Come celebrate Earth Day at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by joining at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center to learn how you can turn your yard into a wildlife refuge and reduce your impact on the environment. Bring the whole family for a day of self-exploration through informational tables about native planting and starting pollinator gardens, building bird houses, bat boxes and bee hotels as well as information and tips on composting at home. A fun and simple spring craft will be available for kids and an “alligator egg” hunt will take place around the entire refuge.

A special film will be shown several times throughout the day as well as the award-winning refuge film in the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center Auditorium.

Join in celebration of Earth Day at the Okefenokee Swamp!

The Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is located 11 miles southwest of Folkston 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 for hours of operation, upcoming events, and entrance fee information.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to our events for all participants. Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate in our events should contact Susan Heisey at (912) 496-7366 ext. 233 or In order to allow sufficient time to process requests, please contact us for assistance at least five business days before the event.

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