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!
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.
Wild Nites Lectures 2018-2019
October 9th, 2018: "River Otters." Speaker: Pat Foster-Turley, Amelia Island naturalist and columnist
November 13th: "Amelia Island Sea Turtle Update." Speaker: Mary Duffy, Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch
December 11th: "Right Whale Update." Speaker: Katie Jackson, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
January 8th, 2019: "Microplastics in the Environment." Speaker: Maia McGuire, PhD, UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant agent
February 12th: "St. Mary's Riverkeeper." Speaker: Rick Frey, Riverkeeper
March 12th: "University of Florida Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience." Speaker: Dr. Mark Martindale, Director
April 9th: "Amelia Island Coastal Engineering & Sand Processes." Speaker: Dr. Al Browder, Coastal Engineer at Olsen & Associates
May 14th: "Sustainable Seafood." Speaker: Jeff Peterson, PhD, global sustainable seafood expert