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CCWA Hosting Annual Wetlands & Watershed Festival October 6

Sep 4, 2018 by Suzanne Brown

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Clayton County Water Authority’s 19th annual Wetlands & Watershed Festival will be held on Saturday, October 6 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.

The festival features a wealth of activities for all ages to enjoy, including environmental exhibits & activities, storytelling, guided trail hikes, live animal exhibits, children’s nature crafts, wetlands scavenger hunt, and more. Many watershed and environmental groups from Georgia and the southeast also participate in the festival.

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.

Environmental exhibitors include: Arts Clayton, Finding the Flint, Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Audubon Society, City of Griffin Adopt a Stream, Clayton State University – Bats, National Resources Conservation Service, Tara Beekeepers Association, Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, Clayton County Master Gardeners Extension, Reynolds Nature Preserve and Atlanta Wildlife Center and more.

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.

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