Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, Florida 32034

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Amelia Island Nature Center

Uncover the natural splendor of Amelia Island

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. Or 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!

(904) 321-5082; ext 5082 on property


Open Daily

Pre-registration is required for all tours. There is a cancellation fee of $25 within 12 hours of the program and full price for no calls or no shows. Please view the Nature Calendar link for detailed tour descriptions and more information. Don't see your tour scheduled? Contact a naturalist to schedule a private tour.

Adventure Series*

  • 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 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 100 lb.

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

Ecology Series

  • Bike Hike – Join our naturalists as they lead you on an exploration on the resort's bike paths. Bikes are included during tour, no trailing wheels or trailers.
  • Birds of Amelia – Explore the diversity of species on Amelia Island. Whether an experienced birder or a novice, Amelia’s list of bird species is sure to entice you. Binoculars are included during tour.
  • Marsh Walk – Enjoy a leisurely walk through various trails at Drummond Point Park.

Family Discovery Series

  • Crab Grab – Go crabbing with the naturalists the old fashioned way.
  • Shark Tooth Hunt – Learn about different sharks while combing the beach for your own sharks’ teeth.
  • Shark Tooth Necklaces – Craft your very own necklace from a sharks tooth to take home with you
  • Snake Discovery – Get up close and personal with the Nature Center’s most slithery residents.
  • Fishing 101 – Enjoy a leisurely hour of freshwater fishing on the banks of Aury Island.
  • Treasure Seekers – Join a tour for a specific age level that uses maps, compasses and other navigational tools to find pirate treasure.
  • 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!

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.

Nature @ Night Series

  • Sunset With The Birds – Observe diurnal birds as they set flight to roost for the night as well as nocturnal birds and bats emerging to explore and feed. Binoculars are included during the 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.

Become a Junior Naturalist

Follow a naturalist behind the scenes and help him or her complete his or her daily duties.


  • Fort Clinch State Park – Learn about the woodland flora and fauna, beach ecology, and the history of this a pre-Civil war fort with this tour led by a naturalist from the Nature Center, l
  • 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 and spot dolphins, manatees, birds, and other wildlife during a two- 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.

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