OCTOBER 14, 2017

Blue Heron Day Hike
Blue Heron Nature Preserve

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. We will launch into our exploration of the environment from our brand-new Field Education Center, and examine how the Preserve and like-minded partners continue to shape the ecological future of the wetlands with the assistance of our resident beavers. This is a unique chance to see the 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 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Where: Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 0 Emma Lane, 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."

Photo courtesy of Blue Heron Nature Preserve.


Georgia Conservancy members (Live Oak Level and above)- use your member id # to receive your member discount when registering for a trip. Having trouble identifying your membership id #? Contact Kelsey McNamara at kmcnamara@gaconservancy.org

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The Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips program is excited to offer our Day Trips for the third year in a row. 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.

If you have any questions about our Stewardship Trips Program or about any upcoming trip, please contact Georgia Conservancy Stewardship Trips Director Laura Buckmaster at lbuckmaster@gaconservancy.org