Outreach Facilities on the Georgia Southern Campus
Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern University
Centered on an early 20th-century farmstead near the southeast end of campus, the Garden celebrates the nature and culture of the southeastern coastal plain. Eleven acres feature native and heritage plants, including 270 taxa and 20 of the state’s protected plants. The Garden offers woodland trails, wetlands, landscaped gardens, a native azalea collection, a vegetable garden, Rural Life Museum, the Whelchel Camellia Garden, and more. As a research and educational resource for faculty and students, the Garden provides undergraduate and graduate internships and hands-on study opportunities. Workshops, tours, school field trips, special events, and plant sales are some of the Garden’s public outreach programs. The Garden is also available for rentals such as photography sessions, weddings, and receptions. Grounds are open 9:30 a.m. to dusk Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Buildings are open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the Garden office at (912) 478-1149 or visit the website at academics.georgiasouthern.edu/garden.
- The Georgia Southern University Museum
Since 1982, the Georgia Southern University Museum has sought to preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects pertaining to the unique cultural heritage and natural history of this region. A world-class mosasaur specimen and Georgiacetus vogtlensis, the most primitive fossil whale ever discovered in North America, are among the many specimens interpreting Georgia’s prehistoric past. Native American artifacts, a rare antebellum cotton gin, a dugout canoe, and WPA mural are a few of the extraordinary artifacts that interpret the unique cultural history of the region. The museum also hosts a variety of onsite and offsite changing exhibits and programs relevant to the University’s academic programs—often curated by faculty and students. The Museum partners with the Center for Interdisciplinary STEM Education to offer resources for hands-on science education to teachers across south Georgia. The Museum serves as a research and educational resource for faculty, staff, students, the general public, and K-12 schools. Opportunities exist for undergraduate and graduate student involvement in all aspects of the museum’s programs. The Museum is located in the Rosenwald Building on historic Sweetheart Circle and is free for Georgia Southern University students. Check the website for operating hours, non-student admissions, changing exhibits and special events. Inquiries may be directed to the museum at (912) 478-5444. Visit the website at academics.georgiasouthern.edu/museum.
- The Center for Wildlife Education and The Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center
Since its opening in 1997, the Center for Wildlife Education & Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center has grown into one of the leading environmental education facilities in Georgia. At over 17 acres in size, the Center supports Georgia Southern University's environmental education programs with a mission to provide wildlife encounters for school children and citizens of the region. The Center displays numerous species of eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures showcased in their natural habitats. Flighted raptor demonstrations and reptile programs are offered to the public on weekends and to scheduled groups on weekdays. The Center includes exhibits dedicated to Georgia's wildlife, including the newly constructed Waterfowl Pond, which brings attention to the native species of waterfowl found in our region. Built through private donations, the $3 million Center is supported operationally through state, private and public partnerships. The 12-acre expansion, the Wetland Preserve, opened in 2009 to educate visitors on wetland ecosystems and waterfowl and wading birds that are native to Georgia. Inquiries may be directed to the Center at (912) 478-0831. Visit the website at academics.georgiasouthern.edu/wildlife.
- The Center for the Performing Arts
The Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center. The 34,000 square foot facility houses an 825-seat theatre with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Programming is booked to reflect the Center's mission: "To present diverse, quality cultural experiences to the Georgia Southern University and regional communities through the performing arts. To support and enhance the University's performing art departments. To promote the discovery, appreciation, and enrichment of the performing arts to all with accessibility to perform and train in a professional, state-of-the-art performing arts center." Between the months of August and May, the PAC presents two professional touring series: The Main Stage Series includes national and international touring performing artists representing diverse genres such as music concerts, theatre, and dance, while the School Matinee Series brings quality theatrical and music performances to enhance local and regional school curriculums. The PAC is also available to support university department programming as well as external organization rentals. Inquiries may be directed to the Box Office at (912) 478-7999 or to the Center’s administrative offices at (912) 478- 0830. Visit the website at georgiasouthern.edu/pac.