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Amelia Islander

Wild Amelia Festival May 20, 21, and 22

May 18, 2016 02:00AM
The Wild Amelia Festival is fun for the entire family, with a free expo, events, nature tours, all designed to showcase and educate participants about the local environment and the critters that call it home.

A few of the ways you can experience the island’s wilder side: • Eco Expo filled with exhibits from green vendors, nature and conservancy groups • Kids’ Niche with interactive booths and a special Passport Program with prizes • Nature photography shoot behind the scenes at the Jacksonville Zoo* • Eco-tours by foot, bike, boat, golf cart and Segway – some for kids only * • Starlab portable planetarium shows • Kids’ fishing clinic at Fort Clinch • Live animal displays • Create a giant shell and sand sculpture on the beach • Live music and a silent auction • Sunset bird watching* • A meditation kayak paddle* • Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga* • Sunrise movement and meditation • Presentation of the winners of the Wild Amelia Nature photography contest

*requires a fee for participation.

Wild Amelia is a group of local residents who have banded together to protect and to showcase the wildlife and natural beauty of Amelia Island and surrounding areas. Year-round programs are designed to educate both residents and visitors about the plants, insects, and animals with whom we coexist. Through these programs, WA hopes to encourage greater understanding of the interrelationship of nature and humans and, through this understanding, to grow an enthusiasm for protecting and sustaining the fragile ecosystem of this area.

Designed to educate and entertain both adults and children, WA programs aim to promote a conservation ethic. Our goal is to develop a sense of stewardship for the wild things living on our barrier island and surrounding areas. For more information about Wild Amelia and the Wild Amelia Festival visit www.wildamelia.com.