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18th Annual Wetlands & Watershed Festival Takes Place October 7

Sep 14, 2017 by Suzanne Brown

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Clayton County Water Authority’s 18th annual Wetlands & Watershed Festival will be held Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Newman Wetlands Center in Hampton. This free festival gives visitors of all ages the chance to learn about our environment and the importance of protecting our watershed while enjoying fun activities. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Visitors will enjoy wetlands and watershed activities, live animal exhibits, storytelling, nature crafts for children, face painting, a scavenger hunt along the wetlands trail, guided wetlands walks and other activities.

According to CCWA’s Senior Conservationist, Danielle Bunch, the annual festival is the Authority’s largest public education event with a focus on educating visitors of all ages about wetlands, our watershed, and the role of people within our watershed.

“Our annual festival gives visitors the chance to gain a better understanding about what we do and why we are here,” Bunch adds.

Exhibitors include: Tara Beekeeping Association, Atlanta Audubon Society, Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Clayton State University – Bat Research, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Clayton County Master Gardeners Extension Volunteers, Arts Clayton, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, Dauset Trails Nature Center, and Clayton County Library.

The Newman Wetlands Center is located at 2755 Freeman Road in Hampton. The center opened in 1995 to demonstrate the importance of preserving wetland environments and to provide public education in matters of natural resource conservation. The site includes a Learning Center, two short primitive trails, and half mile handicap accessible walking trail. As part of the CCWA’s continuing commitment to the community, the Newman Wetlands Center helps provides visitors with an understanding of the crucial role that wetlands play within the watershed and the cycle of water. Visitors can stay up-to-date on activities at the center by ‘Liking’ the Newman Wetlands Center Facebook page.

To learn more about the Newman Wetlands Center, visit the Wetlands Center Page under our Recreation Tab on this website.

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