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Graham Creek Nature Preserve Recruiting Volunteers for 5th Creek Crawl Race

Creek CrawlBe part of the action during the 5th Annual Creek Crawl Mud and Obstacle Race! The event is sponsored by the City of Foley’s Environmental Department and will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018 on the trails of Graham Creek Nature Preserve, located at 23460 Wolf Bay Drive in Foley. Volunteers need to be at the pavilion no later than 6:45 am. The first wave of racers starts at 8:10 am. Volunteers will be finished no later than 11:30 am.

The Environmental Department relies on the race entry fees to help fund the environmental education programs led at Graham Creek Nature Preserve. These educational events are offered at no cost to local schools and community groups.

On the day of the race, numerous volunteers are needed in various roles to successfully carry out this event.  In order to create a fun experience for the racers, volunteers are needed to help with day-of registrations and packet distribution, monitoring and assisting at race course obstacles, photographing the race, and cheering on and passing out waters to racers at water stations and the finish line.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact the City of Foley’s Environmental Department at Graham Creek Nature Preserve or stop by the Graham Creek Interpretive Center. Each volunteer will receive a free Creek Crawl t-shirt to wear during the race and a meal with a drink during the post-race party. Contact: Leslie Gahagan, lgahagan@cityoffoley.org, for more information.

Alabama Water Watch Workshop

Alabama Water WatchGraham Creek Nature Preserve in Foley is pleased to team up with Alabama Water Watch to host a water quality educational and training workshop at 9:00 am CDT on Thursday, August 2nd.

During the workshop, participants will test physical and chemical characteristics of our local water to identify pollution sources and long-term trends in water quality. Six variables are measured with a customized test kit, and results can be compared with water quality standards that define conditions for healthy waterbodies. The workshop will be held at the GCNP kayak launch. We will be working outside for the duration of the event, so please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, drinks and your own lunch (coolers are recommended).  Also, please wear clothing that is sweat wicking, along with a hat and sunglasses. This workshop session is scheduled from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a break for lunch.

Those interested in AWW programs can register at this link:

 http://www.alabamawaterwatch.org/training-workshops/?action=evregister&event_id=186. 

AWW

Wilderness Survival Camp July 19th and 20th

It’s not too late to register for the upcoming Wilderness Survival Camp. This camp is intended for 8th thru 12th graders. Camp participants will learn the 7 priorities of survival, and receive CPR certification. The camp will be held from 8 am to 5 pm with the option to primitive camp on the Preserve grounds. The cost is $ 100 per camper. To register or for any questions please call the Interpretive Center at 251-923-4267. Wild Camp Flyer 18

Graham Creek’s Haunted Forest 2018

Haunted ForestHaunted Forest dates for 2018 are October 19, 20, 26, 27 – Graham Creek Haunted Forest 23030 Wolf Bay Dr.- 7pm to 10pm; Admission $15; Tickets www.eventbrite.com or cash onsite; Event consists of a Guided walk along a haunted 1/4 mile forested trail.

**NOTE** Event is geared towards teens and adults, please use discretion if accompanying smaller children.

GCNP 2018 Summer Camps

Pioneer Camp

The Pioneer Camp scheduled for June 25th thru 29th is now full. Unfortunately, this camp has reached capacity and we can not accept any more campers for this session.

 

Explorer Camp

There is availability in both sessions of our Explorer Camp. If your child is planning on attending either week please send your registration in before the end of the month. Every camper receives a camp t-shirt with the price of registration. Custom tie-dying t-shirts has quickly become a favorite activity during camp and we need to have the camper’s shirt sizes prior to the start of camp.

If you have any questions please contact Angie Southern at 251-923-4267 or envoffice@cityoffoley.org

 

Memorial Day Weekend

Holiday Schedule

The Interpretive Center will be closed Saturday, May 26th, and Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day weekend. Visitors can still enjoy the park and recreational amenities from dawn to dusk daily. We will return to normal business hours Tuesday. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Community Grant Adds New Kayak Equipment At Graham Creek Preserve

Kayak Equipment

New Kayak Equipment Arrives At Graham Creek Preserve. Pictured are (L) Riviera Utilities Manager Tom DeBell and Gale Croft from South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to a community grant secured by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and Riviera Utilities, Graham Creek Nature Preserve has received its first arrival of kayak equipment permanently available at the facility. The donated paddlesports gear comprises six (6) single seat sit-on-top kayaks, with paddles and life vests. The kayaks will be utilized for scheduled field trips and guided tours.

Graham Creek Preserve’s kayak and canoe launch has long been a popular drop-in point for paddlers bringing along their own gear. Now, with the new on-site equipment, we will hope to introduce more families to the splendid experience of exploring the Nature Preserve and surroundings from the water. You can find a map of the kayak and canoe trail connecting Graham Creek Preserve and Wolf Bay Park HERE on our website. 

Our leadership team is now in discussion about hosting guided kayak tours, which would be free and on a first-come-first served reservations basis. Those guided tours will begin by the end of Summer or early Fall, so stay tuned for updates.

For any questions about the new kayak equipment or to reserve on or more future tours, please email the City of Foley Environmental Office at envoffice@cityoffoley.org.

Earth Day at Coastal Alabama Farmers & Fishermens Market

Earth DayThe City of Foley invites all to a special Earth Day observation April 21, at Coastal Alabama Farmers & Fishermens Market. Graham Creek Nature Preserve will be on  hand with displays and exhibits celebrating our natural environment and Earth Day 2018.