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A Walk in the Forest for Boy and Girl Scouts, organized by the Society of American Foresters – Chattahoochee Chapter and Stone Mountain Memorial Association, will be held October 21, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is designed to help Boy Scouts, Webelos and Cadette Girl Scouts meet most of the requirements of the Webelos Elective Adventure: Into the Woods, Forestry Merit Badge or Cadette Trees Badge in one day! Additional Merit Badge and Trees Badge work will be needed to complete the badge.

Scouts are divided into groups with fellow Boy Scouts, Webelos or Cadettes and work with professional foresters at various educational stations to learn about the benefits of trees and forests and the forestry profession.

Educational Stations Include: Tree and Wildlife Identification, Forest Products and Sustainability, Managing a Georgia Forest: Silvicultural Basics, Forest Health, Forest Fire Fighting: Prescribed Burning, Maps and Safety, Urban Forestry, Tree Climbing and Careers in Forestry.

This event is funded by various corporate sponsors and relies heavily on volunteer support from professional foresters, educators, nonprofits and federal, state and local government employees. (SEE LIST BELOW)

A Walk in the Forest for Metro Atlanta Scouts received a prestigious 1st Place National Recognition Award from The House Society of Delegates of the Society of American Foresters, Nov. 2011.

Event Details:

  • Register Here: 2017 Walk in the Forest
  • Event gates open at 8 a.m. but the event does not start until 9 a.m. You may arrive early and register, but please be prepared to wait until the 9 a.m. start time. Coffee/breakfast is not provided and there are no vendors on-site.
  • The Stone Mountain Education Annex is located just outside the west gate entrance to Stone Mountain Park at 6826 James B. Rivers/Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083. You do not need to enter the park.
  • Check-in (8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)
  • Scouts should register as a part of a troop/pack. A parent can complete the registration form, or a leader can register a whole group at one time. If a Scout wants to attend on their own without the rest of their troop, they will be grouped with another troop, and they must be supervised.
  • All scouts must be accompanied by a Scoutmaster/troop leader/adult to supervise through various stations. Please do not register a Scout without a Leader to accompany them.
  • Clipboards, worksheets and lunch are provided.
  • Lunch includes a deli sandwich, cookie and soft drink and/or water. This is not a peanut-free event. Please bring a picnic blanket and your own seating.
  • Chairs will not be provided at each station but please feel free to bring your own.
  • This event is for Cadette Girl Scouts only. Due to the specific badge work, Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts are not eligible.
  • By your group’s registration and attendance at this event, you consent to the use of any photos taken for promotional purposes.
  • Questions? Email: safwalkintheforest@gmail.com
  • The event will be held rain or shine!
  • We will make every allowance possible to make this event handicap accessible.

Boy Scout Forestry Merit Badge work: Each Boy Scout is expected to have read the Forestry Merit Badge (4. a.,b.,c.,d.,e) and (5. a) will not be covered at this event. Contact information can be provided to help fulfill these requirements.

Thanks to our sponsors and our partners:

Society of American Foresters – Chattahoochee Chapter

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Forest Investment Associates

Georgia Forestry Commission

Downey Trees Inc.

Stone Mountain Memorial Association

Tree ID with Girl Scouts

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by Tim Womick

Today’s (Wed., Feb. 19th) Georgia Arbor Day Tour 2014 audiences were as different as can be.

I could see Ebenezer Baptist Church from where I parked at the first school.

Later, east of Stone Mountain, I spoke with the Future Farmers of America at a middle school where it was “camo-day”.

Talk about one end to the other demographics.

It matters not whom I address my message is generally the same…Trees are wondrous things that supply us with an incredible array of resources we’d be hard-pressed to live without. (Often show vocabulary and subject approach differ vastly.)

At both schools they learned not only that trees clean impurities out of our air but that during a 24 hour period we inhale approximately 24 thousand breaths of oxygen.

They heard that cellulose is the most abundant organic material on the planet and it is used in many ways…from thickening the foods we eat and drink to being turned into fabric we wear.

Both groups shouted back to me “Radiant energy”, “chloroplasts”, “critical root zone”, “root hairs”, “water”, “essential elements” as we discussed photosynthesis.

They learned that it is OK to cut a tree down and that folks remove trees for many reasons… pests, construction and old age.

They also learned that the trees in the forests have their roles to play but the ones where we live…around our homes and schools, in our parks and outside of the places we worship in are all vital.

Some of the kids picked at each performance froze when they found themselves in front of the audience. Others exhibited natural performance skills and relished the attention.

Really, after all, the students at the two different schools were more alike than not. All lived in Georgia, attended public schools and loved to laugh.

I guess that’s the way it is all over the world, we’re more alike than not and we all need trees.

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by Tim Womick

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My Granny Hodges always loved the opportunity to smilingly say, “That sure was a long slide for a short climb”.

Today’s Georgia Arbor Day 2014 celebration at Atlanta’s Wesley International Academy was just that for more reasons than the 250 fourth graders in the studio audience.

The Georgia Forestry Commission teamed up with the state’s schools and presented a very special statewide webcast devoted to the many benefits and joys of trees.

Opening this first-of-a kind event was Governor Nathan Deal via a pre-recorded video who shared among other tree facts that, “Two out of three raindrops that fall in Georgia fall in forestland.” That’s a lot of trees!

State Forester Robert Farris, there in person, spoke from his heart about trees and Arbor Day’s history. (Folk in GA have been celebrating since 1890.) He also introduced me!

As always, the show’s rhythm was fast-paced and before the students knew it they were booing “particulate pollution” and applauding Georgia’s trees.

The big takeaway from this for students across Georgia was hearing about an incredible Artwork & Slogan Contest held by the Georgia Forestry Foundation to “express the value of our sustainable working forests and what they mean to you”. Two lucky entries 1-5th through 8th grade and 1-9th through 12th grade will be awarded prizes valued up to $35,000! ($15,000 cash goes to the school, $2,500 cash goes to student!)

Entry deadline is April 30 so get busy! Details at: http://www.forestry4rfuture.org

Winners’ artwork and slogan will appear on places like the sides of semi trailers, billboards and T-shirts. Get busy and see what kind of $35,000 “long slide for a short climb” being creative about Georgia’s sustainable working forests can be for you!

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On Thursday, February 20, Georgia students have an opportunity to experience a first-of-its kind event that will have them learning, laughing, and loving the natural resources around them like never before! The Georgia Forestry Commission is teaming up with the state’s schools on Georgia’s Arbor Day to present a very special webcast devoted to the many benefits and joys of trees.

Did you know that two out of every three raindrops that fall in Georgia fall on forestland? Or that Georgia forests provide billions of dollars’ worth of ecosystem services to our state with no direct costs? Those are just some of the facts that make our forests so spectacular and contribute to Georgia’s ranking as a national leader in forestry. They’re also great reasons to help kids understand the value of conserving our forestland.

The webcast on February 20, from 10:00 am to 11:15 am will feature “edu-tainer” Tim Womick and his “Trail of Trees” production. Womick is a trained performer who became captivated by the importance of trees on Earth Day, 1990. He has been engaging audiences ever since with his creative presentations focusing on the importance of trees and environmental stewardship. Children and adults alike rave about Womick’s message, and a special tree-planting ceremony is often held immediately following his performances. Your school also has the opportunity to schedule a Georgia Forestry Commission-hosted tree planting event following the webcast.
Interested? We thought so!

It’s easy to take part in this special event. Just RSVP to Wendy Burnett (email wburnett@gfc.state.ga.us) by February 12. We will then send you more detailed instructions, including the web address, to join the webcast and to schedule a tree-planting ceremony at your school.

Thank you for your consideration, and Happy Georgia Arbor Day!

RSVP Information
School Name:
Contact Person:
Email Address:
School Address:
Web Address:
Do you use social media? If so, which ones and how can we find you?
Would you like to schedule a tree planting at your school after the program?

By participating in GFC’s virtual Arbor Day celebration, you agree to allow GFC to invite your local county government officials, legislators and media to join you at the celebration.

GFC encourages you to use the hashtag #GAArborDay when posting about this event on your social media.

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The Georgia Forestry Commission’s grant program, Making the Shade, provides trees for playgrounds in elementary schools all around Georgia.

Trees have many benefits on playgrounds including providing shade for children and helping to protect them from sunburn. Trees also lower the overall temperature of the playground. 

At Cooper Elementary School, Darcie Scales, an Ambassador Girl Scout, is managing the Making the Shade project for her Gold Award. A Girl Scout Gold Award is the equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Award where the girl needs to serve 80 hours to complete the service project she chooses.

Cooper Elementary is the first school in Gwinnett County to go through with the Making the Shade grant. The principal, Dr. Donna Bishop, the PTA, and Darcie have worked together to plant 34 trees on the playground. The planting day was on November 10th. There were over 100 volunteers that came out to successfully plant all the trees. There are six different species planted on the playground. They are Nuttall oaks, October Glory maples, Swamp White oaks, Autumn Blaze maples, Frontier elms, and London Planetrees.

Each class at Cooper has adopted a tree and will water the tree once a week. During school breaks, Darcie will water all the trees to keep them growing and healthy. Darcie will also be going in to the 5th grade classes to teach the kids more about the trees and the benefits. So far, the Making the Shade program at Cooper Elementary has been a success.


 Before                                                                  After

(This article was written by Darcie Scales. Thanks for a a great project, Darcie, and congratulations on working toward your Gold Award.)

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Trees help to soothe our spirits.  With more trees being cut down, humans will lose the connection with nature that decreases physical, psychological, and social breakdowns.  Instead, crime rates, abuse, and social isolation will rise.

Trees provide a healing power.  Studies show hospital rooms with visible trees outside have patients with a faster recovery rate and fewer pain medicines.  Children with ADHD have been shown to function for effectively after activities among plants rather than activities indoors.  Nature gives our voluntary attention a rest by drawing our involuntary attention.

Trees also boast communal power.  Places with many flowers and trees often become focal points for neighborhoods, with parents bringing children to play and others taking walks for exercise.  Nature provides a way to create relationships and strengthen existing ones.

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Have you seen “The Lorax” yet? Here’s a resource to help get kids outside this spring to Discover the Forest.

In an effort to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and reconnect with nature, the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council today announced in Dec. 2011 that they joined Universal Pictures to launch a series of public service advertisements featuring characters and footage from Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming 3D-CG feature Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.

Initially launched in 2009, the Discover the Forest campaign aims to encourage children and their families to get outside and experience the many benefits of nature. The goal of the campaign is to instill a life-long love for nature in children. Created pro bono by Universal Pictures, the new English and Spanish television, radio and outdoor PSAs feature the Lorax, a symbol of forest conservation, to encourage children to explore and enjoy nature everywhere and become lifelong stewards of the forest and its beauty.

More than 245 million Americans live within 100 miles from a national forest or grassland. However, children in the U.S. spend fifty percent less time outdoors than they did twenty years ago, according to the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Research shows that children who play outside have lower stress levels and more active imaginations, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future.

“If the parents or family members can help in getting them there, we promise to provide children with some of the most beautiful natural playgrounds you’ll find anywhere,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “Our nation’s forests and grasslands offer kids adventure and exercise while instilling a lifelong appreciation for our great outdoors. We’re confident that the Lorax will help bring many new faces into our forest.”

All of the PSAs encourage children and their parents to visit www.DiscoverTheForest.org (or www.DescubreElBosque.org) where they can find ideas for outdoor activities, an interactive map tool — powered by Google and Nature Find™ — that enables users to search for nearby forests and parks, as well as downloadable activities for them to print and take with them when they visit.

“These new PSAs and campaign materials are a wonderful extension of our efforts with the U.S. Forest Service to motivate children to spend more time outdoors,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We are grateful to Universal Pictures for partnering with us on this clever and fun campaign to encourage children and families to discover the joys of nature.”

The Ad Council and the Forest Service will promote the new PSAs through a multifaceted social media effort on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Visit the campaign’s online communities at facebook.com/DiscoverTheForest, YouTube.com/DiscoverTheForest and twitter.com/cheecker.

The new PSAs are in addition to the campaign’s current parent-targeted ads, which encourage families to “un-plug” and experience the forest, and are being distributed to approximately 33,000 media outlets nationwide. Per the Ad Council’s model, all of the ads will air and run in advertising time and space donated by the media. Since the campaign’s inception, media outlets have donated more than $48.6 million in time and space for the campaign.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he discovers the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Danny DeVito lends his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms voices the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams.

USDA Forest Service Press Release: http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2011/releases/12/lorax.shtml

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