Hidden, But Pricey, Gem in Nassau County

White Oak Conservation Center

White Oak is 12,000 acres of serene southern forest, with six miles of St. Marys riverfront, and over 100 structures, White Oak is truly a unique property. A former rice and tree plantation, White Oak hosts meeting, conferences, and corporate retreats for groups looking to escape from the busy world into a productive setting. The natural surroundings, nine-hole golf course, and elegant buildings decorated with antiques and artwork from around the world provide an inspirational and relaxing atmosphere for guests.

The conservation center houses 34 imperiled species as part of our conservation breeding programs with the goal of saving some of the world’s most iconic species from extinction. Rhinoceros, okapi, and cheetah form the core of our flagship species approach to conservation- both here in Florida and across the globe. We offer public tours and events that take you behind the scenes of a working conservation center and give you a chance to meet some of our animal residents and their expert caretakers.

White Oak has a special Summer Sunset Safari coming up on August 27, at 5:00 PM.  For $175 per person or $300 per couple, you will get:

a sunset tour of the conservation facilities, where attendees will be updated on new happenings at White Oak and get a glimpse of the animals that call the conservation area home.  After the tour, attendees will be served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and  a gourmet dinner in the Gilman Hall dining area.

The have s a new white rhino calf. The female calf was born June 23, and she is doing well.  There is also another addition, a Grevy’s zebra foal, she was also born in late June also.

Carol and I did one of their special tours a few years ago, it is pricey, but worth the money.

If you can’t make the Safari they have regularly scheduled  2.5 hour tours on Wednesdays and Fridays.  They must be booked in advance.  Cost: $100 per adult, $50 children 3-10 years old, and free for children 2 and under.  Call 904 225 3396 or 904 225 3285, Mon – Fri, to book a tour.

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