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The Okefenokee Wildlife League (OWL), Inc. (was formed in 1989) in cooperation with the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission.  In 1990, Okefenokee Wildlife League received its 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization.  In 2018, the association registered to “do business as’ Friends of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 


The purposes for which this Corporation is organized are to promote better understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural history and natural environment of southeast Georgia, and, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Corporation will cooperate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hereafter referred to as the “Service” to:

  1. Foster educational, interpretive, scientific and other activities appropriate to the goals and objectives of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for the benefit of the public;
  2. Purchase or produce and make available to Refuge visitors, by sales or free distribution, suitable interpretive and educational material such as books, pamphlets, posters, slides, photographs, maps, and other items of interest, to increase the visitors’ understanding of natural history and their surrounding natural environment:
  3. Acquire books, films, recordings, and other materials for use in the interpretive programs which may be donated to the “Service” and assist the “Service” m carrying out such programs.
  4. The purpose for which the Friends of the ONWR is organized are exclusively charitable, scientific, literary and educational within the meaning of section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.


  1. Infrastructure - Equip the new Visitor Center  with enticing interactive exhibits and nature store items.
  2. Visitors Services: Provide and enhance opportunities for hunting fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and environmental education.
  3. Advocacy: Foster support for the Complex federal, state, local agencies and the local community to promote public appreciation, understanding and action.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 as a "refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife".  The Okefenokee is like no other place on earth, where natural beauty and wilderness prevail.  The vision for Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is to protect and enhance wildlife and its habitat, ensure integrity of the ecological system, and embrace the grandeur, mystery, and cultural heritage that lead to an enrichment of the human spirit.

Visitor Center Exhibit Capital Campaign

Help us to help the refuge! Donate today.
Collected: $3,985.00
Goal: $125,000.00

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