Tony Cope Education and Visitors Center
Your first experience with us begins at our Visitors Center, named after Oatland's advocate and founder. Originally built for the Order of Railway Conductors as a retirement home in 1927, this beautifully restored building houses many of our reptile and amphibian residents. Strollers and wagons are available to rent for $5 for your trip along the trails.
One of our most popular exhibits, where you can get nose to muzzle with our grey wolf pack, meet North America's largest native snake and view other mammals and reptiles in the air-conditioned cabin.
The Cougar Crossing exhibit has new life breathed into it with the arrival of Oatland Island's newest animal residents. Come sit by the glass and see if you can spot one of the cougar cubs.
Our Georgia Barnyard exhibit allows visitors to see, hear and smell over a dozen animals that are already a part of our daily lives and provides the opportunity to learn more about domesticated animals and their role in the world of agriculture.
Birds of Prey
From the tiny Eastern Screech Owls to the majestic Bald Eagles, our aviaries are home to some of the raptors of Georgia, where visitors can observe these animals and discover what makes each one unique.
Heritage Home sites
The Delk Cabin was built in 1837 in Liberty County and was relocated to Oatland Island in 1979, along with other outlying buildings from the 1800's. Take a walk through history during your visit. The cabins are open for viewing during most events at the home site but not always on daily visitation.
Take a moment to unwind in the serenity of our Pollination Station & Garden. There is a wide variety of natural beauty in our garden every day, from bees to butterflies and frogs to flora.
Oatland's dock house was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and a completely new dock house was opened to the public in 2019.
The new building has a screened in porch with beautiful views of the tidal marsh, electrical outlets and ceiling fans to accommodate a wide variety of programs and events.
Linking our predators of Georgia exhibits, the Marsh Boardwalk offers visitors to observe the beauty of the tidal creek and marshes. Depending on the tides, you can see fiddler crabs, schools of fish, and if you're lucky enough, a dolphin or two might pass you by.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center has over a mile and a half of nature trails linking all the exhibits through a maritime forest. There are a few covered areas to stop and take a rest to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. For the naturalist enthusiasts, a variety of Georgia's native reptiles, birds and mammals can be seen foraging in their natural habitats.
This 6-acre freshwater pond and is home to a diverse ecosystem. Bullfrogs and yellow-bellied slider turtles are just two of the many species you will see. Use the scenic binocular viewer to enjoy seeing the variety of birds that visit our pond, particularly our annual visitors of egrets and wood storks to the natural rookery.