A peek into the “Land of the Trembling Earth”
The world’s window to the Okefenokee Swamp, the OSP provides an authentic opportunity to appreciate the wildlife, culture and natural beauty of the “Land of the Trembling Earth.”
What motivates your company?
We are the world’s window to the Okefenokee Swamp. Our mission is to promote ecological tourism and education by providing a convenient point of entry into the Okefenokee—an authentic opportunity for the public to develop an appreciation for the wildlife, culture and natural beauty of the “Land of the Trembling Earth.”
Tell us about your location
We are located at the Northern Entrance of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 12 miles south of Waycross. We are in a remote corner of the universe, yet only 5 miles off US 1 South of Waycross.
Tell us a bit about your customers
Every year, we welcome a wide variety of individuals and families not only from Georgia and the US but also from around the world.
Share the history of your company
The Okefenokee Swamp Park (OSP) was organized after WWII by Waycross civic leaders as a non-profit nature center with the goal of making the Park one of the most appealing attractions in America. It opened 71 years ago in 1946. Over the years, our offerings have continued to improve and millions of visitors have experienced the chance to learn more about this unique blackwater ecosystem.
The Okefenokee Swamp is under consideration for a UNESCO World Heritage site and the OSP is proud to partner with all the regional school systems and institutions of higher learning to advance our mission.
How are you involved with your customers and community?
Our visitors will have the magnificent moment to encounter a pristine and peaceful natural environment that is unlike others in Georgia or anywhere else. We hope to stimulate young visitors to become more excited about STEM opportunities to make the world a better place and to provide meaningful eco-education for visitors of all ages.
Tell us about your employees
Our employees are talented, dedicated and driven to provide an authentic introduction to the Okefenokee for our visitors. Our staff members truly love and respect the great natural resource that is the Okefenokee and look forward to sharing their perspectives to our visitors every day.
Our staff members truly love and respect the great natural resource that is the Okefenokee.
What makes you excited to work here?
On most days, it is driving into work at first light and observing the sun coming up through the majestic cypress trees and Spanish moss. On certain nights, it is watching the full moon rise from the tallest observation tower in the swamp and reveling at the awesome glow downward on the cypress canopy.
What do you like about your community and location?
Waycross is a Southeast GA hub for education, healthcare and retail where the leaders are ready to make something even better happen here. It is a great place to live and raise a family. Waycross is a peaceful community that offers its residents and visitors the good fortune to grow, prosper and enjoy life in a non-congested small city setting. Our citizens are—for the most part—friendly, cooperative and care for each other. There is an underlying core of excitement for our recent increased economic development activities. In addition to the Swamp Park, visitors should see the Okefenokee Heritage Center, Southern Forest Work, Obediah’s Okefenok’ and Laura Walker State Park, with its scenic public golf course. Our community leadership has come together to work as a team, our technical college has been named the best in GA, our hospital is a regional leader and our people are excited to move forward.
How do you embody Authentic Georgia?
The Okefenokee Swamp Park is a truly authentic representation of a piece of GA that exists nowhere else. The swamp is one of the 7 natural wonders of GA.
What makes Georgia so special and unique?
I am proud that GA is a great place to live and work. I am proud that GA offers diverse opportunities to prosper. And I am proud that the thought leaders in GA continue to make our state better for the future.
Okefenokee Swamp Park