39 Beach Lagoon
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Phone: 904-261-6161, Fax: 904-321-5046
Amelia Island Nature Center
Join one of our Naturalists and explore Amelia Island, Florida’s natural wonders! Stop by the fully stocked retail shop, complete with top-of-the-line binoculars and field guides to fulfill all your exploring needs, visit with our local rescued critters, chat with our Naturalists, rent a fishing pole, or sign up for a tour or camp. Before you leave, be sure to build your very own Tanner the Turtle (resort mascot) doll at the Build-A-Turtle station!
Extension 5082 on property
Hours of Operation:
Nature Calendar & Detailed Tour Descriptions
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
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.
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 fashion way.
- Fishing 101 – Enjoy a leisurely hour of freshwater fishing on the banks of Aury Island.
- Timucuan Indian Tour - Explore Walker's Landing in search of remnants from the historic Timucuan Indians around a burial mound.
- Treasure Seekers - Tours for each age level that use maps, compasses, and other navigational tools to find pirate treasure.
- Shark Discovery - Learn about different sharks while creating your own unique shark tooth necklace.
- Sea Turtle Discovery - (tour only offered May-October) Discover the precious sea turtle and make a conservation bracelet.
- Critter Encounter - Learn about the nature center residents and get the opportunity to touch during this exclusive tour.
- Critter Talk - Visit the Nature Center during the animals' favorite time of day, feeding time!
- Bike Hike – A Naturalist leads you on an exploration on the resort's bike paths. Bikes are included during tour, no trailing wheels or trailers.
- Birds of Amelia – Whether an experienced birder or a novice, Amelia’s list of bird species is sure to entice you. Binoculars are included during tour.
- Ecology of Amelia - Stroll through the Sunken Forest and various trails at Drummond Point Park and learn Amelia Island Plantation history.
- Marsh Walk - Enjoy a leisurely walk through various trails at Drummond Point Park.
Nature @ Night Series*
- Sunset With The Birds – Sunset is a unique time to observe diurnal birds set flight to roost 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, bioluminescence, sea turtles and other interesting beach inhabitants.
- Sunset Kayak - Join a Naturalist on a leisurely guided paddle through the salt marsh at sunset.
- Moonlight Kayak - Join a Naturalist on a leisurely guided paddle through the salt marsh led by the moonlight.
- Naturalist Kayak – Join a Naturalist on a leisurely guided paddle through the salt marsh at sunrise.
- Seabreeze Segway - Explore the resort on a Segway through maritime forests, beachside paths and out on to the beach.
- Back to Nature Segway – Explore the resort on a Segway through maritime forests and marsh boardwalks to learn about plants, animals and natural forces that shape our island.
- Paddleboard Experience - Paddle the water standing up!
* 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.
* paddleboarding geared towards all skill levels with introductory paddle lesson. 10 and 11 foot boards available. Minimum age is 13 years old.
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.
- Follow a Naturalist behind the scenes and help them complete their daily duties.
Local Area Property Trips
- Fort Clinch State Park - Led by a Naturalist from the Nature Center, learn about the woodland flora and fauna, beach ecology, and the history of this a pre-Civil war fort.
- Lofton Creek Kayak - Take a guided kayak down this freshwater creek just off the island 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 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 more during feeding time.
- White Oak Plantation Wildlife Sanctuary - Enjoy a guided trolley tour through the private White Oak Conservation Center. See cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, okapi and much more up close and personal as you learn about the conservation efforts of White Oak.
- Egans Creek Kayak - Enjoy a guided kayak in a brackish water creek on the northwest side of the island.
- Family Collecting Cruise - Collect and observe sea creatures, spot dolphins and manatees, birds, and other wildlife during a 2 hour eco boat tour.
- Huguenot Park - Take an adventure to a salt water bay area where you will collect and observe sea creatures by seining and casting nets.