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FREE online weekday kids’ animal program hosted by Friends of Oatland Island, Savannah

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

FOOVentures Oatland Island online virtual

Add this to your list of online learning for kids during the COVID-19 school closures: FOOVENTURES – which connects kids online with the animals of Oatland Island Wildlife Center via Facebook Live!

This FREE online kids’ nature virtual program will be live at 11AM on weekdays via the Friends of Oatland Island Facebook page here. 

FREE & open to kids of all ages.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

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FREE Young Explorers Club for ages 3-4 @ Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

 

Free children's activities Savannah toddler preschoolers Savannah Wildlife Refuge The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge hosts a preschoolers “Young Explorers Club” on the first Tuesday of each month.

The free, hour-long monthly program for 3-4 year-olds starts at 10AM on the first Tuesday of each month.  There will be story time, crafts, snacks, and take-home activities all about this month’s topic.

The programs are at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC 29927).

Each month, a different animal or method of conservation will be highlighted. Juniors of Girl Scout Troop 30387 have designed the monthly programs as their service project for completing the Bronze Award. The themes are:

February – Lady Bugs
March – Plants
April – Recycle
May – Baby Birds
June – Alligators
July – Sea Turtles
August – Spiders
September – Fish
October – Butterflies
November – Turkeys
December – Ducks

For more information, please contact Joel Vos at (843) 784-2468.

Learn more here.

National Wildlife Refuge in Savannah/Hardeeville.
Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
694 Beech Hill Ln
Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927

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(Savannah Summer Camps 2020) Camp @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Summer Camp 2020 Savannah Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Summer Camp 2020 Applications for Oatland Island Summer Camp in Savannah are available here.

Weekly summer camps will be offered June 1-July 17 2020, Monday-Friday 9AM-3PM. Earliest drop-off is 8:30AM. (Extended care offered 3-5PM). For rising kindergarteners through rising 8th graders,

Cost: $145 for each week of camp.

Find the weekly camp programs here.

Questions? Contact Summer Camp Coordinator Pam Hewatt at (912) 395-1513 or via email pam.hewatt@sccpss.com

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410

Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2020) Fairy & Gnome Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Fairy Gnome Festival Oatland Island Savannah

Come to the Fairy & Gnome Festival 2020 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for a day of enchantment, Sat. April 25, 2020, 10AM-2PM

This family-themed festival is all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative play. Dress in costume and flaunt your wings in our fashion show; mine for magic gems; frolic in the enchanted forest for a fairy surprise; construct a fairy village; enjoy games and crafts inspired by the natural world.

Bring the whole family and stroll through Oatland’s magical trails and maybe you will catch a glimpse of a fairy or gnome looking for a place to call home. Additional fees may apply. All proceeds go to feeding our magical animal kingdom.

Cost: regular admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center as well as some extra fundraising activities during the event. Find admission costs here.

Fairy & Gnome Festival 2020
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandown Rd.
Savannah, 31410
(912) 395-1500

FREE entrance to museums, historical sites on Super Museum Sunday 2020

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Super Museum Sunday Savannah 2020 Oatland Island

Super Museum Sunday 2020

FREE admission to museums, historic sites on Super Museum Sunday, Feb. 9 2020

Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday 2020 is Sun. Feb. 9 when various museums and historical sites in the Savannah area are free and open to the public.

See the list of participating Super Museum Sunday Sites here.  

Various sites will have free admission Feb. 10 2019 from noon – 4PM, unless alternate hours are listed.

Highlights of this year’s special event programming include:

Telfair Museums’ three sites – The Jepson Center, Telfair Academy & Owens-Thomas House, will be open & free noon-4PM.
The Jepson Center,  207 W. York St. Savannah 31401
Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. Savannah, 31401
Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St. Savannah, 31401

All Coastal Heritage Society sites – Savannah Children’s Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Fort Jackson, Savannah History Museum – will be open & free.

*Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA
*Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd, Savannah, GA
*Pin Point Heritage Museum, 9924 Pin Point Ave, Savannah, GA
*Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA
*Savannah History Museum, 303 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA
Cost: FREE!

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Colonial Faire & Muster 2019 Savannah free events Super Museum Sunday

FREE Colonial Faire and Muster 2020

Saturday & Sunday, 10AM- 4PM Feb 8 & Feb. 9 2020
Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah  31406.
Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, sutler’s row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available. Free. 912-353-3023. Details here. 

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FREE Georgia Day Parade 2020, Savannah

Educators & students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in the Georgia Day Parade on Fri. Feb. 21, 2020. As part of the annual commemoration of the founding of the Georgia colony by James Edward Oglethorpe, a tradition dating back to the earliest years of the colony’s founding, students, local dignitaries, musicians, & costumed performers will march through Savannah’s historic squares. Registration is now open.

Registration details here. 

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Savannah Spring Fest 2020: Sheep to Shawl @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

From the sheep’s body to the finished wool product!

Observe and participate in the magical creation of a woolen shawl through all the stages of wool processing.

Members of The Fiber Guild of the Savannah’s join Oatland staff and volunteers in making this traditional Savannah spring celebration fun for the whole family.

The annual Sheep to Shawl Festival will be 10AM-2PM Sat. March 7 2020 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah.

The Oatland sheep will be sheared throughout the day with demonstrations of carding, spinning, dying and weaving the wool. Crafts, games, hay rides and other children’s activities as well as food concessions will be available.

Admission
$5 Adult, $3 Children

Sheep to Shawl 2020
Sat. March 7, 2020
10AM-2PM
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410

Family Birding @ Skidaway Is. Aquarium, Savannah

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

A group of people use binoculars to watch birds.

Family Birding
10AM-Noon Sat. Jan. 18 2020
Cost: $15

Explore the Jay Wolf Nature Trail in search of winter birds of all shapes and sizes. Learn how to use binoculars, identify different types of birds and accompany educators on a birding hike through the maritime forest. Children ages 6 and above are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 

Registration is required by Jan. 16Register online here. Contact Kayla Clark at kayla270@uga.edu or 912-598-3345 with questions. 

Discounted tickets for Marsh Treks with Tybee Marine Science Center

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Tybee Island Marsh Trek Savannah

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center will offer a half-price discount on their popular Marsh Treks.

Discounted tickets will be available starting Thurs. Aug. 22 2019 through Oct. 31 2019. The one-hour Marsh Trek, normally $10, will be available for $5 per person. Marsh Treks are offered daily at 4PM.

Participants can sign-up in person at the center or online at www.tybeemarinescience.orgThe program is appropriate for all ages.

You’ll get hands-on exploration in the mud searching for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Examine salty grasses, observe soaring marsh birds, and hum with periwinkle snails. Learn about adaptations necessary for survival in this environment, how the marsh functions as a nursery for many organisms, a filter for pollutants, and as an abundant food source. Expect to get muddy. Marsh Treks meet off-site, on the north end of the island at Spanish Hammock.

Tybee Island Marine Science Center
1509 Strand Ave. (Located off the 14th St parking lot, near the pier)
Tybee Is. GA 31328
912-786-5917
Open Daily 10AM-5PM

(Savannah Fall Festivals 2019) Harvest Festival & Cane Grinding @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Oatland Harvest Fest Cane Grinding 2019 Savannah

Celebrate Georgia’s diverse agricultural traditions during Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s annual cane grinding event on Sat. Nov. 16 2019 in Savannah, 10AM-4PM. Details here. 

Centered around Oatland’s 1800’s Heritage Homesite, history comes alive with old-time music, cane-boiling, butter-making and cooking on the hearth and open fire. See how “it was back then” amidst the sights, sounds and aroma of an old-fashioned fall gathering.​

Children young and old will enjoy hay rides, crafts and games, cane syrup and other fun festival food that will tug at your senses as you venture back through history.​

Special Admission Rates for this event​:
Children $5
Adults $7

Learn more here. 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Kids & family programs @ UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium on Skidaway Is., Savannah

Friday, June 7th, 2019

UGA Aquarium Skidaway Kids Events Savannah

Lots of kids & family happenings @ UGA Marine Education Center And Aquarium on Skidaway Is. in Savannah during Summer 2019 including:

Turtle Tuesdays
Every Tuesday in July, 2-3PM
Meet a new turtle that’s native to the Georgia coast each Tuesday in June at the UGA Aquarium! Turtle talks begin at 2 p.m. and include a feeding at the aquarium’s freshwater turtle pond as well as an opportunity to interact with one of the aquarium’s ambassador turtles. The turtle talks are included in general admission to the UGA Aquarium, paid by cash or check. Learn more here. 

Toddler Touch Tanks
Every Thursday in July, 10-11AM
Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity! Toddler Touch Tank programs are specifically designed with our youngest visitors in mind. They include a mix of games, art, stories and animal encounters that provide fun learning experiences about the ocean. Pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot. Register online here. 

Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tours
Every Thursday in July, 2-3PM
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the UGA Aquarium? Spend the afternoon exploring our exhibits before learning what it’s like to care for native marine life during a behind-the-scenes tour led by marine educators. Pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot. Register online here

Family Field Trip: Marsh Mucking
July 9 & July 30
Register online here. 

Crabbing 101
July 13 10AM-Noon.
Register online here. 

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UGA Marine Education Center And Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
30 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Sheep to Shawl Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Sheep to Shawl Festival 2019 Savannah Oatland Island Wildlife

From the sheep’s body to the finished wool product @ Sheep to Shawl Festival 2019 @ Oatland Is. Wildlife Center in Savannah.

Observe and participate in the magical creation of a woolen shawl through all the stages of wool processing at this annual fundraiser for Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

Members of The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs join Oatland staff and volunteers in making this traditional spring celebration fun for the whole family. the Oatland sheep will be sheared throughout the day with crafts, games, hay rides, and much more!

Sheep to Shawl Festival
Sat. March 9, 2019
10AM-4PM
Admission: Adults: $5
Children, Seniors, Military: $3

Details here.

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2019) Fairy & Gnome Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Come to the Fairy & Gnome Festival 2019 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for a day of enchantment, Sat. May 4, 2019, 10AM-2PM

This family-themed festival is all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative play. Dress in costume and flaunt your wings in our fashion show; mine for magic gems; frolic in the enchanted forest for a fairy surprise; construct a fairy village; enjoy games and crafts inspired by the natural world.

Bring the whole family and stroll through Oatland’s magical trails and maybe you will catch a glimpse of a fairy or gnome looking for a place to call home. Additional fees may apply. All proceeds go to feeding our magical animal kingdom.

Cost: regular admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center as well as some extra fundraising activities during the event. Find admission costs here.

Fairy & Gnome Festival 2019
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandown Rd.
Savannah, 31410
(912) 395-1500

Free admission to Oatland Island Wildlife’s Center Reopening, Savannah

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is open 2019

Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah reopened in late December 2018 after being closed for months due to damage sustained from a summer 2018 tornado.

To celebrate, Oatland will have a special Grand Reopening Celebration on Sat. Jan. 12 2019, 10AM-2PM. Admission is FREE. (Donations appreciated).

Enjoy food trucks, live music, open fire cooking, live animal encounters, a 1PM cake cutting & cabin tours. Learn more here.

Oatland’s Toddler Tuesdays nature programs is also back. Find the Toddler Tuesday winter 2019 schedule here. 

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

(Things to do with preschoolers in Savannah) Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Toddler Tuesday Oatland Summer Hours Savannah

Toddlers Tuesdays are back for 2020 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

The popular Savannah nature program for kids will offer a choice of 2 times, until they get rolling again: 10-10:45AM; and 11-11:45AM.

It is the same program each time, just pick the time that is more convenient to you.

Cost of the program: $5 per child that is participating and regular admission for the rest of your party. This is a special fundraising program, so even if you are members the cost is $5 per child.

Pre-registration is required! Space is limited to 15 students per session. Registration closes on Tuesday at 7:30AM. Please cancel if you know you won’t make it to open spaces for other children. Click on link below to register.

Problems with registration contact Ms. Michelle at michelle.kelly@sccpss.com or 912-395-1517.

Toddler Tuesday is a program designed to introduce our youngest learners to the wonders of the natural world. Children and their adults will experience nature through themed activities including songs, finger play, story time, nature walks, live animal encounters and crafts. Your child will commune with nature in a safe, playful and experiential way in Toddler Tuesday classes.

Click on link below to register for these 2020 Toddler Tuesdays.

March 24–A Vulture’s View

March 31–Frog on a Log in a Bog

April 7–3..2..1..Blast Off 

 April 14–National Dolphin Day!

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Wildlife and education programs
711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA, 31410
(912) 395-1212

Admission rates here.  

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

(Savannah Fall Festivals) Halloween Hike 2018 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Friday, August 17th, 2018

halloween hike 2018 Oatland Island Savannah

Halloween Hike 2016 Oatland Island Wildlife Center

One of our favorite Savannah kids’ Halloween events –  the Halloween Hike Oatland Island Wildlife Center , is scheduled for Fri & Sat. Oct. 19 & 20 2018.

If you’ve never taken your little trick-or-treaters to this non-scary Halloween event, make sure this is the year you do so!

Halloween Hike
Oct. 19 & 20, 2018
5PM-8PM (last hike leaves at 8PM)

CASH ONLY

Adults: $5
Children: $10

This is a fun, safe, not-so-scary fundraiser for your little trick or treaters! Walk with your trickster down our friendly forest trail to meet and gather goodies from our friendly animal characters. Let Mother Earth show you the way and sit with Mother Goose as she tells her favorite rhymes. There will be face painting, spooky crafts, and many more activities. Comfortable walking shoes and costumes are encouraged.

Concessions will be available before or after the hike.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

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Savannah Day Trips: Georgia Sea Turtle Release on Jekyll Is.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Sea Turtle Release Jekyll Island Savannah daytrips You are invited to a Sea Turtle Release this Fri. June 15 @ Great Dunes Beach on Jekyll Is., which is about a 90 minute drive on I-95 from Savannah.

Join the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Is. as they release some of their rehabilitated patients back to the ocean.

The release happens at 2PM Fri. June 15.

Please arrive early, as the release will start promptly at 2 p.m. Remember to bring your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and a friend.

This event is free & open to their public. There is a required $6 Daily Parking Fee to enter Jekyll Is.

Learn more about the Georgia Sea Turtle Center including visiting hours & daily kid-friendly programs here. 

Read our Things To Do With Kids on Jekyll Island list here.

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Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Visit the state’s only rescue & rehabilitation facility to learn about the endangered sea turtles that visit our coast. Meet some of the turtle patients in the center’s hospital & learn their stories that brought them there.

During the nesting months of summer (June and July), the center leads nightly turtle walks.  After the turtles hatch in August, the center offers hatchling walks at dawn.

www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org or (912) 635-4444

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Find more kid-friendly daytrips from Savannah here.