Join the Georgia Conservancy and staff of Blue Heron Nature Preserve for a look into the natural and unnatural history of the Emma Wetlands property, and an opportunity to learn how the Preserve plans to shape the ecological future of the wetlands with the assistance of our resident beavers. This is a unique chance to see the lodge and dams that beavers have constructed, and learn how beavers and humans can co-exist even in a heavily urbanized environment like Buckhead.
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Rd., NE Atlanta, GA 30342
Tour Details: Enjoy a guided hike and tour of the preserve
What to bring: Please bring plenty of water, appropriate walking shoes and attire that can get dirty, sunscreen, sense of adventure and many questions.
Parking: Limited parking. Biking and carpooling encouraged. We will offer more details as the event date nears.
Weather: RAIN or SHINE. We will provide updates as the event date nears.
About Blue Heron Nature Preserve:
“The Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a combination of four pieces of land along and around Nancy Creek. Our goals include involving local communities in the preservation and restoration of local greenspace, wetland habitats, stream bank and riparian corridors along in Nancy Creek.
The Preserve was founded in 2000, sparked by efforts of a local school teacher and the North Buckhead Civic Association to preserve seven acres of floodplain along Nancy Creek, adjacent to new development on Rickenbacker Drive at Roswell Road. That year local residents, community groups, businesses and students began the considerable and ongoing task of removing invasive plants, planting native trees, and stabilizing the stream banks.
Over the next five years, the City of Atlanta added three large pieces of land to the Preserve. The first was a nine-acre wetland at the end of Emma Lane (off Lakemoore Drive), the second was the five-acre site of Nancy Creek Sewer Tunnel Roswell Road. In 2007, the 5-acre site of THW Architects at 4055 Roswell Road was purchased by the City, bringing Blue Heron’s holdings to about 25 acres. In 2016 we are now up to 30 acres!
As a community-based effort, the Preserve will continue to grow and provide a place of natural beauty for the local environment.”
All Georgia Conservancy Day Trips are $10 per participant. Using your account ID #, Georgia Conservancy Live Oak Members receive a $5 discount and Georgia Conservancy Magnolia Members and above may join us FREE of charge.
The Georgia Conservancy’s Stewardship Trips program is excited to offer our Day Trips for the second year in a row. Sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, a Georgia Conservancy Natural Partner, our Day Trips help to supplement and enhance our already robust statewide trips schedule and aims to highlight and acknowledge the diverse array of green spaces, natural resources, individuals and organizations that are putting metro Atlanta on the map for environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.
Our 2016 Day Trips include hikes, classes, or tours at: Sweetwater State Park, The Atlanta Beltline Arboretum and Jake’s Ice Cream, Woodlands Garden, Fernbank Forest and the Museum of Natural History, Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, South Fork of Peachtree Creek, Primitive Fire Building Classes, and much more!