White Oak Saturday Safari

White Oak Saturday Safari

View giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, and more at the Saturday Safari at White Oak Plantation

White Oak Saturday SafariHere is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but White Oak Plantation is a little out of my budget. Years ago, I read an article about the White Oak Dance Project, a dance company that was started by Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The dance troupe was named for the private estate of the previous owner of White Oak, Howard Gilman. He was heir to the largest U.S. privately owned paper mill, Gilman Paper Company. The property has since changed hands and the new owners are committed to keeping true to Gilman’s vision for the wildlife conservatory. Gilman’s love and legacy for the arts, however, has been transferred to his New York City birthplace. I don’t know if the dance studio is still there or not, but once in awhile they offer an incredible morning safari and gourmet lunch for $125.00. Imagine viewing giraffes, rhinos, panthers, cheetahs, and more… right here in Northeast Florida.

The staff of White Oak will treat you to what sounds like an amazing tour of their conservation center and after the tour, a gourmet lunch will be served in one of White Oak’s beautiful dining rooms.

The tour is Saturday, July 13th. Space is limited, so make your reservation today by calling (904) 225-3396, Monday thru Friday, from 9 to 5.

To learn more about White Oak, visit whiteoakwildlife.org. To learn more about the Howard Gilman Foundation, visit howardgilmanfoundation.org.

As a side note, I am currently working on an associates degree in information technology. (Yes, at my age!) To complete my humanities requirement, I was fortunate to read more about the White Oak Dance Project in my “Dance in the Humanities” class.

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