Fall Retreat 2020 Tickets


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The ForestWatch Fall Retreat is on!  Mark your calendar!  October 9, 10, 11

Today ForestWatch is navigating big changes – the changing climate, changing environmental protection laws, changing forest recreation use, and of course, the big change of learning how to stay connected during a pandemic!  But change has never stopped us before.  And it won’t stop us now.  We’ve lined up some of our favorite special guests and past presenters to interact directly with us — it’s like having them right in your living room with you!  Here’s the line up:

Friday October 9 and Sunday October 11 – Guided hikes to featured Georgia Mountain Treasures locations with ForestWatch leaders.  (Covid-19 policies in effect and one hike registration per person)

Saturday October 10 – ZOOM sessions- Live, online, interactive activities to inform, motivate, and inspire you***

  • Our partners at the Southern Environmental Law Center will update us on the challenges of changing environmental laws and regulations.
  • Executive Director Jess Riddle will update us on the boots-on-the-ground work of our District Leaders.
  • Board President Anne Heikkila and Past President Marie Dunkle will update us on our year of advocacy work.  Then Anne will steer us through the quickest annual Member Meeting ever!
  • Zoom Lunch – Our leadership will be available in chat rooms, so we hope you’ll have your lunch with us and connect with ForestWatch friends, both old and new.
  • The Firefly Story Hourguided by Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood – Janisse will lead our members in a virtual storytelling session around a virtual campfire. If you would like to tell a 3-4 minute story around the theme of CHANGE, we would love to hear it.
  • Joan Maloof, author and Executive Director of Old-Growth Forest Network will lead members in an interactive workshop around Forest Appreciation.
  • Peter MacIntosh, long time member, volunteer, and accomplished nature photographer will present Changes in Nature Photography: Drones Over the Forest.
  • Patricia Howelllong time member, volunteer and herbalist extraordinaire,will share medicinal plant stories and a “Safe Foraging” challenge.
  • Zoom Happy Hour – Time for the ForestWatch family to relax and reconnect.

Cost: $35 per person or $50/couple; $20 student.  Registration includes the Zoom link for all-day access to Saturday’s programs and sign-up links for hikes and The Firefly Story Hourall of which will be filled on a first come, first served basis with sponsors getting a 3 day lead. 

Detailed Schedule
9:45 AM Waiting Room opens
10:00 AM Orientation – Sue Harmon
10:10 AM Welcome – Jess Riddle
10:15 AM SELC Presentation – Patrick Hunter
11:00 AM break / Yoga – Angela Butler-Hackett
11:15 AM Forest Update – Jess Riddle
11:50 AM Advocacy Update – Marie Dunkle + Anne Heikkila
12:00 AM Member Meeting – Anne Heikkila

12:15 PM Zoom Lunch Break

1:00 PM Janisse Ray – Firefly Story Hour
2:00 PM Joan Maloof – Forest Appreciation Activity
2:30 PM Break / Forest Crossword Challenge
2:45 PM Patricia Howell – Stories from the Forest
3:15 PM Peter McIntosh – Drone Photography in the Forest
3:45 PM Wrap Up – Anne Heikkila
3:50 PM Zoom Happy Hour

Additional information


$35 per person, $50 per couple, $20 student

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