Center for Wildlife Education
and The Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center

On-site Programs and Hours

Weekday Programs:

  • Open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Each weekday at 3:30 p.m. a special 30-minute wildlife themed program will be presented in the Wildlife Center’s lecture hall or Amphitheater. Click HERE to see the weekday program schedule.

Weekend Programs: (Closed on weekends during the months of June, July & August and major holidays)   *We will be open on Saturday, June 1 for the Grand Reopening of the Waterfowl Pond* 
Saturday hours: 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday:  CLOSED

  • 2:00 p.m. – Reptile program – Meet in the Wildlife Center Lecture Hall
  • 3:00 p.m. – Flight Show/Raptor Program – Meet in the Wildlife Center Amphitheater

Wildlife Center Features:

Down-To-Earth Encounter:

DownToEarthThumbThis is a hands-on experience highlighting three important Georgia ecosystems.  Visitors explore, locate and identify, more than 50 different species of wildlife.

Habitat Walkway:WalkwayThumb

Visitors will enjoy viewing our 8 habitat stations along our walkway with live birds of prey on exhibit.  The ecosystems and the ecology of the birds themselves are discussed and explained.

Flighted Raptor Demonstration:IMG_4193

Raptors are brought before the audience in the amphitheater on the fist and then presented in a flight demonstration.  Hawks, owls, and falcons are all a part of the cast, but working with animals is an adventure, so the script changes daily.

EcologyPavilionThumbEcology Pavilion:

The open air pavilion seats 120 visitors for lunch or for educational programs.  The Pavilion must be reserved in advance.

Children’s Discovery Trail:Skunk

This winding adventure trail takes visitors past interesting stations with all manner of natural artifacts.  Snake skins, turtle shells and deer antlers, as well as frog and snake skeletons, owl pellets, birds’ nests, and turtle eggs are on display.  Also on display is an opossum and skunk exhibit, along with a kid’s eagle nest.





Freedom’s General Store:

It is with much excitement that we announce the opening of Freedom’s General Store in January 2015.  Freedom’s General Store is the Center’s new souvenir shop located in the lobby of the main building. There is something for everyone in Freedom’s General Store; from t-shirts, and books to little plush replicas of Freedom, you’ll find that perfect gift to take home.

Freedom's General Store_January 2015









Invasive Species Exhibit:

Opened to the public on February 3, 2018, the Wildlife Center’s newest exhibit “Under Attack” focuses on invasive species “attacking” Georgia!!  What invasive species are threatening your region?  What  economic and environmental impacts are invasive species having on Georgia?  What is the difference between an invasive species and a nuisance species? Visit “Under Attack” to have all this and more answered!  Live animals, interactive quizzes, and hands-on/touch displays – there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Last updated: 5/14/2019

Center for Wildlife Education • P.O. Box 8058, Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0831