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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

Please call Reservations by 5 p.m. day prior to book.

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.

All ages, children under 8 must have a parent present, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-4pm

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.

Ages 9-14; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 6:30-10 pm; Meeting Place

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. Begin with a short presentation in our Nature Room. Then, ride along on the Jeep Train to discover the flora and fauna of the island's maritime forest, marshes and beach. This trip will include shelling.

All ages, Wednesdays and Saturdays 9-11 am; Meeting Place

Stargazing:

Spend an hour with our Naturalist - learn about Sea Island's night sky. Take a look at constellations, planets and our moon with your own eyes, binoculars or a telescope. This class is very dependent on the visibility of the night sky.

All ages, Wednesdays and Fridays 9-10 pm, Meeting Place

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.

All ages, Monday-Saturday 1-2 pm; Meeting Place

Seasonal activities:

(Begins May 15, 2014)

Sea Turtle Education and Night Walks with a nature guide

A short and informative talk followed by a walk in search of nesting females, tracks or hatchlings. No guarantee that we will see any, but we promise to walk the most promising areas of the beach. Very fun for all ages.

All ages; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9-11 pm; Meeting Place; This program ends September 13th.

Sea Turtle Encounter:

A private tour with our resident Naturalist as they patrol the beach for nesting sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings. Tour is on golf cart that can fit up to 4 guests.

All ages, Monday-Saturday 6-8 am (through July 12th), Monday-Saturday 6:30-8:30 am (through end of season); Front of Beach Club

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.

All ages, Monday-Saturday 2-3 pm, complimentary, Sailing Center; this program ends September 1st


Adopt-a-Nest:

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, and a lighting awareness magnet. Half 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