosystems. Includes making a related craft to take home. Meets Every Friday morning: June 1st thru August 3rd; 10;45am-11:45am @ Tidelands Cost: $5.00 per child (regular admission for adults)

July 6th: Can you dig Gopher Tortoises? Where do gopher tortoises live? Who shares their home? What is a keystone species? Join us as we learn the answers to these questions and more about Georgia's state reptile.
Craft: burrow

July 13th: Salt Marsh Adventures Do fiddler crabs pinch? What does a sea pickle taste like? Why is the salt marsh important? Put on your marsh shoes and get ready for some fun!
Craft: Periwinkle snail

July 20th: Bugs and Butterflies Explore the world of insects! Learn about complete and incomplete insect metamorphosis. We'll have a chance to see some real live insects in different stages of life!
Craft: caterpillar

July 27th: Herpetology 101: Reptiles and Amphibians Join us for an adventure with our cold-blooded (ectothermic) friends! How many venomous snakes live in Georgia? What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Meet Tidelands' resident reptiles.
Craft: Paper chain snake

August 3rd: Under the Surf

Ever wonder what you might be stepping on while wading in the ocean? Is that a shell, an animal, a fish? Come discover and see some of the near-shore organisms you might meet under surf.
Craft: Shell Necklace

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, and 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, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information on our summer program schedule, nature walks, exhibit area, kayak tours, etc. call Tidelands at 635-5032.


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JOIN 4-H TIDELANDS NATURE CENTER FOR OUR SUMMER COASTAL ECOLOGY & ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY

                BY: Melissa Jamison, Tessara Couch, Dawn Zenkert

Once again, Tideland offers great summer-time learning experiences for you and your family. While visiting Jekyll this summer, be sure to check out our fun-filled, family oriented summer programs. Programs include; Monday Morning Brunch (live animal exhibit feeding program), Summer Seining at South Dunes on Tuesday mornings, Astronomy Nights at Tidelands on select Wednesday Nights, and our Coastal Explorers program at Tidelands on Friday mornings. Please take a look at our program descriptions and schedule below for the engaging summer-time learning experiences available:

Monday Morning Brunch (Live Exhibit Feeding Program)
Come join us for our ‘Monday Morning Brunch’ program, where you will have an opportunity to learn about one of three topics; marine food chains, food webs, and feeding adaptations in a fun hands on way. You will also be given the opportunity to watch and in some cases help feed our marine critters. Program will consist of a 15 to 30 minute talk and then its brunch time for the critters!

Ages: All ages welcome
Dates: Every Monday in June (June 4th- June 25)
Time: 10:45- 11:45
Where: 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island
Cost: $5.00 per person, includes admission to Tidelands.
Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for reservations.

Summer Seining at South Dunes
What: Learn how to use a seine net to catch fish, shrimp, crabs, and other creatures as you encounter the marine life of Georgia's coast in this very "hands-on" activity! Participants should wear clothes and shoes suitable for wading, or just come ready to watch the fun. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Ages: All ages welcome!
When: Every Tuesday, June 5th thru Aug. 7th
Time: 10:45 am-11:45 am
Where: South Dunes Picnic Area on Jekyll Island
Cost: $5.00 per person
Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for reservations.

Stars on the Water: Astronomy Nights at Tidelands Nature Center
What: Astronomy Nights at Tidelands on the waterside deck. This is a great opportunity to enjoy some of the darkest night skies in Georgia and see stars and planets through our 7-inch telescope. Each program begins at sunset with an audio-video presentation highlighting current and upcoming astronomical events. Learn what planets are where, when to look for meteors, and how to see the International Space Station. As our sky darkens we turn our telescopes skyward for a closer look at constellations and deep sky objects.

Ages: All ages welcome!
Dates: Every other Wednesday (June 13th, June 27th, July 11th & July 25th)
Time: 9:00 pm-10:00 pm
Where: 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island.
Cost: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per school-age child, small children free.
Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for reservations.

Coastal Explorers at Tidelands Nature Center
What: Coastal Explorers is our weekly summer program for 4 to 10 year olds and their parents or caregivers. Children are introduced to basic coastal ecology concepts while exploring native animals and their environments. Each program will include time to make a related craft for the children to take home. Programs meet for 1 hour.
**Children must be accompanied by an adult**

Ages: 4-10
When: Every Friday morning: June 1st thru August 3rd
Time: 10:45 am-11:45 am
Where: 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island
Cost: $5.00 per child (regular $2.00 admission for adults)
Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for reservations.

The Coastal Explorers June program schedule is listed below. Please check back in
July for our July Coastal Explorers schedule).

June 1st: Dock Exploration

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


June 8th: Sea Turtles

Come on a sea turtle adventure! How many kind of sea turtle are there? What makes them different from other turtles? How long do sea turtles live? We'll learn the answers to these questions and more as well as meet the two sea turtles that live at Tidelands! Craft: Paper Bag Sea Turtle Shells

June 15th: Awesome Avians!

What makes a bird a bird? Fly on over to Jekyll Island this week to learn more about our fine feathered friends! We'll also do a little bird watching to identify birds commonly found on Jekyll. (binoculars provided)!
Craft: Pine Cone Bird Feeder

June 22nd: Super Sharks  of Jekyll

Discover the awesome senses of sharks! Learn their characteristics and answer the question, are sharks fish? Discover which sharks can be found around Jekyll.
Craft: Shark Envelope

 June 29thSea Shells by the Sea Shore & The Great Crab Grab
What kind of animal is that with a hard outer covering that you might find along the beach? A Snail? A Crab?Is it a sea shell or a crab exoskeleton? Come learn all about different types of snails and crabs you might find along our Jekyll shores.
Craft: Paper Plate Sea Snails


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, and 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, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Admission price: $2.00 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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4-H Tidelands Nature Center is open everyday this month, except Christmas Day.

 

You can take a break from the cold and stop by the center to see our newest interactive displays. The focus is "Coastal Waterbird Conservation" and they offer touch-able puzzles with information about many of our favorite bird species -- and what we all can do to protect them as we share Georgia's beautiful islands and beaches.

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Goodbye to "Sea Oat", Hello "Turtle Amy"!

"Sea Oat" has been our "baby" loggerhead at Tidelands since last January, greeting all our visitors as they first come in the Nature Center. But "baby" is growing up, and we're happy to report Sea Oat is developing so well that he was moved from Tidelands this October to be returned to the wild. Originally found as an injured hatchling, Sea Oat will have a greatly improved chance of survival after spending his vulnerable first year growing with us. Good luck Sea Oat!

Sea Oat Turtle Amy

^"Sea Oat" as he first came to us. - ^"Turtle Amy" swimming in her new tank.

November brought the arrival of our newest sea turtle at Tidelands: "Turtle Amy". Amy spent the last two years at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and is not currently releasable due to weakness in her front flippers. Her condition is improving and her new larger home will give her to room to swim, dive and build up her strength. Chasing her fishy tankmates is also great exercise! You can see her in our main room's sea turtle exhibit.

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One of our busiest summers ever! And we couldn't have done it without our summer staff and volunteers. Pictured (from Left to Right) we have Amy Summerford, Alexandra Newton, Jonathan Gray, Jake Martin and Kristin Stolen (and Ben not pictured). We appreciate all their work feeding and caring for all our alligators, crabs, terrapins and sea turtles (that's a lot of fish chopping!) and their work with kayakers and children. Here's wishing them all the best as they continue their college careers and pursue other exciting opportunities in science education!

Summer Staff 2010

 

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Summer is almost here! Announcing Tidelands Summer Programs for 2010

 

Coastal Explorers

What:  Coastal Explorers is our fantastic summer program for 4 to 10 year olds and their parents or caregivers.  Children are introduced to basic coastal ecology concepts while exploring native animals and their environments. Each program will include time to make a related craft for the children to take home. Programs meet for 1 hour. Please call Tidelands @ 635-5032 for reservations. Click here for schedule.

Ages:   4-10 **Children must be accompanied by an adult**

When: Every Friday June 4th thru August 6th

Time:  10:45am-11:45am

Where: 4-H Tidelands Nature Center- Jekyll Island.

Cost:    $5.00 per Child ($2.00 Center admission for adults)

 

Astronomy Nights

Stars on the Water: Astronomy Nights at Tidelands Nature Center
What: Enjoy some of the darkest night skies in Georgia and see stars and planets through our 7-inch telescope. Each program begins at sunset with an audio-video presentation highlighting current and upcoming astronomical events -- learn what planets are where, when to look for meteors, and how to see the International Space Station. As our sky darkens we turn our telescopes skyward for a closer look at constellations and deep sky objects. Please call Tidelands @ 635-5032 for reservations.

Ages: All ages welcome!
Dates: Every other Wednesday (June 2nd, 16th, 30th, July 14th & 28th, August 11th)
Time: 9:00 pm-10:00 pm
Where: 4-H Tidelands Nature Center– Jekyll Island.
Cost: $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per school-age child, small children free.

 

Summer Seining at South Dunes
What: Learn how to use a seine net to catch fish, shrimp, crabs, and other creatures as you encounter the marine life of Georgia's coast in this very "hands-on" activity! Participants are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes suitable for wading, or just come ready to watch the fun. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. Please call Tidelands @ 912-635-5032 for reservations.
Ages: All ages welcome!
When: Tuesdays June 8th thru August 3rd
Time: 10:45 am- 11:45 am
Where: South Dunes Picnic Area- Jekyll Island
Cost: $5.00 per person

 

seining

-----------------MARCH-APRIL 2010 NEWS--------------

Jobs Corps Students Service Day at Tidelands!

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Students and faculty from the Brunswick Job Corps Center helped with landscaping and painting projects around Tidelands in April 2010, in participation with Global Youth Service Day. Their excellent work stands out all around the center -- come by and check it out!

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Tidelands' 8th Annual 'Art Inspired by Nature Sale' - Feb. 14th, 2010

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Mark you calendars for the 8th Annual Tidelands ‘Art Inspired by Nature Sale.’ The Tidelands Art Sale will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Hartley (Left Side) Lobby of the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

The winter tradition continues with an eclectic array of local artists, displaying and selling their coastal inspired art. Look for your favorite artists from Jekyll, St. Simon’s, Brunswick, Camden, and McIntosh including: Tyler Dominey, Laurel Johns, Debbie Mumford, Buddy Hale, Kristen Pickett, the Jekyll Potters, Lydia Thompson and more.

Items for sale will include pottery, metalwork, watercolors, photography, jewelry, and stained-glass pieces so come early for the best selections and help support local artists and Tidelands Nature Center 4-H!

***Attention Artists*** If you are an artist who would like to exhibit at Tidelands' Annual Art Sale please contact Dawn Zenkert at 912-635-5032 for information.

-------------------DECEMBER 2009 NEWS---------------

You've Got the Right Whale Baby!

whale sculpture

A life-size model of a newborn Right Whale has joined the exhibits at Tidelands Nature Center.
North Atlantic Right Whales are critically endangered marine mammals -- only a few hundred remain alive today. The warm waters of the Georgia Bight are the only known breeding ground for these whales -- females migrate south from New England every winter to give birth here.
Georgia recognized this special relationship with these creatures by naming the whale the Official Marine Mammal of the State of Georgia in 1985.
This sculpture was made possible through a grant from the Georgia DNR and the generosity of the artist, Thomas Prochnow.

--------------------OCTOBER-NOVEMBER NEWS--------------

New Shark & Ray Exhibit Open!

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The exhibit includes displays of shark anatomy, shark fossils, and identification of local sharks.

 

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Behold, the Oyster Gate!

oystergate

Created by Daniel Harris and Buddy Hale, this outdoor sculpture dramatically illustrates the many forms of life found in the salt marsh and highlights the role of oysters as the "keystone" species in that community.

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Welcome, Cabretto!

Cabretto is a five year-old loggerhead sea turtle found as a straggler on Sapelo Island. Since then, Cabretto has stayed at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Jekyll Island 4-H Center, and now is coming to Tidelands. You can see Cabretto in Joey's former tank in our main exhibit area.

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Tideland’s Sea Turtle “Joey”

RELEASED

September 25th, 2009

on

Jekyll Beach

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Good luck Joey!

Enjoy the Ocean!

For video of Joey’s release check out

Tidelands Nature Center 4-H

on facebook

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New Shark Exhibit Under Construction!

Tidelands hasn't been the same since our nurse shark was released last spring, but the wait is almost over! Our NEW shark tank has arrived, and a BIGGER, BETTER, SHARKIER Shark Exhibit is scheduled to open this October!

Here's a peek at the new (much larger) tank being installed:

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...new shark pictures coming soon!

---------------JULY NEWS----------------

Nesting Season for Painted Buntings

Every year the Painted Buntings -- called North America's most beautiful bird by Audubon -- return from their South American wintering grounds to breed along the southeastern coast. They are primarily seed-eaters, and a pair has been frequenting our feeders here at Tidelands Nature Center.

bunting

If you come early, about 9:00AM, you may get a chance to see these wild feathered wonders in person (male pictured above).

Unfortunately, Painted Buntings numbers are falling throughout our region. Their population has dropped by over 50% in the last thirty years, and continues to fall. Destruction of coastal habitats is believed to be a major cause.

Jekyll Island remains 65% undeveloped by Georgia state law, and we hope to continue to see our colorful summer visitors for many years to come.

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1000-Year Old Artifacts Found During Kayak Tour

You never know what you'll see on a Tidelands kayak tour -- dolphins, manatees or ... ancient artifacts? Kayakers on a Tidelands trip in June, 2009 observed broken pottery and whelk shells on a creekbank at low tide. The pottery was shown to staff from the Jekyll Island Museum who identified them as Native American designs similar to those made by the Mississippian Period Cultures which lived in the area around 1000AD. These artifacts have been added to the museum's collections for further study.

pottery

The whelk shells below are also artifacts -- these large snails were gathered and used as food by Native American peoples, and their shells were carefully broken to form many tools such as ax-heads, awls, and shell-trumpets.

whelk shells

So keep your eyes open around Jekyll -- you never know what you might see!

*NOTE: Jekyll Island is a State-owned park, and visitors are reminded that any historical artifacts found here belong to all Georgians and cannot be kept in personal collections.*

 

Tidelands at Nest Fest 2009

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The annual NestFest at Jekyll Island was a big hit this year -- several turtles were released by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and many activities were available for all ages.

Tidelands Nature Center was represented by several of our faithful volunteers displaying shark jaws, seashells and our ever-popular portable touch tank!

Dylan's release

Dylan the loggerhead sea turtle was released June 30, 2008 on Jekyll Island.

Dylan hatched from a nest on Jekyll in August of 1998. She and her nest mate Bob were stragglers who were rescued by the Georgia DNR. As young sea turtles they lived at the facility that now houses our Tidelands Nature Center. Dylan moved briefly to live at a facility on St. Simon's, while Bob remained with us here at Tidelands and our Jekyll Island 4-H Center. (Bob remained with us until his release on Jekyll, into the ocean in October of 2004). Dylan returned to Jekyll in 2002 and lived with us here at Tidelands and the Jekyll 4-H Center until her big move in November of 2005 to the Georgia Aquarium, just in time for their grand opening. Dylan lived at the Georgia Aquarium until June 2007, when she moved back to Jekyll, in time for the grand opening of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The Sea Turtle Center prepared Dylan for her eventual release into the ocean. The photo below shows Dylan on her last day at Tidelands in 2005.

dylan the sea turtle nov 2005

While at Tidelands and the Jekyll 4-H Center, Dylan provided a wonderful educational opportunity for students, campers, and visitors to our Georgia 4-H Environmental education program.

For ten years, Dylan continued to provide the same educational opportunity for visitors throughout her stay in various locations. We wish Dylan well as she finds her own way in the ocean!

Dylan was fitted with a satellite transmitter, in order to track her progress. If you are interested in tracking Dylan as she charts her own path in the sea, please log onto: seaturtle.org

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Stop by Tidelands and visit some of our new exhibits for the upcoming 2008-2009 season!

New Exhibits include:

Image:  Manatee MuralManatee Mural and Educational Display

Be sure to check out our new manatee mural and educational display, which also serves as the backdrop to our main exhibit entrance. The mural painted by local artist, Buddy Hale includes a beautiful depiction of manatees in the salt marsh environment. The exhibit includes an educational display panel on the life history and characteristics of the West Indian Manatee and information for visitors on how to report sightings and what they can do to help protect manatees.

Maritime Forest Mural (In progress)

Check out the new maritime forest mural in progress at Tidelands which includes an illustrative depiction of the local flora and fauna found in our barrier island forest. Painted and donated by local artist, Buddy Hale.

Image:  Maritime mural

Other exhibits include:

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