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2016 Amelia Island Labor Day Weekend

LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES • SEPTEMBER 2-5 "Winter is coming" and the 2016 Amelia Island Labor Day Weekend is the last chance to celebrate summer! Come bask in the sunshine, relax in our oversized infinity pool and help yourself escape reality by taking in the beauty of Amelia Island. Whether you've already booked a stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort or are still looking to make plans, we have a ton of activities that are sure to end your summer with a bang!

Amelia Island Valentine’s Day

Romance seems to just happen naturally on Amelia Island. Perhaps it's the setting. The location practically invites you to fall in love while enjoying its secluded shores, picturesque sunsets and sunrises, and all-around natural beauty. Maybe it's the tempo; relaxed and easy, it persuades you to slow down, take stock and appreciate what (or who) is right in front of you. Then again, maybe it's just something in the air, intoxicating old lovers and new ones alike. Whatever the reason, Amelia Island lends itself to romance and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, you're probably in the market for some romance.   Luckily for you, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort takes all of the work out of an Amelia Island Valentine's Day surprise. All you need to do is plan your trip. Once you and your sweetheart get here, we'll take care of the rest.

Touch Tank Aquarium

The Touch Tank Experience The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is pleased to announce addition of the Touch Tank aquarium to the Nature Center. This new feature adds to our growing list of fun activities and provides another educational outlet for students of all ages. Enjoy a hands-on experience and learn all about the beauty and magic of Amelia Island’s complex ecosystems. Students are encouraged to touch all of the animals in the tank and discover the beauty and wonder of nature, firsthand. The Touch Tank houses an abundance of marine life including starfish, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, oysters and mud snails.

The Bluebird Project: 2015 Update!

You may remember a post that we wrote in May of last year on The Bluebird Project, where a select group of bird lovers took it upon themselves to increase the Eastern Bluebird population on Amelia Island Plantation by installing a number of nesting boxes around the property. Well we're proud to say that through the efforts of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the Amelia Island Plantation Community Association, and the golf course managers, The Bluebird Project continues to be a huge success...

April 24, 2015 - Leave a comment

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Nature Center Animals

Our staff is completely ecstatic over the addition of three new critters to the Nature Center. These new tenants, all reptiles by classification, consist of one Western Hognose Snake, one Banded Water Snake and one Florida Softshell Turtle. The snakes are from Southern Reptile Haven, a rescue center based in Jacksonville, FL, while the turtle was donated to us from a local home. One thing is for sure...our new friends will be in good company with the other Nature Center animals as their roommates!

December 16, 2014 - Leave a comment

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Omni Spotlight: Levi Welling

When you work for Omni Amelia Island Plantation, you're family. Perhaps nobody knows this better than Nature Center Supervisor, Levi Welling. As part of the Recreation team here at the resort, Levi has the pleasure of working with some of his best friends day in and day out. He even met his lovely wife, Marilou, here. Hired as an Environmental Interpretation Intern for the Nature Center in 2010, Levi approaches everything he does with a smile on his face and a level of enthusiasm that is literally infectious. As the Nature Center Supervisor, he consistently strives to ensure that all of our tours, the retail shop and the Nature Center all run as smoothly as possible. We're proud to feature him in this week's blog...  

August 5, 2014 - Leave a comment

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The Animals at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

It's no secret that the staff at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort's Nature Center loves their wildlife. A few of our resident critters have even been around since the Plantation first opened way back in 1972! We recently wrangled up the Nature Center's collection for a photo op and while some were a little more cooperative than others, we were able to nab some pretty great shots. While the Nature Center features creatures of all sorts, check out some photos of our friends who weren't shy about coming out of their shells at all. Who knew that so many different types of turtles existed? If these pictures happen to pique your curiosity, be sure to stop by the Nature Center for a tour! Each week they hold a number of "Featured Creature" hours where they'll spotlight one of the animals and you'll get to get up close and personal with them. Check out the schedule on our Weekly Resort Guide.

The Bluebird Project

Everyone needs a hobby, young and old alike. Hobbies engage us, they help build character and provide us with a sense of accomplishment. At the very least they give us a release from the stresses of everyday life. In his 1889 essay entitled, “The Pleasures of Fly Fishing,” W. Holberton writes, “A man without a hobby is a much-to-be-pitied individual.” And perhaps one of the greatest things about having a hobby is that whatever your current interests are, it’s never too late to discover a new one. Just ask part time Amelia Island resident Candace Bridgewater.  A few years ago, Candace attended a meeting for the Amelia Island Plantation Garden Interest Group. However, on this particular day, the meeting didn’t revolve around green thumbery. Rather, that afternoon Candace listened to a man named Bill Pennewill talk passionately about Sialia siali or what is more commonly referred to as the Eastern Bluebird. As President of the Florida Bluebird Society, Mr. Pennewill has devoted much of his time to the conservation and protection of Bluebirds in the state of Florida. And apparently his efforts are working. Increased environmental awareness among the general public combined with years of research have resulted in a steady increase in the Eastern Bluebird population over the last decade…

Meet Amanda Clark, Amelia Island Nature Center Manager and Avatar

Buddy.  Baby T.  Speckles.  Pancake.  All of these creatures call the Nature Center their home.  So if Amanda Clark is the manager of the Amelia Island Nature Center, does that make her their mom?  Whether or not she goes by mom, Amanda Clark recently received the title Manager of the Quarter at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for her dedication and work at the Nature Center. Under her leadership, the Nature Center has expanded their programs including the addition of paddleboarding and the opening of Heron's Cove Adventure Golf.  Her supervision has also increased the Nature Center's revenue and the impact on our local community through a variety of animal rescues and educational programs.  Amanda started as a concierge at Amelia Island Plantation before becoming a nature aid at the Nature Center. From there she became a full time naturalist before being promoted to Nature Center Manager in the summer of 2012.  You can often find Amanda in a kayak, on a paddleboard, riding a Segway™, walking the beach, fishing in a lagoon...we don't feel sorry for Amanda when she's in the "office", but we're proud of her accomplishments and wanted to introduce her to you!

September 13, 2013 - Leave a comment

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