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Celebrate Earth Day and our spectacular Georgia beauty, all month long! 

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On most Saturdays in April, let’s get outdoors together for the 2013 John Muir Outings Series.  On these unique outings, you can learn about our current conservation campaigns and how you can help protect Georgia's environment. Join us, along with our special guests, as we share our environmental visions of how to enable a grand and sustainable Georgia, one of which our founder would be proud.

For additional details on the book signing, specific outings and to sign up, please visit the links below:

April 6th

Take a Ride on the Lovejoy

Take a Ride on the Lovejoy Line!

The proposed commuter rail line connecting Atlanta to Macon has been in the works for over a decade.  If Clayton were to join MARTA, the missing funding piece would finally be in place for the first segment to move forward. Take a ride to check out some of the stops along the way! We'll depart via charter bus from the East Point MARTA station and will follow the planned route of the line, including the future stations at Hapeville, Forest Park/Fort Gillem, and Clayton State University. The outing will also include a leisurely hike through the Reynolds Nature Preserve, which is an easy walk from the Clayton State stop.

 

April 6th

Skidaway Paddle

Skidaway River Paddle

Our Georgia coasts are an integral part of our state's beauty and healthy environment.  Join the Coast Group for this awesome outing, where their guest speakers, Dr. Clark Alexander, professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and David Kyler of the Center for a Sustainable Coast, present the impacts that rising a sea level has on our Georgia coastline and how important it is that we act to prevent climate change.  Then we will paddle the Skidaway River.  On this three mile loop takes you south on the Skidaway River from Butterbean Beach and up into a small tidal creek where the low tide reveals large oyster reefs where shorebirds like to feed, continuing past a little marsh hammock and then back out to the river and Pigeon Island to view nesting bald eagles before returning to the start.

 

April 13th

sierra club 101

Sierra Club 101

Each quarter we host Sierra Club 101, a presentation about our organization and chance to learn about our forms of activism.  We would like to take an opportunity to also highlight a bit of history about our founder and our vision for a more sustainable Georgia!  Join us and learn more about the Sierra Club and how to get involved in our local efforts. Bring a friend! Breakfast will be provided.

 

April 20th

Oconee Paddle

Earth Day Paddle on the Etowah River

Join Georgia Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign on a beautiful 10-mile jaunt down the Etowah River outside Euharlee Georgia on arguably the most scenic stretch of the Etowah in Bartow County. This stretch of river features numerous Native American fish weirs, the Island Ford island complex, a beautiful "rock garden", and has had numerous Otter and Bald Eagles sitings. This section is also highlighted by a large threat to Georgia’s precious water resources:one of the largest carbon polluting coal-fired power plants in the country, Plant Bowen. We will spend the early morning examining the threat of archaic coal-power to Georgia’s beautiful fresh waters, and the afternoon exploring the scenic natural wild river.

 

April 27th

Ellicot Rock Wilderness

Ellicott Rock via the Chattooga River Trail

Join Sierra Club's Wildlands and Wildlife Committee for a 7 mile moderate hike as we explore Georgia’s only designated Wild and Scenic River, the Upper Chattooga, which forms the border of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in the middle of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. Brent Martin, Southern Appalachian Regional Director for the Wilderness Society based in Sylva, NC, will provide an overview of some of the threats faced in this area and how increased protection is needed to make sure that commercial encroachment and overuse do not occur. Wilderness areas are necessary protectors of wildlife, bio-diversity, and watersheds and provide critical habitat corridors that will be needed for species to adapt as our climate continues to change.

 

What better way to honor the Earth and our founder, John Muir!

Suggested donation $25 per person per outing; Additional equipment fees may apply.



"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
- John Muir
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