White Oak Conservation Center

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White Oak Conservation Center

White Oak Conservation Center
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White Oak Conservation Center is one of the world's premiere wildlife breeding, research, and training facilities. The Center, located along the St. Mary's River in northeast Florida, spans 600 acres and is surrounded by 6,800 acres of pine and hardwood forest and wetlands.
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581705 White Oak Rd, Yulee, FL 32097-2169
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patgordon42
Amelia Island, FL71 contributions
Absolutely excellent!
May 2021
White Oak Conservation & Golf

A dozen of us from The Golf Club of Amelia Island wandered off our home grounds recently to play golf at White Oak Conservation, in the extreme northeast corner of Florida. The whisper was that the place provided golf, but we learned that there are actually two golf courses there: a private 18-hole course and a public 9-hole course.

Twelve of us went to see if the trip was worth it. After all, can you really mix golf with rhinoceroses? I didn’t think it was possible this side of South Africa.

The drive only takes about 45 minutes from Amelia Island, a lot closer than South Africa and no passport required. The scenery along the way is lovely as you pass down long, shaded tunnels of trees. Then you leave the pavement and rumble along dirt roads. I swear I could here faint banjo music in the background as I looked for Burt Reynolds and his canoeing pals over every little body of water we passed.

Waze took us the shortest way which put us through the service entrance. No problem, the pleasant gate guard had all of our names and quickly waved us through. A couple of turns later we found the club house which was well stocked with everything you might require. Even loaner clubs. Not rentals, loaner clubs. Not junker, scraps of club sets, but good ones! The practice putting green near the club house was fast, curvaceous and pristinely cared for. A clue of what was to come.

Jaimie Rogers is the Head Golf Professional and Hospitality Sales Manager. He does a magnificent job. In all my years of golf, in all of the many locations I’ve played golf around the world, I have never experienced such warm hospitality. His sidekick, Tod, must have come around at least three times while we were playing to ask if everything was OK and could they do anything for us out on the course.

The 9-hole course spokes outward from a central, two-story, watch tower. Two or three holes out and then back so you’re never far away from refreshments or a toilet. Nice to have for the group’s elders.
(That would be me.)

Tee boxes are strategically placed with men playing off different tees after the first 9 holes. If the women had complained about not having a different set of tees for their second 9 holes, we would have gallantly offered them the use of the men’s tees we had used on our first 9 holes.

The fairways and greens are splendidly maintained with plenty of challenging sand bunkers. The most memorable hole is the waterfall hole, a challenging but fair, par 4 with the approach shot over the small lake and waterfall. Splendid hole!

It was strange to play the entire 18 holes and to catch only one glimpse of another 4-ball. There was no one in sight to catch up with and no one behind pushing us along. It was a magnificent golf outing.

But, “Hey”, you might ask. “Where were the rhinoceroses”?
Fortunately, they weren’t on the golf course. They were behind heavy duty, double fences that we passed taking the long way home through the main gate.

After golf we were given a brown bag lunch with a gigantic sandwich, chips and cold drinks which we devoured in the glassed-in, second floor of the watchtower. We also had free access to an extensive collection of cold drinks in the fridge and nibbles.
White Oak has an amazing collection of outings available, including overnight stays. Our next trip will be a two-day event. A tour of the facility on one day and golf on the other.

We’ve survived COVID-19 and it’s time to get out and move around a bit. You don’t have to get on an airliner or drive a great distance to have a memorable stacation. Visit White Oak for a fascinating experience. You’ll also be helping to support wild life.
Written June 1, 2021
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Kris M
48 contributions
Wonderful experience
Oct 2020
We'd been hearing about the wonderful work this organization does with the animals and took out of town guests. We were appropriately socially-distanced, had a wonderful tour, and will happily take other guests there in the future. It was well worth it!
Written January 18, 2021
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Lucinda R
Toledo15 contributions
An absolute MUST if in Northeast Florida
Feb 2020
I was sharing my passion for wildlife and conservation with someone and they recommended I go to White Oak Wildlife in Yulee, FL. I called and booked the two hour tour and it was truly amazing. The facility is huge and top notch. We drove around the property in an open air vehicle - there was too much to see in the two hours. We each fed the Giraffes with branches full of leaves. All kinds of roaming animals running all around. Rescued Panthers, Cheetas, Rinos......all happily living in a spacious and beautiful environment. The staff is so caring and knowledgeable. We even paid for the lunch with our guide which was delicious and very enjoyable. If you want to see wildlife close up - in as natural a setting as possible - then go!! White Oak is doing all they can to save these animals and it is a pleasure to see.
Written February 13, 2020
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cathyd
Jekyll Island, GA1,993 contributions
Amazing complex
Jan 2020 • Couples
Worth every penny to take the ~2 hour tour. Staff is super friendly and informative. Vehicle is a open trolley. Blankets were provided since our tour day was chilly. We only had 12, but normal tour is around 21. Several opportunities to interact with the animals. Hard to imagine that this property is there several miles off I95 then down a dirt road. Special events held throughout year so if local, be sure to sign up for their newsletter.
Written January 29, 2020
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Glendawpb
Ocala, FL185 contributions
Top Notch Experience
Nov 2019 • Friends
Recently visited this pristine conservation center. The property is beautiful and exceptionally manicured. Guests are welcomed with beverages and muffins, etc prior to the touring of the facility.

Our guide was friendly, professional & provided a plethora of information about the animals and the accomplishments of this vast conservation center.

The open air trolley ride provides ample viewing for all guests. A stop at the giraffe habitat with an opportunity to feed them and an up close look at a rhino.

It is very apparent and visible that the animals are extremely well cared for and truly enjoy their habitats.

A plentiful, delicious buffet brunch followed our trolley excursion. Exceptional table service with gourmet dishes that were of the highest quality are enjoyed in a most welcoming dining area.

All staff members were friendly, professional and accommodating.

If you are interested in animals and conservation, this is a must do activity.

Would highly recommend.
Written December 30, 2019
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GBJAX
Yulee, FL76 contributions
Perfect day with saddle safari... must do!
Oct 2019 • Couples
If you love horseback riding and animals this Is for you. Our group of 4 spent time riding horses around this conservation facility, were treated to an incredible lunch and then went out to see more animals. The most up close experience you will ever have. Hand feeding giraffes and rhinos! Billy and Shannon were fun hosts and made this very special.
Written October 20, 2019
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kayakbabe44
Saint Augustine Beach, FL108 contributions
Loved the Winos for Rhinos event!
Sep 2019
We traveled in an open air vehicles to visit the rhinos, including their babies, with wine and appetizers snacks at various locations. It was great to experience them up close and get to scratch behind Bullie's ears! We also viewed other animals--the cheetahs, Somali Asses, Okapi, and giraffes. We then returned to the main building for a buffet style gourmet meal with wine. It's pricey but a unique experience to view the animals which are being protected from harm and poaching.
Written September 26, 2019
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Ralph B
Chico, CA11 contributions
Petting a rhino
Sep 2019 • Business
This is a first class facility: food, accommodations, bowling, golf, river cruise, horseback riding, and the safari was done really well!!
Written September 14, 2019
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pbsteve40
Fernandina Beach, FL7 contributions
Tour and lunch at White Oak Conservation Ctr
May 2019 • Couples
Our whole visit was OUTSTANDING.
The staff was fantastic.
Everything was handled in an extremely organized style--project management at its finest.
The tour was "up close and personal" with the animals.
This is truly a unique facility and I highly recommend a visit--but do not wait to the last minute to make reservations.
I also recommend that you have lunch as part of your visit. You will not leave hungry.
Written May 15, 2019
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dmarun
Jacksonville, FL534 contributions
Stellar experience
Apr 2019 • Friends
We attended as part of a group, tour and lunch for one, albeit expensive, price. It was not long, however, before one realizes that the cost of visiting was probably not enough to cover the expense of running this top notch conservancy. The staff is professionally friendly and knowledgeable, the food good, the grounds beautifully manicured and the animals nothing short of amazing. I would recommend a visit and look forward to our next trip. Also, there are rooms/houses to rent for longer stays so just GO!
Written May 9, 2019
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