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 Celebration at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

Join us for a day of outdoor recreation, education, and all-around-fun for Georgia Conservancy members, friends and those who have just heard of the work that we do. Thanks to REI and Georgia State Parks, we will host a 5k / 10k, activities, games and free hourly afternoon hikes.

The theme for our 50th Anniversary is "Our Past is Your Present", helping to underscore the idea that conservation isn't an accident. The places that we love to hike, paddle and explore today are places that someone in the past fought hard to protect. At Sweetwater Creek State Park, that someone was The Georgia Conservancy.

April 1 - 8:00 a.M. - 11:00 a.m. 

REI and Georgia Conservancy 5k / 10k

"Back in time" race celebrates our 50th Anniversary thanks to REI Outdoor School.

Join REI and the Georgia Conservancy for a unique trail race held at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Whether you're looking to run your first trail race or hoping to hit a personal best, this fun, light-hearted race will help you set your pace! Here's how it works: submit your finish time in advance, and the winner is determined by the runner who is "Back in Time" closest to their prediction. Downside: this means no watches, no headphones, no GPS units, no timing devices of any kind are allowed. Upside: there will be prizes! Categories will be the top 3 guesses in women's and men's categories.

All runners will receive a free Georgia Conservancy 50th Anniversary t-shirt. 100% of proceeds from this event will benefit the Georgia Conservancy. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at the interpretive center / park office at Sweetwater Creek State Park. Georgia State Parks annual pass or $5 parking fee required for parking. 

$25 per person - includes Georgia Conservancy shirt!

Take a hike with the Georgia Conservancy

Free hikes, every hour on the hour

When the teams from the Georgia Conservancy and Georgia State Parks get together - great things happen. On April 1st, join us for special hourly hikes hosted by GC and GSP departing from this interpretive center / park office at Sweetwater Creek State Park starting at 2:00 p.m. and lasting until sundown. The last hike will be a candlelit hike to the Manchester Mill ruins at Sweetwater Creek. 

Hikes are free, open to the public and will feature local history and natural history lessons. No reservations needed, just rally up at the interpretive center. Georgia State Parks annual pass or $5 parking fee required for parking.

And just wait until you hear what special treat is waiting on you at the historic mill ruins . . . 


Free Jake's Ice Cream! 

No April Fools joke here. 

A free scoop of ice cream for every single visitor to Sweetwater Creek State Park - now that's how you celebrate your 50th birthday in style. Thanks to our incredible partners from Jake's Ice Cream, every visitor who makes it to the historic mill ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., will receive a free scoop of ice cream in honor of The Georgia Conservancy. Happy birthday to us! 

Why Sweetwater?

On a cold February day in 1967, the Georgia Conservancy was founded at the Manchester Mill ruins on the banks of Sweetwater Creek. The first item on the agenda: protect this land and open it to all. Thanks to the Georgia Conservancy leadership, the State of Georgia, and many men and women in Douglas County and around the state, Sweetwater Creek was protected and a new State Park was born!

The Georgia Conservancy played an instrumental role in these efforts fifty years ago, and that work impacts the present day and continues to enrich the lives of people who cherish Sweetwater Creek State Park.

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