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After the short day on the river yesterday, paddlers were excited to spend a full day today paddling 17 miles on the Chattahoochee through southwest Metro Atlanta and beyond…teachers

The Scholarship Teacher group continued their training with ichthyologist Camm Swift learning how to seine for fish and macro invertebrates. Skills they will take home to their respective schools and teach to their students.

Unfortunately the torrential rains from the previous evening caught some singing bcampers off guard, including the youth group and their tents and contents within were completely soaked. However, you would have never guessed that today – with all of the singing that could be heard down the river.

Dog Creek Reservoir, reached from paddling up a small tributary, was an interesting special tour and a refreshing and relatively cledog aan swimming area for those folks who were wary of taking a dip in the Chattahoochee south of Atlanta.­­

Flowers paiflower bnted the riverbanks  throughout the day’s journey- Swamp Hibiscus, Trumpet Vine, Queen Anne’s Lace – to name a few

Butterflies and dragonflies fluttered from canoe to kayak, looking for a bit of sweet nectar, salts and minerals.

Sheronome lucky paddlers reported seeing beavers and we saw a beautiful Green Heron for the first time obutterflyn the journey.

The sun’s warmth and wide lazy river lulled some to sleep while adrift.

We arrived sooner than anticipated and headed off to our new home at Newnan High school.

Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center set up a 17,000 gallon pool on ttug dhe square in downtown Newnan for the famous Canoe Tug-o-War; newnanstreet vendors and non-profits had information booths set up; and a band and DJ entertained the crowd as they boogied down with great enthusiasm.

dancingWhat a fabulous way to end our 5th day on Paddle Georgia!

See y’all tomorrow!

 

keep on rollin’ down the river~

Gwyneth Moody

 

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GRN banner2013 Monthly Photo Showcase and GRN Staff Pick of the Month

We want to give a BIG high five to Cindy Leighton, who submitted the winning Staff Pick photo of July’s Showcase

Best Paddle Georgia 2013 Photo

 Cindy Leighton

‘Mysteries Await’

Check out the slide show below to see all of the amazing photos submitted!

July Photo showcase

Make sure to get those creative juices flowing for August’s Topic:

Funniest Paddling Photo

So this is the scoop, each month we have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month.

We will showcase everyone’s photos on our website and social media and one photo per month will receive the illustrious title of ‘GRN Staff Pick of the Month’ and the chosen photo’s author will receive a surprise token of gratitude.

We will accept photo entries up until the third week of each month and announce the GRN staff pick and showcase all photo submissions the last week of each month. Submit your August’s photo entry NOW to Gwyneth@garivers.org

August‘s theme:

Funniest Paddling Photo

Check out the 2013 Monthly Themes:

Looking forward to seeing your AMAZING photos!
Mary and Kit Flamingo Flotilla
Want to see more photos from Paddle Georgia 2013?
Georgia River Network
126 South Milledge Ave. Suite E3, Athens, GA 30605
706-549-4508
http://www.garivers.org
Become a Member Today –
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For all those friends and family who cannot attend Paddle Georgia 2013 but would like to virtually paddle along with us, we have this new and exciting virtual map!

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 and share with others!

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Click this link:  http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia/pgjourney.html#VJ

Keep on rollin’ on the river!

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Have you REGISTERED for the CHATTAHOOCHEE HIDDEN GEMS PADDLING TRIP- MAY 18th?

Take a behind the scenes look at the work horse of Atlanta with not only an awe-inspiring presentation about this sections history – but also fascinating presentations on the wildlife that resides here and ways that you can get involved in water quality monitoring and river cleanups in your community.

Where: Chattahoochee River in Southwest Metro Atlanta (The stretch we are paddling is 13.1 miles and has beginner class 1 rapids).
When: Saturday, May 18th ~ 8AM – 5PM
Cost:     
$50 ~ Includes Boat Rental, Lunch, and ACA Insurance ($35 kids- 18 and under)
$25 ~ Includes Lunch and ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat
$15 ~ Includes ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat and Lunch

May 18th… It’s gonna be AWESOME!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR GOOD TIMES…

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Go Coastal with Altamaha Riverkeeper for a Paddle on Cathead Creek in Darien! May 11th…

dannyPaddle through Pierce Butler’s old abandoned rice fields and a tidal forest – teaming with wildlife. You will encounter old growth cypress, tupelo, and wildflowers.

Guide extraordinaire, Danny Grissette, with Altamaha Coastal Tours will lead the paddle on Saturday, May 11.

The adventure begins at 10 am at Skipper’s Fish Camp Restaurant parking lot – just off Hwy 17.  Danny will give a short kayaking lesson before the leisurely 2 ½ hour paddle.

The trip, suitable for beginners and children, is offered at a special price of $35 per person. Space is limited. Call Constance at (912) 437-8164 asap or email: cor@altamahariverkeeper.org to reserve your space, a tandem or single kayak, canoe, or bring your own.

After the paddle, (approximately 1:00-1:30), Skipper’s has reserved the Oyster Bar deck overlooking the river for our lunch (Dutch Treat). We look forward to having you join us; it’s a chance to meet some new friends, trade paddle stories, and find out what ARK is doing to protect our rivers.

Help Support Altamaha Riverkeeper’s work with a donation today.  Please donate at http://www.altamahariverkeeper.org

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Have you REGISTERED for the CHATTAHOOCHEE HIDDEN GEMS PADDLING TRIP- MAY 18th?

Take a behind the scenes look at the work horse of Atlanta with not only an awe-inspiring presentation about this sections history – but also fascinating presentations on the wildlife that resides here and ways that you can get involved in water quality monitoring and river cleanups in your community.

Where: Chattahoochee River in Southwest Metro Atlanta (The stretch we are paddling is 13.1 miles and has beginner class 1 rapids.)
When: Saturday, May 18th ~ 8AM – 5PM
Cost:     
$50 ~ Includes Boat Rental, Lunch, and ACA Insurance ($35 kids- 18 and under)
$25 ~ Includes Lunch and ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat
$15 ~ Includes ACA Insurance, Bring your own Boat and Lunch

May 18th… It’s gonna be AWESOME!

REGISTER HERE for FUN TIMES!

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Today is World Water Day!

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Won’t YOU help Georgia River Network celebrate by sharing this post with your friends, making a donation, or by discovering your local river group on our website (www.garivers.org) and getting involved!

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GRN is giving a BIG shout out to Larry Waters Jr.- winner of February’s Photo Staff Pick!

Enjoy February’s Photo showcase

~ ‘Love Boat Paddlers’~

We are so impressed by all of the amazing photos submitted and we hope they will inspire you, your friends and family to get out and protect, restore, and enjoy Georgia’s rivers from the mountains to the coast!

Click HERE to see Monthly Photo Showcase and Staff Pick details

Each month we will have a different theme and invite you to send us a photo that you think best represents the topic of the month.

Submit a photo for March!

March’s theme: “Capturing a River Issue in Georgia”

Email your submission to gwyneth@garivers.org

*Please submit one photo only and include a ‘photo title’ 30 characters in length that has the name of the river, creek, or lake on which the photo was taken and photo author’s name.

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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 has SOLD OUT!

To be added to the wait list go to: http://paddlega13waitlist.eventbrite.com

For more exciting adventures with GRN – Mark your calendar for our 4 Seasons Hidden Gems Paddling Events:

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