2009 Annual Chapter Retreat - Okefenokee
Join us this fall for our Annual Chapter Retreat at the Okefenokee Swamp! Come and celebrate our 10 year anniversary of the Georgia Chapter’s victory over DuPont. This year we will meet at Laura Walker Park, near the Okefenokee Swamp, Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st. This National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 162,000 hectares (about 400,000 acres) embracing 92% of the Okefenokee Swamp, a large hydro logically intact swamp that is the source of two rivers, one that flows into the Atlantic and the other into the Gulf of Mexico. The Refuge also has extensive and essentially undisturbed peat deposits.
Okefenokee is one of the world's largest naturally driven freshwater ecosystems with a diversity of habitat types, including 21 vegetative types. The Refuge's fauna is also renowned worldwide for its diversity of amphibians and reptiles, mammals, birds, fishes, and invertebrates and perhaps as many as 1,000 species of moths. Unlike many other significant wetland areas, the swamp is the source of rivers rather than their recipient, as in a delta, and therefore escapes most disturbances to natural hydrology and water flow. The Refuge's undisturbed peat beds store valuable information on environmental conditions over the past 5,000 years and are a significant source of information related to global changes.
Since it will be Halloween weekend, and a full moon, we plan to offer some extra fun, family-friendly activities. We’ll be staying at the Group Camp facility at Laura Walker Park, 10 minutes from Waycross. We’ll have dorm housing for over 120 people, plus a large dining hall, picnic pavilion, and a Premier Pioneer Campground with hot showers. Housing this year will bring you closer to nature! You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bags, towels, pillows, and other items. Each dorm has 4 bunk beds, sleeping 8, with a nearby bath house. If you'd like the luxury of a motel room, we are making arrangements with a nice motel in Waycross, 10 minutes away, so that we can get a reduced rate.
Our outings, workshops and other activities on Saturday will be at nearby Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, using our friends at Okefenokee Adventures. We’ll have kayak and canoe trips in the swamp, float trips on the St. Mary’s river, hikes with naturalists in the forest, and more. And of course we’ll have workshops on topics like modern forestry management practices, community supported agriculture, eating locally, and Georgia politics. Sunday’s activities will be either at Laura Walker Park or in the Waycross area, with more workshops, and outings. Our annual awards dinner will be “costume optional”, followed by apple-bobbing, story-telling and songs around a bonfire. We will be trying to have a “waste free” event this year. To accomplish this, we ask for you to bring your own canteen or water bottle and consider bringing cloth napkins.
Inner City Outings (ICO) demonstrates the Sierra Club's ability to bring its message of environmental stewardship into urban communities.
Sierra Club volunteer outings leaders recognize that many youth growing up in urban environments have little or no access to nature due to lack of income, awareness, and skills. In close to 50 cities in the United States, dedicated ICO volunteers take youth who would not otherwise have access to the outdoors on safe and fun wilderness excursions. Many of these youth have never been outside their immediate neighborhoods, let alone into wilderness places.
This year, the Georgia Chapter will participate with ICO to bring 12 children to the Georgia Chapter Annual Retreat. Please help make this possible with your donations. Many ICO participants credit the program with helping them to succeed in school and work toward personal goals. $100 can help a child experience the Okefenokee Swamp. To make a donation to ICO please contact Genie Strickland at 404-607-1262 x 221. Checks should be made out to Sierra Club Foundation - Georgia Chapter ICO.
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As you may know, the Georgia Chapter recently relocated to Decatur close to East Decatur Station right next to the Avondale (E7) Marta Station. With the opening of the Georgia Chapter’s new office, we are looking for several items that could make the office even more functional and take advantage of our new space. Please, if you can help with any of the items below contact Genie Strickland in the Georgia Chapter Office at 404-607-1262 x 221.
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