Entrance to Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, GA.

Okefenokee Swamp is home to a large variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. And while going for the day to just take in all of nature’s beauty is rewarding on its own, the administration of the wildlife refuge is providing two distinct ways to enjoy the great outdoors on an entirely different level.

March 10, 2018 is the next workshop of nature photographer, John Reed. Reed is a local award-winning photographer who will be hosting this popular class. A one-day event, held from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, the course will teach all level of photographers the basics needed for wildlife photography.

According to the wildlife refuge’s Facebook page, the workshop will be in two main portions.

The first portion of the class starts with a ‘camera boot camp’, ensuring all participants understand all the controls found on the digital cameras and are ready for the first shoot of the day. The rest of the morning will be in the refuge for ‘hands-on’ shooting. Also, part of this portion of the day, hands-on lessons, tips and individual help from Reed will be incorporated.

After a break from lunch, the remainder of the day is set for classroom presentations, lessons on digital photography fundamentals and more effective camera usage.

Pre-registration is strongly suggested, and interested individuals can use this link to learn more and to sign up.


April presents a chance for those who love to run. Specifically, Earth Day is when folks can sign up for 5K. Join others for a fun and fast 5- or 1-mile fun run down the Okefenokee’s Swamp Island Drive. Need some motivation to join? The winner of the five-mile race will go home with $25, while the 1-mile winner will clear $20.

Use this link to learn more or to register.

While you are the wildlife refuge, consider taking in a ride through the swamp on an air boat tour. Climb to the top of the 40-foot observation tower after journeying down the Chesser Island Boardwalk. Make sure to wander around the Chesser Island Homestead as well, and get a glimpse of what life was like in the swamp nearly 100 years ago. The home on display was built in 1927. Other buildings on display include a syrup shed, smokehouse, storage shed and grindstone.

There truly is a lot to see and experience at Folkston’s entrance of the Okefenokee Swamp. Want to see more of this swamp? Add just a bit of drive time to your day, and explore all that awaits at the swamp entrance at Waycross, Georgia.












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A freelance writer since 2008, Debra focuses her attention on travel, music and lifestyle topics. Whether tracking down the new happenings in and around SE Georgia, or interviewing the up-and-coming artists within Nashville, Debra is always looking for that next great topic. She always strives to provide entertaining and informative pieces for magazines, newspapers and websites.

When not hiding behind her computer screen, Debra can be found relaxing at her favorite destination, St. Simon’s Island, bowling with her daughter or under an umbrella at one of the local beaches.

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