“OKEFENOKEE DESTINY” SCREENING
The Okefenokee Swamp, “The Trembling Earth,” is a place unlike any other in the world. It’s the largest intact blackwater wetland in North America and a mecca for research scientists from around the world. It’s also in the heart of an economically depressed region and under pressure from extractive industries. How can the Okefenokee be conserved for future generations – and what lessons can we learn to keep from repeating our past mistakes?
“Okefenokee Destiny,” a 14-minute PBS EcoSense for Living documentary, addresses these questions as it takes viewers on a journey through the swamp and introduces them to Okefenokee experts. Beginning in August, Georgia River Network will present the short film at locations across Georgia to help spread the movement to conserve the Okefenokee and protect it from mining.
This event is free.
GEORGIA RIVER NETWORK PRESENTS:
Screening tour sponsored by Okefenokee Swamp Park & Adventures.
Williams Family Foundation of Georgia
Are you interested in paddling Georgia’s rivers, but unsure where to start? Are you a seasoned river rat looking for your next adventure? Join Georgia River Network for an evening of information designed to help get you explore your next Georgia river safely and optimize your fun. River Users Guidebook author, Joe Cook, will share information about Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia program, including its seven-day, 100-mile journey set for the Savannah River in June; details about the Georgia River Guide App, a guide to more than 30 water trails across the state, and share entertaining stories about the history and lore of Georgia’s rivers gleaned from the pages of the River User’s Guidebook series.
The urgent fight to protect the Okefenokee Swamp from mining is burning brightly in Georgia right now, but we need your help to stoke the fire. To help advocates like you get FIRED UP about the issue, Georgia River Network is hosting a community backyard bonfire event: Save the Swamp Mardi Gras Party.
Come out to support the cause and enjoy live music by Rob Jordan’s band Five & Dime, a low-country boil and refreshments provided by Fire Maker Brewing, Molson Coors and Terrapin Beer Co. while communing with fellow advocates around a huge Christmas tree bonfire. If you’re lucky, before the night is over you just might find the baby in the King Cake and be crowned King or Queen of Mardi Gras!
While North Georgia is still in the slumbers of winter, come late March and early April, the woods along the Satilla River are bursting with spring. Escape winter and get an early start on the paddling season with this two-day, two-night adventure exploring some 22 miles of the Satilla River. A blackwater beauty, the Satilla winds through southeast Georgia and features snow white sandbars and mysterious backwater sloughs filled with wildlife. As we near our final take out, the river becomes tidally influenced. Camping will be at Satilla Lodge, a private special events venue featuring limited indoor lodging in rustic cabins and treehouses, as well as tent camping. Restrooms with flush toilets and showers are available along with porta-toilets and a hot water outdoor camp shower. Event registration includes six catered meals served beneath an open air outdoor pavilion along the banks of the river. Kayak rentals are available. The route is all flatwater suitable for novice paddlers. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION.
Join Georgia River Network as we explore an 8-mile stretch of the Little River Water Trail as this small, intimate South Georgia blackwater stream courses through Colquitt and Cook counties en route to Reed Bingham State Park where alligators patrol the waters and sun on the banks of Reed Bingham State Park Lake, described by Suzanne Welander in Canoeing and Kayaking Georgia as “a sort of Okefenokee Swamp in miniature.” Make a weekend out of it by camping at the state park and taking in not only our 8-mile paddle, but the other park amenities, including seven miles of hiking trails that introduce you to the flora and fauna of Georgia’s Coastal Plain. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a federally endangered indigo snake! The journey is on flatwater and is suitable for novice paddlers, however, portions of the adventure may require portages around deadfall that may be blocking the narrow river. Kayak rentals are available. Registration fees range from $35-$70. Registration opens March 1! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.
This 13-mile adventure explores the scenic and historic Flint River Water Trail as it winds through Meriwether and Pike counties in Middle Georgia. Beginning on White Oak Creek in the Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area, the route features mostly flatwater interrupted occasionally by Class I shoals and climaxes with a thrilling run over historic Flat Shoals, a Class II obstacle that will put your paddling skills to the test. The route ends at a boat ramp near Woodbury newly renovated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Flat Shoals was once a favored crossing of the river by Native Americans along a trail known as the Oakfuskee Path. In the mid-1800s, the shoals were harnessed to power a wool carding mill and then in the 20th century, the picturesque spot became a favorite fishing hole of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his many trips to nearby Warm Springs. Finally, in the 21st century, Flat Shoals gained fame as a filming location for TV series The Walking Dead. Kayak rentals are available. This trip is not recommended for beginning and novice paddlers; paddling helmets must be worn when running Flat Shoals (loaner helmets are available from Georgia River Network at no charge). Registration opens March 1! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!