Keeping it Wild’s April 2010 Earth Day Summit

Come out for an Earth Day Summit on Wednesday April 21, 2010 at 6:30p at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. The event is sponsored by Keeping it Wild and Agnes Scott College.  

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Frank Peterman, Laura Seydel, Felicia Davis (Moderator at the Summit) - KIW @ EcoManor

 Learn more at: KIW Earth Day.  

Keeping it Wild has served the community in Georgia since 2005. It was launched “by several Atlanta citizen-advocates who perceived the need to bring together members of diverse conservation communities in order to promote better stewardship for the natural lands in our area.” (keepingitwild.org) Ther goal is to connect “people to the land and to each other in order to protect and restore the natural and wildlands of Georgia and the Southeast.” (keepingitwild.org)   

Check out Audrey Peterman in red and KIW’s service with the community in the outdoors:  

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KIW has been good to me over the years. It’s been a great experience participating in their outdoor outings. When I first moved to Atlanta back in 2005, they were one of the first organizations I connected with in the area. I didn’t know many people but still wanted to get out hiking while feeling safe with a good group of people. I have gone to Sweetwater Creek State Park and Cascade Springs Nature Preserve with them and enjoyed every minute of my time on the hikes.

 On behalf of KIW, I invite you to their Earth Day Summit and their outings! 

  

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Hiking: Not That Complicated

I have been hiking on easy to moderate trails for about twenty years now. I started hiking in the Atlanta area by myself until my mother and brother made me promise to stop going out alone. I’ve hiked in Malibu, California, Washington, D.C., and Upstate New York.

If you plan to stick to easy trails, well any trails, find a friend to go along with you. There are also organizations like the Sierra Club that do hiking outings. They even organize nature trips for youth. I get email updates from Keeping it Wild, a multicultural environmental non-profit for outings and an alternative to the larger mainstream organizations. You get to hike in a group and meet new people! I’ve gone on several hikes including Sweetwater Creek and Cascade Park in the Atlanta Metro area.

To hike on easy trails all you will need are:

  • Sturdy comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes/boots
  • A knapsack
  • Water
  • Nutritious snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Cell Phone

Also consider bringing (optional):

  • A Camera – for the memories
  • Binoculars – closeups on birds, animals and plants
  • Hiking pole – more for moderate to difficult hikes
  • Rain resistant jacket or poncho – a sudden storm can catch you unawares
  • A little first aid kit – if someone suffers a minor injury
  • A whistle – if you get lost
  • Toilet paper – sometimes you find empty rolls in park bathrooms!

For cold days consider: a cap, gloves, and wool socks. I’m looking to purchasing some of this items in material that wicks perspiration.

I like REI when shopping for some items. The staff is kind to someone like me who often walks in with newbie duh questions!

Please do stretch before and after hiking to avoid and diminish injuries to the muscles.

ENJOY YOUR FIRST/NEXT HIKE!