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Wildlife Education at Oatland Island Wildlife Center
This past weekend I finally made it to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. What a great place to take your kids on a sunny afternoon. Plenty to see, and plenty of shade for a hot Savannah Saturday! If you have kids that love reptiles, farm animals, and other wildlife – you will definitely need to make a trip out this summer.
First you’ll need to visit the visitor’s center to pick up your map if you didn’t get one at the entrance. While you’re in there, be sure to check out the snake (look carefully, he likes to hide). The next attraction for your little ones, I saw quite a few kids swarming, is the fish and the hermit crabs. You’ll also find a few other little creatures in the lobby such as an opossum, a toad, and a few other little reptiles.
Don’t worry about your kids tracking in tons of mud on the rainy days, trails are lined with wooden walkways. First stop will be the alligators, but unfortunately for us, they were hiding. Next we got a brief introduction to the Cranes, stopped to see the cougars, the bobcat, and the foxes. My kids loved the Birds of Prey, especially the Bald Eagles because they were the most vocal. Personally, I liked the owls the best. If you’re kids love farm animals, you have to take them to check out the chickens, the gobbling turkey, a donkey, Sapphire the cow, the friendly sheep, the goat, and the ram (be careful around the ram – he’s aggressive). Pay .25 cents and your little one(s) can feed the sheep. Have them at least try it, at best you’ll end up doing the feeding – I did.
I could tell you so much more about Oatland Island Wildlife Center, but I’ll let you experience it for yourself. There’s so much to see there, and for the price you can’t beat a cheap afternoon out with your kids.
Admission cost $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-17, and children 3 and under are FREE (prices may change if there’s an event)! Park is open from 10 am to 5 pm everyday and closed on holidays.
Written by: Brittany Caudill