Wild Amelia Nature Festival

May 2, 2016
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Every third weekend in May, Amelia Island celebrates the beauty of nature and the diversity of species found on this barrier island.  Some of the highlights of this year's Wild Amelia Nature Festival:

1) Sea Turtle Release, Friday, May 20th, time to be announced.  A rehabilitated sea turtle will be returned to its ocean home on Main Beach at approximately mid-day. These releases by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center are extremely popular and heart-warming.  Sea turtles are released in the general area where they were rescued before going to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center's rehab hospital. (Event is always dependent on the availability of a sea turtle that is ready for release in this area. Scheduling dependent on weather and tides.) 

2) Eco Expo on Saturday, May 21st, 10am-2pm.  This anchor event showcases 30 exhibitors:  conservation organizations, as well as some green businesses that support nature and the environment. Enjoy the music of the Laid Back band which will be playing on the lawn 10am–2pm.  Don't miss the Silent Auction (insiders say it's one of the year's best.) 

3) Celebration of the Critter of the Year, throughout the festival. Each year, a native creature serves as the festival mascot. For 2016, it's the shark, an apex predator whose survival is critical to our oceans.  In advance of the festival, on May 10, there will be a 'Wild Nite' Nature Lecture on Sharks with Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, Professor of Biology, UNF.

4) Tours, tours, tours, throughout the festival.  From sunrise yoga to an evening bat trek, a zoo photography safari to eco-tours by Segway and more, check out all the offerings here. 

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.