Savannah Summer Camps 2023

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(Savannah Summer Camps 2024) Registration for Oatland Island Wildlife Center Summer Camp opens March 1

Thursday, January 25th, 2024

Registration opens March 1 for general public; Feb. 26 for Friends of Oatland members

Registration for the popular Oatland Island Wildlife Center Summer Camp – which sells out every year – opens to the general public on March 1 2024. Registration for Friends of Oatland members opens Feb. 26. Become a member here.

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

​ When: June & July 2024

Weekly camps run Monday – Friday, 9AM-3PM.

​Camps are limited to two weeks per camper.

Learn more here.

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Toddler Tuesday Parent & Me Nature Program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Saturday, December 16th, 2023

Toddler Tuesday Parent & Me Nature Program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Toddler Tuesday is a program for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s 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 ​Oatland’s 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 required,​ attendees will be emailed at the address you registered with which you registered.

UPCOMING THEMES

Baby Gators: Feb. 20;

Cockadoodle-doo: Feb. 27;

National Pig Day: March 5

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

Program Cost:

$5 for adults / free for adult FOO members

$3 for military adults/ free for adult FOO members

$5 for children participating in the program (FOO 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

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(Savannah Holidays 2023) Enrichment Saturday with the wolves @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Sunday, November 19th, 2023

Make special holiday treats for Oatland’s wolf pack

Join Friends of Oatland on Saturday Dec. 9 2023 9:30-10:30AM before Oatland Island Wildlife Center is open to the public and make special holiday treats for the Oatland wolf pack!

Tickets are limited to 10 people per session• $20.00 per person, for all ages.

All attendees must have a ticket. 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.

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(Savannah Holidays 2023) Polar Express Party @ Special Oatland Island Wildlife Center Toddler Tuesday

Thursday, November 16th, 2023

Polar Express Party 2023 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

The Dec. 19 2023 Polar Express Party @ Oatland Island Wildife Center in Savannah is a special Toddler Tuesday program and the last Toddler Tuesday program of 2023.

It will take place inside Oatland’s conference room and will include a typical Toddler Tuesday program about polar animals; followed by train play (large and small train sets), a holiday craft, hot chocolate and cookie snack, and winter snow play. 

This program is a special fundraiser for Oatland.  Reservation is required due to limited space inside.   Reserve your spots online here.

Oatland’s Polar Express Party runs about 45 minutes and will be offered 3 times on Dec. 19, so all who want to attend have a chance to come.   

After Dec. 19, there will be a short break in Toddler Tuesday programs for the holidays, and will reconvene on Jan. 2, 2024.

​​Please review all Toddler Tuesday information here and if you still have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Kelly by email or at   (912) 395-1517.

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(Savannah Holidays 2023) Holiday Festival & Market supporting Friends of Oatland Island

Sunday, November 5th, 2023

Days of Christmas Past Holiday Festival & Market 2023

Step back in time at this family-friendly holiday festival “Days of Christmas Past” supporting Friends of Oatland, Sun. Dec. 10, 10AM-2PM.

Enjoy holiday themed crafts, find a perfect gift at a local makers market, and have your photo taken with Father Christmas.

What to Expect:

*Oatland-themed holiday crafts

*unique gifts and offerings from local makers.

*select local food trucks will be on site.

*Father Christmas visits

​General Admission: $5 per adult / $3 per child

FREE Admission for FOO Members. Become a member here.

Additional fees will apply for certain optional activities with all proceeds going towards FOO’s mission of supporting Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

Learn more here.

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(Savannah artists) Oatland Island Wildlife Center T-Shirt Design Contest

Saturday, October 21st, 2023

Deadline for submissions for Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s T-Shirt Design Contest is Nov. 9

Calling all animal-loving artists: Submissions are open for Oatland Island’s Wildlife Center T-Shirt Design Contest 2023.

Friends of Oatland (FOO) and Oatland Island Wildlife Center are hosting a t-shirt design contest and your design could be chosen for a limited edition Oatland t-shirt available for the 2023 holiday season!⁠

The design should feature the animals, plants, or history of Oatland Island and can utilize as many as 4 colors.⁠

Submissions Open: October 20, 2023⁠
Submissions Deadline: November 9, 2023⁠

Find all details and submit your design online here. ⁠

Questions? Email info@friendsofoatland.org.

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Harvest Festival & Cane Grinding Festival 2023 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, Nov. 11

Come and celebrate fall and learn about southern heritage during Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s annual Harvest Festival and Sugar Cane Grinding.

This Savannah fall festival will feature Oatland’s 1800’s cabins, old-time demonstrations, games, music, open fire cooking, crafts, and more. Animal education and interaction table will be open from 10-11AM and 2-3PM.

Games, crafts, snack bar, and hay rides will require tickets (available for purchase on site on festival day). Sugar cane syrup will also be available for purchase.

Admissions into Oatland Island for this day only will be as follows
Adults $7.00
Children $5.00

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(Parent & Me Activities) Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Oatland Island Toddler Tuesdays: For kids ages 1-4 & their caregivers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Toddler Tuesday is a program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program meets at the picnic pavilion​ and includes singing, finger play, a story, and a possible encounter with one of ​Oatland’s 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 10AM-10:30AM & 11AM-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. 

Program Cost:

$5 for adults / free for adult FOO members

$3 for military adults/ free for adult FOO members

$5 for children participating in the program (FOO 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. 

Find links to the registration forms for each session here.​

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Special Polar Express Toddler Tuesday, Dec. 19 2023

The December 19th Polar Express Party is a special program. It will be inside Oatland’s conference room and will include a typical Toddler Tuesday program about polar animals; followed by train play (large and small train sets), a holiday craft, hot chocolate and cookie snack, and winter snow play. 

This program is a special fundraiser for Oatland.  Reservation is required due to limited space inside.   

After Dec. 19, there will be a short break in Toddler Tuesday programs for the holidays, and will reconvence on Jan. 2, 2024.

Reserve your special Polar Express tickets here.

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(Savannah Fall Festivals) Halloween Hike 2023 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Halloween HIke 2023, Savannah

A favorite annual event in Savannah: Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Halloween Hike will be Oct 13 & 14 2023.

Make plans to take your kids to this annual not so scary Halloween Hike through the trails at Oatland Island.  Ticket Sales Open 9/24 Online Here.

As with previous years, 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 and will only be valid during the specified time frame and date purchased.

**In the event of a full weather cancellation, a rain date will be offered​.**​

If you are traveling in multiple vehicles, under one registration, please have your party caravan together prior to entering the car line. There is nowhere to pull over and wait and this will help with keeping the line coming into the Oatland Island for the Halloween Hike moving.

TIcket sales open 9/24. Register online here.

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​​​Children’s Tickets: ​$10 each​​. ​Adult Tickets: $8 each​​
Ticket sales open 9/24. Register online here.
Halloween Hike 2023 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah
Oct. 13 & 14 2023, 5-8PM

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(Free Savannah Fall Festivals) Skidaway Marine Science Day

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023


Skidaway Marine Science Day, Savannah

Oct. 14 2023, noon – 4PM @ UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island, Savannah

Free and open to the public

Come to Skidaway Marine Science Day, a popular, annual can’t-miss event for all ages, on Sat. Oct. 14, from noon to 4PM on the UGA Skidaway Marine Science campus, located on the north end of the island. 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.

As part of Skidaway Marine Science Day, 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 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.

In addition, 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. Food will be available for purchase.

Questions? Contact Cindy Lingebach at calingeb@uga.edu.

Learn more here.

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(Parent & Me Activities) Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

Oatland Island Toddler Tuesdays: For kids ages 1-4 & their caregivers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Toddler Tuesday is a program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program meets at the picnic pavilion​ and includes singing, finger play, a story, and a possible encounter with one of ​Oatland’s 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 10AM-10:30AM & 11AM-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. 

Program Cost:

$5 for adults / free for adult FOO members

$3 for military adults/ free for adult FOO members

$5 for children participating in the program (FOO 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. 

Find links to the registration forms for each session here.​

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Enrichment Saturday with the vultures @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

Enrichment Saturdays allow the public to see some of the special work that often goes on behind-the-scenes at Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

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 our resident black vultures and will watch them experience their special creations.

Enrichment Saturday – Vultures: Sept 16 2023, 9:30-10:30AM

• Tickets are limited to 10 people per session
• $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.
• Your ticket price includes admission to Oatland for the day, so feel free to stay and see the other animals after your program.

Learn more & buy tickets here.

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(Savannah Fall Festivals, Halloween Events) Annual Halloween Hike @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Monday, September 4th, 2023

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Halloween HIke 2023, Savannah

A favorite annual event in Savannah: Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Halloween Hike will be Oct 13 & 14 2023.

Make plans to take your kids to this annual not so scary Halloween Hike through the trails at Oatland Island.

TIcket sales open 9/24. Register online here.

As with previous years, 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 and will only be valid during the specified time frame and date purchased.

**In the event of a full weather cancellation, a rain date will be offered​.**​

If you are traveling in multiple vehicles, under one registration, please have your party caravan together prior to entering the car line. There is nowhere to pull over and wait and this will help with keeping the line coming into the Oatland Island for the Halloween Hike moving.

TIcket sales open 9/24. Register online here.

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​​​Children’s Tickets: ​$10 each​​. ​Adult Tickets: $8 each​​
Presale of tickets will happen mid to late September.
Halloween Hike 2023 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah
Oct. 13 & 14 2023, 5-8PM

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(Parent & Me Activities) Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

Oatland Island Toddler Tuesdays: For kids ages 1-4 & their caregivers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Toddler Tuesday is a program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program meets at the picnic pavilion​ and includes singing, finger play, a story, and a possible encounter with one of ​Oatland’s 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 10AM-10:30AM & 11AM-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. 

Program Cost:

$5 for adults / free for adult FOO members

$3 for military adults/ free for adult FOO members

$5 for children participating in the program (FOO 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. 

Find links to the registration forms for each session here.​

​​​​Please review all Toddler Tuesday information above and if you still have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Kelly by email or at (912) 395-1517.

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Things to do in Atlanta with kids

Sunday, June 25th, 2023

Places to visit in Atlanta with kids

Chances are you know the popular spots to hit in Atlanta with kids such as Georgia Aquarium; Martin Luther King Jr. Center National Historic Park; The Varsity ; National Center for Civil and Human Rights; Zoo Atlanta; The Atlanta Beltline; and Stone Mountain Park.

Here are more things to do with kids when visiting Atlanta:

Take a group tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to Atlanta United Soccer & Atlanta Falcons. Tour details here.

Solve the self-guided scavenger hunt @ Oakland Cemetery.

Ride the Atlanta Ferris wheel Skyview Atlanta, next to Centennial Olympic Park. Details and ticket links here.

Tour Fox Theatre. Details here.

Explore Piedmont Park. Enjoy the playgrounds; Sign up for a free Saturday morning tour here. (FREE)

Take a ride in a glass elevator 723 feet high to the observatory View Level atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza, the tallest hotel in the Southeast. Children ages 6 & younger can ride the elevator for free. Tickets & hours here.

Enjoy the children’s garden and special exhibits @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

See a show at the Alliance Theater (See ‘Water for Elephants’ musical through July 9) or Center for Puppetry Arts.

Savor the fare @ DeKalb Farmers Market.

Take a self-guided tour of Georgia Tech. Details here.

Explore Chastain Park. Enjoy the playground. See a show at the outdoor amphitheater.

Tour the Atlanta Monetary Museum in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Details here.

See the Cyclorama Exhibit @ The Atlanta History Center . Details here.

Free admission for military personnel (active & retired) & their families @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center July 1-2 & July 8-9

Friday, June 16th, 2023

Free admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center for military July 1-2 & July 8-9 2023

Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah will be temporarily closed the week of July 3-July 7 2023.

Military personnel (Active & Retired) and their families are welcomed to Oatland Island Wildlife Center for free – with ID or DD214- in honor of Independence Day – on two weekends before & and after July 4th.  

Oatland offer two weekends of free admission for those with a military ID or DD214 on July 1 & 2 and July 8 & 9 2023. This is in honor of Independence Day.

Come out and enjoy the day exploring the beautiful grounds and watching the animals in the summer air. All visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Open 10AM-4PM

 Proof of service must be provided when you check in at the Admissions Booth.

Learn more here

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Free admission for military personnel (active & retired) & their families @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center July 1-2 & July 8-9

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Free admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center for military July 1-2 & July 8-9 2023

Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah will be temporarily closed the week of July 3-July 7 2023.

Military personnel (Active & Retired) and their families are welcomed to Oatland Island Wildlife Center for free – with ID or DD214- in honor of Independence Day – on two weekends before & and after July 4th.  

Oatland offer two weekends of free admission for those with a military ID or DD214 on July 1 & 2 and July 8 & 9 2023. This is in honor of Independence Day.

Come out and enjoy the day exploring the beautiful grounds and watching the animals in the summer air. All visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Open 10AM-4PM

 Proof of service must be provided when you check in at the Admissions Booth.

Learn more here

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Enrichment Saturday with the Armadillos @ Oatland Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

Enrichment Saturday June 10 is with the Armadillos @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Time to flex your creative muscles at Oatland Enrichment Saturdays — the next program is Enrichment with the Oatland Island Wildlife Center armadillos on Sat. June 10 2023, 9:30-10:30AM.

Purchase tickets online here.

This program allows you early entry to Oatland Island where you’ll work directly with Animal Care staff to create unique enrichment items specifically for the armadillos and then walk with the Animal Care staff to give them your creations.

Financial contributions through membership and program fees, donations, and gift shop purchases are critical to Friends of Oatland’s continued success in supporting Oatland’s mission to provide guests with memorable experiences to help them make stronger connections to the natural world.

  • Tickets are limited to 10 people per session
  • $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.
  • 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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(Parent & Me Activities) Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

Oatland Island Toddler Tuesdays: For kids ages 1-4 & their caregivers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Toddler Tuesday is a program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program meets at the picnic pavilion​ and includes singing, finger play, a story, and a possible encounter with one of ​Oatland’s 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 10AM-10:30AM & 11AM-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. 

Program Cost:

$5 for adults / free for adult FOO members

$3 for military adults/ free for adult FOO members

$5 for children participating in the program (FOO 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. 

Find links to the registration forms for each session here.​

​​​​Please review all Toddler Tuesday information above and if you still have any questions, please reach out to Michelle Kelly by email or at (912) 395-1517.

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Free World Oceans Day program @ UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island, Savannah

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

Free World Oceans Day program, June 10 @ UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island, Savannah

Join Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant for World Oceans Day at the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway Island in Savannah on June 10 2023, 10AM-2PM. Throughout the day, celebrate oysters, an important coastal habitat that provides a wealth of benefits to marine life and coastal communities.   

During this free event, the aquarium will also debut a special art exhibition “SUBMERGED: An Underwater Exhibition of Bioceramic Artwork.”

In addition to viewing the exhibition, staff at the Shellfish Research Lab, who specialize in oyster aquaculture and reef restoration, will be offering oyster-themed activities for people of all ages.    

World Oceans Day is a FREE event for all visitors and registration is not required. All activities will take place between 10AM-2PM. However, the aquarium will remain open until 5PM.  

Questions? Contact Cindy Lingebach at calingeb@uga.edu or call 912-598-2344. 

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Free admission for military @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center on Armed Forces Day & Memorial Day

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Oatland celebrates Armed Forces Day & Memorial Day with FREE admission for military

On Armed Forces Day Sat. May 20 & Memorial Day Mon. May 29 2023, Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah is honoring those who have served, and those who currently serve in our country’s military by offering a day of FREE admission for those with a military ID or DD214.

Come out and enjoy the day exploring the beautiful grounds and watching the animals enjoy spring. All visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Please visit www.oatlandisland.org to plan your visit or call (912) 395-1500 for more information.

Oatland is open daily from 10AM-4PM.

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Yoga in the Wolf Cabin @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Saturday, April 1st, 2023

Yoga @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Fun Mother’s Day gift idea: give Mom a one-hour gentle yoga class led by certified yoga instructor, Sue Finkle, in the Wolf Cabin @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Sat. May 13 2023, 9-10AM.

Prior experience IS NOT necessary and one need not be flexible to take this class.

Limited to 10 Participants, to allow for appropriate distancing. Cost: $30.00 ticket. This event is geared towards ages 18+, though participants aged 16-17 are invited to attend with a paid adult.

Class will be from 9-10AM. Please plan to arrive between 8:15-8:30AM. Late arrivals after 8:45AM will be denied entry in order for the class to have time to walk to the wolf cabin and start on time.

Your ticket price includes admission to Oatland Island Wildlife Center for the day, so feel free to stay and see the other animals after your program.

Learn more & get tickets here.

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Enrichment Saturday @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center: Wolves

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Enrichment Saturday – Wolves

This event allows the public to see some of the special work that often goes on behind-the-scenes at Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

Adults and children will participate in creating enrichment material for our resident wolves and will watch the wolves experience their special creations.

Enrichment Saturday 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 wolves and will watch the wolves experience their special creations.

Sat. Dec 10 2022, 9:30–10:30AM

Oatland Island Widlife Center animal care staff will take various natural non-toxic oils or other non-toxic scents like vanilla extract, lemon, cinnamon, mustard, etc. and place a few dabs around on the trees, on logs, on rocks, or inside boxes and watch the wolves try and roll on the objects.

Buy tickets online here.

What is included in the Enrichment Saturday Program?

This program allows you to get early entry to Oatland Island, work directly with Animal Care staff to create unique enrichment items specific to the animal chosen for the month, and then walk with the Animal Care staff to the animal enclosure to watch the animal get your enrichment items! Our Animal Care staff have chosen one animal per month for the program, so if you have a particular animal you love the most, you can sign up for that month’s Enrichment Saturday Program.

  • Tickets are limited to 10 people per session
  • $20.00 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.
  • Your ticket price includes admission to Oatland for the day, so feel free to stay and see the other animals after your program.

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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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Ms Seashell


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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Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s 2022 Eco Warrior Adoptions

Sunday, November 6th, 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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