*****Author’s Note: The following post was published on March 3, 2019 and has not been updated since its initial publication. As this post was written as part of a bigger, older project that has already ended, I do not intend on updating this post with new information about the organizations featured in it. This means some or all of the information in this or other posts in this series may be outdated by the time you read this post.
If you need the latest information on these organizations, it is your responsibility to conduct that research on your own. These posts can be used as a jumping off point for that research, but it is still your responsibility to look up these organizations on your own to verify whether or not their services still exist or will actually work for your needs.
***This blog post is part of a previously weekly, now monthly series titled #SignalBoostSunday. This series will highlight organizations and social causes that are of importance and provide assistance to the Greater Atlanta area. ***
For this month’s edition of #SignalBoostSunday, we’re focusing on two local organizations that work to celebrate, protect, and educate others about Atlanta’s (and Georgia’s) natural resources.
The first organization is actually a nature preserve located in Atlanta. And the second environmental organization featured in this post, hosts nature walks for local members of the community to educate them about nature.
1.) The Blue Heron Nature Preserve
This local nature preserve is also one of Atlanta’s parks. The 30 -acre park offers nature trails to explore, educational activities for all ages and a place to exhibit and enjoy local art.
Blue Heron is also known for its numerous environmental and conservation projects. Some of the most notable ones among them are: its Field Research Center (a solar-powered building where research, conservation efforts, and education happen), a turtle sanctuary, two bee apiaries (groups of beehives), its Meadows for Monarchs program (the creation of meadow habitats to support the growth of many types of pollinators, including Monarch butterflies), and their water stewardship programs (regularly helps to test the water quality of Heron’s waterways and provides volunteers who help pick up trash to prevent litter from polluting the Blue Heron’s waterways and by extension, the Nancy Creek flood plain.)
Blue Heron also hosts a wide variety of nature and science themed educational programs for homeschooled students, school field trips, after-school programs, families and adults. Many of the programs do require a fee, but most of the family events are low priced (per person).
2.) EcoAddendum (Eco-A)
EcoAddendum (also known as Eco-A) is primarily known for hosting nature walks for local community members.
The walks are an effort to help people appreciate, connect with and learn more about nature. These walks allow participants to go on guided tours of various natural areas located in the state of Georgia, the city of Atlanta, the rest of the Southeast.
Many of Eco-A’s walks are free to attend, but online registrations are required and optional donations of $15 or more are appreciated.