Friends Spring Field Trip
April 20 - April 22
A fitting way to celebrate Earth Day Weekend!
On Saturday we’ll hike some of the trails and experience spring renewal at F.D. Roosevelt State Park as we search for rare and unusual plants and animals and learn the natural and cultural history of the region, led by Hal Massie, GA Department of Natural Resources, a local expert and UGA grad. Roosevelt State Park is Georgia’s largest, encompassing part of Pine Mountain Ridge, the southernmost mountains in eastern North America.
On Sunday morning we’ll enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the nearby Callaway Gardens Day Butterfly Center, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, led by the center’s curator, Dr. Michael Buckman. Everyone will receive a free butterfly to take home!
Friday, April 20. Drive to FDR State Park, Pine Mountain, GA. Arrive 4-8PM. Athens to Pine Mountain is about 3 hours drive. Check into cottages. Join us for appetizers followed by dinner on your own. Park cottages have full kitchens, and there are some excellent restaurants nearby.
Saturday, April 21. Meet at Park Headquarters at 9AM. Guided short hikes on different trail segments (9:30-4:00). We will make a short drive or carpool to Dowdell’s Knob, an overlook along the Pine Mountain trail where we will have lunch. Dinner is on your own. At 7PM we will join park staff in their festivities to celebrate Earth Day – trivia games with prizes, dancing, and roaring campfire including marshmallow toasting.
Sunday, April 22. Meet for tour at Callaway Gardens Day Butterfly Center between 9:30-10AM.
Group lunch follows at Callaway’s Discovery Inn Café in the Callaway Discovery Center.
Tour concludes at 1:30PM; explore more of Callaway Gardens on your own (for example, the Birds of Prey demonstration at 2:30), and/or visit other local attractions such as FDR’s Little White House and the hot springs pools.
TRIP COST: $250 per person (includes 2 nights in FDR park cottages and all park entrance fees). Payment by check or Paypal to Friends of GMNH, Natural History Building, UGA, Athens, GA 30602-1882)
A block of cottages is reserved at FDR State Park. To reserve yours call ASAP Bob Matthews, 706-255-8489, as cottages (2, 4 or 6 persons) are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
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