2021 Fall Retreat

Our Annual Fall Retreat is happening in person! We’ll gather Saturday, October 9th, 2021 at the open air Large Day Use Shelter at Lake Winfield Scott.  Rain or shine!  Proof of vaccination required.  

Please note:  This is a venue change from previous years and from the initial plans that were mentioned in the sponsor letter.  We will still have folks staying the weekend in cabins and tents at Vogel (15 minutes away) but all events will be outdoors at Lake Winfield Scott.  Some tent sites are still available at both parks.  Contact the office to find out what is available and the cost.  info@gafw.org or 706.867.0051 

Whether you are a long-time member or a newbie who wants to get to know us better, we hope you’ll join us for a weekend in the mountains as we welcome new leaders and explore how to carry our vision forward together.  The Fall Retreat is a time to review our year, renew our commitments and inspire each other on this sometimes tedious journey to preserve, protect, and restore our national forests in Georgia.  And to have some fun while we do all that!

The main gathering will be from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the historic Lake Winfield Scott shelter.  Lunch will be provided. We’ll hear from our new Executive Director, our new lawyer representative, Brian Gist of the Southern Environmental Law Center, as well as Board President, Anne Heikkila and Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Linker.  Before and after the lunch time program we’ll have a range of activities for you to choose from and sign up links will be available in your registration confirmation.  Of course it’s entirely acceptable to bring a camp chair and relax on the shady beach with ForestWatch friends!  

$35/person and $5 entrance fee to Lake Winfield Scott  

ForestWatch Fall Retreat at LAKE WINFIELD SCOTT 
We will have Raffles, Silent Auction, and ForestWatch swag for sale! Proof of vaccination will be required.

9 – 11am: Check-in at the Large Day Use Shelter at Lake Winfield Scott (near the beach and the bathhouse | See on Google Maps). There is a $5 entrance fee. 

9:30 – 11am Morning Activities –  Registration is required (through confirmation email) for guided hikes

  • “Plants of the Cherokee: as useful today as they were 600 years ago”  Walk with Mark Warren, author of the 4-volume series, Secrets of the Forest
  • Botanical Ramble around Lake Winfield Scott with Linda Chafin, author of Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia and Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia
  • Paddle! Bring your own boat or use one of the spares we’ve rounded up.  Kayaks, a paddleboard, paddles, and PFDs will be available first come, first served. Check in sheet will be near the boats
  • Bring your own camp chair, relax on the shady beach with your ForestWatch friends and watch the paddlers. 

11:30 Lunch – We’ll have a variety of pre-made rollup sandwiches for you to choose from including vegetarian options + chips + homemade pasta salad (by our own Melinda Edwards) and a cookie to top it off.  We’ll have sparkling waters, teas, juices, and beer.

12:00 Program –  Settle in with included lunch and take in an update on all things ForestWatch:

  • Brian Gist with Southern Environmental Law Center: Legislative updates
  • Words from OUR NEW Executive Director!
  • Anne Heikkila, Board President: Member Meeting
  • Andrew Linker, Outreach Coordinator: Outreach updates
  • Cliff Shaw: History and shaping of Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests slideshow

2:30  Afternoon Activities – Registration is required (through confirmation email) for guided hikes

  • Tree Identification Hike with Jess Riddle, previous ForestWatch Executive Director and author of Georgia’s Mountain Treasures
  • Walk with Cliff Shaw. Continuation of History and shaping of our forests with stories of the Civilian Conservation Corps and Forest Ranger Arthur Woody.
  • Paddle! Bring your own boat or use one of the spares we’ve rounded up.  Kayaks, a paddleboard, paddles, and PFDs will be available first come, first served. Check in sheet will be near the boats

4:00-5:00 – Happy Hour & RAFFLE DRAWING at the Shelter – drinks + fresh snacks.

If you wish to claim one of the tent camping sites we have reserved at Vogel or Lake Winfield Scott (LWS) or Vogel State Park , please contact Lyn or Angela at info@gafw.org, 706-867-0051 for prices and details. Vogel is a 15 minute drive from the main retreat location at Lake Winfield Scott. 

We are watching the situation with COVID, and will notify you of any change in plans if conditions seem unsafe for an in-person event.

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