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St. Simons Island 2017 Calendar of Events

St. Simons Island is always humming with a variety of fun activities and things to do year-round. From local farmer's markets, art and antique shows, Music in the Park, outdoor excursions, to wine tastings, gallery exhibits, tours, and on-going classes and workshops for creative pursuits such as painting, pottery, jewelry making or dance instruction, you'll never run out of things to do in the Golden Isles.

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The Events Calendar has now been updated with current 2017 information for upcoming events!

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On-Going Events & Activities on St. Simons



PLEASE NOTE: EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. PLEASE CALL THE LISTED PHONE NUMBERS FOR CONFIRMATION.

Community Support Group
FREE meetings each month at Frederica Presbyterian Church to help with general life coping skills, work, relationships, financial matters, illnesses, etc - call 912.577.8119 or visit freddypresssi.com.

Wine Tasting at Waterfront Wine & Gourmet of Darien.
Call 912.437.3410 for days and details.

Old-Fashioned 4th of July in Downtown Brunswick
Fireworks in Mary Ross Park. Celebration at the Park begins at 7pm with games, prizes, music, free watermelon slices for everyone. After dark, a spectacular fireworks display over the East River! Brunswick and St. Simons' Old Fashioned 4th of July Free Event was voted as the Number One Fourth of July celebration in the country by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2016.

Historic Downtown Tours
Tuesday through Saturday. Three tours daily: City Tour - 9:30am to 11am; Residential Tour - 4pm to 5:30pm; Combo Tour (City/Residential) - 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Reservations ONLY / Reserve ONLINE at SoGloGallery.com

Children's Pottery Classes
10am - 11:30am. Children ages 7 and up will enjoy instruction by Debbie Craig. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Glynn Visual Arts Pottery Studio, 106 Island Drive. Call 912.638.8770 for more information or visit glynnvisualarts.org.

First Friday
Downtown Promenade in Historic Downtown Brunswick
Brunswick welcomes you to area shops, galleries, restaurants, art openings, live music, food and beverage samples. From 5-8pm. Call 912.265.4032 or visit brunswickgeorgia.net.

Second Sundays
Music in the Park
Hundreds of locals and visitors alike join together for this live music event at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island the second Sunday of every month from 1-7pm. The proceeds from Second Sunday benefit various local charitable organizations. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides.
Every Monday

Painting Technique with Jennifer Broadus
6:30pm - 8:30 pm. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive on St. Simons Island. Call 912.638.8770 for more information or visit glynnvisualarts.org.
Every Tuesday

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am til dark. Call 912.262.6665 for more information.
Every Wednesday

Ken Wallin, Open Studio
1:00pm - 4:00 pm. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive on St. Simons Island. Call 912.638.8770 or visit glynnvisualarts.org.
Every Thursday

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am til dark. Call 912.262.6665 for more information.

Adult Pottery Classes
Morning classes 9am -11:30am and evening classes 6pm - 8:30pm. Instruction in wheel and hand building by Debbie Craig. Classes are ongoing and drop-in. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive, St. Simons Island. Call 912.638.6679 or 912.638.8770 or visit glynnvisualarts.org for more information.

Dance Instruction
Seaside Dance Association provides Dance Instruction/Practice, social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7pm; Advanced 8:15pm. $5 members, $8 non-members. Held at the St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information call 912.634.9527.
Every Saturday

Brunswick Farmer's Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8am til dark. Call 912.262.6665 for more information.

Children's Pottery Classes
10-11:30am. Children ages 7 and up will enjoy instruction by Debbie Craig. Classes are ongoing, drop-in. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. Call 912.638.6679 or 912.638.8770 or visit glynnvisualarts.org for more information.

July
All Month

Summertime Beach Walks!
Time: Scheduled around low tides Location: depart from Coast Guard Beach Parking Area Phone: 912.266.2473 Email: georgiabeachwalk@gmail.com Visit Website Take a walk with a naturalist...and explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide! Learn about sea shells and critters living above and below the sand, and who swims in the sea! $20 per person $15 children under 12. Please call for dates and departure times. Reservations a must!

July 28

The St. Simons Land Trust's Outdoor Movie Night
Time: 7:30 to 10:30
Location: The Old Stables Corner, 11 Market St. St. Simons Island, GA
Phone: 912.638.9109
Email: Bbarger@sslt.org
Website: www.SSLT.org
Description: The St. Simons Land Trust will again host a movie night under the live oaks at the Old Stables Corner. Screening of the Disney classic " Swiss Family Robinson" will begin at 8:30 The movie was made in 1960 and tells the tale of a ship wrecked family being chased by pirates. Bring picnic provisions, chairs or a blanket and enjoy a great evening of family fun.

July 28-30

Grown Up Summer Camp
Time: 4:00pm Friday-9:15 Sunday
Location: Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island
Phone: 912.638.8688
Email: tflavell@epworthbythesea.org
Website: www.epworthbythesea.org
Description: Numerous outdoor adventures: kayaking, horseback riding on the beach, fishing, bike tour, zip lining, paddleboard. full service gym available. enjoy a sunset cruise aboard a working shrimp boat. Beginners to seasoned participants encouraged!Nationally known storyteller, Andy Offutt Irwin, will be our leader.

July 29

Hofwyl Plantation Evening History Stroll
TIME: 7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST: $15

DESCRIPTION:
Join us at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation for an evening of over 200 years of history. The Plantation History Stroll is a 90 minute tour, about ½ mile in length. Guests will hear about the hundreds of centuries old, moss-laden Live Oak trees that grow at Hofwyl-Broadfield; the five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom; explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a guided tour of the ante-bellum plantation home, replete with family original antiques dating to the mid-18th century. Guests should dress for the season and wear comfortable walking shoes.

INFORMATION:
Call 912.264.7333 for reservations or more information, also you may visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl

July 29

General James Oglethorpe Program & Book Signing
TIME: 2 p.m.

LOCATION:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site
5556 US Highway 17N
Brunswick, GA 31525
Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.

COST:
$8 – Adults
$7 – Seniors (62+)
$5 – Youth (6-17)

DESCRIPTION:
Come to Hofwyl Plantation and learn more about Georgia's founding through the eyes of veteran historian Scott Hodges as he portrays General James Oglethorpe. This program includes a display of everyday items, both reproductions and actual artifacts, from Georgia's colonial period along with period maps and illustrations. After the program stick around as Scott will be available to sign his new book Our Lost Heritage: Ten Things You Did Not Know About James Edward Oglethorpe, The Founder of Georgia.

INFORMATION: Call 912.264.7333 for reservations or more information, also you may visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl

August
All Month

Summertime Beach Walks!
Time: Scheduled around low tides Location: depart from Coast Guard Beach Parking Area Phone: 912.266.2473 Email: georgiabeachwalk@gmail.com Visit Website Take a walk with a naturalist...and explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide! Learn about sea shells and critters living above and below the sand, and who swims in the sea! $20 per person $15 children under 12. Please call for dates and departure times. Reservations a must!

August 6-8

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

August 8

2017 Junior Golf Summer Program at The King and Prince
Instructed by Robert Long, PGA Professional
9:00am-11:00am
Ages 8 – 15 Welcome
$100 per Junior for 2 Day Sessions
$50 per Junior for 1 Day Session

Proper Attire Required. No T-Shirts, blue jeans, cut-offs or athletic shorts.
Education, instruction, skills drills, competitions (including play).
Each Session Will Include Lunch

August 12

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 9am - 1pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

August 19-20

End of Summer Weekend Art & Craft Market at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com

August 20

Sounds by the Sea: Maggie and Jackson
912.262.6934
Bring a chair, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy great music in a perfect outdoor setting. All concerts 7-9 pm @ Neptune Park, St. Simons Island. Individual tickets available at the gate. $10/adults $5/students 6-12 years old; under 6 free.


September
September 1-4

Summertime Beach Walks!
Time: Scheduled around low tides Location: depart from Coast Guard Beach Parking Area Phone: 912.266.2473 Email: georgiabeachwalk@gmail.com Visit Website Take a walk with a naturalist...and explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide! Learn about sea shells and critters living above and below the sand, and who swims in the sea! $20 per person $15 children under 12. Please call for dates and departure times. Reservations a must!

September 5-7

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

September 9

The Farmers Market at Sea Island
Enjoy live music as you visit our local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods and produce. 9am - 1pm. The parking lot of the Market at Sea Island, on the Sea Island Causeway at Frederica Road. 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island. Telephone 912.634.3994.

September 15-16

Coastal Stewards Workshop: Georgia Blue Crab
Time: Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Station, 715 Bay Street, Brunswick, 31520
Phone: 912.598.3345
Email: kayla270@uga.edu
Click here to visit the website

Description: Join us for a fun, educational weekend all about Georgia shrimp. we'll learn about the economic importance of the shrimping industry and the connection between the success of the industry and the health of coastal ecosystems. Trawling, field research on black gill, and lectures on sustainable seafood consumption are a few of the activities included as part of this workshop.

This workshop is part of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's Coastal Stewards Program, a series of environmental education workshops targeted to adults living on or visiting the Georgia coast.

The goal of the Coastal Stewards Program is to engage adults in activities designed to improve their knowledge of coastal ecosystems, enhance understanding of current issues impacting coastal communities, and inspire stewardship of coastal resources. Workshops on specialized topics will be offered quarterly and are open to anyone over 18. Cost is $100 per person. Registration required by Friday, September 8.

September 17

Sounds by the Sea: Michael Hulett
912.262.6934
Bring a chair, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy great music in a perfect outdoor setting. All concerts 7-9 pm @ Neptune Park, St. Simons Island. Individual tickets available at the gate. $10/adults $5/students 6-12 years old; under 6 free.

September 23-24

Glynn Visual Arts 47th Annual - Art Under the Oaks Fine Art & Craft Festival

TIMES AND LOCATION: 9am - 5pm Daily, at Postell Park, Pier Village, Saint Simons Island, GA

This September, Glynn Visual Arts celebrates its 47th year hosting this beautiful fine arts & crafts festival now known as Art Under the Oaks. True to tradition, artists will hail from around the region representing a wide range of mediums. This is a juried art show including over seventy artists and craftsmen are expected to present a variety of original two dimensional art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wood, metal and glass - all available for purchase. While exploring the show, visitors can keep an eye out for the artists who are awarded ribbons for their outstanding work in their medium. This festival is a colorful event featuring something for everyone. Attendees will enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists and connect with them about their artwork. This makes the ownership or giving of a handcrafted piece much more meaningful because of the personal connection between the customer and the artist. In addition to beautiful artwork, free kids craft activities, great food vendors and live music will make it an entertaining weekend for all.

In the afternoon bring a chair & enjoy some live music performed by some of our favorite local musicians & enjoy great food from our vendors!

NEW & FRESH ART WORK! - This year we have several artists that are brand new to Art Under the Oaks.

FAMILY FUN! - The Kid's Creation Station celebrates the smallest artists with free craft activities.

CONTACT:
Barbara Scragg
E-mail: festivals@glynnvisualarts.org
Glynn Visual Arts
Phone: 912.638.8770
Web: www.glynnvisualarts.org

September 28

UGA Brunswick Station Open House
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Station, 715 Bay Street, Brunswick 31250
Phone: 912.264.7268
Email: econnell@uga.edu
Click here to visit the website
Description: Join us for our first annual open house at the Brunswick Station on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4 – 7 p.m.! Enjoy local seafood and beverages while learning about Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's research, education and outreach efforts on the coast.

The Brunswick Station's multidisciplinary staff have been serving the Golden Isles community for over 40 years, conducting important water quality research, ensuring safe seafood, preparing communities for hurricanes and educating residents about native plants and pollinators.
Visitors are invited to tour the station, meet our experts and enjoy hands-on, interactive activities for people of all ages. The event is free and open to the public.


October
October 4-6

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

October 21-22

Art & Craft Market at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com


November
November 3-5

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

November 18-19

Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park
10 am to 5 pm both days
For more information visit soglogallery.com


December
December 2-4

Moonrise Party at ECHO Restaurant at The King and Prince
Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature's beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO - St. Simons' only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Visit echostsimons.com for reservations or more information.

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Glynn Visual Arts St. Simons Island Glynn Visual Arts

106 Island Drive
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522
912.638.8770
info@glynnvisualarts.org
HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm
glynnvisualarts.org

Visit the GVA website for current events, workshops, classes and ongoing activities.

New in June 2017 at GVA:

Photoshop For Photographers
Instructor: Mike Force
Date: June 10th, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This Photoshop course teaches you how to edit your photos like a pro. Mike will guide you step by step through Adobe Photoshop, the world's most popular photo editing software. You will learn sizing, cropping, retouching, masks, layers and coloring. The class is loaded with tips and shortcuts so you'll know everything you need to do to create the best possible versions of your photographs.

Throughout the class you will complete a series of photo projects that will put your skills to the test. Type your paragraph here.

$95 members
$105 non members


Wire Jewelry Workshop
Instructor: Lisa Kent
Date: June 17th, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Make a fun and funky wire frame pendant with colorful wire wrapping and beads for spring! Or... if you have ideas, design something yourself! Make at least two pieces of jewelry, one for yourself and one for a gift for someone special! All tools and materials provided by instructor. $5 materials fee payable directly to the instructor.

$55 per person member
$65 per person non-member


2017 GVA Kid's Clay & Collage Summer Camps
Instructor: Debbie Craig, GVA Pottery Studio Director & GA Coastal College Pottery Instructor

Week long camp Mon.-Fri.
10:00am - 1:00pm
Ages 7 through middle school
Class size 6-min. & 12-max.

Cost:
$150 members
$160 non-members
No drop-ins please

Camp Weeks:
June 12-16
June 19-23
July 10-14
July 17-21

Children will explore three dimensional art through the process of working with clay the first part of the week. They will finish the week with two dimensional discovery using FUN paper collage! This art camp is about "process" and cannot accommodate drop-in students.

2017 GVA Comic Book Summer Camps
Instructor: Bob Pendarvis, Artist/Professor and Original Founder of SCAD Sequential Art BFA program; Founder of SCAD Sequential Art MFA program

Week long camp running Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm
Kids are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, but Bob will provide extra snacks for everyone. Class size 5 minimum and 10 maximum

Camp Weeks:
June 19 - 23, 2017 Comics and Cartoons Camp
Age: 4th through 7th Grade

July 10 - 14, 2017 Comics and Sequential Art Camp
Age: 8th grade and up

This fun and educational camp is for students who enjoy the idea of creating stories using both words and pictures. Students will learn how to work as part of a team, as well as produce complete comics all on their own.

Cost:
$150 members
$160 non-members

Handmade 4 the Hungry
Instructor: Debbie Craig

Dates:
June: Tuesdays 13 & 20
July: Tuesdays 11 & 18
Aug: Tuesdays 15 & 22

6 - 7:30 pm @ GVA Pottery Studio
$25 per person--refreshments and materials included.

Participants will learn to hand build a bowl to donate to the Third Annual Empty Bowl Event on Tuesday, October 17th, 5 - 7:30 pm at GVA--all proceeds from that event go to America's Second Harvest Food Bank and stays in Glynn County.

We ask that people pre-register with GVA for the classes--space is limited.

Beginning Metal Jewelry
Instructor: Lisa Kent

Dates: July 10-12th and July 17-19th
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Come out of the July heat and cool off while you make beautiful jewelry. This is an introductory course to making jewelry from sheet metal and wire, using cold connections (no soldering). You will learn how to cut, file, shape, hammer and decorate, using basic tools and processes. $10 materials fee payable to the instructor.

Non Members: $90 per week and $180 for 2 weeks
Members: $80 per week and $160 for 2 weeks

On-Going Events, Classes, & Workshops

Brunswick Farmers Market
at Mary Ross Waterfront Park every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8 am-dark. Call 912.262.6665 for more information.

New Perspectives
Experience the beauty of our marshlands and tidal creeks from a new perspective. Glenda Cason Gallery, 261 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island. 912.634.7770. www.glendacasongallery.com

Downtown Promenade
Explore the galleries and stores of Historic Downtown Brunswick the first Friday of every month. 5-8pm. Art, gifts and more; light refreshments served at most locations. 912.279.0023.

Passport to the Century
Hear the story of the Jekyll Island Club and visit two cottages. Daily tours.

Seaside Dance Association Dance Instruction/Practice
Social and ballroom dance. Thursdays. Beginners 7pm. Advanced 8:15pm. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd., SSI. 912.634.9527.

Nature Walks
Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island's fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours M-W-F. Tidelands Nature Center, 912.635.5032.

CPR Instruction
Infant/Child and Adult Sponsored by the American Red Cross. Locations and times: 912.265.1695.

Classes in All Mediums
Glynn Visual Arts, 319 Mallery St., SSI. 912.638.8770.

Jekyll Island Arts Association Goodyear Cottage, Historic District Gallery and Shop
Open to the public seven days per week. Mon-Fri 12-4 PM, Sat-Sun 10AM-4PM. Gallery Exhibit changes each month. Free.

Working in Different Artistic Media
For adults and children. Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive, SSI. 912.638.8770.

Pottery, Hand-Building and Wheel Ongoing Classes.
Glynn Visual Arts Pottery Studio, 106 Island Drive, SSI. 912.638.8770.

Writer's Critique Group
First Tuesday of every month. 7pm. Free to adult writers at any skill level. Sharon, 912.264.5902.

Coastal Photographers Guild
Third Thursday each month. 6pm. Glynn Visual Arts, 319 Mallery St., SSI. Call 912.638.8770.

St. Simons Island Antique Show
Contact Joe Burkhart at 912.267.7822
stsimonsantiques.com

Featuring interesting and unusual items, and other treasures from by-gone eras!

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.

Located under the oaks in the historic Pier Village area, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, GA. Close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and beautiful St. Simons Island Beaches.

Always free admission and parking.

A limited number of vendor spaces are available, depending on the show date.

For more information about spaces or just general information about the St. Simons Antique Show, Please call Joe Burkhart, at 912.267.7822 or visit the website at stsimonsantiques.com for show dates and times.

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities
1530 Newcastle St.
Brunswick, Georgia 31520
912.262.6934
goldenislesarts.org

Contact Education Director Lucy Lynn Bryson at artsed@goldenislesarts.org

Office, Gallery & Historic Ritz Theatre hours: Wednesdays-Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Also by appointment and during event times.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
2700 Suwannee Canal Rd.
Folkston, GA 31537
912.496.7836
okefenokee@fws.gov

Okefenokee NWR to Celebrate 80 Years in 2017

On March 30, 1937, the executive order was signed to establish Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. With 80 years of conservation, education, and history, 2017 is a year of celebration. To kick off the celebration, the refuge has designed a fun and creative visiting experience called the Oke is 80 Passport Challenge designed to encourage visitation and promote exploration of the refuge.

The activities in the passport vary and include all entrances to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. No matter which activities visitors complete, they are sure to find the Oke is 80 Passport Challenge enriching, educational, and fun. Visitors can take advantage of the challenge activities to explore new areas of the refuge, learn about new wildlife species, and practice outdoor skills.

The Oke is 80 Passport Challenge requires no registration; just pick up an Oke is 80 Passport Challenge booklet at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center and get started! The goal is to complete as many activities in the passport book, and any participant (or family) that completes at least 25 activities will receive a prize. The refuge has designed a limited edition patch that will be given away FREE to individuals completing at least 25 activities. Both the Oke is 80 Passport Challenge books and prizes may be picked up at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at the Main Entrance. Completed passport books must be submitted no later than April 22, 2017 to be prize eligible.

The Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center is located at the Main Entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 11 miles southwest of Folkston, Georgia, off the Okefenokee Parkway South (GA 121/23). A $5 refuge entrance fee per vehicle or annual pass is required as admission. For more information, contact the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center at 912-496-7836, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

More information is available on the refuge website at fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee, or at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center, located off Hwy. 121/23 near Folkston, GA by calling 912.496.7836 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday or daily after September 1.

The Suwannee Canal Recreation Area (East Entrance) to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the primary entrance managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is located 11 miles southwest of Folkson, GA off Hwy 121/23. The refuge is open daily and offers a variety of opportunities for the visiting public. Call 912.496.7836 or visit the refuge website at fws.gov/okefenokee for hours of operation, upcoming events, and entrance fee information.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit fws.gov.

Connect with our Facebook pages at facebook.com/okefenokeewildliferefuge or facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.