2015 Wild Amelia Nature Festival

2015 Wild Amelia Nature FestivalEco-Tours: Friday May 15 through Sunday May 17, 2015.
Explore the Wild Side of Amelia by foot, kayak, segway, and sailboat. Some tours are just for kids. Some tours are free! Reservations required.

Eco-Expo: Saturday May 16 at the Atlantic Rec Center:
30 exhibitors – businesses and organizations offering information on living in harmony with nature; StarLab Planetarium with views of the stars over Amelia (and a look at Amelia from space); passport program for kids (with prizes); Kids Niche, hands-on nature activities, face painting, touch-tank, animal exhibit by Jacksonville Zoo; live music; Silent Auction; food… something for the whole family.

Come help celebrate the green anole, Wild Amelia’s critter of the year, and take home a tee shirt with a perky green anole.

For more information, please visit www.WildAmelia.com or visit us on facebook.

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2011 Wild Amelia Nature Festival

2011 Wild Amelia Nature FestivalWild Amelia Nature Festival is a three day event celebrating nature around Amelia Island, Florida.

This is the 5th year of the festival that just gets better and better! Naturalists, Park Rangers and Photographers will teach exciting workshops, children will enjoy animals and nature based activities and everyone will enjoy a green business expo!

Here is a brief schedule of events, but there are so many activities, classes and adventures all weekend long, you really need to view the full event program HERE.

Friday, May 20, 2011:
From 6 to 9:00 PM bring your lawn chairs for an evening of Bluegrass music and adventures with Merlin the Owl at Fort Clinch State Park. Tickets are $7.00 for adults, $2.00 for kids and it covers entry to the park plus all activites.

Saturday, May 21, 2011:
From 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, the Atlantic Recreation Center on 2500 Atlantic Avenue is where you will want to be! The Eco-Expo is FREE and you can learn ways to live a greener lifestyle. The Kid’s Niche is open for children, animals will be on exhibit and there will be photography classes and a silent auction.

Sunday, May 22:
Check out yoga, bird watching, photography classes, beach walks, a rehabilitated turtle release and more, the first program begins at 6:00 AM with FREE yoga and tai chi on the beach!

Classes and activites will be held in a variety of locations! Bring the entire family because there truly is something for everyone!

Butterfly Breakfast Benefits Wild Amelia

Butterfly Breakfast Benefits Wild AmeliaFernandina Beach, FL – Butterflies are the theme at the May 10 breakfast event at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. NY Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will launch her newest book, The Butterfly’s Daughter.

Amelia Island caterer, Leslie Boline Gilchrist (www.gotflavour.com), promises an incredible breakfast buffet including lavender, cranberry and orange scones, coffee cake, lemon pound cake, baked brie with Bing cherry walnut filling, blueberry/pomegranate and cranberry/apple juices, Greek yogurt with homemade granola and seasonal fruit.

James Loper, Reflections of Nature (www.mlnursery.com), will offer tips to attendees on how to attract butterflies to your garden. Wild flowers and butterfly attracting plants will be available for sale. Loper is an expert in native and Florida friendly plants, organic garden supplies and sustainable landscape design services.

The Butterfly’s Daughter, Monroe’s newest book, like her others, offers insights that resonate with women and offer fascinating information about the natural world—this time the monarch butterflies. Monroe will discuss the powerful and inspiring parallels of self discovery with the miracle of metamorphosis and migration.

Tickets are $50 and include a signed copy of the newly released The Butterfly’s Daughter and a gift of milkweed seeds for your garden. Breakfast starts at 9:00 AM with a butterfly garden demonstration immediately following. For ticket purchase or information contact Dickie Anderson at dickie.anderson@gmail.com or (904) 556-6455. Tables can be reserved. Tickets will be available at Books Plus, 501 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach and Red Otter Outfitters.

The event benefits Wild Amelia Nature Festival, May 20-22, an exciting 3-day festival celebrating the bioregion around Amelia Island and includes nature tours, photography workshops, green business expo, the “Kid’s Niche” and visiting critters from the Jacksonville Zoo. Check website – www.wildamelia.com for more information.

Best Selling Author Returns to Amelia

The Butterfly's Daughter

The Butterfly's Daughter

Fernandina Beach, FL. – Mary Alice Monroe, NY Times best-selling author, will speak at the “Butterflies Are Free” breakfast event scheduled Tuesday, May 10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Monroe spoke to a sold out crowd at the First Annual High Tide Women’s Weekend in October of 2010.

Monroe shared, “I fell in love with Amelia Island when I visited in October and am excited to return. I met so many wonderful people who are committed to our environment.”

The breakfast will benefit Wild Amelia Nature Festival, May 20-22. Volunteers will coordinate with Monroe to release monarch butterflies after the breakfast event. School groups are welcome.

Wild Amelia is an exciting 3-day festival celebrating the bioregion around Amelia Island and includes nature tours, photography workshops, green business expo, the “Kid’s Niche”, and visiting critters from the Jacksonville Zoo. Check their website at www.wildamelia.com for more information.

The Butterfly’s Daughter, like many of Monroe’s books offers insights that resonate with women and offers wonderful, educational information about the natural world we live in. Once again novelist Mary Alice Monroe delivers a powerful and compelling novel of self discovery that parallels an awe inspiring event in nature.

Tickets are $50 and include a signed copy of The Butterfly’s Daughter. Additional copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. The breakfast event starts at 9:00 AM with the butterfly release immediately following.

Tickets can be purchased at Red Otter Outfitters, the Golf Club of Amelia (after March 15) or contact Dickie Anderson at dickie.anderson@gmail.com or give her a call at (904) 556-6455. Tables can be reserved.

Stargazing at Fort Clinch

The Wild Amelia Nature Festival offers a free evening of stargazing under the autumn sky at historic Fort Clinch.

Astronomers from the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society will have large telescopes on hand to scan the great view of the sky in the fort. The event is free and open to the public. Bring chairs or a blanket, flashlight, and insect spray.

Celebrate Amelia’s Bioregion

Celebrate Amelia's Bioregion

Celebrate Amelia's Bioregion with the Great Egret

There is an exciting three day Nature Festival, Wild Amelia, that celebrates the bioregion around Amelia Island and it is happening May 21st through the 23rd, 2010. This family event includes several nature tours led by area naturalists and Park Rangers, nature photography workshops taught by local professionals, a green business expo, The “Kids Niche” nature-based activities for children, live music, critters from the Jacksonville Zoo, stargazing and more!

Wild Amelia Nature Tours “will get you face to face with the ‘wild’ side of the local area. By definition Ecotourism is ‘Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. It is all about connecting conservation, communities and sustainable travel. Wild Amelia nature tours will educate participants about the local environment and the critters that live there.”

Check the website activities, times, registration forms and an overview of the entire festival schedule. You will also find a pre-festival photography class and Wild Nites seminars.

This is the 4th year for the Wild Amelia Nature Festival. Last year the Nature Photography contest and classes were a big hit and those programs will be expanded this year. The winning photos included birds, flowers and landscapes.

Each year Wild Amelia chooses a different local critter to highlight. The first year was the Painted Bunting, 2008, was the Gopher Tortoise, and in 2009 we highlighted Northern Right Whales. This year we had WANF supporters vote for their favorite critter and it was close but the Egret won by a nose…or a beak! (The Green Anole was second.) The Year of the Egret – The story of the egret is a real preservation success story, brought back from the brink of extinction.

Wild Amelia Nature Festival

right-whale

The Wild Amelia Nature Festival is being held May 15-17, 2009, on and around Amelia Island. Our small barrier island is nestled among some of the most pristine and historic preserves in Florida. The northern tip of the island is Ft. Clinch State Park, our southern border is Amelia State Park and within the island we have the Egans Creek Greenway. Cumberland Island Read more