Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday by appointmentClosed on all University Holidays

Directions:5960 Highway 17 South Guyton, GA 31312(912) 330.0531 (912)330.0781 (fax)

About the Center

Facilities at the Center

Education Center facilities include:

  • Indoor classroom with state-of-the art audio and visual equipment (seats 50)
  • Large outdoor deck with semi-circular bench seating and fireplace.
  • Catering kitchen
  • Exhibit area with interactive displays about the history of the forest, habitat types found on the property and forest management practices
  • Groomed, interpretive hiking trails

Center facilities are handicapped accessible.

32,000 Year-Old Plank of Cypress

Photo of Cypress wood

Donated by Mr. Bob Johansen and Total Fabrications Custom Woodworking. A special thanks to Mr. Fred Warnell who facilitated the donation!

This cypress timber was found just a few miles from the Center when a local Effingham County landowner was digging a sand quarry and, about 40 feet down, discovered several logs of cypress. Out of curiosity, a sample of the wood was sent off to Beta Analytic Inc. laboratories in Miami, FL to be carbon dated using radiometric carbon 14 testing techniques. Lab results found the logs to be 31,970 +/- 570 years old!

Except for a bit of ringshake, the wood is in perfect condition. Part of the timber was even used make a bass guitar (one of the frets is set with mastodon ivory). Check out the Stuart Spector Designs website to see a pic of the bass. Or, better yet, come visit the Center and touch a 9 ft. tall, 1 in. thick piece of prehistory!

Stuart Spector Designs website.

Wood Panel Display

Photo of the panel display at the center

Donated by The Langdale Company, Thompson Hardwoods, Inc. and T and S Hardwoods, Inc.

The walls of the Center are lined with beautiful 2.5' x3' wood panels. On display are southern yellow pine, white oak, yellow popular, white ash, American elm, baldcypress, black walnut, and red oak panels. And, yes, you can touch them, too!

On loan from the personal collection of Mr. Jack O. Wall, Jr.

We currently have on loan two extremely interesting artifacts from the naval stores industry in south Georgia.

Photo of a naval artifact at the center

The first is a reproduction of an original oil painting by the artist Ken Brauner. It shows gum being collected from slash and longleaf pine trees in Georgia in the early 1900's. The frame of the painting is made from the rim of one of the barrels used to store the gum collected from the trees. The border around the painting is made from the scales of longleaf pinecones!

Accompanying the unique painting is an original 1935 USDA Permit to "Market One Wooden Barrel Gum Rosin." This permit is thought to be one of three in existence; the three permits were found, tucked away in a drawer, during the demolition of a turpentine still in South Georgia. For the full story on why there are not more of these permits in existence, come visit the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center.


Interpretive Hiking Trails

Below are online versions of our Interpretive Hiking Trail Brochures. You can walk each trail when you visit the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center but, until then, we hope you enjoy our Virtual Versions. They are perfect for a rainy day!

Final Words

We hope you have enjoyed learning about people and the forest. We truly need our forests now more than ever. Wise forest management will ensure we always have forests and the many valuable products they provide. For more information about forests, please visit the Mary Kahrs Warnell Forest Education Center and talk with our staff.