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Cane grinding @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

cane grinding oatland island wildlife center savannah

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah 

The traditional Harvest Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah will not be happening in 2020,  but cane grinding will take place this Saturday Nov. 21 from 10AM-3PM with interpretation stations, a take home craft, animal visits and syrup sales.

Register online as space is limited.

Online ticketing reservations are required and can be reserved here.​

Center for Wildlife Education & The Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center reopens

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Center Wildlife education statesboro Georgia Southern Raptor Program

The Center for Wildlife Education and and The Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center at Georgia Southern in Statesboro will reopen on Mon. Oct. 5, 2020 after closing in March due to COVID-19.

Find visitor guidelines regarding the reopening here.

Come check out the new waterfowl observation deck. This walk-in deck is now open to the public and allows for up close encounters with the center’s waterfowl.

The center’s collection has grown both in number and in species, making the Wildlife Center home to one of the largest waterfowl aviaries in the state of Georgia.

Other features of the Wildlife Education Center include a Discovery Trail which includes a opossum and skunk; a Habitat Walk includes a live bald eagle in her nest; 10 displays housing several live birds; a wetland preserve with ducks and wading birds, a playground; and “Discovery Logs” where kids can crawl inside and see encased ladybugs, grasshoppers, frogs, beetles and more.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 9AM-4:45PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed to the public.


Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah is reopening

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Savannah reopening


Oatland Island Wildlife Center will reopen to members only on Thurs. Sept. 10 2020. Hours will be 10AM-4PM everyday.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center will reopen to the general public on Mon. Sept. 14 2020.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED with timed entry windows. Pre-register online here. 
MEMBERS – check your email to find the promo code for free tickets with your current membership. Be prepared to show membership card on arrival. If you’re a member and didn’t receive the email, contact Oatland.
The main building will be closed with the exception of the gift shop which will be open for cold drinks, snacks, bug spray, and souvenirs. Masks and temperature checks will be required to enter the gift shop.
Restrooms will be available in the GA Barnyard area.

Remember to  practice physical distancing and stay an alligator apart.

Learn more here. 


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Tybee Marine Science Center reopens Thursdays-Sundays

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Tybee Marine Science Center 2020

Tybee Marine Science Center has reopened their south beach location, Thursdays through Sundays.

Come visit for a safely structured tour of their Coastal Gallery.

Tours start at 10AM with the last ticket sold at 4PM. Grab your mask and come down to their south beach location (near the pier) to peek at their sleeping baby terrapins.

Learn more here.

Animal face masks to support Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Oatland Island Face masks Savannah

Take a walk on the wild side with Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s new animal face masks.

Available in both child and adults sizes for $10 each. Choose from cougar, barred owl, gray wolf, and opossum.

Order online here.

Proceeds from Gift Shop sales support Friends of Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s mission to assist Oatland Island Wildlife Center in the day to day needs of animal care, preservation of the ecosystem, continuation of education programs and maintenance of the animal enclosures and grounds as a community asset.

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Savannah Bananas game to benefit Friends of Oatland Island

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

FOO night Oatland Island Savannah Bananas

Are you ready to GO BANANAS??🍌🍌🍌

Now’s your chance to get tickets to The Savannah Bananas game AND support Friends of Oatland FOO, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the staff and animals of Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

FOO Night at Grayson Stadium in Savannah is Tues. July 28 2020 and tickets are on sale NOW.

Let’s fill the stadium with FOO Fans and animal lovers – get your tickets 🎟before they sell out.

Attendance for all Bananas games are limited to half capacity for the season so this might be your best (or only!) chance to get tickets.

GO BANANAS WITH FOO. Order tickets online here. 

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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.

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Find more of our new free online things to do at home here. 


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



UPDATE: CANCELLED (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

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

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(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!


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. 


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. 





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.

$5 Adult, $3 Children

Sheep to Shawl 2020
Sat. March 7, 2020
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 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
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. 


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