The center, a joint venture by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Coastal Plains Regional Education Service Agency, offers several education programs and field trip opportunities as well as accredited teacher training. Students can roam the half-mile boardwalk while learning about wetland ecology, wildlife and plant identification, air quality, and plant adaptations.
Dubbed by some the best-kept secret in Georgia, Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is a 6,400-acre wildlife management area, public fishing area and wildlife education center near Mansfield. The area, named for a noted outdoors journalist and the first director of Georgia's parks and wildlife divisions, also features a conference center, lodge, banquet hall and visitors center with a museum.
Bat conservation interns Laci Coleman and Michael Blubaugh were hard at work in late May and June, visiting bat habitat from Fort Stewart to Fort Gordon. Wildlife biologist Trina Morris of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Nongame Conservation Section said their experiences included teaming with University of Georgia graduate student Jay Scott to complete Southeastern myotis emergence counts at southwest Georgia caves and finding alligators and plenty of mosquitoes but no bats at Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge during the hottest weather so far this summer.