April 1st, 2017

50th Anniversary Family Reunion

Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs

We're getting the family back together. On April 1st, the Georgia Conservancy invites you to our 50th Anniversary Family Reunion and at Sweetwater Creek State Park. We'll host our first ever Sweetwater Creek 5k/10k trail run and offer free hikes and activities - free ice cream! - to the general public all day long (for more information regarding our public events, click here.) 
For our most important members and supporters, we're hosting a BBQ lunch and a series of free outdoor recreation classes hosted by REI's Outdoor School. Please use this website to register for those activities. 

50th Anniversary Family Reunion Cookout

You're invited to join the Georgia Conservancy for a cookout hosted by Fox Bros. BBQ and SweetWater Brewing Company at The Group Lodge at Sweetwater Creek State Park. The cookout gets started at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. with remarks at 12:45 p.m. After lunch we will serve scoops of Jake's Ice Cream and lead a hike to the Mill Ruin at Sweetwater Creek. 

Space is limited and guests are limited to 4 spots per invitation. 

Click here to register for our cookout. If you have problems registering, please reach out to Lisa Patrick at lpatrick@gaconservancy.org 


Member Only REI Outdoor School Classes

A selection of top-notch outdoor recreation classes, hosted at Sweetwater Creek State Park, provided for our most important members. For free.  
Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard Come learn everything you need to know to get started in the exciting sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. SUP offers a great total body workout and is a great activity for lakes, rivers and the ocean. In this class you'll learn the proper stance for balance and control, essential paddle strokes and turning techniques, as well as how to choose the right board and paddle. Courses will be held on protected water, and no experience is necessary. Come with us to learn this hybrid of surfing and paddling and find out how to walk on water! To become familiar with SUP, equipment, and proper clothing to safely and comfortably pursue SUP To learn effective paddling skills, balance, positioning, movement and falling/recovery techniques Introduce the rewarding aspects of SUP by highlighting the benefits, some places to paddle and the various activities that take you onto the water, with an emphasis on respect for the marine/aquatic environment. Available Times:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   

Learn to Stand-Up Paddleboard

Come learn everything you need to know to get started in the exciting sport of Stand-Up Paddleboarding. SUP offers a great total body workout and is a great activity for lakes, rivers and the ocean. In this class, you'll learn the proper stance for balance and control, essential paddle strokes and turning techniques, as well as how to choose the right board and paddle. Courses will be held on protected water, and no experience is necessary. Come with us to learn this hybrid of surfing and paddling and find out how to walk on water!

  • To become familiar with SUP, equipment and proper clothing to safely and comfortably pursue SUP
  • To learn effective paddling skills, balance, positioning, movement and falling/recovery techniques
  • Introduce the rewarding aspects of SUP by highlighting the benefits, some places to paddle and the various activities that take you onto the water, with an emphasis on respect for the marine/aquatic environment

Available Times:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 


Learn to Kayak

This class will introduce students to the basics of paddling a kayak in a mild setting and at a relaxed pace. Students will learn about kayaks, paddles, gear and clothing before learning to launch and being introduced to the basic paddle strokes. This class is a great way for those considering kayaking to try it out.

  • Experience on-the-water instruction in kayaks
  • Learn about basic kayak gear and clothing selection
  • Learn basic kayak stroke techniques including forward, sweep, reverse and draw stroke techniques

 Available times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 


Trail Yoga

Why just hike or jog the local trail, or just spend time in the studio doing Yoga when you can combine the two activities to create a different way to build strength, flexibility and endurance. Join our Outdoor School Yoga & Fitness instructors for a class that will include a hike or jog along a local trail that will include a field Yoga session. We have designed the "Trail Yoga" sessions target various levels of exercise and vary in length and intensity. Check specific session details to register for the appropriate level of activity.

  • Offer interactive opportunities to take your exercise program into the outdoors
  • Combine traditional outdoor fitness activities with strength building exercises for increased performance
  • Change up your routine to include exercise and activity utilizing resources found in the outdoors

Available times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


Introduction to Backcounty Cooking Class 

Tired of always eating the same old camp food? Heading out for your first camping or hiking trip and not sure what to pack? In this hands-on field seminar, REI Outdoor School instructors will teach you how to build a safe, efficient camp kitchen, design a menu, and prepare nutritious, tasty meals that will delight your campers and elevate your wilderness experiences! Learn about proper food handling and sanitation techniques and tips on preparing and storing your food to minimize cleanup. We will discuss what stove and fuel types are best for your needs, then we will prepare and cook a shared meal on a variety of stoves. We'll be sampling ultra-convenient freeze-dried meals, along with some of our staff's favorite camp recipes from a mix of dried and fresh ingredients that are sure to please. All stoves, kitchen materials, and food ingredients provided (with options for both vegetarians and meat eaters).

  • Strategies for healthy, light weight, and easy to prepare meals. Learn to use camp stoves safely. Practice hands-on cooking during class. Applicable skills suitable for backpackers and car campers alike.

Available Time: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 


Introduction to map and compass Navigation

During this field outing, our instructors will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass and how to put the two together while planning your trip and on the trail. We will cover the tricks of the trade relating to back country navigation as we apply our knowledge on the trail establishing a route, navigating the route and making necessary adjustments in the field.

  • Learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map
  • Learn how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass
  • Learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass
  • Learn how to plot your current position on your map
  • Use a map & compass to navigate to new locations
  • Build confidence in your navigation skills

Available time: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 



If you have any questions regarding the Georgia Conservancy Family Reunion, please contact Georgia Conservancy Senior Director of Development and Marketing Bryan Schroeder at bschroeder@gaconservancy.org