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Water, Wings and Wildlife

Water Wings and Wildlife

Saturday, September 30 from 10 am-5 pm

New this year! Friday, September 29 from 9 am-3 pm--Education Day for Area Schools


Make some tracks and join the Flint RiverQuarium Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for a


celebration of all creatures great and small at the Water, Wings and Wildlife Festival. Whether wet and


scaly, feathered, slimy or furry, we want to celebrate all of the amazing wild animals that fill our


beautiful world. You can enjoy birds of prey and reptile shows, take a SCUBA lesson in our Blue Hole


or even try your hand at fishing at the Flint RiverQuarium water steps! Regular admission rates apply. For


more detailed information, see the list of activities below.


 Water, Wings & Wildlife 2017 Highlights 

Presenters and details are subject to change as event plans are finalized.



Friends with Fins

Presenter: Jaclyn Friedlander

Show Times: TBA

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: Blue Hole

Ocean conservationist and marine life expert, Jaclyn Friedlander, created Friends with Fins 

because she saw a need for ocean specific educational content. Friends with Fins has grown

into an organization that provides educational materials in the form of books, YouTube videos,

live presentations and games to school aged children with a strong focus on promoting STEM,

literacy, ocean conservation, and keeping young women interested in science.

Jaclyn is a certified scuba diver, the host of the weekly videos, and she does author visits and

conservation presentations at schools, aquariums and conferences across the country. 

The Friends with Fins videos are in the development process to make the move from

short-form internet content to half hour television. Want to know how you can be a part

of making that happen? Contact Jaclyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  






Gator Adventure Productions

Presenter: Gator Adventure Productions

Show Times: TBA

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: RiverQuarium Plaza

Reptiles are a very important part of our planet. Some have been around since the

dinosaurs roamed the earth and are now disappearing. Gator Adventure Productions

provides education and first-hand interaction with these animals to continue to educate,

inspire, and get people excited about wildlife. There are so many animals that need our help,

even the ones with sharp teeth and scales.



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Wild Wings Birds of Prey Show

Presenter: Winged Ambassadors

Show Times: TBA

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: RiverQuarium Plaza

In fulfillment of a life-long dream shared by two very close friends, Dale Arrowood and Ed

Carswell, Winged Ambassadors was founded with a mission to promote environmental

conservation, specifically protection for the wildlife that we share the earth with, through a

uniquely designed program of education.  Programs featuring some of the very Birds of Prey

responsible for long ago capturing the fascinations of those two friends have now provided

thousands of people in many different communities the rare and exhilarating opportunity of

coming face-to-face with these breathtaking animals as they learn more about them and the

complex, important roles they play in supporting the geographical ecosystems on which we all







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Mobile Butterfly House

Presenter: Greathouse Butterfly Farms

Show Times: Ongoing

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: RiverQuarium Plaza

We’re all aflutter over the butterfly encounter, a 20’ x 20’ tented traveling walk-through

exhibit filled with plants and more than 250 butterflies. Bring your little ones to the butterfly

tent, and watch the butterflies engage your children by lighting on their shoulders as you feed

them a sugary treat!



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Build Your Own Birdhouse

Presenter: Home Depot

Times: Ongoing, first-come, first-served

Cost: $5.00 per birdhouse

Where: RiverQuarium Plaza

If you are looking to give a bird a home, come out and build one. Home Depot will provide all

the supplies necessary for you to help a bird species of concern. You can also show off your

artistic flare by painting your bird house as well!





Alien Waters

Presenter: Thronateeska Heritage Center

Show Times: TBA

Cost: $3.50

Where: Thronateeska Heritage Center’s Wetherbee Planetarium

Explore the cosmos in the Wetherbee Planetarium

as we discuss the search for water outside of our rare planet. Travel to distant stellar objects

and learn about the presence of H2O beyond the realm of our dewy atmosphere. Your thirst for

what recent discoveries have to offer will surely be quenched at this live planetarium show. Each presentation is to

last 30 minutes with post-show Q&A.




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Discover SCUBA

Presenter: Adventure Dive Center

Times: TBA

Cost: $20 per person + Admission; call 229-639-2650 to register; space is limited

Where: RiverQuarium Flint River Room

Have you always wanted to know what it would be like to dive and see underwater creatures in

a different light, but you have never been ready to take the plunge? Discover SCUBA is for

you! Come on in our Blue Hole with our expert SCUBA certified professionals. They will

guide you through the basic training skills, safety and equipment requirements that are

necessary for a certification. You will not receive an actual SCUBA certification with this





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Fly Fishing

Presenter: Todd Rogers with Orvis

Times: TBA

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: Riverfront Trail Flint River edge

With a good fly cast, anyone can begin to fish! Todd Rogers with Orvis will demonstrate

various fly fishing techniques. There will be opportunities to learn about, try gear and practice

casting. This is a good time for beginners to get a taste of fly fishing. Who knows, maybe you

will take the “bait” and want to become a master of this craft. 




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Hunting/Fishing Simulator

Presenter: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Times: Ongoing

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: Adventure Center

Local wildlife biologists will be on-hand to help children with simulated hunting games. You

can improve your aim with realistic shotguns and challenge your friends to bragging rights to

see who bags the biggest trophy in the artificial environments!




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Archery Course

Times: Ongoing

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: RiverQuarium Plaza

Archery. The word inspires you to stare down a target, knock an arrow and let it fly. On this

practice course you will get to do exactly that. The Georgia DNR will provide archery

instruction, equipment and demonstrations for children to learn and enjoy the sport of archery.



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Bug, Bugs, and More Bugs

Presenter: TBA

Times: Ongoing

Cost: Free with Admission

Where: RiverQuarium Plaza

These six-legged creatures come in all shapes and sizes for your viewing and holding pleasure!

Your children will learn to see the natural world on a whole different level. Come out and learn

more about how insects assist with pollination, food production and pest control. Many can

also cause agricultural problems and can be pests themselves.



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Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement

Lee County Code Enforcement

SOWEGA Beekeepers Club

Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners

Albany Recreation and Parks Department

Adventure Dive Center

Gopher Tortoise Council

Go Fish Education Center


Other Activities include: Animal Encounters, Alligator Feedings, Dive Shows, Face Painting, and Other Family Friendly Activities


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