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. Discover 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!

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


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.

Snake Discovery – Learn about, touch and handle the Nature Center's most slithery residents.

Shark Tooth Hunt – Learn all about sharks while combing the beach for your own sharks teeth.

Shark Tooth Necklaces – Craft your own shark tooth necklace to take home.



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.

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.



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, minimum weight is 65lbs. Ages 8-12 are required to paddle in 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 100lbs.

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

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).