Where learning wild is easy

Friday, Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m.

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup

Give back to the community by helping to beautify CEWCs Ga. 11 stretch! Meet volunteer coordinator Linda May at the Visitors Center before heading out. Participants must sign a waiver form to volunteer. Please dress for the outdoors and bring your own gloves. Orange vests and trash bags will be provided. Call Linda May at (770) 784-3059 if you would like to pitch in!


Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon

Family Nature Walk: Winter Wildlife Survival

Join Karen Hoydick, a CEWC wildlife interpretive specialist, to learn how animals and plants survive during the cold winter months. Using live animals and taxidermy mounts, she will discuss various survival strategies. Then the group will head outside and search for clues of those animals that stay busy all winter. All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised. Since space is limited, pre-registration for this free class is required. Please swing by the Visitors Center or call (770) 784-3059 to sign up.


Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10-11:30 a.m.

Fascinated By Birds

Birds have inspired humans for centuries. Learn more about these fascinating winged creatures by watching a half-hour Eyewitness Bird movie. Linda May, a CEWC wildlife interpretive specialist, will then share live birds of prey with the audience to emphasize some points learned during the video. All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised. Space is limited, so pre-registration for this free class is required. Sign up at the Visitors Center or by calling (770) 784-3059.


Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10-1:30 a.m.

Endangered Species

Why do animals go extinct, and what can we do to help threatened and endangered species today? Using live animals and props, CEWC wildlife interpretive specialist Pete Griffin will give an overview of animals in trouble and discuss ways to ensure they will be around for future generations. All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised. Since space is limited, pre-registration for this free class is required. Sign up at the Visitors Center or by calling (770) 784-3059.


Saturday, Feb. 23, 8:30-11 a.m.

Winter Bird Walk

Join Georgia Wildlife Resources Division expert birder Tim Keyes on a search for Georgia's wintering birds. Expect to see many species, including sparrows, ducks and birds of prey. This bird search will consist of short walks and drives between various sites within the wildlife centers boundaries. Wear shoes or boots that can get wet, bring your own binoculars and field guides, and meet in the Visitors Center parking lot bright and early! All ages are welcome, but children must be supervised. Since space is limited, pre-registration for this free class is required. Sign up at the Visitors Center or by calling (770) 784-3059.

Where learning wild is easy - Youth wildlife education contests

March 10 entry deadline

Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

Whether it is in the schoolyard or the backyard, students can use their senses to explore the outdoors and discover "The Sights and Sounds of Wild Georgia!" Kindergarten through 5th-grade students are invited to participate in the 18th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest by entering artwork that depicts Georgia's nongame wildlife and native plants. What do you hear, smell and see in your area? What do the trees and soil feel like? Artwork may reflect the melodies of birds and insects, or the chirps of frogs and hoots of owls at a nearby pond. Did any of the plants make a cool sound?  Turn these sights and sounds into artwork and enter the chance to showcase your talents in the 2008 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest calendar! Deadline for entries is March 10.


March 31 registration deadline

Youth Birding Competition

Young birders across Georgia are gearing up for the annual Youth Birding Competition, a 24-hour bird-a-thon held at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on May 2-3. Participation is free and open to teams ranging in age from kindergarten to high school. To help participants learn the birds of Georgia, contest organizers will pair pre-registered teams with experienced birding mentors to take part in birding programs, workshops and other bird-related events.  By organizing and registering youth teams now, this free pre-competition program will help participants develop the knowledge needed to make the competition a success.  The registration deadline is March 31.


March 1 entry deadline

Youth Birding Competition T-shirt Art Contest

New for 2008 , the Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt art contest that is open to Georgia residents in pre-K through high school. The grand-prize winning artwork will appear on the 2008 YBC T-shirt! Other participants can win Michaels gift cards to redeem for art supplies. Deadline for entries is March 1.

Where learning wild is easy - Teacher training and resources

March 14-16

The Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia (EEA) Annual Conference (www.eealliance.org) "Trends, Tricks and Traditions"

Unicoi State Park, Helen

Network with educators from across Georgia while participating in seminars and hands-on sessions on current trends, new information, research and the classic tricks in environmental education that make it all work! Take educational field trips and enjoy an amazing auction and evening socials as you meet others in the field of environmental education that want to share their ideas and gain knowledge just like you! Cost is expected to be $175-$200 for full registration, which includes all meals, banquet and the social. The price does not include lodging or field trips. Registration form and conference details will be posted on the EEA Web site (www.eealliance.org).


June 23-27

4th Annual Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Mansfield, GA ( here)

The five-day workshop "Exploring Forestry and Wildlife in Georgia," (http://gfagrow.org/programs/georgia-tcw/) will focus on conservation topics related to the benefits of forestry, including the cycle of growing trees, using trees for products and how trees are managed for wildlife habitat. The center will host the event with the Georgia Forestry Commission (http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/) and the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (www.georgiawildlife.com). Participants will be certified in Project Learning Tree (http://gfagrow.org/programs/georgia-project-learning-tree/), Project WILD ( /projectwild_education.aspx) and Project WET (http://www.gaprojectwet.org/gawet_index.asp) upon completion. Teachers will be able to receive 3 PLU (Professional Learning Units) after completing the workshop. Due to the workshops generous sponsors, including various forestry and wildlife organizations, all field trips, lodging, meals and teacher resource kits will be included in the $25 registration fee. This event is open to Georgia educators of grades 5-12. Deadline to apply is April 15. For more information, contact Carla Rapp at (478) 992-8110 or carla@gfagrow.org; or Walter Lane at (770) 784-3064, walter.lane@dnr.ga.gov

Upcoming public programs at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC), near Mansfield