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Celebrate Earth Day Every Weekend in April! 

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Join us as we Explore and Enjoy Georgia's beautiful wild places, and discuss how you can be a part of protecting them for generations to come!

This year, on each Weekend in April, let’s get outdoors together for the 2014 John Muir Outings Series! Based on the philosophy of the Sierra Club's famed founder, John Muir, these unique outings offer you the opportunity to learn about conservation efforts happening to protect the environment while also enjoying and exploring some of the most beautiful places Georgia has to offer. 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. There is a $25 suggested donation for each outing.

For additional details on each specific outing and to sign up, please visit the links below:

April 5th

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Fossil Fuel Dinosaurs around the River Bend

 We’ll convene near Plant Yates in Coweta County, a Georgia Power facility slated for shut-down of five coal units and conversion of the other two units to natural gas in 2015. Though at press time a tour of the facility has not yet been confirmed,we’ll at least scout out the plant, its ash pond, and towering ash storage site from the public road and then caravan 10 miles over to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. This is Georgia’s newest state park, situated on a large bend of the Chattahoochee River downstream of Plant Yates. We plan to hike 4 miles roundtrip on the Riverside Trail through old growth bottomland hardwood forest enjoying constant views of the river, an active Great Blue Heron rookery, and several wetland areas.

 

April 12th

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Hike Up Ocmulgee Monument Expansion

The Ocmulgee National Monument is poised to become middle Georgia's first National Park! The National Parks Service has issued a boundary study report for the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds, which could mean the addition of a whopping 2,100 acres to the monument! This would greatly advance efforts statewide to secure national park designation for the area stretching from the Mounds south through Bond Swamp and along the Ocmulgee Water Trail towards Hawkinsville.  Join us for an easy Saturday stroll through the monuments beuatiful grounds along the Ocmulgee River, and hear from local leaders about how you can help support a new National Park in Georgia!

 

April 18th

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. Join us as Representative Mike Glanton leads the conversation while we take a ride to check out some of the stops along the way to Lovejoy. 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 19th

Ellicot Rock Wilderness

Origins Hike: Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

Andy Mycroft and Roger Buerki will lead this 3.4-mile moderate hike in the East Palisades Unit of the CRNA. Roger, a long-time Sierran who helped to create the legislation providing for the CRNA, our local "wilderness" gem, will narrate history and interesting attributes of the CNRA. The hike includes high overlooks of the Chattahoochee River, visiting mill ruins and a bamboo forest. The trail crosses wooden bridges over Charlie’s Trapping Creek and Cabin Creek and affords views of the angular shoals of the Chattahoochee’s riverbed. A portion of the trail follows the bottom of the “palisades” (a line of high cliffs) from which this area gets its name. Parking requires a NPS pass or $3.

 

April 26th

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Raven Cliffs Walk Thru the Wilderness


Join the Sierra Club’s Gwinnett Group and the Wildlands Committee as we hike through one of Georgia’s prime wilderness areas.  Just prior to the hike we will have a brief discussion about the history of wilderness in Georgia, current threats that it is facing, and our vision for the future. Our hike begins as a road near the junction of Dodd and Bear Den Creek in the town of Helen. The trail follows Dodd creek leading up to the falls, and there are also several other water falls on the trail. After the first waterfall, a change in the trees is obvious as we will become surrounded by hardwoods.  The creek this trail happens along creates a soothing sound, and there are some supposedly steep parts however these can be traversed easily by even a beginning hiker.  The special part of the trip is the approach to the falls.  It is an "out and back" trail with a length of about five miles.

 

April 27th

Skidaway Paddle

Savannah River Paddle Against Pollution

We’ll start our paddle down tidal section of the Savannah River through the scenic and nearly untouched wilderness of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, a birder's delight! After a leisurely and beautiful paddle, our group will emerge from the wilderness toward downtown Savannah, Georgia. Over lunch we will hear from experts about the impact of two major projects on the Savannah River; the Deepening at the Port of Savannah and pollution from two local coal fired power plants- Plant Kraft and Plant McIntosh.

 

 

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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