Beginning with a “New Year’s Resolution Hike” on January 2nd, guided hikes, education and community events are returning to Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve after a pandemic hiatus. The Nature Preserve has released the schedule for January and February events; a full list can be seen here.
Recurring events include morning interpretive and recreational hikes with park naturalists, which take place every Friday and Sunday at 9:00 am; and the afternoon walk-it-out hike, every Wednesday at 4:00 pm. These events were popular prior to the pandemic and park rangers are looking forward to resuming these opportunities for nature exploration and connection.
The rangers are not just bringing back hikes – events like “Stewardship Saturday” (taking place on January 15th) offer opportunities to volunteer in the Nature Preserve, helping maintain the trails and public spaces that people use every day. In February, volunteer events will include assisting the staff of the Flat Rock Archives to help preserve sites associated with the history of one of Georgia’s oldest Black communities, right down the road from the Nature Center. An Arbor Day tree planting is also planned.
“We’re so excited to be resuming our public programs in 2022…As the park’s newest Naturalist, I’m looking forward to engaging the community at this amazing greenspace during this meaningful year,” said Park Naturalist Zana Pouncey, who will be leading the first hike of the year.
To sign up for events and see the whole list of offerings, visit: arabiaalliance.org/organizer/davidson-arabia-mountain-nature-preserve/.
Photo at top: Abby Stanga.