Wild Amelia Nature Festival

Wild Amelia Nature Festival is a three day long festival celebrating the bioregion around Amelia Island. This nature festival includes a variety of nature tours led by naturalists and Park Rangers, as well as nature photography workshops by local professionals. The 6th annual Wild Amelia Nature Festival takes place May 18 – 20, 2012 in Amelia Island, Florida.

There are hiking, biking, kayaking and Segwaying ecotours where you can learn from local naturalists about the natve ecosystem and the stories of the animals who call this place home. The Kids Niche has hands-on crafts and activities. Learn how local businesses and organizations help the environment at the EcoExpo on Saturday.

Each year, the festival highlights a local “critter”. This year the honor goes to the horseshoe crab. The earliest horseshoe crab species were crawling around the Earth’s shallow coastal seas for at least 100 million years before the dinosaurs. They haven’t really evolved or changed much since the early days. Horseshoe crabs belong to the phylum of Arthropods.The three major classes are Insects, Arachnids and Crustaceans, but the horseshoe crab belongs to its own class called Merostomata, which means “legs attached to the mouth”. That is pretty much an accurate description of this fascinating creature. (You can read a lot more about it here)

 This year, Wild Amelia takes place May 16 – 18, 2014. You can read all about it on the website www.wildamelia.com

You can watch this video about the Wild Amelia Festival to find out more.