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Last Week for Canoeathon!
Paddle Georgia Participants:Are you ready?!  A few last remindersin preparation for Paddle Georgia 2012:Don’t forget to put your name on the left bow of your boat with a piece of tape and marker.

Registration starts at 1pm on Friday.  We will not be ready for you to set up tents or register before 1pm. We realize some of you are getting dropped off early, so just be prepared to relax for alittle while or feel free to lend a hand with set up.

We neeed volunteers for set-up and registration on Friday-let us know if you would like to come and volunteer. Email jesslyn@garivers.org to sign up.

Don’t forget our many educational tours throughout the week. Registration for these tours begins Friday, June 15, at Tattnall County High School. Our tour schedule includes:  Georgia Power’s Plant Hatch Nuclear Generating Facility, The Nature Conservancy’s Moody Forest Natural Area, Janisse Ray’s Red Earth Farm, the University of Georgia’s Vidalia Onion Research Facility, Jesup Cemetery, Historic Doctortown and Bicycle Tours of Jesup.  Sign up at the info desk throughout the week.  The Nature Conservancy will host tours of its Moody Forest Natural Area with tours along the Area’s River Trail will leads to exceptional bluffs and slough forests with very old trees.

Field Trip Added to Plant Hatch on June 16th at 8:30 am
Join Georgia Power Company’s Steve Ewald (a real nuclear physicist!) for a tour of the Plant Hatch Visitors Center to learn how this nuclear power plant works. Plant Hatch is one of two nuclear power plants that Georgia Power operates in Georgia. (We will pass by the plant’s water intake and discharge structures during the first two miles of the trip.) Pre-registration is required. There is no fee for this tour, but is limited to the first 50 registered participants. One of the buses leaving TCHS on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. will be designated the “nuclear bus”. Participants wishing to do the Plant Hatch tour should get on the nuclear bus. It will drop off interested parties on the way to Deen’s Landing, pick them back up around 9:30 and ,then, take them to Deen’s Landing. Time: 8:30-9:30am Sign up for it Fri. when you register or Sat. morning.

Don’t forget to pack your coffee mug and camp utensils. Help us tread lightly!

We encourage participants to show up with creative, homemade name tags to help everyone get to know each other.  We look forward to seeing your conversation pieces and artwork! We’d like for you to wear your tag throughout the week so they should comfortable, durable, and waterproof. We will have materials to make your own when you arrive.

Milk jugs – we don’t need them – leave them at home.

It’s not too late to raise additional funds in our Paddle Georgia Canoe-a-thon! If you haven’t already set up your fundraising page, please do so at www.firstgiving.com/garivers OR make an additional contribution to somone else’s fundraising page and help a fellow paddler win some great prizes! Thus far, you’ve raised more than $15,000! Help us set a fundraising record this year!

Bring Your Jokes!
The brunt of our Paddle Georgia jokes this year will be…the alligator! Bring your BEST gator jokes with you (we’re hoping that with advanced notice the quality of the jokes will be better this year).

Virtual Paddle Georgia 2012
GRN has a new and exciting way for those folks who cannot attend Paddle Georgia 2012 to paddle along and experience the journey ‘virtually’ from their computer!
Throughout our journey we will be posting photos with their corresponding GPS locations to this map, so you can enjoy the trip right along with us!
Check it out at http://www.garivers.org/#VirtualPaddleGeorgia2012

Venue Change – Lastly, if you did not receive word that the first two days of the trip are on the Altamaha, not the Ohoopee, please refer to the revised information packet on the website at http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/2012/pgregistered2012.html

Sponsors – Georgia Power, Hennessey Land Rover, Patagonia, Johnson Outdoors, Mohawk Carpet Foundation, The Outside World, Dock Supply, Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center, Stream Techs, Coca-Cola Refreshments, China Clay Producers Association, The Rain Barrel Depot, Inkhead, Jackson Spalding, Bridgestone, Republic Services, Advanced Elements, REI, Cafe Campesino, Chic-Fil-A

Partners – Georgia Canoe Association, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet, City of Darien, Altamaha River Partnership, Wayne County Board of Tourism, Tattnall County Chamber of Commerce

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Westminster teacher to embark on unusual weeklong paddling trip
June 12, 2012 09:53 AM | 48 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

It’s not just the school-age kids who can’t wait for the final bell of the academic year to ring.

After a long season and semester, Westminster girls’ soccer coach and teacher Clark Meyer is ready to welcome in the hot months in a unique way.

“I live for the summer; there’s no doubt about it,” he said.

Along with his sons Andrew, 8, and Will, 10, he will participate for the second straight year in the Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia event, a seven-day, 105-mile canoeing and kayaking trip. This year’s journey will take place Saturday through June 22 down the Altamaha River, from Reidsville to the Atlantic coast in Darien.

After 350 people participated in Paddle 2011 along the Oconee, event coordinator Joe Cook said 375 should participate in Paddle Georgia 2012, its eighth annual installment.

It also raises money for the Altamaha Riverkeeper, promoting protection and conservation of Georgia’s rivers. To that end, Paddle 2012 is as much educational as it is recreational.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get out on the rivers and learn about them,” Cook said. “Normally, when you sign up for a paddle trip, you’re going to see the prettiest part of that river. When you spend an entire week there, you get to see the pretty things and the ugly things that make us aware of how we use and abuse our rivers. So that’s one of the goals, to educate people about how important our rivers are in our daily lives.”

Indeed, Day 5 of the journey, according to the official event website, is entitled “Almost Paradise,” describing that 22-mile leg as running “headlong into a pulp mill that alters the character of the river and highlights the driving principle behind Paddle Georgia — to experience the beauty and the degradation of Georgia’s rivers.”

Educational workshops will occur each night, including one hosted by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream teaching participants about chemical water monitoring. Cook also said it offered teachers scholarships to attend Paddle 2012 and learn tools in environmental education to bring back to their classrooms.

Beyond that, the trip also is about the joy of paddling in the river, taking a cooling dip, seeing Georgia wildlife and fraternizing with fellow outdoor enthusiasts during the long days afloat.

“When you see it, it’s pretty amazing, a couple of hundred boats in the water,” Meyer said.

He and his kids will spend Father’s Day together paddling 12 miles on the second leg of the journey. Meyer said they were hooked almost immediately when the trio canoed together down the Oconee a year ago.

“They absolutely loved it,” Meyer said. “The last night of last year’s trip, they were already making plans [for 2012]. We went through four bottles of spray sunscreen in the course of the week but once it got a little hot, you floated along in the water.”

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com – Westminster teacher to embark on unusual weeklong paddling trip


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