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Earth Day Celebration

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve, along with our partners, invites you to join us in celebrating Earth Day! 

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9 am - 10 am           Outdoor Yoga with Ronald Dill *
10 am - 11 am         Volunteer Planting Event
10 am - 11 am         Children’s Camp Open House
10 am - 11 am         Forest Walk with with EcoAddendum *
10 am - 2 pm           Local Artist Market
11 am - 2 pm           Native Plant Sale / Environmental Exhibits / Student Art Show
11 am - 12 pm        Bird Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society *
11 am - 12 pm        Vamos Chicos Art Bus Demonstration *
12 pm - 3 pm          Neighborhood Block Party with Smokey's Farmland Band and the Blaxican Food Truck
12 pm - 1 pm           Green Theater Performance *
12 pm - 1 pm           Mini-Hive Inspection with Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association *
12 pm - 12:30 pm     Turtle Sanctuary Dedication
12:30 pm - 1 pm       Art of Nature Opening *
1 pm - 2 pm              Mini Critter Camp with The Amphibian Foundation*
1 pm - 1:30 pm         The Blueway Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony
1:30pm and 2 pm      Blueway Trail Tours *

* Registration Required


ACTIVITY DETAILS

 

Outdoor Yoga 

9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Kick-off the Blue Heron Nature Preserve's Earth Day Celebration right with a public outdoor yoga class at the Preserve. The class is free! If you have the means and enjoy your experience a $5 donation is recommended.

Ronald Dill, a certified yoga instructor who currently teaches at Oglethorpe University, will be leading the group through the fundamental elements of yoga that will be beneficial for yogi's of all practice levels.


Guided Forest Walk

10 am - 11 pm

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Come join our friends at EcoAddendum on a hike through the Blue Heron forest as we learn about the tremendous diversity of life found a typical upland and floodplain forest.  


Guided Bird Walk

11 am - 12 pm

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Our partner Atlanta Audubon Society will provide a naturalist lead tour through the favorite birding spots at Blue Heron.  Over 120 different species have been identified at the Preserve.   Spring time is a great time of year to see both permanent residents and migratory species who use the Preserve as a refuge on their journey north.


Vamos Chicos EcoArt Bus

11 am - 12 pm

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Art has gone on the road thanks to our friends at Vamos Chicos.  Blending art, science and language the talented staff of Vamos Chicos will demonstrate how art and nature go hand in hand with a fun activity for the whole family.


Mini Bee Hive Inspection

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Our friends from the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association will tell you all about bees and how they an other pollinators play such an important role in ensuring healthy plant communities.   You will not only learn about bees, but also have a chance to visit MABA's demonstration hives at the Preserve and see first hand what goes on inside a beehive.


Green Theatre Group - Outdoor Performance

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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For the 3rd year we will have an original production from the creative performance group known as the Green Theatre Group.  Each performance blends a story about nature that brings an appreciation and understanding about the wonders around us for young and old.   And what better place to have it than in the forest of Blue Heron.  


Art of Nature Opening & Tour

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Come experience art in the outdoors at the opening of this year's Art of Nature exhibit.  Five artists have been selected to display there work April 21st - June 1st featuring site-specific art installations inspired by our pollinators.  The artists will be on hand to take you on a tour of the exhibits and have a chance to explain their inspiration.   


Owl Pellet Dissection

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Curious what the owls you hear at night eat?  Come join an Audubon specialist who will give you some insight into the world of owls by exploring what they eat.  Owls are great hunters and there is much to be learned through the owl pellets they leave behind.


Field Education Experience

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Blue Heron's talented educators will take you on an adventure demonstrating our unique teaching style that immerses young and old in the outdoors stimulating the inquisitive mind to explore the world around us.  The experience will showcase our Field Education Centers unique outdoor classrooms showcasing the 4 habitats found at the Preserve. 


Mini Critter Camp

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Our partners at The Amphibian Foundation will show what fun you will have when you attend their Critter Camps.  Not only do you learn about the amazing world of frogs, toads, salamanders and newts, but you will have a chance see them live and learn about the importance of protecting them from experts in the field.


The Blueway Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us in celebrating the groundbreaking of our biggest project yet: The Blueway Trail Initiative! Howard Shook, District 7 City Council member, Amy Phuong, Atlanta’s Park Commissioner, and Michael Halicki, the Park Pride Executive Director, will be celebrating with us at this event. 


Blueway Trail Tours

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Come see all the improvements being made along the trails at the Preserve.  As part of our Blueway Trails capital campaign we are making improvements to our almost 3 miles of trails to make them more connected, safer and easier to navigate for all visitors.  See what has been accomplished and hear about what is planned and how you can support us.

Later Event: April 28
MABA Hive Inspection