Oatland Island Events & Special Programs

From fun family festivals to special exhibits and animal encounter programs, there’s always something happening here!

These programs are ideal for families of all ages and provide opportunities to experience and connect with your local environment.


Past FOO Events

2019 Lecture Series

Adult Lecture Series Friends of Oatland

Dispelling Myths & Misconceptions

When you’re talking about scientific classification, bats, snakes, and opossums don’t have much in common. But they are all wonderfully beneficial creatures that provide invaluable services to natural ecosystems and human communities. Unfortunately they are also among the most misunderstood of animals – routinely feared as aggressive, dirty, or dangerous.


Gail Westcot from the UGA Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center demystified these misunderstood creatures that call the Georgia Coast home.

Adult Lecture Series Friends of Oatland

Native Plants & Pollinators

Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of more than 85% of the world's flowering plants and is fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems.


Keren Giovengo, EcoScapes Sustainable Land Use Program Manager of the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, spoke on the diversity and importance of native pollinators and how to select, source, and design pollinator-friendly native plant habitats.

Adult Lecture Series Friends of Oatland

2019 Membership Appreciation Day & FOO'd Truck Festival

Friends of Oatland Island's First Ever FOO'd Truck Festival and Membership Appreciation Day!  What better way to celebrate our members than to rally around some good food and our favorite friends?

We had a variety of food trucks from all over the city, live entertainment & activities for the whole family to enjoy!

2019 Days of Christmas Past Festival

Step back in time and experience the holidays 100 years in the past.

Discover the foundations of holiday customs, visit a historic home as they celebrate Christmas, and learn about the native plants and trees that were used in holiday decorating.

You will meet a traditional Santa Claus, create historic decorations and finally, indulge in a hot chocolate and cookie bar.

Come and celebrate the holidays at Oatland and learn about the Days of Christmas past.

2020 - Covid Programming

Like many attractions, Oatland Island closed due to COVID-19 in March 2020. But its work to care for hundreds of animals continued. As staff members stayed busy behind closed gates, Friends of Oatland and Oatland Island Wildlife Center offered online programs to give the community a look inside.

"One of Oatland's main focuses towards their mission as an institution is to educate people about native animals and we didn't want that to stop when the pandemic started," said Doug Orr, Friends of Oatland President.

Friends of Oatland Island bring “FOOventure” to your home

FOOVentures Friends of Oatland Event

Join Oatland Island Wildlife Center naturalists Ms. Sea Shell and Mister E in this joint venture between Oatland Island Wildlife Center and Friends of Oatland as they introduce us to all of the resident animals who call the grounds of Oatland home!

Watch in real time on the Friends of Oatland Facebook page every Wednesday and Friday at 11:00am as the amazing Oatland Island Wildlife Center staff highlight our beloved animal friends and answer your questions during the broadcast. The videos will always be available here on our site so you can catch up any time.

Oatland Island Toddler Tuesday is Back! [Virtual Edition]

Oatland Island Wildlife Center naturalist Michelle Kelly is bringing Toddler Tuesday to you!


Toddler Tuesday is an action packed program designed for toddlers 1 to 4 years and their adults. This is a time for adults to bond with their toddlers while engaging in hands-on activities that promote development and acquiring age appropriate skills. Activities may include reading story books, singing songs and up close encounters with Oatland’s animal ambassadors.


As beloved Ms. Seashell says on her Toddler Tuesday blog "If you haven’t already, follow the blog because we will continue to record more classes until we resume programs in person again. Hang in there. We will get together soon!  I sure miss you all!"