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From: Shawn Collins <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 9:16 AM
Subject: Barry Please Send to your Teachers Appling Co, OWR, Forestry Field Day's Registration needed by Friday, March 15
To: Barry Norris <[log in to unmask]>

Registration is Now Open:

What:  Appling Co. Forestry Field Day 

*Field day will include both junior and senior events

When: Tuesday, March 26

What Time: 1:00p check-in; 1:45p start

Location: APPLING COUNTY FORESTRY UNIT 4309 Hatch Pkwy South Baxley , GA 31513


Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15

Registration Link:

Appling County FFD Registration

What:  Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge Forestry Field Day 

*Field day will include both junior and senior events

When: Thursday, March 28

What Time: 9:15a check-in;  10:15a start

Location: OKEFENOKEE WILDLIFE REFUGE 2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537

Please see attachment for after the field day fun that can also include: 

Okefenokee Adventures has again offered to provide a 1 hour boat tour for $5.00 per person but seating will be limited.  Owner Joy Campbell asks that the teachers call 1 week ahead, which would be Thurs. March 21 to schedule their tour.  Okefenokee Adventures phone number is 912-496-7156.  When they make the call, have them state that they are part of the Forestry Field Day group so Joy will know to schedule the tour in the 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm time slot. 


Option 1 (1-2 hours) – Visitor Center Vicinity


Boat Tour:  Take a 1 hour guided boat tour into the interior of the Okefenokee.  Boats will leave at 12:00 and 1:00.  The cost will be $5.00 per student and seating is very limited.  You will need to make reservations by Thursday, March 21.  To make reservations, contact Okefenokee Adventures at 912-496-7156 and tell them that you are with the Forestry Field Day group. 


 Canal Diggers Trail:  This trail starts at the corner of the picnic area.  Walk the 3/4 mile trail to view the remnants of the Suwannee Canal, dug in the late 1800’s in hopes of draining the swamp. Once you cross the Wildlife Drive, the trail loops through the longleaf pine forest. 


 Cane Pole Trail:  This trail leaves from the western edge of the parking lot and extends to the observation deck overlooking Mizell Prairie, only ¼ mile away.  This trail will take you along the Suwannee Canal.


Visitor Center: Explore the Visitor Center, the bookstore and watch the award winning 15-minute film on the Okefenokee Swamp.


Archery: An archery venue that you can walk up to and shoot. Refuge staff will be available to provide safety information and instructions.


 Herpetology Table: The Orianne Society will have a table with several different species of reptiles and amphibians that depend on the Longleaf Pine ecosystem.  Stop by to learn some interesting facts about herpetology.


 Fishing Demonstration: At the boat basin, fisheries biologists from GA-DNR will go over fishing equipment and give pointers with a fishing demonstration.  Poles and bait will be available. 


Tree Climbing:  Learn first-hand from one of Okefenokee’s wildlife biologists how to climb a tree when working with red-cockaded woodpeckers.


Option 2 (2 hours) – Chesser Island Vicinity


Chesser Island Homestead:  Travel by bus down the 4.5 mile Swamp Island Drive to the Chesser Island Homestead and tour the historic home site to learn how “Swampers” use to live. A guide will tell you about life on Chesser Island in the early 1900s.


Boardwalk:  Travel by bus down the 4.5-mile Swamp Island Drive
to our ¾-mile Boardwalk that takes you from the uplands to the open marsh areas of the Okefenokee Swamp and ends at the Owl’s Roost Observation Tower overlooking Seagrove Lake.  



Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15

Registration Link:

Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge FFD


Tuesday,  March 26             Appling County        

Thursday, March 28            Okefenokee                                     

Shawn S. Collins
South Region Agriculture Education
Forestry & Natural Resources/Region Agriculture Teacher
South Region Agriculture Education
2802 Moore Hwy
Tifton, GA 31793

Office: 229-386-3198
Fax:    229-386-3457
Truck:  229-891-4330

Barry Norris

Cell - 478-290-5821
Forestry Teacher
Central Region Agriculture Education
101 North Main Street
Swainsboro, GA 30401