Tricolor Heron walking in the surf

WILD AMELIA NATURE FESTIVAL
our annual celebration of the nature of Amelia Island

friday, May 18–sunday, may 20, 2018 
amelia island, Florida


sea turtle release

A rehabilitated sea turtle will be released to its ocean home at Main Beach by Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Friday, May 18. Time TBA.
Main Beach.

sunset river cruise

Our annual fundraiser is a relaxing and informative narrated cruise. Register at Amelia River Cruises.

Friday, May 18, 6:30pm.
Amelia River Cruises.

eco-expo

30 conservation exhibitors, Silent Auction, Kids Niche, Laid Back Band. Outdoor exhibits by Water Ventures, Bat Belfrys, and a Raptors & Reptiles exhibit by GA Center for Wildlife Education.

Saturday, May 19, 10am–3pm
Atlantic Recreation Center.

eco-tours

Walk on the wild side! Register for wonderful encounters with nature. Friday–Sunday. Schedule.

EcoTours

FRIDAY, MAY 18

Birds of Amelia
9am
Fee: $25
Tour Leader: Nature Center Naturalist
Description: Search the property by island hopper for native and migratory birds species and locate their many hideaways along the way. Learn about the plentiful songbirds and migratory birds that come to our island each year.
What To Bring: comfortable clothing, water
Meeting Place: Nature Center Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Reservations: 904-321-5082

Segway Ecotour
10am-noon. $80
1-2pm. $60
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: All our tours explore the salt marsh creeks in Talbot Island State Park. Tours are planned to go with the tide (no paddling against the current). There will be a short paddle instruction and safety drill on land before you go and a break on a sandbar mid trip for a snack and swim in warm weather. The guides are naturalists and will share stories of the local critters and history. All tours go rain or shine, lightning and high winds will keep us off the water.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent
Meeting Place: Ft George Island boat ramp
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Cumberland Island Tour
10am-12:30pm
Fee: adults $30 / seniors $28 / children $24
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by Fernandina’s shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch to the wild horses of Cumberland Island. Our historians will share the colorful stories that define the character of this unique part of the world.
What To Bring: light jacket
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/

Egans Creek Kayak Tour
Friday 11am-2pm
Fee: $65
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: Join us as we paddle the Salt Marshes of Amelia Island. This tour takes place on Egan's
Creek, a protected 300 acres of wetlands in the middle of our barrier island. On high tide, we are able to get access to thin estuaries that are normally inaccessible. The guides are naturalists and will share stories of the local critters and history. All tours go rain or shine, lightning and high winds will keep us off the water.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
Meeting Place: DeeDee Bartels boat ramp
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Paddleboard Intro Class
12-1pm
Fee: $30
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: Find out what Stand Up Paddleboarding is all about. This one hour class will get you comfortable on the SUP board and introduce the basic strokes. You will paddle in a quiet lagoon area, no long distances. Just enough to get you ready for cruising. Once you complete the Intro class you can come back another day to rent or go on a SUP tour. NOTE: Minimum age is 12.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent
Meeting Place: Kayak Amelia office in Talbot State Park
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Windward Sailing Cruise
1-3pm or 4-6pm
Fee: $40
Tour Leader: Tony Jones
Description: Sail on one of Windward Sailing's sailboats around Amelia and Cumberland Islands.
Experience true 'green' transportation as you make your around Cumberland Sound the way the first
explorers did. You'll experience how nature's tides, currents, and wind allow you to see dolphins,
shorebirds, and wild horses, silently. You can even help man the boat if you would like. Subject to weather.
Meeting Place: Windward Sailing boats at Fernandina Harbor Marina near dock house on dock 2 (look for Windward sign).
Reservations: 904-327-3265
Contact: wsailing1@yahoo.com

Beach Creek Tour
2:30-4pm
Fee: adults $25 / seniors $23 / children $19
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close up view of the ruins of the Dungeness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island.
What To Bring: light jacket
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Adult Twilight BYOB Cruise
6:30-8:30pm
Fee: adults $30
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This adults-only sunset cruise is designed especially for adults and is one of the finest ways to end the day or begin the night. Enjoy a glass of your favorite BYOB beverage and listen to some of Fernandina’s finest local musicians on board. With the wind in your hair and the smell of sweet salt air, you will float away to a tropical paradise where all of your worries disappear and a sense of relaxation and appreciation of nature takes over you.  Schedule is subject to change without notice.
What To Bring: light jacket, your favorite adult beverage & snacks
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Family-Friendly Sunset Tour
7-8pm
Fee: Adults $22 / Children $16
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area.
What To Bring: light jacket
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 19

Kayak Tour at Omni Plantation
9am
Fee: $65
Tour Leader: Nature Center Naturalist
Description: Explore Amelia Island’s salt marsh via kayak. Learn about the diverse ecosystem while
focusing on birds, reptiles, and additional animals that inhabit the marsh. Geared towards all skill levels.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen
Meeting Place: Walker’s Landing Omni Plantation
Reservations: 904-321-5082

Cumberland Island Tour
10am-12:30pm
Fee: adults $30 / seniors $28 / children $24
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by Fernandina’s shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch to the wild horses of Cumberland Island. Our historians will share the colorful stories that define the character of this unique part of the world.
What To Bring: light jacket
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Marsh Kayak Tour
10am-1pm
Fee: $65
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: All our tours explore the salt marsh creeks in Talbot Island State Park. Tours are planned to go with the tide (no paddling against the current). There will be a short paddle instruction and safety drill on land before you go and a break on a sandbar mid trip for a snack and swim in warm weather. The guides are naturalists and will share stories of the local critters and history. All tours go rain or shine, lightning and high winds will keep us off the water.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent
Meeting Place: Ft George Island boat ramp
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Segway Ecotour
10am-noon. $80
1-2pm. $60
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: All our tours explore the salt marsh creeks in Talbot Island State Park. Tours are planned to go with the tide (no paddling against the current). There will be a short paddle instruction and safety drill on land before you go and a break on a sandbar mid trip for a snack and swim in warm weather. The guides are naturalists and will share stories of the local critters and history. All tours go rain or shine, lightning and high winds will keep us off the water.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent
Meeting Place: Ft George Island boat ramp
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Nature Walk at Willow Pond Nature Trail
10:30am
Fee: Program is free with a $6.00/vehicle park admission fee.
Description: Guided Nature Walk at Willow Pond
What To Bring: water, insect repellent, walking shoes
Meeting Place: Ft Clinch State Park - Willow Pond Nature Trail parking area
Reservations: not required
Contact: brandon.Volbrecht@dep.state.fl.us

Windward Sailing
1-3pm or 4-6pm
Fee: $40
Tour Leader: Tony Jones
Description: Sail on one of Windward Sailing's sailboats around Amelia and Cumberland Islands.
Experience true 'green' transportation as you make your around Cumberland Sound the way the first
explorers did. You'll experience how nature's tides, currents, and wind allow you to see dolphins,
shorebirds, and wild horses, silently. You can even help man the boat if you would like. Subject to weather.
Meeting Place: Windward Sailing boats at Fernandina Harbor Marina near dock house on dock 2 (look for Windward sign)
Reservations: 904-327-3265
Contact: wsailing1@yahoo.com

Beach Creek Tour
2:30-4pm
Fee: adults $25 / seniors $23 / children $19
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close up view of the ruins of the Dungeness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island.
What To Bring: light jacket
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Adult Twilight BYOB Cruise
6:30-8:30pm
$30
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This adults-only sunset cruise is designed especially for adults and is one of the finest ways to end the day or begin the night. Enjoy a glass of your favorite BYOB beverage and listen to some of Fernandina’s finest local musicians on board. With the wind in your hair and the smell of sweet salt air, you will float away to a tropical paradise where all of your worries disappear and a sense of relaxation and appreciation of nature takes over you. Schedule is subject to change without notice.
What To Bring: light jacket, your favorite adult beverage & snacks
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Wild Amelia Sunset Ecotour and Shrimping Demonstration
6:30-8:30pm
Fee: adults $22 / Children $16
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: As part of the 2018 Wild Amelia Nature Festival, Amelia River Cruises will bring you close up and personal with the landscape, wildlife and Eco-System that make northeast Florida a truly unique experience. Come join owner, Kevin McCarthy, and our on-staff marine biologist as we explore the backwaters including the Belles River, Tiger Creek and the Cumberland Sound. Enjoy, firsthand, a live shrimp demonstration as we drag an authentic Otter Trawl shrimp net still used in the commercial shrimping industry. View the catch and learn about each creature from our marine biologist before we release our catch back into the wild. Enjoy views of wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, exotic birds and wild horses set against the spectacular backdrop of the best sunset north of Key West.
What To Bring: light jacket, bring your own beer, wine, soda and snacks
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Sunset Kayak Tour
6-8pm
Fee: $65
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: This trip is a moderate exercise trip, we suggest no kids under 12 years old. Get a front-row seat to one of nature's most spectacular shows, as the sun slips below the horizon line and the day fades to night. Relax with friends at the end of the day. A calmness comes over the marsh at sunset as the golden colors of sunset are cast over the water and grasses. This is a more open water trip (in Cumberland Sound). You will have to paddle against the current occasionally but the horses on Cumberland, views of Ft Clinch from the water and other wildlife are totally worth the extra work.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent
Meeting Place: DeeDee Bartels boat ramp
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Family-Friendly Sunset Tour
7-8pm
Fee: Adults $22 / Children $16
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area.
What To Bring: light jacket
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Bat Trek
7-9pm
Fee: $10.00 for 1 adult, $15.00 couple, $20.00 family (2 adults, 4 children for a limit of 6 individuals). Proceeds will go to Bat  Belfrys to assist with bat rehabilitation and rescue
Tour Leader: Shari Blissett-Clark
Description: Join Shari Blissett-Clark of Bat Belfrys Inc. for a personal session with some of the Florida bats in her care, followed by an evening Bat Trek through the Greenway searching for local bats using auditory detection devices. NOTE: If disability accommodations will be needed, please provide details during the registration process.  
Meeting Place: Atlantic Center Aquatics Classroom for a 30-45 minute discussion followed by a leisurely walk through the Greenway. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
Reservations: Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center at 2500 Atlantic Avenue., or call 904-310-3350 x1 to register over the phone.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 20

Sunrise Hike at Blackrock Beach
6:15-9am
Fee: $10 donation for Friends of Talbot State Parks
Tour Leader: Talbot Island State Park Ranger
Description: Join a park ranger to discover the beauty and wild coastline of Blackrock Beach at sunrise. A quiet 10 minute walk through the maritime hammock forest will take us to the shore. As the sun peeks over the Atlantic Ocean, lava-like black sand deposits glisten with tide pools teeming with ocean life. Spend time investigating the mammoth driftwood skeletons of live oak, cedar and sabal palm trees that lay sunbleached and scattered across the sand like fallen giants. Hike a mile further east to the mouth of Simpson’s Creek to enjoy a 360’ panorama of unparalleled scenery and keep an eye out for wildlife.
What To Bring: snacks, water, sturdy shoes, bug spray and sunscreen, camera and binoculars
Meeting Place: Blackrock Trail Head, A1A south (first white gravel parking lot on left, about 2 miles south of Amelia Island after crossing Nassau Sound bridge)
Reservations: Allison.conboy@dep.state.fl.us or 904-251-2811

Kayak Tour at Omni Plantation
9am
Fee: $65
Tour Leader: Nature Center Naturalist
Description: Explore Amelia Island’s salt marsh via kayak. Learn about the diverse ecosystem while
focusing on birds, reptiles, and additional animals that inhabit the marsh. Geared towards all skill levels.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen
Meeting Place: Walker’s Landing Omni Plantation
Reservations: 904-321-5082

Cumberland Island Tour
10am-12:30pm
Fee: adults $30 / seniors $28 / children $24
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by Fernandina’s shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch to the wild horses of Cumberland Island. Our historians will share the colorful stories that define the character of this unique part of the world.
What To Bring: light jacket
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/

Marsh Kayak Tour
Sunday 10am-1pm
Fee: $65
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: All our tours explore the salt marsh creeks in Talbot Island State Park. Tours are planned to go with the tide (no paddling against the current). There will be a short paddle instruction and safety drill on land before you go and a break on a sandbar mid trip for a snack and swim in warm weather. The guides are naturalists and will share stories of the local critters and history. All tours go rain or shine, lightning and high winds will keep us off the water.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent
Meeting Place: Ft George Island boat ramp
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Segway Ecotour
10am-noon. $80
1-2pm. $60
Tour Leader: Kayak Amelia Naturalist
Description: All our tours explore the salt marsh creeks in Talbot Island State Park. Tours are planned to go with the tide (no paddling against the current). There will be a short paddle instruction and safety drill on land before you go and a break on a sandbar mid trip for a snack and swim in warm weather. The guides are naturalists and will share stories of the local critters and history. All tours go rain or shine, lightning and high winds will keep us off the water.
What To Bring: footgear that may get wet, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent
Meeting Place: Ft George Island boat ramp
Reservations: https://bookeo.com/kayakamelia or 904-251-0016

Windward Sailing
1-3pm or 4-6pm
Fee: $40
Tour Leader: Tony Jones
Description: Sail on one of Windward Sailing's sailboats around Amelia and Cumberland Islands.
Experience true 'green' transportation as you make your around Cumberland Sound the way the first
explorers did. You'll experience how nature's tides, currents, and wind allow you to see dolphins,
shorebirds, and wild horses, silently. You can even help man the boat if you would like. Subject to weather.
Meeting Place: Windward Sailing boats - Fernandina Harbor Marina near dock house on dock 2 (look for Windward sign)
Reservations: 904-327-3265
Contact: wsailing1@yahoo.com

Beach Creek Tour
2:30-4pm
Fee: adults $25 / seniors $23 / children $19
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close up view of the ruins of the Dungeness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island.
What To Bring: light jacket
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.

Family Friendly Sunset Tour
7-8pm
Fee: Adults $22 / Children $16
Tour Leader: Amelia River Cruises staff
Description: This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area.
What To Bring: light jacket
Meeting Place: All tours depart from Dock 3 of the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Guests must check in at the Amelia River Cruises Ticket Booth to receive their boarding passes, even if they have printed their tickets at home.
Reservations: https://ameliarivercruises.com/book-online/
Or call ticket booth at 904-261-9972.