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Nature Activities

Kayak One Day, Sea Turtle Expeditions the Next...

Sea Island provides varied opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of local habitats. Activities include bike riding, kayaking, hiking, and seasonal sea turtle excursions. In addition, guided nature hikes and salt marsh tours provide education and enjoyment. Guests find that natural features come alive with increased vibrancy and interest as they learn noteworthy botanical and zoological details.

Nature Activities

For Kids and Teens:

Fish Dissection and Dock Fishing with Naturalist:

Hands on fishing experience. Spend the first half hour learning the ins and outs of a commonly caught and released fish. The last half hour will be spent fishing off the dock while learning about common species in the Black Banks River.

Survival Skills after Dark

Test your knowledge/skills at various survival tasks such as tent and fire building, compass reading and much more! Includes dinner over the fire (hot dogs, chips and fruit) and s'mores at the end of the night.

Year-round activities:

Salt marsh tours by boat:

An up-close look at the unique ecosystem of the barrier islands' marshes and the treasures they hold. See oyster beds, live shrimp, and birds.

Marsh kayaking:

The ideal way to explore the vast tidal grasslands behind the resort's barrier islands. Tandem kayaks can be reserved to facilitate family outings.

Eco Tour:

Join our resident Naturalist on an "Eco Tour" of Sea Island. Ride along on the Jeep Train to discover the flora and fauna of the island's maritime forest, marshes and beach. 

Marsh Habitat and Wildlife Walk:

A walking tour for all ages. Explore the marsh and maritime forest of Sea Island. Learn about the native flora and fauna in each ecosystem with use of binoculars.

Cannon's Point Ecology Tour:

Join a Sea Island Naturalist on an excursion to Cannon’s Point Preserve, located on the north end of St. Simons Island. Cannon’s Point is a 600-acre wilderness area offering six miles of shoreline, abundant native species, as well as plantation-era ruins. Visitors can explore a mature maritime forest and experience Georgia’s rich ecology.

*These days are subject to change depending on the weather. Junior Naturalists are not required to sign up for the entire week.*

On the Dock
Learn about Black Banks River ecology and all its native species. Discover what’s under the dock while learning how to properly bait a hook and set a crab pot. Master the difference between certain fish and crab species commonly caught near Sea Island.

Marsh Ecology
Take a walk to Rainbow Island and learn about several facets of marsh ecology. Learn the different sections of the marsh and why each one is important while discovering the native plants and animals of our maritime forest and salt marsh habitats. Have the opportunity to hold fiddler crabs, snails, and many salt marsh grasses.

Beach Ecology
Take a walk on the beach and learn about several facets of beach ecology. Learn the different sections of the beach and why each one is important while discovering many native plants and animals along the way. Pick up local shells, artifacts, bones and much more to discover the many items that can be found on Sea Island’s beach. Use a soil probe to see the difference between each layer of sand that makes up our beautiful island.

The Microscopic World
Drag a plankton net to discover the vast array of microscopic organisms that fuel so much life in our ocean. Learn the difference between phyto- and zooplankton and why both of these are incredibly important to our marine ecosystems. Learn how these tiny living organisms feed the remainder of the ocean food web.

Animal Discovery
Pull a 60ft seine net in the ocean to discover all the different types of creatures right under our feet. Transport the findings to our Nature Room touch tank to observe and hold the animals up close. Learn about oceanic food webs and how each animal, from microscopic to gigantic, play an important role in the ocean ecosystem. Examples of species that will be in our touch tank include: sand dollars, whelks, menhaden, lady crabs, cannonball jellies, sea squirts, horseshoe crabs, shrimp, Atlantic stingrays (without the barb), and many more!

Seasonal activities:

Sea Island Junior Naturalist (Ages 7-14)

Join a naturalist Monday - Friday for a hands-on, one-of-a-kind experience and learn about the many ecosystems and wildlife on Sea Island.

Sunrise Beach Walk

Join a resident naturalist for a beach walk at sunrise. Learn about beach ecology and wildlife while watching a beautiful sunrise.

Sea Turtle Education and Night Walks with a nature guide

This is an education based program where you will learn all about our local sea turtles and their nesting/hatching habits. A short walk on the beach will follow the education program where we will walk to an existing nest so guests can better understand how nesting females and hatchlings thrive on our beaches. Sea turtle sighting is not guaranteed, but is a possibility during hatching season.

Sea Turtle Dawn Patrol:

A private tour with our Nature Team as they patrol the beach for nesting sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings. Tour is on golf cart that can fit up between 5-10 guests.

Ocean Seining:

Come prepared to get wet (or just watch) as you join our Sea Island nature team to pull a 60ft seine net through the surf and learn more about the critters of the ocean.


From May to October, Sea Island becomes an important nesting ground for the loggerhead sea turtle. Sea Island’s Adopt-a-Nest program provides the opportunity to protect and connect with this incredible species. For $150, adopters receive an adoption certificate, which includes the location of the nest and potential hatching date, a name plate on the adopted nest, an invitation to attend the nest hatching/inventory, a photo of their nest, a plush turtle, t-shirt, and a lighting awareness magnet. A portion of the proceeds from this program go straight to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Nongame Conservation Section. This money helps to fund the sea turtle conservation efforts along Georgia’s coastline. If you are interested, please contact our Naturalist at [email protected] | Download the Adopt-a-Nest Brochure