Oxbow Meadows Celebrates 15th Annual Reptile Fest and 20th Birthday Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — It’s a day of celebration for Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center this Saturday as the center will host hundreds of visitors to help celebrate its 20th birthday and its 15th annual Reptile Fest.

“This will be a fun and exciting event that will help people develop an awareness and appreciation for the environment around us,” said Janet Forrest Kent, assistant director of Oxbow Meadows.

Reptile Fest’s agenda of activities includes:

-- Reptile, amphibian, turtle and alligator exhibits
-- Australian reptiles presentation with Sandi Laakson of Oxbow Meadows
-- Hands-on tortoise feeding*
-- “Verde” story time Spencer Garrard, professor of education at CSU
-- The “Hiss America” Contest
-- Canopy Trail tours*
*activity requires additional, nominal fee

Food vendors, crafts, bounce houses, face painting and crazy hair will also be available at Reptile Fest.

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“This year we will feature some animals that are not native to Georgia,” said Kent. Blazer Educational Animals will bring an African baboon, an African porcupine and other reptiles and birds to showcase.”

Reptile Fest is Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 for children three and under. At noon, Oxbow Meadows will accept a donation from Patagonia that was made possible through Outside World of Columbus.

Programming at Oxbow Meadows, an educational outreach center of Columbus State University, is an extension of CSU’s dedication to sustainability, one of its six core values.

For more information about Reptile Fest, visit https://oxbow.columbusstate.edu/ or call 706-507-8550.