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Jekyll Island 4-H Center

UGA Cooperative Extension: Georgia 4-H

Jekyll Island 4-H Center

The Jekyll Island 4-H Center has been connecting children to Georgia's coastal environment since 1983. We now reach more than 13,000 people each year through our Environmental Education Program and Summer Camp Program, using hands-on techniques to engage young minds.

Important Summer 2016 Jekyll 4-H EE Program and Facility Update

Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program
Richard Chewning
Jekyll Island, GA

Dear Educators:

The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program on Jekyll Island is anticipating a return to operation Spring 2017 at Camp Jekyll! We are excited about our new partnership with the Jekyll Island Authority. The future will bring new significant building and facility upgrades built upon the existing foundation of high quality educational programming. We look forward to welcoming you and your students back or hosting you for the first time.

  • Our rates for the 3-day/2-night lunch-to-lunch program will be $150.00 for the spring 2017.
  • The reservation books for spring 2017 will open on August 11th, 2016 at 8:30am.
  • While we are not yet ready to publish the 2017-2018 fee structure, you will also be able to make reservations for the 2017-2018 school year beginning on August 11th, 2016 at 8:30am.
  • The maximum bed capacity of the new facility will be 256; however, actual capacity will likely be lower and will depend on gender breakdown, adult/child ratio, and number of schools on-site.
  • Our website and Facebook page will be updated in the months ahead as new facility planning information is prepared. Please visit or search ‘Jekyll 4-H’ on Facebook.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of our program. Please let us know what questions you have and feel free to pass the word on to any interested teachers or administrators. We look forward to seeing you and your students at Camp Jekyll soon!

Richard Chewning
Georgia 4-H EE Program Coordinator on Jekyll Island


Jekyll Youth and Learning Center - Summer 2015 Construction Progress Report

Thank you for your interest in the ongoing construction of the new Jekyll Youth and Learning Center (the former site of the Jekyll Island 4-H Center)! Georgia 4-H is very excited and eager to return to the south end of Jekyll and utilize these beautiful new buildings that are beginning to take shape for our Georgia 4-H Environmental Education and Sumer Camp Programs. Please note that the current projection for completion of construction has been pushed back to the first quarter of 2017.We anticipate Summer Camp 2017 will be the first Georgia 4-H program to be offered at this new facility (a shortened spring 2017 EE season is doubtful). While information about reservations and pricing is unavailable at this time, we are excited to share with you some pictures showcasing the considerable progress to date of these new facilities that will be waiting for you and your students return!

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2 of 6 New Cabins! 1 of 2 New Pavilions
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Renovations of Historic Pavilion New Auditorium featuring Offices, Classrooms, Animal Labs, and Infirmary
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Site of New Dining Hall Site Preparation for New Staff Housing

If you are a school teacher looking to book a Georgia 4-H Environmental Education field study during the school year, we encourage you to contact our other four Georgia 4-H Centers located across the state for program options: the Rock Eagle 4-H Center ( near Eatonton, the Fortson 4-H Center near Hampton (, the Wahsega 4-H Center ( near Dahlonega, and the Burton 4-H Center ( on Tybee Island. While the ongoing construction prevents us from offering our overnight programming at this site, we are still able to offer Environmental Education programming to day groups visiting the island at our 4-H Tidelands Nature Center ( The 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island offers the same classes as the Jekyll Island 4-H Center in addition to a live-animals exhibit gallery, kayak tours, and canoe rentals. While we are unable to offer lodging or meals on-site at Tidelands, there are many places to stay and eat on Jekyll, and a few small groups have been able to put together a similar overnight field study using these options and Tidelands for their program content. Please give Tidelands a call at 912-635-5032 for more information!

Donna and Richard

Important Facility/Program Update - Fall 2014

Starting in July 2014, Georgia 4-H embarked on a new partnership with the Jekyll Island Authority that will improve, renovate, and expand the facilities that have served since 1983 as the Jekyll Island 4-H Center. Due to the constraints of the construction/renovations that have spread across the entire campus, the Jekyll Island 4-H Center had to suspend our overnight Environmental Education and Summer Camping Programs on December 5th, 2014 and had to vacate the Jekyll 4-H campus effective January 2015 . A new facility, the Jekyll Island Youth and Learning Center, will serve as the new home for Georgia 4-H programming on Jekyll Island and is targeting a fall 2016 completion date. Georgia 4-H looks forward to returning to these new updated facilities to continue offering students our same great environmental education field studies and summer camp fun. While we are unable to offer residential programming during the ongoing construction, we are still able to conduct Georgia 4-H Environmental Education day programming from our 4-H Tidelands Nature Center here on Jekyll Island. For more information about Georgia 4-H EE day programming on Jekyll, please contact Richard Chewning @ 912.635.5032 or

Are You One Of The Million?

Ever been to a Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program? Share your story with us to help us celebrate reaching our ONE MILLIONTH participant this fall! Click below for more information!
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