It’s a little bit wild on Statesboro property at The Center for Wildlife Education. With over a dozen acres to stretch their wings feathered friends fly freely. Located at Georgia Southern University the center strives for a mission “to provide wildlife encounters for the school children and citizens of the region.” Since first opening its doors in 1997, onsite and offsite programs featuring an array of animal ambassadors and hands on activities has worked towards forwarding their goal.

There’s so much to explore and visitors get down to it. Local habitats are centerstage in the Habitat Walkway. Eight different stations illustrate how birds live in nature. Paths on the Children’s Discovery Trail find folks encountering birds nests, turtle shells, deer antlers and more. Close by, in the Invasive Species Exhibit creatures that are not native to the Statesboro property are observed.

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Another highlight of the venue are the raptors. Spectators are in awe when viewing these amazing winged creatures in full flight. Birds making their Statesboro home here are unable to be released into the wild for a variety of reasons and thrive under the care of center staff. The collection of species is vast and includes the mighty bald eagle, handsome hawks and small screech owls. Flighted raptor demonstrations are held on a daily basis in the amphitheater.

Guided tours are great for getting the most out of visits. Docents introduce small groups to a variety of critters including  alligators and snakes. Learn all about habitats and characteristics of Georgia wildlife from the experts. Prior registration is required but well worth the effort.

The Center for Wildlife Education Center is open six days a week. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m, and from 1 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. Directions to the facilitiy can be a bit tricky with navigation systems often getting confused along the way. Suggested routes by the center can be found here. Trips are more than affordable for one and all. General admission is under $5 with discounts for children, seniors and military members. Birdwatchers living in the region often take advantage of annual passes. Come for a visit and walk on the wildside.