Oatland Island Wildlife Center

One of the places we visited on vacation was the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, Georgia. Originally built as a retirement home for the Brotherhood of Railroad conductors, it later became a hospital during World War II and then was occupied as a laboratory for the Center for Disease Control until 1973.  Today it houses environmental classrooms, event rooms, and serves as the information center for the Wildlife Center. It is rumored to be haunted (we spoke to one of the groundskeepers) and with such a diverse history it could very well be.

We were given a trail map when we first arrived.  The trail was a little over a mile and none of the kids had any problems keeping up.

We were given a trail map when we arrived. The trail was a little over a mile and none of the kids had any problems keeping up.

This sign was close to the parking lot and gave me a chance to explain to the kids who Smokey Bear was...

This sign was near the parking lot and gave me a chance to explain to the kids who Smokey Bear was…I remember seeing him on commercials when I was younger.  

We did not see the fox or cougar, and we caught a brief glimpse of the bobcat before it sought shade under the brush.  We did see the Birds of Prey.

We did not see the fox or cougar, and we caught a brief glimpse of the bobcat before it sought shade under the brush. We did see the Birds of Prey.

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Ledbetter Pond

Ledbetter Pond

Stack of canoes - marked for employee use only, love the different colors.

Stack of canoes – marked for employee use only, love the different colors.

A lizard we saw on the trail.  We saw these little guys and crabs everywhere.

A lizard we saw on the trail. We saw these little guys and crabs everywhere.

Isabella and Ben on the boardwalk area

Isabella and Ben on the boardwalk area

They just wanted me to hurry up so they could get in the shade.

They just wanted me to hurry up so they could get in the shade.

Blackburn's favorite sign ever.

One of Blackburn’s favorite signs.  He is a huge turtle fan.

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I love all the spanish moss on the trees.

I love all the spanish moss on the trees.

An abandoned tower.  We thought it could have been an old ranger lookout tower...view from the base.

An abandoned tower. We thought it could have been an old ranger lookout tower…view from the base.

It's just asking to be climbed.

It’s just asking to be climbed.

Old building, I went off the path to peek inside...

I went off the path to peek inside this beauty…I’m pretty sure horror movies start this way.

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While we were here we also saw Bison, deer, barnyard animals, visited the greenhouse and the butterfly garden.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon and was less than $20.00 for 2 adults and 3 kids.  If you visit with kids I would recommend telling them that seeing all the animals is not a guarantee.  The kids were a little bummed they didn’t see the cougar or the fox, but we explained to them that this is a natural habitat and in order for it to feel more like their homes the animals needed to be able to hide and seek from us.  They were more than satisfied at the end of the trail and enjoyed touring the gift shop before heading back to Tybee Island.

3 thoughts on “Oatland Island Wildlife Center

  1. wonderful photos! you made me chuckle about the one photo where they wanted you to hurry up so they could get into the shade…kids. Don’t they know that blogging is just as important as avoiding sun burn???

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