Florida Nature Programs

Appreciating nature

Amelia Island Nature Programs are available for all ages and levels of experience and offered daily. Explore the natural beauty of the island while strolling through a maritime forest. Discover the various species of animals that call Amelia Island their home. Catch a glimpse of a painted bunting or great blue heron while on a birding excursion. Enjoy breathtaking views of the salt marsh or woodlands on a scenic kayak or bike tour. Experience a Seaside Segway™ tour along the beach. 

Stop by the fully stocked retail shop, complete with top-of-the-line binoculars and field guides to fulfill all your exploring needs. The facility includes a large classroom equipped for children’s programs and interpretive presentations. Explore Amelia’s natural wonders with the Nature Center. Drop by to see our local critters, chat with our naturalists, rent a fishing pole or sign up for a tour!


Hours of Operation:
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nature Calendar and Tour Descriptions


Pre-registration is required for all tours. There is a cancellation fee of $25 within 12 hours of the program and full price no call, no show.  Please view Nature Calendar link for detailed tour descriptions and more information.  Don't see your tour scheduled? Contact a naturalist to schedule a private tour.  Call 904-321-5082 (ext. 5082 on property).



Nature Programs

Family Discovery Series

Beach Bounty – Comb the shores of our beautiful beach for nature’s treasures.

Crab Grab – Go crabbing with the naturalists the old-fashioned way.

Fishing 101 – Enjoy a leisure hour of freshwater fishing off the banks of Aury Island.

Timucuan Indian Tour – Explore Walker's Landing in search of remnants from a historic Timucuan Indians burial mound.

Treasure Seekers – Use maps, compasses, and other navigational tools to locate pirate's treasure.

Shark Discovery – Learn about different sharks while creating your own unique shark tooth necklace.

Critter Encounter – Get up close and personal with our Nature Center residents on this exclusive tour.

Critter Talk – Visit the Nature Center during the animals' favorite time of day...feeding time!



Ecology Series


Bike Hike
– Let one of our  naturalists lead you on an exploration of the resort's bike paths. Bikes are included on the tour. Sorry, no trailing wheels or trailers allowed. 

Birds of Amelia
– Whether you're an experienced birder or a first-time novice, Amelia Island's numerous species offer something enticing for everyone. Binoculars are included during tour.

Ecology of Amelia – Stroll through the Sunken Forest and various trails at Drummond Point Park while learning about Amelia Island Plantation history. 

Marsh Walk – Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the various trails at Drummond Point Park.



Nature @ Night Series*



Sunset With The Birds
– As the sun sets over the beautiful marsh, observe diurnal birds roosting for the night as well as nocturnal birds and bats emerging to explore and feed. Binoculars are included during tour.

New Moon Beach Walk - Meander the beach at sunset in search of unique shells, nocturnal creatures, bio-luminescence, sea turtles, and other interesting beach inhabitants.

Sunset Kayak - Join a naturalist on a guided kayak tour through the salt marsh at sunset.

Moonlight Kayak - Join a naturalist on a guided kayak tour through the salt marsh under the light of the moon.



Adventure Series*



Naturalist Kayak
– Join a certified naturalist on a leisurely kayak tour through the salt marsh at sunrise.

Seabreeze Segway - Explore maritime forests, beachside paths, and the Atlantic shoreline on a guided Segway tour.

Back to Nature Segway – Learn about the native plants, animals, and natural habitats that shape Amelia Island, while touring the island on a Segway.

Paddleboard Experience - Get a different perspective or Amelia Island while exploring the salt marsh on a paddleboard!

* Kayaking introductory lesson provided.  Minimum age is 8 years old. Ages 8-12 are required to paddle in a tandem with an adult; 13 years or older can paddle alone. Limited tandem kayaks available.

* Segway introductory lesson provided.  Minimum age is 16 years old, minimum weight is 100lb.

* Paddle Boarding geared towards all skill levels with introductory paddle lesson. 10 and 11 foot boards available. Minimum age is 13 years.



Children's Discovery Series

 

Children's nature programs geared towards children ages 4-12.

Fish & Trips - Identify and learn about unique marine creatures that inhabit the salt marsh and the surrounding area.

Energetic Ecology - Explore the salt marsh and maritime forest for vegetation and critters.

Backyard Birds - Identify intriguing birds of the marsh and maritime forest while playing bird-brain games.

Timucuan Indian Expedition - Take a journey around an Indian burial mound.

Junior Naturalist - Follow a naturalist behind the scenes and help them complete their daily duties.



Nature Camps


Young Explorer Camp
- July 8-12, ages 6-8, 8:30am-1pm, $85 per day, $300 for the week
   
Eco Explorer Camp - July 22-26, ages 9-12, 8:30am-4pm, $125 per day, $450 for the week

Teen Explorer Camp - August 5-9, ages 13-15, 8:30am-4pm, $150 per day, $550 for the week

 

Local Area Property Trips

Fort Clinch State Park - Accompanied by one of our naturalists, explore the woodland flora and fauna, beach ecology, and the history of this a pre-Civil war fort.

Lofton Creek Kayak - Take a guided kayak tour down this freshwater creek for a new take on the local wildlife.

Talbot Island State Park - Bike or hike the maritime forest trail and unspoiled beaches of Talbot Island with a naturalist.

Okefenokee Swamp @ Night - Take an adventure to a large wildlife preserve located  in Southeast Georgia.

Cumberland Island - Hike with a Naturalist on one of the east coast's most historic barrier islands.

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary - Meet tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, and other big cats during their feeding time.

White Oak Plantation Wildlife Sanctuary - Experience a guided trolley tour through the private White Oak Conservation Center. Observe cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, okapi and much more as you learn about the conservation efforts of White Oak.

Egans Creek Kayak - Enjoy a guided kayak tour in a brackish water creek on the northwest side of the island.

Family Collecting Cruise - Collect and observe various sea creatures while on the lookout for dolphins, manatees, birds, and other wildlife during this 2 hour ecological boat tour.

Huguenot Park - Take an adventure to a salt water bay and collect and observe sea creatures by seining and casting nets.


Pre-registration is required for all tours. There is a cancellation fee of $25 within 12 hours of the program and full price no call, no show.  Please view Nature Calendar link for detailed tour descriptions and more information.  Don't see your tour scheduled? Contact a naturalist to schedule a private tour.  Call 904-321-5082 (ext. 5082 on property).