Our Love of Nature is our Common Language
Updated: Mar 13
On April 1st, as part of our commitment to environmental stewardship, Omni Amelia Island Resort will make it standard to no longer offer straws with beverage services throughout the resort.
National Geographic reports that “in just the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day. One study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world's beaches.” The Washington Post reported that “it is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.”
For guests still in need of a straw, a sustainable and environmentally friendly “hay straw” will be provided upon request.
EARTH WEEK ACTIVITIES: SEVEN DAYS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
April 22: Beach Clean Up: Resort guests are welcome to grab a bag and join our team as we walk the 3.5 miles of our beach and clean up all waste that washes up from the Atlantic Ocean. Activity begins at 8 a.m. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information.
April 23: Reduce, Reuse, Refuse, Recycle: Join our naturalists at the Nature Center and decorate your own reusable shopping bags. The average plastic bag is used for 15 minutes but can last in our environment for up to 1,000 years. By keeping reusable shopping bags in your car for everyday trips, you can keep an estimated 1,500 plastic bags out of our oceans per family a year. Activity begins at 10 a.m. and costs $10 per person. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information or book online to attend.
April 24: Artful Inspiration: Single use plastic, it’s a whale of an issue. The public is invited to join the naturalists at the Nature Center to tackle this subject through a collaborative art installation. Participants will use recycled plastic bottles to build a whale sculpture while learning about the importance of eliminating single use plastics in their day-to-day lives and environmental safety practices for our ocean sea life. Program begins at 10 a.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information or RSVP online to attend.
April 25: Critter Talk: Come hang out with the Nature Center residents and learn about their world. Fun facts will include: best places to find our wild animal friends, best practices when interacting with our local wild animal friends and ideal pets for our junior naturalists. Program begins at 10 a.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information or RSVP online to attend.
April 26: Shoreline Restoration Workshop with Justina Dacey: Join guest speaker Justina Dacey from the University of the Florida IFAS County Extension as she shares more about the oyster bed restoration projects happening in our area, how our team of naturalists is assisting our neighborhood and what you can do to help. Workshop is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information or book online to attend.
April 27: How to Become a Citizen Scientist: Enjoy an afternoon on Red Maple Lake as you work with our team of naturalists to monitor our wildlife and bird populations. Learn how Master Naturalists track and documents transient species, nesting patterns and a variety of species interactions. Class begins at 3 p.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information or RSVP online to attend.
April 28: Fish and their Ecosystems: With our experienced naturalists, learn proper fishing techniques and best practices to help keep our fisheries in pristine health all while discovering the various ecosystems we have on property and what you can catch there. Class begins at 9 a.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information or RSVP online to attend.
Saturday Sprouting Project & Barrel Room Experience: Led by the Omni chefs, explore The Sprouting Project: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort culinary team’s answer to sustainable food production and creativity. Tour the organic gardens, aquaponic greenhouse, apiary, chicken coup and barrel room while learning about the art of blending your own hot sauce, tasting different varietals of honey and enjoying barrel aged cocktails. Held every Saturday from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ($45/child, $65/adult).
Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary: Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s Oak Marsh Golf Course is recognized for Environment Excellence by Audubon International through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. To reach certification, the course must demonstrate a high degree of environmental quality in the areas of Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation and Water Quality Management.
RESPONSIBLE RETAIL THERAPY
There are so many wonderful eco-friendly companies out there making strides to change the environment through the products we love and use very day. Throughout the month of April, with a retail purchase of $25 or more at Marché Burette you will receive a reusable canvas bag as a gift.
We also offer a variety of wonderful, eco-fabulous gifts for the entire family at The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation and Nature Center including 30A T-Shirts, Sea Bags, Grit & Grace Jewelry, Naturopathica Skin Care, ParaKito, TropicSport, Eco-Kids and much more.
“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” - Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson
We hope you to see you celebrating with us at one of our many Earth Month activities. For more information contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082.