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Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s 2022 Eco Warrior Adoptions

Friday, November 18th, 2022

Symbolically adopt one of your favorite animals to support Friends of Oatland

The Friends of Oatland EcoWarrior symbolic adoptions will be available this Sat. Nov. 19 at the Harvest Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

The animal lover on your holiday gift list will adore this special package including a cotton tote, post-consumer recycled plastic plush animal, adoption certificate, and animal fact sheet.

Choose from the American alligator, Sicilian donkey, and Ossabaw Island hog.

This bundled EcoWarrior deal is yours with a $75 donation.

These adoptions are available at https://www.friendsofoatland.org/year-end-fundraising. Order soon — shipping can take up to 10 days.

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(Savannah Parent & Child Programs) Toddler Tuesdays Oatland Island Wildlife Center 2022

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Toddler Tuesdays nature programs @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Toddler Tuesday is a program for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of our animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program will meet at the picnic pavilion​ and will include singing, finger play, a story, and a possible encounter with one of ​our furry, feathered or scaly​ residents.

Occasionally the program ventures to an exhibit, so dress appropriately and bring your stroller and walking shoes. Toddler Tuesday is weather dependent and in case of extreme weather and a cancellation is called for,​ attendees will be emailed at the address you registered your child with.

​Sessions are offered twice on Tuesdays from 10 – 10:30AM & 11-11:30AM and registration is not required, but it helps us speed up check in and if there is a cancellation you will be the first to know. 

Find registration forms links here.

Program Cost:

$5 for adults / free for adult members

$3 for military adults/ free for adult members

$5 for children participating in the program (members and non members must pay program fee)

$3 per class if you buy a multi pass punch card (6 class minimum purchase)

​You can purchase a punch card for your child’s admission for repeat visits at the class sign-in table, or at the front desk lobby anytime! Find out more information here!

If you are a preschool or day care you will need to call 395-1510 or click here to book a private program as this program is designed for the general public. 

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center Polar Express 2022, Savannah

Join Ms. Seashell on an adventure to the North Pole.

Three special Toddler Tuesday Polar Express sessions available: December 20, 2022
9AM, 10AM & 11AM @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah.

Special fundraising fees apply: $8 for children, $5 for adults
No Toddler Tuesday Punch Cards will be accepted for this special event. No walk-ups can be accomodated.

In this annual event, participants will take an imaginary ride on Oatland’s very own Polar Express to meet some very special animals. Treats and craft activities are included in the cost of registration.

Learn more and reserve your spot here. 

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Become a Friends of Oatland member

This Member November 2022 save $5 when you give the gift of Oatland. When you gift a Family Membership between November 15 – December 15 2022, you’ll receive a $5 discount off the regular membership rate.

Check out the full list of member benefits and join today online here.

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Fall Harvest + Cane Grinding Fesival 2022 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

Oatland’s Fall Harvest Festival is set for Sat. Nov. 19 2022

Come to Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Fall Harvest & Cane Grinding Festival 2022 in Savannah to celebrate Georgia’s diverse agricultural traditions.

Centered around Oatland’s1800’s Heritage Homesite, history comes alive with old-time music, demonstrations and cane-boiling. See how “it was back then” amidst the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned fall gathering.​ 

Children young and old will enjoy social distance conscious demonstrations, take home crafts, live music and other fun presentations as you venture back through history.​

Oatland Island’s Fall Harvest and Cane Griding Festival is Sat. Nov. 19, 2022.

ALL DAY Special Event Pricing FOO Members: Adult Admission $4, Child/Senior/Military Admission: $2. Find info on how to become a Friends of Oatland member here.

Non-Member: Adult Admission $7, Child/Senior/Military Admission $5

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Friends of Oatland (FOO) Brews & Bites 2022, Savannah

Sunday, October 9th, 2022

Help support Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

You are invited to the second annual Foo Brews & Bites on Sat. Nov. 5 2022, 5-8PM @ Oatland Island Willdife Center, Savannah.

This fund-raising event will include dinner, drinks, live music, photo ops, meet and greet opportunities with Oatland Island animal residents, plus a silent auction (21+ only).

Proceeds from this event will be used to support Oatland Island Wildlife Center, the animal residents, and the staff who care for them daily. 

Buy tickets online here.

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(Savannah Parent & Me Activities) First Birthday Party for Cougars @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

Happy First Birthday to Oatland Island WIldlife Center’s two cougars Olympia and Rainier!

You’re invited to come and celebrate with Friends of Oatland Island (FOO) at the Cougars’ First Birthday Bash on Sat. Oct. 29 2022, 11AM-2PM.

What to Expect

  • There will be cake (while it lasts).
  • Keeper talks about the cougars and loads of cougar viewing time!
  • Special enrichment items beginning at 11AM.
  • Face painting & popcorn available for purchase.
  • Pie Society, Sweet Spice, and Chazitos Food Trucks will be on site.
  • We will also be taking donations for special symbolic adoptions that will help fund a sunshade over the habitat at Cougar Crossing. This will be a tremendous improvement to Olympia and Rainier’s enjoyment of the space, as well as the community’s enjoyment in watching our beloved cougar siblings.

Learn more here.

FOO Member Perks. Find info on how to become a Friends of Oatland member here.

Be sure to check in at the FOO Table for your wristband and tickets for special FOO activities.

  • Sign your name on a special “Jingle Ball” toy for our favorite cougar cubs. This toy will produces a very audible “jingle” sound as it is moved and easily rolls with the swat of a paw. Environmental enrichment is an important and necessary part of husbandry practices for our animals — this toy provides healthy exercise and audible enrichment. The Oatland Animal Care staff can add elements for feeder and scent enrichment as well.
  • FREE pawprint face paint.
  • FREE popcorn.

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Not a Friends of Oatland Island member? Now is the perfect time to join the family!

Become a member today and enjoy a whole year of admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center, discounts in the Gift Shop, and advance access to many evented tickets. Your financial contribution is critical to FOO’s continued success in supporting Oatland’s mission to provide guests with memorable experiences to help them make stronger connections to the natural world.

Become a member here.

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(Fall Getaway) Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville SC

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Playgrounds, parks, waterfalls, zoo, outdoor eats along Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville SC

So thankful to have spent a leaf-peeping day in Greenville SC this fall.

If you’re looking for a fall getaway, we suggest taking the kids to Greenville. While there, either bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail (a 22-mile multi-use leisure trail) or visit the parks and playgrounds along the trail if your kids aren’t old enough to bike.

The playground/splash pad @ Unity Park is a must. Stop by The Commons for outdoor eats along the trail or even better, Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, the mecca for lovers of all-things-autumn.

Other kid-friendly spots along the trail include: Falls Park; playground areas @ Cleveland Park; an airplane memorial; and the Greenville Zoo.

See our We-Love-Greenville SC-In-Fall reel here.

Advance tickets required for Halloween Hike @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Halloween Hike 2022 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Got tickets yet?

Purchase tickets here.

Take a walk with your Trick or Treaters​ down the forest trail @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah to meet and gather goodies from friendly animal characters in this years fully outdoor event. Mother Earth will be there to lead you to the path to the various character and candy stops along the hike.

25th Annual Halloween Hike Dates

Fri. Oct. 14 & Sat. Oct. 15 2022, 5-8PM

Early Bird: 5-6:30PM
After Dark: 6:30-8PM
Last hike leaves at 7:50PM

Advanced ticket reservations are Required and will be available for two sessions per evening to spread out visitation, reduce gatherings and allow proper parking. 

There will be no day of, or onsite sales. 

Tickets are non-refundable 

Children’s Tickets: ​$10 each​​ 

​Adult Tickets: $8 each​​

Purchase tickets here.

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(Savannah Fall Festivals 2022) Halloween Hike @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Monday, September 19th, 2022

Halloween Hike 2022 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Take a walk with your Trick or Treaters​ down the forest trail @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah to meet and gather goodies from friendly animal characters in this years fully outdoor event. Mother Earth will be there to lead you to the path to the various character and candy stops along the hike.

25th Annual Halloween Hike Dates

Fri. Oct. 14 & Sat. Oct. 15 2022, 5-8PM

Early Bird: 5-6:30PM
After Dark: 6:30-8PM
Last hike leaves at 7:50PM

Advanced ticket reservations are Required and will be available for two sessions per evening to spread out visitation, reduce gatherings and allow proper parking. 

There will be no day of, or onsite sales. 

Tickets are non-refundable 

Children’s Tickets: ​$10 each​​ 

​Adult Tickets: $8 each​​

Ticket Sales

​Tickets open to the general public at noon on Sat. 9/24.

Purchase online here.

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Things to do in Savannah: Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Sunday, August 28th, 2022

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is there for you when you need an entertaining outdoor spot to take the kids.

Open seven days a week, 10AM-4PM every day except Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. You and your kids can basically hit these self-guided trails any day of the week to see more than 95 animals from 39 difference species on exhibit, including mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds and reptiles. 

Bring a picnic. Covered and uncovered picnic tables available for use near the Welcome Center, the dock and the Barnyard enclosure

How fortunate are we to have this resource in Savannah for our kids.

See SouthernMamas.com Ode to Oatland Reel here.

Upcoming Events in Fall 2022 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Toddler Tuesdays.

Click the theme to go to the registration form:

Sept. 20, 2022:  Dynamo Domino the Duck

Sept. 27, 2022:  Don’t go in the Alligator Hole!

Oct. 4, 2022:  We Love Wolves!

Oct. 11, 2022:  No Toddler Tuesday as we prepare for the Halloween Hike!

Oct. 18, 2022: Bats Eat Bugs​

Oct. 25 2022:  Halloween Party! Who has a sweet tooth?

Nov, 1, 2022:  Fox in Fall

Nov. 8, 2022:  Rocket to the Moon (Portable Planetarium Moon Program)

Nov. 15, 2022:  Big, Burly Bison​

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Bobcat Enrichment Saturday, Sept. 17 2022. 9:30-10:30AM. Cost:$20 per person, all ages. Must be at least 4 years old to attend. Get tickets here.

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Halloween Hike, Oct. 14 & 15. Details here.

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

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(Savannah Fall Festivals 2022) FREE Skidaway Marine Science Day

Friday, August 5th, 2022

Free Skidaway Marine Science Day 2022, Oct. 15, noon-4PM @ UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Is., Savannah

Skidaway Marine Science Day is an annual a can’t-miss event for all ages, happening noon-4PM Sat. Oct. 15 2022 on the UGA Skidaway Marine Science campus, located on the north end of Skidaway Island in Savannah.

The campus-wide open house will be presented by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

The UGA Aquarium will be open to visitors with no admission fee. Aquarium educators will offer an afternoon full of activities, including a hands-on reptile exhibit, behind-the-scenes peeks of the aquarium, fish feedings and lab studies on the dock behind the facility.

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s Shellfish Research Lab will provide behind-the-scenes tours of Georgia’s only oyster hatchery and share efforts by researchers to make oyster aquaculture a more durable and sustainable coastal industry.

The UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography’s 92-foot ocean-going Research Vessel Savannah will be open for tours and will exhibit science displays. On the bluff adjacent to the aquarium and along the Jay Wolf Nature Trail, environmental organizations and researchers studying important coastal issues will have tables with a variety of exhibits and hands-on activities for people of all ages.

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day are free during this event.

30 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

Learn more here.

Bobcat Enrichment Saturday @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

See the special work that often goes on behind-the-scenes at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah.

Bobcat Enrichment Saturday on Sat. Sept. 17 2022, 9:30-10:30AM is an opportunity to witness how the Animal Care Staff provides special treats and activities to help hone the animals’ natural behaviors. Adults and children will participate in creating enrichment material for Oatland’s resident bobcats and will watch the bobcats experience their special creations.

  • $20 per person, for all ages. All attendees must have a ticket.
  • All participants must be at least 4 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Buy tickets here.

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Toddler Tuesday nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

Toddler Tuesdays nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah

Toddler Tuesday is a program for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program  includes: singing, fingerplay, a story, an encounter with one of our animals, and a take-home craft.

Sessions are offered twice on Tuesdays from 10-10:30AM & 11-11:30AM and registration is required. There are a limited number of spaces so reserve early!

Toddler Tuesday Admission Rates

FOO Member:  Adult – Free with Membership ID

                                                                                   Child – $5

                                                           Non-Member:  Adult – $5

                                                                                    Child – $5

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Registration is made online, but the program fees will be paid at the front booth on the day of, and not in advance, so please, if you know you won’t make your reservation, please call and cancel so organizers can open the space for someone on the waitlist.

Register online here.

Questions about the program? Call 912-395-1517, or email michelle.kelly@sccpss.com

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Toddler Tuesday nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, June 9th, 2022

Toddler Tuesdays nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah

Toddler Tuesday is a program for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program  includes: singing, fingerplay, a story, an encounter with one of our animals, and a take-home craft.

Sessions are offered twice on Tuesdays from 10-10:30AM & 11-11:30AM and registration is required. There are a limited number of spaces so reserve early!

Toddler Tuesday Admission Rates

FOO Member:  Adult – Free with Membership ID

                                                                                   Child – $5

                                                           Non-Member:  Adult – $5

                                                                                    Child – $5

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Registration is made online, but the program fees will be paid at the front booth on the day of, and not in advance, so please, if you know you won’t make your reservation, please call and cancel so organizers can open the space for someone on the waitlist.

Register online here.

Questions about the program? Call 912-395-1517, or email michelle.kelly@sccpss.com

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Enrichment Saturday @ Oatland Island’s Barnyard, Savannah

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Enrichment Saturday – Barnyard @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Did You Know? Cows have been shown to prefer smells like lavender, and while they prefer self grooming brushes over a simply putting lavender on a fence post, they do show interest in that scent and this can be used to encourage the use of brushes.

Enrichment Saturday this Sat. May 14, 9:30-10:30AM @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah allows the public to see some of the special work that often goes on behind-the-scenes at Oatland.

This is an opportunity to witness how the Animal Care Staff provides special treats and activities to help hone the animals’ natural behaviors. Adults and children will participate in creating enrichment material for Oatland’s barnyard residents and will watch the cow, donkey, and pig experience their special creations.

  • Tickets are limited to 10 people per session
  • $20.00 per person, for all ages.  All attendees must have a ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchase tickets online here.
  • All participants must be at least 4 years of age.  Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • Your ticket price includes admission to Oatland for the day, so feel free to stay and see the other animals after your program.

Purchase tickets online here.

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(Savannah Spring Festivals 2022) World Migratory Bird Day @ Skidaway Island

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

World Migratory Bird Day @ Skidaway Island, Sat. May 14 2022, 10AM-3PM

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Sat. May 14 2022 at the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island in Savannah.

Aquarium educators along with ornithological organizations and birding experts will have stations setup with educational activities for all ages.

The World Migratory Bird Day event is included with the cost of admission to the UGA Aquarium.​ Learn more about admission fees at https://gacoast.uga.edu/aquarium

Learn more here.

Applications now accepted for Oatland Wildlife Leaders (O.W.L.s) volunteers, Savannah

Friday, April 8th, 2022

How to apply to become an Oatland Wildlife Leader (O.W.L.)

Applications are now being accepted for teens (8th-12th grade students) interested in joining Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s team and gain valuable volunteer experience while developing a deeper understanding of wildlife and environmental conservation.

Learn about Oatland’s animal collection and share your knowledge through outreach programs and various events as you sharpen your public speaking and workplace skills.​​

The Oatland Wildlife Leaders program (OWL) is offered to rising 8th through 12th graders. This multi-year, progressive program builds on material with each session. Each session lasts 6 weeks and meets weekly on Thursday afternoons from 3:45- 5:30PM. OWL participants are expected to complete the first two 6- week sessions. Once the certificate of completion has been earned, the option to advance to the third session is available.

If you are only​ looking to fulfill​ your community service hours for school requirements, Oatland does have other volunteer opportunities throughout the year for teenagers, please click here​ for more information.

​APPLICATION INFORMATION
Applications for the 2022-2023 school year opened on April 4, 2022.
The application window will close on April 26, 2022 at 5PM.
Applicants will be notified by May 12, 2022 of acceptance.
Applications must be filled out by students ONLY!

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(Savannah Spring Festivals) Fairy & Gnome Festival

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

Fairy & Gnome Festival 2022 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah 

The beloved annual Fairy & Gnome Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah will be Sat. April 30 2022, 10AM-2PM.

Enjoy this family-friendly day of enchantment that’s all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative outdoor play.

Socially-distanced, outdoor activities will include a scavenger hunt, fashion show, gem mining, fairy and gnome home building and food trucks.

Bring the 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.

Oatland Island’s Fairy & Gnome Festival
Sat. April 30 2022.
Regular admission rates will apply all day on Saturday, April 30, even for festival admission from 10am-2pm.

Advance tickets are not required.

There will be additional fees for optional on-site activities.

FOO members enjoy free admission.

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Toddler Tuesdays nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

 

 

 

Toddler Tuesdays nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah

Toddler Tuesday is a program for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program  includes: singing, fingerplay, a story, an encounter with one of our animals, and a take-home craft.

Sessions are offered twice on Tuesdays from 10-10:30AM & 11-11:30AM and registration is required. There are a limited number of spaces so reserve early!

UPDATE: Cost for the program is $5 for children and $5 for adults.

Registration is made online, but the program fees will be paid at the front booth on the day of, and not in advance, so please, if you know you won’t make your reservation, please call and cancel so organizers can open the space for someone on the waitlist.

See the 2022 Toddler Tuesday Schedule and register online here.

All adults are asked to please wear a mask at all times when indoors.

Questions about the program? Call 912-395-1517, or email michelle.kelly@sccpss.com

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(Savannah Spring Festivals 2022) Fairy & Gnome Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Friday, March 11th, 2022

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Fairy & Gnome Festival 2022 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah 

The beloved annual Fairy & Gnome Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah will be Sat. April 30 2022, 10AM-2PM.

Enjoy this family-friendly day of enchantment that’s all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative outdoor play.

Socially-distanced, outdoor activities will include a scavenger hunt, fashion show, gem mining, fairy and gnome home building and food trucks.

Bring the 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.

Oatland Island’s Fairy & Gnome Festival
Sat. April 30 2022.

  • Regular admission rates will apply all day on Saturday, April 30, even for festival admission from 10am-2pm.

  • Advance tickets are not required.

  • There will be additional fees for optional on-site activities.

  • FOO members enjoy free admission.

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More upcoming spring festivals @ Oatland Island include: Oatland Island’s Family Fest fundraising event.

Enjoy the evening with some music and food and have an outdoor picnic at Oatland Island.​​​​ Food trucks will be on hand, slinging up some of your dinner favorites, but you are more than welcomed to bring your own basket of goodies. Alcohol is not permitted, and the trails will not be open for this outdoor concert event.

Event: Sun. April 10 2022, 5-7PM
Gates open at 4PM

Bring your own blanket and chairs for this outdoor family fun event.

Cost: $25 per carload/ 7 person maximum

Pre-registration is required and payment is due upon invoicing ​for your carload to be on the list to attend.​​

Since this event is completely outdoors, Family Fest is a weather dependent. In case of a weather cancellation, registrants will be notified via the email they registered with. ​

Registration coming Spring 2022.
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Cougar Baby Shower @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Sunday, February 27th, 2022

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Cougar Baby Shower to celebrate two new cougar cubs @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah 

You’re invited to a ‘Baby Shower’ for two new cougar cubs @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Cougar Crossing, 10AM Sun. March 6 2022.

Around 11AM cake & punch will be served (until supplies last). A naming station will be available. For a $5 donation, visitors can submit two names for consideration. For a $50 adoption fee, you will receive a baby cougar stuffie, a certificate of adoption & a fact sheet about cougars.

Can’t attend Sunday? For a donation of $5 at the Friends of Oatland website, two names may be submitted for consideration. Enter your name picks here. 

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Road
Savannah, GA 31410​
(912) 395-1212

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah welcomes two cougar cubs, on exhibit starting Feb. 22; fundraiser to help name the cubs

Sunday, February 20th, 2022

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah welcomes two cougar cubs to the wildlife center.

Oatland Island is thrilled to announce that both cougar cubs will be on public viewing at the Cougar Crossing exhibit starting on Tues. Feb. 22 2022, at 10AM. They are currently not named, and Oatland, in conjunction with Friends of Oatland Island (FOO), is holding a special fundraiser to help name them.

For a donation of $5 at the Friends of Oatland website, two names may be submitted for consideration. Enter your name picks here. 

Update: ‘Baby Shower’ for two new cougar cubs @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Cougar Crossing, 10AM Sun. March 6 2022. Around 11AM cake & punch will be served (until supplies last). A naming station will be available. For a $5 donation, visitors can submit two names for consideration. For a $50 adoption fee, you will receive a baby cougar stuffie, a certificate of adoption,  a fact sheet about cougars.

It’s been a year since Oatland’s beloved cougar Shanti died.

In the fall of 2021, four cougar kittens were found in a backyard in Washington state. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife attempted to relocate the kittens and their mom, but the mother abandoned them.

After two days waiting for the mother to return, WDFW, in cooperation with the Oregon Zoo and the Memphis Zoo, intervened to retrieve the kittens, three boys and one girl. When a cougar, also known as a puma or mountain lion, is found orphaned or injured in the wild, a volunteer coordinator with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Puma Monitoring Program is contacted to help place the cub at an appropriate facility to care for them. These cubs were designated to be placed in the care of the Memphis Zoo.

Knowing the kittens would need around-the-clock care for feedings and playtime; and quick transport from Seattle to Memphis, FedEx offered to assist as a part of the company’s FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative.

Shortly after their arrival in Memphis, Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Veterinarian, Dr. Lesley Mailler, received the call. She says, “The zoological community knew that we had lost our cougar due to illness in 2020 and that we had the facilities for a cougar on standby. They asked if we were interested in taking one of the brothers and the sister. I replied, ‘Of course we would!’ We have missed having Shanti and are excited to see life brought back to the Cougar Crossing exhibit again.”

After OIWC was contacted in November 2021, permits were filed to receive the two cubs. As soon as the permits were authorized, two Oatland staff members drove to Memphis to meet all four cubs and the amazing team that had been taking care of them. The new additions arrived safely to Oatland Island Wildlife Center on Dece. 16, 2021. Oatland would like to thank Karen Meeks of White Oak Conservation for helping to facilitate the acquisition.

While in quarantine, which is required of all new Oatland residents, they explored their surroundings and were very inquisitive of the staff and their new surroundings. They love to play with plushy toys and ropes and climb on top of their crate and logs within their enclosure.

Two months after their arrival, the cub’s blue eyes are nearly gone, and their spots are fading. The animal care staff at Oatland have come to know their personalities very well and describe the little girl as the leader. She is very confident, independent, inquisitive, and is always chattering and purring to the staff. The little boy is shy and much more reserved. He takes his time in making decisions and is a bit wary of any change or new thing, but he loves to play with his sister.

Please join all the staff at Oatland Island Wildlife Center in welcoming these new additions.

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandtown Road
Savannah, GA 31410​
(912) 395-1212

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cougar cubs name fundraiser Oatland Island Friends donate

 

(Savannah Summer Camps 2022) Oatland Island Wildlife Center Camp registration opens March 1

Friday, February 18th, 2022

Summer Camps 2022 Savannah Oatland Island

Summer Camp 2021

Registration for Oatland Island Wildlife Center Summer Camp 2022 in Savannah begins March 1 2022.

Oatland Island​ Summer Camps are week-long day camps available to rising Kindergarteners through rising 8th graders. Campers will discover the fascinating world of science through hands-on activities, creative crafts and wildlife investigations. ​Enthusiastic adult instructors, most of whom are certified teachers, bring a wide range of experience and talent to enhance these camp adventures.​

HOW TO REGISTER:

Registration begins March 1, 2022.

Applications for camper registration as well as youth volunteer applications will be available for download here and in the Welcome Center beginning in March 2022.

Applications will not be accepted prior to this date.

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​​Dates for Oatland Island Summer Camp 2022

​June 6th – July 15th​​​​, 2022
(No camp July 4-8)
Weekly camps run Monday-Friday, beginning at 9AM and ending at 3PM.
Earliest drop off is 8:30AM

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Tuition

$150 for each week of camp.

​This fee also includes a camp t-shirt that must be worn each day of camp attendance.​

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Extended Care

3-5PM​​ (for an additional fee of $40 per week/child)

Extended Care must be arranged prior to attending camp with fees paid in advance as well. Cancellation refunds are not available for Extended Care. ​

Learn more here.

Questions? Please reach out to Oatland’s Summer Camp Coordinator by email @ pamela.hewatt@sccpss.com or call (912) 395-1513.

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(Savannah Spring Festivals 2022) Sheep to Shawl @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Friday, February 11th, 2022

Oatland Island Sheep to Shawl Festival 2022 Savannah Spring Festivals

Friends of Oatland is excited to announce these upcoming Spring events @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

UPDATE: This event is cancelled due to weather: Spring Celebration “Sheep to Shawl” on March 12 2022

Early Birding Walks with Mister E return in March 2022

*Enrichment Saturdays tickets for April-May open the week of Feb. 14 2022

*FREE Mushroom Walk on Feb. 26 2022 **limited tickets

Yoga in the Wolf Cabin tickets open the week of Feb. 14 2022

*Enrichment Saturdays and the Mushroom Walk are member-exclusive offerings. Become a Friends of Oatland member here. 

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(Savannah Summer Camps 2022) Oatland Island Wildlife Center Camp registration opens March 1

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

Summer Camps Savannah Oatland Island Wildlife Center 2022 Savannah

 

Registration for Oatland Island Wildlife Center Summer Camp 2022 in Savannah begins March 1 2022.

Oatland Island​ Summer Camps are week-long day camps available to rising Kindergarteners through rising 8th graders. Campers will discover the fascinating world of science through hands-on activities, creative crafts and wildlife investigations. ​Enthusiastic adult instructors, most of whom are certified teachers, bring a wide range of experience and talent to enhance these camp adventures.​

HOW TO REGISTER:

Registration begins March 1, 2022.

Applications for camper registration as well as youth volunteer applications will be available for download here and in the Welcome Center beginning in March 2022.

Applications will not be accepted prior to this date.

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​​Dates for Oatland Island Summer Camp 2022

​June 6th – July 15th​​​​, 2022
(No camp July 4-8)
Weekly camps run Monday-Friday, beginning at 9AM and ending at 3PM.
Earliest drop off is 8:30AM

​_______________________________________

Tuition

$150 for each week of camp.

​This fee also includes a camp t-shirt that must be worn each day of camp attendance.​

________________________________________

Extended Care

3-5PM​​ (for an additional fee of $40 per week/child)

Extended Care must be arranged prior to attending camp with fees paid in advance as well. Cancellation refunds are not available for Extended Care. ​

Learn more here.

Questions? Please reach out to Oatland’s Summer Camp Coordinator by email @ pamela.hewatt@sccpss.com or call (912) 395-1513.

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser