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ForestWatch Outings

It is always a treat to realize how priceless these forest experiences can be. Educational outings help us stay connected with the beautiful and wild parts of the natural world during times when it was needed most. ForestWatch Outings range in difficulty, topic, and locations, stretching across the entire national forest on a regular basis.

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These adventures we embark on together help support an ever-growing network of those who care deeply about our forests. Thanks for helping keep an eye on our forests!

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Can you lead an outing?

Or do you have an outing leader you want to recommend for our outing program? GAFW is also looking for connections to experts in a field relevant to the GAFW community to possibly lead outings. Can you introduce us? Contact us at to find out more or make a connection.

GAFW Needs You

GAFW is always looking for active and engaged board members who can lead the growth and direction of the organization. To learn more, please email Board Chair Anne Heikkila at

For Our Hardcopy Newsletter

GAFW strives to produce a hard copy newsletter each quarter and a digital newsletter that are both educational and enlightening. We are seeking writers and authors to contribute short and medium length newsletter articles on topics relevant to the CAFW community. No experience necessary. Please contact to discuss a submission.


What Folks Are Saying

Georgia ForestWatch Outings take me to inspiring places in the company of people who care deeply about our forests. – Mark Ogilvie

Georgia ForestWatch Outings are the icing on the cake of its great advocacy work with the U.S. Forest Service: a chance to learn not only names of plants, but also how our forest works.  – Dr. Bill Witherspoon, Geologist

ForestWatch Outings are well-planned and educational.  – Charles Brown

The trips I attended provided great opportunities to learn about aspects of the Forest beyond simply hiking (stream ecology and geology of the NW part of the state). Thanks! -Bob Anderson

I got to hike on two different sections of the Bartram Trail with Georgia ForestWatch last year. Both hikes were on sections I would not otherwise have known about or been able to find on my own. – Jane Trentin

ForestWatch Outings opened the forest to me. – Sue Harmon

I especially enjoyed the Yonah Mountain hike, because it was led by a geologist, Dr. Bill Witherspoon. So in addition to a great hike with wonderful views, we learned some geology, too! – Bob Lusher

The diversity of Outings and caliber of Georgia ForestWatch Leaders, who offer their time and knowledge, provide the foundation for my exponential appreciation for our forests and all the unique aspects that encompass an ecosystem. These experiences also spark a flame to learn more, to participate more, to share, and continue to pass down the knowledge to others. Thank you! – Leslie Phillips

There’s nothing like safely exploring trails I’ve not hiked before with knowledgeable leaders and fellow hikers. – Susan White

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Building C, Suite 200
Dahlonega, GA 30533
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