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Address: 6101 Girby Road, Mobile, AL 36693
Phone Number: (251) 221-5000
Description: This place is a nice choice for an educational outdoor setting located at...
This place is a nice choice for an educational outdoor setting located at 6101 Girby Road. They are part of the Mobile County School Board and open to the public also. They have an indoor classroom as well that houses some of their snakes, birds, and other various reptiles.Outside they have animals which were rescued or donated to them that are not able to be released into the wild due to an injury or other reason. The facility outdoors house dozens of animals to view by following the trails such as deer, a bald eagle, golden eagle, coyotes, racoons, owls, and even a goat. Viewing of the animals vary depending on circumstance. They occasionally get in different animals.They have a lake with ducks, fish, and even an American alligator. You simply drive there, follow the drive and signs posted for the parking area, walk inside the office, sign in, leave a donation in the container if you would like to help them with items and supplies for the animals, then tour the establishment. If viewing the inside, be sure to ask what rooms you can see since sometimes field trips are taken there and classes may be held. Please keep in mind that this is also a healing place for some of these animals and the people that work their take great pride in their job as well as keeping this place a nice home for their animals so please be courteous and follow the rules posted, stay on the trails, and don't try to touch the resident animals on the property.The staff are exceptional and usually someone is available to answer questions you may have. Hours are Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday CLOSED
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On a scale of 1-5 I give the ESC a 10! My daughter and I spent countless hours there walking around and just hanging out. We lived less than a mile from it and we both have the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

On a scale of 1-5 I give the ESC a 10! My daughter and I spent countless hours there walking around and just hanging out. We lived less than a mile from it and we both have the best memories so we decided to go back and it is pretty much unchanged from 20 years ago. It only takes a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

On a scale of 1-5 I give the ESC a 10! My daughter and I spent countless hours there walking around and just hanging out. We lived less than a mile from it and we both have the best memories so we decided to go back and it is pretty much unchanged from 20 years ago. It only takes a... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Finally had the chance to visit The Environmental Studies Center today! This place is wonderful. From what I understand the guided tours are only for paying school groups. The grounds are beautiful and everyone was so friendly and helpful. What a bargain, for a $2.00 donation to be able to see the animals that are native to our area.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I took my three home-schooled children on a field trip to the Environmental Studies Center on April 5, 2013. The Center grounds are beautiful, but the lady in the classroom need to find a new job. She was rude and nasty for no reason. My children love science and animals so we toured the grounds by ourselves. We were told... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2010

Free, great educational place to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

For years I have been going to the Environmental Studies Center. I love to see the animals they get in and the constant improvements to the facility to ensure the comfort of the animals they house. My favorite are the deer. They walk right up to the fence wanting attention from the people coming to see them. Also when the... More 

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