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Safeguarding Jekyll

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A place as unique as Jekyll Island relies on the vision of insightful people and organizations to keep its history, natural beauty and character alive and well through changing and challenging times.  The Jekyll Island Foundation is proud to be counted among those dedicated to the welfare of a truly extraordinary Island.

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A beautiful sunrise to start your Tuesday 🌅
This Beach Pavilion opened on September 25, 1955, to great fanfare, as St. Andrews Beach became the first public beach in Georgia to welcome African Americans. Celebrations included a motorcade, dedication ceremony, and music by the Risley High School Band. In 2016, the historic pavilion was restored to provide a fun space for recreation in the present!
Members of the JIA conservation department worked together to safely implement and control a prescribed fire in a restored muhly meadow patch near the beach on January 23, 2020. The goal with this prescribed fire was to prevent the bushy wax myrtles from taking over and shading out the grassland. Learn more about the fire burn:
#MondayMotivation -- The earth has music for those who listen.
Your contribution makes a difference and we're making it even easier to give! Learn more about our new Text to Give option and the causes you can donate towards:
#ThrowbackThursday -- Hollybourne Cottage was built in 1890 by Club member Charles Stewart Maurice. Maurice helped to construct many road and railway bridges across the country. By the time Maurice retired in 1895, he had helped traverse many of the nation’s major waterways and had been instrumental in the construction of major landmarks around the country.
#MondayMotivation -- “The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you, you can feel it.” - Ted Trueblood
Conservation Land Manager, Yank Moore, made an exciting find while working on the Horton Pond water control structure. Knee deep in the mud below the base of the trail, his shovel struck an object as hard a concrete.Once pulled from the mud and carefully transported to JIA Historic Preservationist, Taylor Davis, for cleaning and inspection, the object revealed itself to be a large piece of pre-1870 lime tabby originating either from the Horton colonial-era or DuBignon plantation-era of the island. The piece had been coated on one side with more modern, Portland cement indicating that it may have once been part of an early Jekyll Island Club era restoration effort of the Horton House.Read more in our newsletter:
Where do you most often find yourself wandering back to in the Jekyll Island Historic District?
#ThrowbackThursday -- Beach days have always been the best days
The whole family will enjoy a trip to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center!
Sunday funday the Jekyll Island way 🚲 🚲
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is gearing up for the start of another turtle nesting season. The Jekyll Island Foundation is proud to have helped fund the wildlife transport vehicles over the years.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center received a blast from the past last nesting season. One of the adoptable turtles from 1999, Althea, returned to Jekyll Island in the summer of 2019! Read more in our most recent newsletter:
#MotivationMonday -- “I believe the world is in-comprehensively beautiful, an endless prospect of magic and wonder” - Ansel Adams
The JIA receives no public operating funds. Revenue is generated from leases, fees, and amenity operations. For this reason, the Jekyll Island Foundation was created in 1999 to raise money for projects beyond the JIA’s financial capabilities. Learn more about the history and significance of the JIF:
#ThrowbackThursday -- Rolling down the beach in style 😎
#DidYouKnow - You can now text a donation to Jekyll Island Foundation as a secure and convenient way to show your support.Learn more about Text to Give:
The annual Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl—taking place March 14, 2020, is famous for being fast, flat, and offering out of this world scenic views!Learn more and register today:
We 10/10 recommend exploring the Jekyll Island Historic District on two wheels 🚲
Enjoy exclusive privileges when you join the Jekyll Island Foundation as a Member! Learn more about our memberships and join today:
There's no better way to spend a long weekend than on Jekyll Island with those you love.
The diamondback terrapin is a species of turtle that lives in the marshes surrounding Jekyll Island.  This unique species has long been a part of the natural and cultural history of the region, but is now threatened by human activities in the marsh.  Learn more about how you can help conserve the diamondback terrapins:
Wishing you a very #HappyValentinesDay! 💚 What do you love most about Jekyll Island?


We’re Looking for a Few Good Shots.

Dear Foundation Friends,

When you visit Jekyll Island, it’s almost impossible NOT to take great pictures. You probably have a few on your smart phone of yourself with Jekyll’s pristine beauty or historic buildings in the background. If this is indeed the case, why not share? Post them to facebook and instagram using #JekyllIslandFoundation. Chances are you’ll see them here, and help us make even more friends!


Dion Davis
Executive Director

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Jekyll Island Foundation

P.O. Box 13002, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: (912) 635-4100