Oak Island Nature Center

by Benjamin Celinski

The Oak Island Nature Center, tucked away on East Yacht Drive on Oak Island, North Carolina, is both entertaining and educational. One of the many features of the nature center is a beautiful butterfly garden, dedicated in April of 2001 to Mayor Dorothy Kelly in honor of her public services as mayor of Yaupon Beach and co-mayor of the Town of Oak Island. There is also a Talking Tree Walking Trail, an interactive trail program that allows you to listen to interesting facts about trees such as Dogwood trees, Southern Magnolia trees, Black Gum trees, Devilís Walking Stick trees and more. There is also a picnic area and a fishing pier on the Intracoastal Waterway. Inside the nature center you will find an adorable collection of live animals including Sebastian the Prairie Dog, Scooter the Hedgehog, Chompers the Rabbit, Lovey the White Ringneck Dove, Chinch the Chinchilla, Ferrets Mo & Jo, and Sugar Gliders Boomerang, Sweetpea, Aussie & Taz. The center is located at 5202 East Yacht Drive and admission is free. For hours of operation or more information please contact the Town of Oak Island Recreation Department at 910-278-4747.

Fishing Pier and Picnic Area

Fishing Pier and Picnic Area

 

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter

 

Talking Tree Walking Trail

Talking Tree Walking Trail

 

Dot Kelly Memorial Butterfly Garden

Dot Kelly Memorial Butterfly Garden

Dot Kelly Memorial Butterfly Garden

Dot Kelly Memorial Butterfly Garden

Dot Kelly Memorial Butterfly Garden

 

Animal Exhibit Building

Animal Exhibit Building

 

"Scooter" - Pygmy Hedgehog

"Scooter" - Pygmy Hedgehog

"Scooter" - Pygmy Hedgehog

 

"Mo" - Ferret

"Mo" - Ferret

 

"Chinch" - Chinchilla

"Chinch" - Chinchilla

 

"Sebastian" - Prairie Dog

"Sebastian" - Prairie Dog

"Sebastian" - Prairie Dog

 

"Boomerang" & "Sweetpea" - Sugar Gliders

"Boomerang" & "Sweetpea" - Sugar Gliders

 

"Lovey" - White Ringneck Dove

"Lovey" - White Ringneck Dove

 

Intracoastal Waterway

Intracoastal Waterway

Intracoastal Waterway

Intracoastal Waterway

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