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Stewardship Trips

The Georgia Conservancy offers exciting and affordable stewardship and adventure trips to the most spectacular parts of our state - from Cloudland Canyon in the north Georgia mountains to Cumberland Island on the coast.

Above is our Top 12 Destinations for 2014 - just a small sample of the incredible places that we explore across Georgia. Scroll to the bottom to view and download our full 2014 Trips Calendar.

Since 1967, the Georgia Conservancy has been guiding trips across the state that showcase Georgia’s imperiled natural resources and provide the public with the opportunity to advocate for their protection. We use our network of partners and peers to provide public access to barrier islands, river systems and nature preserves that are normally inaccessible or off-limits to the public.

What started out as a half-dozen trips per year for a handful of Conservancy members has grown into a program that can serve hundreds of people each weekend, many from communities of color that have historically not been included in outdoor recreation opportunities.

Join us as we paddle the still, black waters of the Okefenokee Swamp. Come along as we snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Conasauga River. Take our service trips to Cumberland, Ossabaw and Sapelo islands and help maintain pristine beaches and forest trails.

Our stewardship trips are educational, too. Our expert guides offer their unique insight into an area's ecology, natural history and cultural heritage.

The majority of our trips are family friendly and designed to accommodate everyone, regardless of age or outdoor skill level. Please let us know if you have a special need or an impairment. We'll find a way to accommodate you.

In 2014, the Georgia Conservancy’s Stewardship Trips Program will:

  • Lead over 1,500 people on trips and outdoor education experiences
  • Visit 30-plus counties across Georgia
  • Host more than 50 trips, service projects and special events
  • Clear over 100 miles of trail and clean over 100 miles of river
  • Remove three dumpsters of garbage from our Heartland Rivers
  • Lead service weekends on Cumberland, Ossabaw and Sapelo islands
  • Paddle the Altamaha, Chattahoochee, Flint, Ocmulgee, Ogeechee, Savannah, Satilla and Sewannee rivers
  • Explore the Okefenokee Swamp, kayak to Blackbeard Island, climb Cloudland Canyon, snorkel the Conasauga River and hike to the Len Foote Hike Inn for a service weekend




Registration opens: *January 15   #February 12   ^April 16   %June 16  @September 17


17 - 19 // Cumberland Island Service Weekend

31 - 02 // Cabretta Beach Adventure on Sapelo & Blackbeard Islands


22 // Satilla River Paddle


15 - 16 // Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluffs

28 - 30 // Altamaha River to Sea Paddle in Darien


12 // Ebenezer Creek Paddle #


16 - 18 // Ogeechee River Paddle and Ossabaw Island Tour

31 // #THISISMYGA day at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) #

31 - 01 // Little St. Simons Island Cambium Fly Fishing Weekend


06 - 08 // Cohutta Camping and Conasauga Snorkel Weekend *

14 // Historic Augusta Canal Paddle ^

21 // Frick's Cave Cambium Trip with Southeastern Cave Conservancy

27 - 29 // Three Rivers Paddle at Towns Bluff in Hazlehurst (Rescheduled)


11 - 13 // Len Foote Hike Inn Service Weekend *

19 // Chattahoochee NOW Day Paddle at Riverview Landing ^


09 // The Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle *

15 - 16 // Cloudland Canyon Adventure *


05 - 07 // Little St. Simons Island Cambium Birding Weekend

06 - 07 // Upper Flint River Adventure *

19 - 21 // Ossabaw Island Service Weekend %


10 - 12 // Sapelo Island Service Weekend %

18 - 19 // Chattahoochee Bend State Park Paddle + Camp


07 - 09 // Ocmulgee Water Trails Camping Weekend *

14 - 16 // Okefenokee Adventure at Stephen C. Foster State Park *


12 - 14 // Cumberland Island Sea Camp Weekend

Click here to see a full Georgia Conservancy calendar that includes special events such as Oyster Roast, Verde, ecoBenefete and Firelight

What's new? Read the most recent news from our Stewardship Trips Program >>

View photos and read recaps of our most popular signature trips >>

Listen to WABE's (NPR Atlanta) 2013 interview with Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Stewardship and Outreach Director Bryan Schroeder >>

Learn more about our Heartland Rivers of Georgia Paddle Series >>

Plan an adventure of your own with our DIY trips >>