“One of the volunteer activities that I enjoy the most is staffing the Information Desk and working the register at The Gator Hole, the book and nature store at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center. I have met visitors from around the world and shared with them my love of the refuge system and the wildlife and wildlife habitat that our refuges protect. The Gator Hole provides a steady stream of revenue that allows the refuge Friends group to support projects on all seven of our local national wildlife refuges, most of which have been certified as Important Bird Areas by National Audubon, while offering quality products to refuge visitors.
New Fish & Wildlife Service policy will soon prohibit uniformed staff from ringing up sales or handling nature store funds. This could force the closing of The Gator Hole on days when no volunteer is on site to operate the register. The solution for this problem is to sign up more volunteers to staff the desk and the store. We encourage our Ogeechee Audubon members to step up to help meet this challenge.
If you have previously volunteered at the Visitor Center, please consider signing up for a shift or two starting next week. Call Amy Ochoa at 843-784-9911. If you have not volunteered before, please consider signing up for a training session and shadowing a current volunteer for a shift or two. There are two shifts per day (9 am to 12:30, and 12:30 to 4 pm) Monday thru Saturday. There are always FWS staff on-site to assist with any problems or questions. If you are interested , e-mail me at email@example.com or call Amy Ochoa directly.”
Vistor Center Information
Savannah NWR Visitor Center hours are Monday thru Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (closed Sundays and Federal holidays). The Visitor Center has an exhibit of “critters” of the Refuge System, a 12-minute movie about the refuge system, a bookstore/gift shop, volunteers to assist with information, a sheet about the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and on the back a map of the areas that may be hiked/biked. There is also a trail behind the Visitor Centr (about 800 feet) to walk and enjoy the birds and animals, plus at the end of the trail is a seating area with a watering area and bird feeders.
NOTE: The Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset daily.
There is also a butterfly garden that was planted and is maintained by the Low Country Master Gardner Association, lead by Michelle Baldwin. The group also maintains the butterfly garden at Pinckney Island NWR.