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.
  • During the summer months of June,July and August, the Center also offers a daily 9:30 program.
  • Click HERE to see the weekday program schedule.

Weekend Programs:

*Closed on weekends during the months of June, July & August and major holidays
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


Wildlife Center Features:

Down-To-Earth Encounter:

Visitors explore and locate native species to Georgia. This area houses numerous snake species as well as alligators and turtles.

Habitat Walkway:

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

Flighted Raptor Demonstration:

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.

Ecology 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:

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:

Freedom's General Store_January 2015

Freedom’s General Store is the Center’s 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.

Invasives Species Exhibit

Opened to the public in February 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: 3/5/2020

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