A Historic Hotel of America | Jekyll Island Club Resort

Nature & Ecology

Jekyll Island is a nature lover’s paradise. The Island’s low-laying coastal environment attracts a wide array of wildlife, including sea turtles and various species of birds. Explore the nature of the island by foot, on bike, or experience the ecology on a guided tour.


The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, located directly behind the Jekyll Island Club, is a must visit during your stay on Jekyll Island to learn more about the wonderful and protected species of sea turtles. Specializing in rehabilitation, research, and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center increases awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation, promotes responsibility for ecosystem health, and empowers individuals to protect the environment.

For more information, call 912-635-4444.


Tidelands Nature Center offers educational nature walks around the island, kayak tours in the salt marsh, and coastal ecology programs, as well as an exhibit area that features live coastal species including sea turtles, fish, horseshoe crabs, snakes, alligators, and more.

For more information call, 912-635-5032.


Jekyll Island boasts some of the most diverse and plentiful bird watching in the country as one of the 18 sites along Georgia's Colonial Birding Trail, as well as an important site along the Atlantic Migratory Flyway. There are two birding platforms located on Jekyll Island, one at the Welcome Center before the island entrance, and one at the St. Andrews Picnic Area near Beach Creek. From Painted Buntings, to Thrashers and Piping Plovers, Jekyll Island is a haven for birds and bird lovers.


Jekyll Island is home to more than a thousand acres of maritime forest, 10 miles of shoreline, and marshes filled with many wonders. Learn about the island’s natural resources from Jekyll’s own Park Ranger during these unique eco-experiences. Ranger Walk programming is updated seasonally, so please visit frequently to learn more about the latest offerings. Reservations are required.

Walks are Saturdays at 10am and 3pm.
For more information, call 912-635-4036.


Horton Pond is one of Jekyll Island’s hidden gems, and the new wheelchair accessible observation deck provides a wonderful view of area wildlife. A floating platform attracts turtles, alligators, and birds so that they can be easily and safely be seen from the deck, and a low-lying promontory on the north side of the pond forms a small island, providing a habitat that attracts nesting wading birds. The pond is located on an unmarked road across the street from The Villas by the Sea Resort’s main entrance.

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