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Around GEORGIA
Each year the Georgia Conservancy hosts a snorkeling trip on the
Conasauga River in the Cohutta Mountains of North Georgia.
The trip introduces participants to the river's biodiversity, which
includes more than 70 species of fish.

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A group explores Jekyll Island by
kayak during a weekend adventure.

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beach cleanups. We may spend about six hours on a
Saturday working hard and learning about the location while giving back."
Service weekends are held annually on Ossabaw
and Sapelo islands, where participation is limited to
about 60 volunteers.
Whether visiting a remote barrier island or paddling down the Lower Flint River in southwest Georgia, Gwinnett resident George Kaffezakis has learned
about Georgia's lesser-known nooks and crannies as
a conservancy member for the last four years.
"I'm an outdoors person, but I had no idea how
beautiful Georgia was," says Kaffezakis, who has
lived here since 1975. "In the first two years we were
members, we probably saw more of Georgia than I
had in the previous 40 years, and it's all fantastic."
Kaffezakis is also drawn to the conservancy for
its apolitical approach to environmental advocacy.
"We just all have a great time embracing nature
and enjoying each other's company," he says. "Even
if it's a day trip for people who can't commit to a full
weekend, it's a way to spend a few hours in our own
backyard."
Depending on the destination, a trip might have
15 folks out for a day hike or as many as 100 for a
paddle down the Altamaha River near Darien. The
costs also vary by length of time and location, with
some trips free for Georgia Conservancy members.
But the success of the excursion program isn't
measured just in participants or money, Foster says.
"Our trips are a fun, adventurous way to introduce the broader conservation work of the Georgia
Conservancy to potential members and financial
supporters," he says. "At the end of the day, our trips
program exists to educate and to create awareness,
and our message is that conservation is never over;
it's always ongoing."
H.M. Cauley is an Atlanta-based freelance writer.

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For more information
Georgia Conservancy, 230 Peachtree St. N.W., Suite 1250,
Atlanta, (404) 876-2900, gaconservancy.org
Upcoming events
* Altamaha River Weekend Paddle, March 20-22
* Jekyll Island Weekend Adventure, April 3-5
* Arabia Mountain Day Hike, April 4
* Women's Fly-Fishing 101 on the Chattahoochee, April 11
* Upper Flint River Overnight Paddle, April 18-19
* Augusta Waterways Paddling Adventure, May 1-3
* Lower Flint River Weekend Paddle, May 15-17
* Broad River Day Paddle, May 30

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