Nature and Ecology
Bird Watching on Jekyll Island
Bring your cameras and binoculars! Bird watching is a year round activity on Jekyll Island. The bird population is abundant which makes Jekyll Island a perfect spot as one of the 18 sites along Georgia’s Colonial Birding Trail. It also serves as a resting place in the Spring and Fall for migrating species on the Atlantic Flyway. There are two platforms located on Jekyll Island, at the Welcome Center before you arrive at the island entrance and at the St. Andrews Picnic Area near Beach Creek.
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center increases awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. Seeing Jekyll Island sea turtles will be an exciting addition to your family vacation. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public and is located directly behind the Hotel, adjacent to the hotel parking lot. For more information, call (912) 635-4444. www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org
The Center is open March-November: Monday: 10-2:00; Tuesday-Sunday: 9-5. December-February: Tuesday-Sunday: 9-5. Thanksgiving Day: 10:00am-2:00pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. Tickets: Adults: $7.00 Children Ages 4-12: $5.00 Children 3 and under: Free
Tidelands Nature Center
Jekyll Island’s Tidelands Nature Center provides a marine sanctuary for animals such as the endangered loggerhead sea turtle, as well as activities including kayak tours, canoe and paddleboat rentals, nature walks, touch tanks and other aquarium exhibits. Located next to Summer Waves Waterpark. For more information, visit www.tidelands4h.org.
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a great way to see the beautiful Jekyll Island ecology via the Island’s 12 caches set up at some of its most picturesque spots. But the fun is in finding them! There are a few rules: take something from the cache; leave something in the cache; write about it in the logbook. For more information about geocaching visit www.geocaching.com.
Jekyll Island is home to more than a thousand acres of maritime forest, 10 miles of shoreline, and marshes filled with many wonders. Learn more about the island’s natural resources from Jekyll’s own park ranger during these unique eco-experiences. Ranger Walk programming is updated seasonally, so please visit frequently to learn more about the latest offering.
Cost: $15 per person, reservations required
Reservations: 912.635.4036 (Jekyll Island Museum) Reservations are required, and must be made 30 minutes prior to tour start.
Number of Participants: Up to 12
Duration: 45-90 minutes
Time: Saturdays, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.