Biking at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area | Best Spots + Trails

Biking at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area | Best Spots + Trails

Published: May 19, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, Trails   |   No Comments

There are over 34 miles of trails for biking at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, stretching from historic downtown Lithonia all the way to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. The trails are an important part of the community and are well-designed to create a family-friendly environment for thousands of joggers, walkers, bikers, and skaters […]

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Fishing in the National Heritage Area

Fishing in the National Heritage Area

Published: May 18, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

With summer upon us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some calm and quiet in the National Heritage Area. One of the best ways to do that is to bring your gear and enjoy an afternoon fishing! Here’s a breakdown of our fishing sites.  Note that all sites requrie a valid State of Georgia […]

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60 Years of National Natural Landmarks

60 Years of National Natural Landmarks

Published: May 17, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

May 18th, 2022 marks 60 years of the National Natural Landmarks program, which recognizes sites that conserve America’s rich natural heritage. There are over 600 National Natural Landmark sites across the country, including, here in the National Heritage Area, Panola Mountain.  What are National Natural Landmarks? The National Natural Landmarks program was created in 1962 […]

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Bruce Street School Conceptual Design Comments

Bruce Street School Conceptual Design Comments

Published: May 11, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Featured, Field Notes, Historic Sites   |   No Comments

The process for shaping the conceptual design of the future of the Bruce Street School is almost over – and there’s one more chance to participate! Mimicking the format of our final in-person engagement session, this form offers the draft Consolidated Conceptual Design Scheme. Fill out the form here.   After months of in-person and […]

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Hiking in the Heat

Hiking in the Heat

Published: May 10, 2022   |   Author: Revonda Cosby   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

The year is heating up quickly, and it’s good to remember a few guidelines on hiking in the heat. Humidity and the sun can take you by surprise. Here are a few ways you can be prepared for the heat! Hydrate:  Drink plenty of water before you head outside and bring water with you on […]

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AWARE’s Night Owl 5K 2022

AWARE’s Night Owl 5K 2022

Published: May 9, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

The Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) held their annual Night Owl 5K on May 7th at Panola Mountain State Park, raising funds for year-round wildlife rehabilitation, conservation and education. Volunteers and staff were stationed along the run route with some of AWARE’s resident animals for participants to view.  AWARE works to rescue and rehabilitate […]

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Paddle the South River

Paddle the South River

Published: May 5, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Guided paddles of the South River are back for 2022! Join the South River Watershed Alliance for a series of paddles to take place on May 14, July 30 and September 10. You can see a full list of river paddles and sign up here. Note that you do not have to bring your own […]

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Shape DeKalb’s Black History: The Bruce Street School

Shape DeKalb’s Black History: The Bruce Street School

Published: Apr 29, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

DeKalb County’s first Black public school, the Bruce Street School, sits just north of historic downtown Lithonia – and you can help us shape its future. We’re engaged in a process to solicit community feedback about the reactivation of the old school building as a historic site and community focal point. Your feedback informs a […]

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Run the AWARE Night Owl 5K

Run the AWARE Night Owl 5K

Published: Apr 28, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

The Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort’s (AWARE’s) 5K Run/Walk fundraiser returns on May 7th, taking place at Panola Mountain State Park. A virtual option is also available. Funds from the Night Owl 5K go to support AWARE’s work with native wildlife rehabilitation, conservation and education throughout the year. This event is sponsored by the Rebecca […]

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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day

Published: Apr 22, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Happy Earth Day! On this day and throughout the year, we celebrate the wonder of the natural world. Today is a day to sPark action as part of National Park Week and beyond for a healthier, greener world. Here in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, there are a few ways to do that: Leave […]

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What if you became a park ranger?

What if you became a park ranger?

Published: Apr 20, 2022   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Have you ever thought about becoming a park ranger? Listen to park rangers tell their stories and discuss what it’s like to be a park ranger on the AMNHA Ranger Round Table. This conversation includes current and former rangers from the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, DeKalb County’s Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and Mason Mill […]

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National Park Week 2022: sPark discovery!

National Park Week 2022: sPark discovery!

Published: Apr 18, 2022   |   Author: Arabia Mountain   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Welcome to National Park Week 2022! Celebrated annually, this is a week to get outside and explore National Parks both near and far. Here in metro Atlanta, there is the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (yours truly), as well as the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and Martin Luther King, […]

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