Aldo in Athens Events

Every Thursday in March

Nature Rambles -Cancelled
9:00 a.m. | State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join the Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the Garden while making new friends and enjoying the cool, fresh air.  This is a ramble not a hike; we will stop to view interesting plants, insects, butterflies, mushrooms, etc., along the way.  Ramblers are encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group. This event is free and open to the public, and walk-ups are welcome. Please meet at the arbor next to the Children’s Garden

Thursday, March 5

Pollinators and Seed Bomb Workshop
1:30 p.m. | Sandy Creek Nature Center’s Education & Visitor Center

Join staff from Athens Land Trust and the Athens-Clarke County Sustainability Office for an afternoon of adventure and learning about pollinating insects and how to attract them to your yard. Participants will be able to create their own seed bombs full of native plant seed to take home and plant. The program is open to ages 5-12 and is limited to 12 children. A parent or guardian must attend with the child but does not need to register. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Contact Sandy Creek Nature Center at 706-613-3615 for more information and to register your child.

Saturday, March 7

Managed Forest Walk 
10:00 a.m. | Sandy Creek Nature Center

Join the SCNC staff for a guided walk through the Managed Forest area to see what changes have occurred after thinning trees, prescribed burns and planting new seedlings. This is open to the public. No registration is required. Contact Kate Mowbray at 706-613-3615 or kate.mowbray@accgov.com for more information.

Sunday, March 8
Birchmore Trail 
2:00 p.m. | Memorial Park

Gary Crider will lead a 2-mile hike at Birchmore Trail in Memorial Park describing the progress and process of invasive plant removal. Midway through the hike we will walk alongside a notable Athens landmark, “The Great Wall of Happy Hollow.” Rain or shine, meet Gary near the entrance to Bear Hollow Zoo. This event is free and open to the public but limited to 15 participants and children over 12 years of age. Please contact trails@accgov.com to register.

Wednesday, March 11

“Sand County on Campus,” North Campus Tour
1:00-3:00 p.m., rain or shine | UGA North Campus

Join Dorinda Dallmeyer on an environmental and historical tour of North Campus at UGA. She has created the kind of campus tour she would take Aldo Leopold on if it was still possible for him to visit us in the flesh. Participants should meet on the top level (Level G) of the North Campus Parking Deck on Jackson Street. The tour begins here and will end at the intersection of Baxter and Lumpkin Street. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Parking should be available in the deck or in the immediate vicinity.

Thursday, March 12

Sand County on Campus,” South Campus Tour         
1:00-3:00 p.m., rain or shine | UGA South Campus

Join Dorinda Dallmeyer on an environmental and historical tour of South Campus at UGA. She has created the kind of campus tour she would take Aldo Leopold on if it was still possible for him to visit us in the flesh. Participants should meet on the west side of the Georgia Center Parking Deck at the corner of the parking deck access road and Lumpkin Street. The tour begins here and will end at the intersection of East Campus Road and Carlton Street. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Parking should be available in the Georgia Center Deck or in the Carlton Street Deck adjacent to the Coliseum.

Thursday, March 19 Cancelled or Postponed

GreenFire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
7:00 p.m. | Athens Regional Library

This award-winning movie explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the context of American conservation and environmental history, while also illustrating how Leopold’s legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world. Attendees should meet in the auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, March 20

Hike in Old Growth Forest
9:00 a.m. | Location given after registration

Please join us for a hike through a scenic 300-acre forest property on prepared bare-dirt foot trails. We will pass through mature upland hardwood forest, bottomland forest, and forest on a natural levee along a medium size river. Along the hike, the importance of protections by Conservation Easements will be described and discussed by the leaders. To register, please contact Walter Cook at 706-424-6748 by March 18th. There will be an absolute limit of 15, plus the leaders and owner of the property. Driving directions to the starting point will be given at time of registration.

Saturday, March 21

Falling Shoals Invasive Species Removal
10:00 a.m. | Falling Shoals conservation easement, 275 Blue Heron Dr., Athens, GA 30605

Join Oconee River Land Trust (ORLT) for an invasive species removal at the 224-acre Falling Shoals conservation easement, a beautiful property with a hardwood forest and stream that flows to the Oconee River. Participants should meet at the landowner John Pickering’s house (address listed above) and park on the street. Look for ORLT signs and a staff person guiding cars. Please bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking shoes. Long pants tucked into socks or boots are recommended to protect against possible ticks. Please call Dan Crescenzo at 941-321-7113 for more information.

Saturday, March 21

Morning Bird Walk
9:00 a.m. | State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Emma Dickinson, long-time birder and president of the Lilly Branch Audubon Society chapter at UGA, will be leading a morning bird walk at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Join her to look for migrating species such as Hooded Warblers and nesting species such as Common Yellowthroats. We will explore the forest trails, riverbanks, and the power line prairie of the garden. Attendees should meet at the parking lot under the power lines.

Sunday March 22

Prairie Restoration in the Georgia Piedmont
2:00-4:00 p.m. | State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Join Walter Bland, ecological restoration expert and owner of Rock Springs Restoration for a tour of the prairie creation site at the State Botanical Garden. Walter will share his techniques and timelines for transforming lawns, right of ways, and pastures into diverse native grasslands. The event is free, no registration required. Meet in the parking lot under the power lines at the State Botanical Garden.

Friday, March 27 Cancelled or Postponed

Reflections on Sand County Almanac with Dr. Drew Lanham
7:00-9:00 p.m. | Athens Regional Library

Aldo Leopold’s most famous work, Sand County Almanac provides insight and inspiration to many, including J. Drew Lanham in his own The Home Place. Professor Lanham and students from Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals High Schools will share their thoughts and reactions to the book.

Saturday, March 28

Bird Walk with Ornithologist and Author Drew Lanham
8:00-11:00 a.m. | State Botanical Garden

Please join noted ornithologist and author Drew Lanham for an educational bird walk sponsored by the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society. Participants should meet in the upper parking lot, between the Garden Club headquarters and the Day Chapel. Upon entering the Garden, keep bearing left to reach the parking lot and read the signs.

Saturday, March 28

Drew Lanham meets ALT Youth
11:30 a.m. | Williams Farm, 235 Northside Drive

Ornithologist and author Drew Lanham will meet with Athens Land Trust’s youth program participants at ALT’s Williams Farm for readings from The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, conversation, and construction of Leopold benches. Registration required; email admin@athenslandtrust.org for information.

Saturday, March 28

Tallassee Forest Nature Preserve Hike
10:00 a.m. | Tallassee Forest Nature Preserve, 1600 Tallassee Rd

Join Oconee River Land Trust (ORLT) for a morning hike at the Tallassee Forest Nature Preserve. We will be leading a 3-mile out-and-back hike to the Middle Oconee River through the 309-acre Tallassee property. Hikers may continue to the river for a total 4-mile hike that will return to the parking area by 1:30-2:00 PM. Please bring water, snacks, and appropriate hiking shoes. Meet at the power easement on Tallassee Road, just before Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School driveway. Look for ORLT signs and a staff person guiding cars. Please contact Laura Hall at 706-621-2720 for more info.

Saturday, March 28

Bugs, Mammals, and Rivers: Tallassee Forest Event
10:00 a.m. | Tallassee Forest Nature Preserve, 1600 Tallassee Rd.

Join Oconee River Land Trust (ORLT) for a morning of activities learning about Georgia’s wild animals, rivers, and butterflies at the Tallassee Forest Nature Preserve. Kids will have the opportunity to interact with live insects, create and decorate animal track molds, see how pollution affects their town with an enviroscape, touch fur and skull replicas of native animals, and see collections of moths and butterflies. Please wear comfortable shoes. Meet at the power easement on Tallassee Road, just before Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School driveway. Look for ORLT signs and a staff person guiding cars. Please contact Caroline Johnson-Hall at caroline@oconeeriverlandtrust.org to RSVP.

Sunday, March 29

Encountering Aldo Leopold in a Georgia Piedmont Forest
3:00 p.m. | State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Leopold devoted his life as a conservationist to restoring and managing ecosystems in the mid-western and southwestern states. His "land ethic" - "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community" - applies everywhere in the natural world. This hike will combine appreciation of Georgia’s early spring wildflowers with readings and reflections from Leopold’s Sand County Almanac. Registration is required. Limited to the first 20 people who register. Contact Linda Chafin at 706-548-1697 or lchafin@uga.edu to register. Participants should meet at the Arbor next to the Children’s Garden.