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.

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

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.

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, 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.


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).