Wild Amelia Nature Festival

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This exciting 3-day festival, held over a weekend every May and based at the Atlantic Recreation Center, celebrates the bioregion on and around Amelia Island.  The festival includes numerous nature tours led by area naturalists and park rangers; nature photography workshops taught by local professionals; a nature-based/green business expo; a Kids’ Niche, with nature-based activities for children; critters from the Jacksonville Zoo; a Silent Auction; and more!

Please visit www.wildamelia.org for more information.

Festival dates for 2020:  May 15th - 17th 

PLEASE NOTE:  The Wild Amelia Festival and associated activities are postponed until further notice due to the threat of Novel Coronavirus 2019.

Festival activities:

  • Eco-Tours -  "Sunrise with the Birds" (May 16th from 7:00-8:30am; $15 adults, children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult); and "Wings Over Florida:  Birds, Blooms & Butterflies" (May 16th from 10:00-11:00am; $10 adults, children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult).  Open the following link for more information about these tours:  Eco Tours - Wild Amelia 2020
  • Bat Trek - May 16th from 7:00-9:30pm.  $10 per person, $15 per couple, $20 per family up to 4.  Open the following link for more information:  Bat Trek - Wild Amelia 2020     


Wild Nites Nature Lecture Series

Wild Nites Nature Lectures are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the months September - May at 7:00pm at the Peck Center Auditorium, 516 South 10th Street (corner of South 10th Street & Fir Street).  All lectures are FREE and open to the public.

PLEASE NOTE:  Wild Nites lectures are cancelled until further notice due to the threat of Novel Coronavirus 2019.

Wild Nites Lectures 2019-2020

  • September 10th, 2019:  "Sea Level Rise in the Southeast U.S."  Dr. Andrea Dutton, Associate Professor of Geology, University of Florida.
  • October 8th:  "Environmental Effects of Pollution on Sharks and Fish."  Dr. James J Gelsleichter, Associate Professor/Program Director, Biology, University of North Florida.
  • November 12th:  "Amelia Island Sea Turtle Update."  Mary Duffy, Amelia Island Sea Turtles.
  • December 10th:  "Right Whale Update."  Katie Jackson, Florida Wildlife Commission.
  • January 14th, 2020:  "Egans Creek Greenway."  Kathy Russell, Parks & Recreation Manager, City of Fernandina Beach.
  • February 11th:  "Critter of the Year - Bats."  Shari Clark, Florida Bat Conservancy.
  • March 10th:  "Shorebird Breeding Season."  Jean Olbert, Florida Wildlife Commission.
  • April 14th:  "Our Connection With Nature."  Ayolane Halusky, Parks & Recreation Naturalist, St. Johns County - CANCELED
  • May 12th:  "Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center News."  Dr. Terry Norton, Director, Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center - CANCELED