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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.

Haunted Forest Update

Sorry, for any confusion but the Haunted Forest will be canceled tonight. Due to the amount of standing water on the trails, it is unsafe to run generators and power lights.

We apologize for the inconvenience but we must make the safety of our volunteers and guests a top priority.

 

 

Winter Hours

Beginning November 6th The Interpretive Center will be open from 10 am to 2 pm Monday thru Saturday.

Winter hours will last until after the New Year’s holiday.

Final Registration Call For 2017 Explorer Camp

Final camper Registrations are now due for the final week of Graham Creek Preserve’s popular Explorer Camp. The week long day camp is for children ages 4-8, who enjoy a half-day (8 am-12 noon) of fun nature and environmental orientation and learning. Dates for the final camp week of 2017 are June 26-30. Cost is $50 per camper. Limited camper spots remain. See the flyer below for further information. (Click image to enlarge) Scroll down for link to PDF registration forms.

Download, print and mail registration form with a check made out to the City of Foley. Mail to ATTN Explorer Camp, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley AL 36535. Click Link below for forms.

new explorer camp registration

 

 

Creek Crawl 2017 At Graham Creek Preserve

The date for Graham Creek Preserve’s popular Creek Crawl obstacle run for 2017 is set for Nov. 18.
Participants crawl, climb and run their way through our 400 acres of trails on this 4 mile Obstacle Race. Don’t be afraid of getting a little muddy!
The race will be a cross country challenge, with 12+ obstacles to challenge you. Participation is limited to ages 10 and up. There will be guaranteed shirts for the first 100 registered racers. Runners will receive water, a beer if over 21 with an approved ID, and a meal post-race as the DJ plays music. Awards will be given for top three male and female runners. All proceeds benefit the educational programs at Graham Creek Nature Preserve.
Races will begin at 8:00 am. Heats will be started every 10 minutes with 50 racers per heat. Water stations will be located at two places along course. Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to race for final instructions. Do be prepared to get wet and muddy! Outside showers are available, as well as hoses, for post-race cleanup.

Event parking is free. Food and drink tickets will be redeemable starting at 9:30 am. Awards will begin at 10:30 am. No outside alcohol is permitted in the park. Participation packet pickup will be at Sports N More on Hwy 59 south of County Road 12 on Friday (Nov. 17) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Race registration cost is now open, at $35 per runner. Information and sign up at at www.Active.com

Email Leslie Gahagan at lgahagan@cityoffoley.org for more details and hotel information.

 

Pioneer Camp dates set for June 19-23

Pioneer Camp week is June 19-23, 2017. This exciting exploration and educational camp includes hiking, archery, nature photography, geocaching, field observations, conservation projects, disc golf and much more. Pioneer Camp is limited to 30 participants. Registration deadline is June 12.

Camp hours are 8 am – 5 pm daily. Registration fee is $100 per camper, which includes a Pioneer Camp t-shirt and disc set. See flyer below for further details and contact information for questions and registrations.

Volunteer at Graham Creek Preserve

April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week. Graham Creek Nature Preserve can always use volunteers for a wide variety of duties. Whether assisting with our Children’s learning programs, Special Events at the Preserve or trail clearing . . . if you love the outdoors, nature and environment, consider joining our volunteer corps.

We appreciate youth volunteers, as well as adults, though we generally require volunteers under age 14 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

One task where help is always needed is our annual invasive plant removal. These dates occur in the Fall months, with dates to be announced for 2017. This work is physical in nature, so volunteers should consider taking part in this activity accordingly.
Among the Special Events always in need of volunteers during our busy Fall season:
 • Oct 7th Baldwin and Mobile County Cross Country Championships (8am-noon).
Volunteers needed to help with pointing runners in the correct direction along 5k course and 2 mile course.
 • Oct 20-21, 27-28 Graham Creek’s Haunted Forest (5pm-10:30pm)
Volunteers needed to be “actors” along the trail to scare visitors. Actors will come in about a week before the event to get their character assignments and instructions to loosely follow a “script” — but there’s a lot of ad-lib. It’s terrifyingly terrific fun!
 • Oct 21 Pumpkin Play Day children’s event (10am-noon)
Volunteers placed at different stations in outdoor classroom to hand out prizes and candy to Preserve trick-or-treaters.
 • Nov 18th Creek Crawl Obstacle Race (7am-noon)
Volunteers needed to help runners stay on course during 5K trail run and to be safe on multiple obstacles; also help at finish line and water stations. Free T-shirts for volunteers at this event.
For information about any volunteer opportunities at Graham Creek, please contact our main office at (251) 923-GCNP (4267) or email jmcgonigal@cityoffoley.org

 

Explorer Camp

Explorer Camp is our eco-exploration day camp designed for children age 4-8. 2017 dates include two camp weeks: June 12-16 and again June 26-30. The fun-filled learning activities include nature tours, crafts, story time, games and much more! Camp hours are 8 am to noon daily. Total cost is $50 per camper, which includes Explorer Camp t-shirt. See flyer below for additional information, contact and registration details.

Explorer Camp Flyer Image