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~GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event!~

When: April 6-7, 2013
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia

Cost: $45 for adults (before March 1st, $50 after March 1st), $40 for the kid’s program.  Ticket prices include Saturday presentations and party, Saturday night camping, shuttles for Sunday paddle on the Chattahoochee River and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. Participants will need to pack their own lunch for the river on Sunday.  No daily rate will be offered, but tickets to the party for those who are not registered for the

weekend can be purchased for $25/ticket.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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INFORMATION

The Basics

Registration
Agenda
Speaker Biographies
Presentations
Highlights and Extras
Mini-Paddle Georgia
Boat Rental Information
River Celebration Awards and Party
Directions
Information about the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Lodging
Event Sponsors

The Basics

Weekend for Rivers is GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through storytelling, partying and paddling!

Join us April 6th for a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you! The day will include river-lovers of all kinds expressing their passion for rivers with  inspiring presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who protect, enjoy and honor them.

In the late afternoon, enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center or participate in a fun field trip: test out a kayak, participate in a meditation exercise or even try your luck in our Chattahoochee Nature Center scavenger hunt!

In the evening, we’ll have a ton of fun at our annual River Celebration Party and then we’ll camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (indoor and outdoor camping will be available, Paddle Georgia-style–OR you can just get a hotel room). The next morning, we’ll wake up and paddle a beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River!   The experience will be as close to the real thing as possible (right down to the bus shuttles, the gym camping and the Satterfield’s catering) for the uninitiated as well as for all you Paddle Georgia fanatics who regularly plead with us to plan more than one event each year. Thanks go to Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, who lead popular trips and events on the ‘Hooch all the time, in supporting us on the paddle.

Agenda

Click here to view the Weekend for Rivers agenda!

Registration

You can register for Weekend for Rivers 2013 right now! Register online HERE, or if you’d rather fax (706.549.7791) or mail in (126 S. Milledge Ave. Ste E3, Athens, GA 30605) in your registration, you can find a pdf of our registration form HERE.

Speaker Biographies

Click here to see who will be presenting at Weekend for Rivers this year.

Presentations

Click here to read up on the kinds of presentations you’ll get to see at Weekend for Rivers.

Highlights and Extras

River Cafe Conversations

9:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Kingfisher Hall

The River Cafe Conversations bring together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore questions that matter in intimate “cafe style” conversations. At tables of 4-6 people, we’ll set the space for you to do your most creative thinking, speaking and listening; taking a deep dive into several thought-provoking questions that have real consequences for the river movement.

In these open dialogues everyone’s contribution matters because we know that ideas and passion can emerge from the most surprising places. You’ll move between tables and conversations, meeting new people who will actively challenge your thinking, perhaps sparking an entirely new insight and connection. By sharing our discoveries, we’ll harvest the wisdom of the group and find new ways to tackle the issues that matter the most to us who love rivers.

Kayak Demonstration

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center pond

The Outside World and Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center will be showing off all kinds of boats on the Chattahoochee Nature Center pond.  You can stop by and try one out! Or even buy one!

Nature Center Scavenger Hunt

4:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: TBD

Join us for a wild goose chase around the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Hunt down clues in teams and be the first to get to the end. Win fabulous prizes!!!

Nature Meditation Sessions

Two meditation sessions are offered. Participate in one or both. The meditations are designed to be both calming and refreshing for the mind and body. The meditations are suitable for all, with a special welcome to those who have not meditated before.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Elements meditation: In this seated, guided meditation, we will use our senses to notice the elements of earth, air, heat, and water as they are present in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. Afterward, join us for the walking meditation, go enjoy the many other offerings, or just relax on the grounds.

5:20 PM – 6:00 PM
Walking meditation: We will take a slow, quiet walk along the trails in a contemplative mood. Attending to the senses and our movements, we will silently notice the flow of life in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. While the walk will be silent, we will have an opportunity at the end to share what we observed and learned.

Mini-Paddle Georgia

Have you ever wanted to just try Paddle Georgia without committing to a whole week? Are you a Paddle Georgia veteran who can’t wait until the end of June to get your fix? Either way, on April 7th, we’re packing everything folks love about Paddle Georgia into one day: the great time on the river, the gymnasium (or outdoor) camping, the bus shuttles–even the same caterer will be the same! We’re paddling 6.5 miles down the Chattahoochee from Johnson’s Ferry to Paces Mill.

Schedule:

7am: Wake up! Breakfast is served in Kingfisher Hall

8-8:30: Drive to Johnson’s Ferry with your boat. Leave it here, we’ll have a boat guardian watching while you drive your car to the take out.

8:30-9: Drive to Paces Mill, park your car, and take the shuttle back to Johnson’s Ferry.

9:30: Start Paddling!

3pm: Take out at Paces Mill

Johnson’s Ferry address: 9 Sherwood Lane, Marietta, GA

Paces Mill address: 3444 Cobb Parkway SE Atlanta, GA

Here’s a video of what you might see!

Boat Rental Information

You’ll be able to rent kayaks from the Broad River Outfitters for $30 for the day.  More information to come!

River Celebration Awards and Party

Join your friends at the Georgia River Network’s Weekend For Rivers Party on Saturday, April 6th at 7pm at The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for dinner by Satterfields, beer and wine, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle GA Port-Potty-Auction and River Celebration Awards.

To buy tickets for the party only, click HERE.

Register for the entire weekend if you would like to attend the educational sessions, camp out and paddle on the river the next day.

Directions

From Roswell Road (Highway 9/U.S. 19):
(Heading North from Atlanta or I-285).
At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From GA 400 Northbound:
Exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From GA 400 Southbound:
Exit Northridge Road (exit #6). At the top of the ramp is a traffic light. Travel straight through the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From Marietta and All Points West:
Take Highway 120 (also called Marietta Highway or Upper Roswell Road) east toward the city of Roswell. Cross Johnson Ferry Road and travel approximately four miles to Willeo Road. At a traffic light, turn right onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one mile on the right.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Info

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia.  It has a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife.  For 30 years, this facility has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.

Click here for more information.

Lodging

If you choose not to camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday night, rooms for the event will be blocked at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta/Roswell at 1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076.  To reserve a room at $79/night, call 770-992-9600 and tell them you’re with Weekend for Rivers. 10 rooms have been blocked for the nights of April 5th and 6th. Click HERE to see the DoubleTree website.

Sponsors

Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Bud & Mary Freeman, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Rain Barrel Depot, Broad River Watershed Association

      

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Paddle Georgia 2013 on the Lower Flint!
                               REGISTER HERE!!!
Paddle Georgia Friends,heartWe know how much you LOVE Georgia’s rivers and Paddle Georgia, and to celebrate that LOVE, we thought it would be appropriate on Valentine’s Day to let you know that Paddle Georgia 2013 registration is now OPEN! dsc_0467If you haven’t heard the news yet – Paddle Georgia 2013 will take place on the lower Flint River – from Warwick to Bainbridge – June 15-21, 2013. Read Joe’s most recent blog post for all the details. It’s going to be another GREAT trip, and it’s going to be a hot ticket.Registration will be open until all the spaces are filled. There will be 350 spaces available for thru-paddlers this year. Last year, we sold out in just two weeks – so please register before we sell out.

 
Watch our Fun Lovin’ Paddle Georgia 2013 Registration Video:
http://youtu.be/hZcqVIB1v-w

ImageWe will also have a limited number of Paddle Georgia Lite 2013 spaces that will be available by invitation only to our supporters, special guests, and by lottery. Paddle Georgia Lite is our abbreviated trip for just the first two days of Paddle Georgia – June 15-16. If you would like to be considered for a Paddle Georgia Lite invitation this year please fill out the request form at this link by April 1, 2013 and we’ll put you in the pool. Invitations will be extended by April 12.

AND, A VERY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants will be eligible for a very special reward for helping us accomplish two important goals of Paddle Georgia – introducing more people to our beautiful rivers and raising more money to protect these precious resources. Canoe-A-Thon 2013 participants who raise at least $200 will be GUARANTEED A SPOT ON PADDLE GEORGIA 2014* by being eligible to register during a special PRIORITY REGISTRATION period before regular open registration begins in Feb. 2014 for Paddle Georgia 2014 – our 10 Year Anniversary Trip and return to the Chattahoochee River where it all began. To learn more about Canoe-A-Thon and sign up for Canoe-A-Thon 2013 go to: http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgcanoeathon.html. *Be sure to click here and read all the specific rules and policies for Paddle Georgia 2014 Priority Registration. As always, there will be additional fabulous prizes for our top fundraisers.

Finally, please consider making a special gift to Georgia River Network to support the tradition of enjoying and protecting our rivers in 2013. It’s easy to do by just clicking this link.

We look forward to seeing you on the Flint in June!

The Paddle Georgia/Georgia River Network Team

2013 Sponsors to Date – Georgia Power; Hennessy Land Rover Centres; Patagonia; Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Cellairis ; Len Foote Hike Inn; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Sea to Summit; The Outside World

2013 Partners to Date – Georgia Canoe Association, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Project Wet

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Give the Gift of Clean Water by supporting Georgia River Network’s vision of rivers that we can use for drinking, swimming, fishing, and boating; IMG_1168rivers that add beauty and value to our communities, and meet the needs of the ecosystems they support.

Make a difference now!

Thank you for your love of rivers and for your charitable support of them.

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KUDOS to Patrick Phelps for finishing the 12 rivers in 2012 challenge!

His paddling adventures were on the following 12 rivers:

IMG_34901. Oconee – March 6
2. Broad – March 15
3. Etowah – April 21, Aug 18
4. Notelly – May 27
5. Chattahoochee – June 9
6. Oostanaula – Aug 11
7. Coosa – Aug 18
8. Conasauga – Sept 2
9. Chestatee – Sept 8
10. Yellow – Sept 15
11. Soque – Sept 29
12. Ocmulgee – Nov 4

Read all the paddlers’ 12 in 12 stories and get inspired, get excited, and go paddling!

As y’all know we have been highlighting 12 in 2012 paddling adventures in our newsletters, Facebook, and Twitter, so make sure to check ‘em out.
And if lo and behold you have not signed up for our newsletters you can do so by clicking HERE!
Make sure to also peruse our Water Trails Website when searching and planning for your next paddling adventure. It’s a great a place to find out about water trails, paddling events and trips, and outfitters and amenities throughout the State.

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Tom BemanTom Beman, one of Georgia River Network’s leadership donors, recently told us that he supports GRN because “If we don’t protect our rivers from pollution, damming, and just the destruction of the rivers, we are going to lose them.  It is my belief that the quality of the water in the river and the quality of the land surrounding the river is an indicator of the condition of society around them.”  We are grateful to Tom and all of our donors who not only help us financially but who passionately believe that it is our duty to protect and restore the rivers of Georgia.One of the ways that GRN accomplishes this mission is through our annual Weekend for Rivers conference. Last year, 130 folks joined us at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to hear the stories that derived from their personal engagement with our rivers. These stories provide history, education, and inspiration for all of those who care about Georgia’s waterways.  We learned how to remove tires from a river; we heard a beautiful story about the power of Mother Nature and one person’s connection Ocmulgee River and an interesting tale about how rivers and politics can make strange bedfellows; and we were educated about the new National Water Trails designation for the Chattahoochee.Together, we are having a positive impact on the future of Georgia’s rivers, and we cannot thank you enough.

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Share Your Summer Water Fun for a Chance to Win a Pair of KEEN Shoes!

Did you have a blast on a waterway this summer and have a cool video to share about it? Want a chance to win a pair of KEEN shoes?

If you answered yes to both questions then this contest is for YOU!

The Georgia River Network and Outdoor Afro have teamed up to help share how people are enjoying their waterways all over the country – like these Outdoor Afros on California’s American River below!

All you have to do is submit your original, short (no more than 3 minute) video that shares what you enjoyed and valued about your local rivers and waterways over the summer!

Contest submissions will be posted on the Georgia River Network and Outdoor Afro social media pages, and five (5) finalists will be selected by Georgia River Network and Outdoor Afro fans, but ONE selected winner will get a  pair of KEEN shoes!

Here is how to enter:

  • Submit your video link below in the comments section, OR upload to the Outdoor Afro facebook page

We will announce the winner November 1st!

Good Luck!

This blog series is sponsored by the Georgia River Network

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Join ARK for the Clam Jam on Nov 3rd. and an opportunity to win the Cuda, a state of the art kayak donated by Kristine Jackson of Jackson Kayak. http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

Learn more about this big water fisherman’s dream at:

http://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/kayak-fishing/cuda/

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Please join us to celebrate our coast with an alfresco dinner of fresh shrimp, oysters, and clams and music by Courson Saunds and Nick Bryant.

Photo by James Holland
Selection of amazing items in our Clam Jam auction with more to come.  See details and sign up for Clam Jam at

http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

• A 3 day, 2 night stay at circa 1895 two story Italianate Victorian house in the National Historic district of Fernandina. This beautiful 4 bedrooms and 3 full bath house is within easy walking distance of Fernandina Beach village, restaurants, shops, marina and entertainment. Donated by Chris Nelson

• Guided historic canoe trip, lunch, and refreshments for 6 of some of the most pristine parts of the Oconee River. The approximate 10 mile tour is guided by ARK board member, DuBose Porter and narrated by local historian, Scott Thompson. Donated by DuBose Porter.

• A day of exploration and lunch for 8 on St Catherine’s – an undeveloped barrier island preserved for scientific, archeological, and conservation research.

• Privately catered dinner by Chef Mary Schowe for 4-8 at the home of the winner

• Private reading for the winner and friends by Janisse Ray of her newly released book, The Seed Underground; A Growing Revolution to Save Food.

• Case of fine wine from True Vine Wine and Gourmet in Brunswick

• Shorebirds sculpture created and donated by famous ironsmith, Ivan Bailey

• Hand Made Pottery created and donated by Susie Bealer Duncan

• A private island adventure and 2 night stay on Little St Simons, 10,000 acres of maritime forests and marshlands and seven miles of shell-strewn beaches. Accessible only by boat, this extraordinary natural sanctuary is among the last of its kind.

• Primitive bench handmade from vintage doors donated by Sheila and John Parker

• Kayak tour on Cathead Creek for two donated by SE Adventures

• “Wood Peckers” beautifully framed and matted limited editions print by Jacksonville, Florida native, C. Ford Riley. Donated by Sheryl Schooley

• Books donated from UGA Press

• Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia by John Jenson, et al.

• The Southern Frontier, by Philip Juras

• Peachtree Creek, by David Kaufman

• Invasive Pythons, by Dorcas and Willson

• Favorite Wildflower Walks in Georgia, by Hugh and Carol Nourse

• Hey, Bug Doctor, by Jim Howell

• Drifting into Darien,  by Janisse Ray

• The World of the Salt Marsh, by Charles Seabrook

• Kayak adventure tour of the Altamaha River guided by Danny Grissett with Altamaha Coastal Tours and Riverkeeper, Robby Arrington. Donated by Altamaha Coastal Tours

• Gift certificate to  Open Gates Bed and Breakfast located in the historic Darien waterfront

• “Wild Horses on Cumberland” a beautifully framed and signed black and white photograph by Jeffery Williams of Williams Gallery in Savannah.

 See details and sign up for Clam Jam at

http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org/events/clamJam2012.asp

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