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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.

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