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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

Email Leslie Gahagan at 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


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.

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Nature Center Closings

The Interpretive Center at Graham Creek Preserve, including our Nature Center, will be closed for Easter holiday on April 8th, and April 14th & 15th. Other outdoor access and recreation areas throughout the Preserve remain open daily throughout the Holiday period.

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at Graham Creek Nature Preserve

Earth Day 2017Foley, Alabama — Earth Day 2017 will be commemorated Saturday, April 22 at Graham Creek Nature Preserve, with a wide variety of activities. All activities are FREE to the public. The event is presented by the City of Foley Environmental Department.

The annual Eco-Expo will take place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ facility. Exhibits will include local grassroots organizations, food growers, educators, outdoor recreation & adventure guides and more.

A special Earth Day Observe & Explore Day will begin at 10:30 am, with activities for children. Included will be crafts, games, story time, tours of the Interpretive Center and wagon rides to the pitcher plant bog.

For exhibitor registrations or other questions contact Jackie McGonigal: 251-923-GCNP

(Click on the event flyer below to enlarge)

Earth Day Flyer


ASA Archery Extends Alabama Pro/Am Tournament For Five Year Run In Foley AL

_DBS6105-L   FOLEY, Ala — Following the organization’s most successful tournament event in history with its inaugural 2016 edition in the City of Foley, ASA Archery has signed an extension to keep the Alabama Pro/Am at that location for the next five years.

   ASA is the national Archery Shooters Association, which stages an annual tour of six major tournaments across the country.

   The woodland venue at the City of Foley’s Graham Creek Nature Preserve drew the largest field of competitors in ASA’s records, attracting 1,927 registered archery shooters. Visitors were on hand from at least 30 U.S. states and as far away as Great Britain.

   Tournament planners and co-hosts were Foley Sports Tourism, whose mega-facility tournament complex of outdoor sports fields is located a short distance up Foley Beach Express from Graham Creek Preserve. The Foley Sports Tourism Complex is set to officially open over Memorial Day weekend with a major youth soccer tournament.

   The four-day ASA tournament in Foley took place Feb. 25-28 (2016). Tournament officials, event sponsors, vendors and participants began arriving early that week. Many competitors wanted a few days before the tournament to check out the archery ranges and the park setup.

News2 copy   It was evident early on that registration for the Graham Creek event may push ASA’s all-time record. By the weekend, it was apparent that both the organizers and participants loved the  experience in Foley and would be interested in making the venue an annual Pro/Am tour stop. ASA President Mike Tyrell said during the event, “This is the best tournament we’ve ever had. (Foley Sports Tourism Director) Don Staley and (Graham Creek Preserve Manager) Leslie Gahagan are the most professional and prepared on-site managers we’ve ever dealt with.”

   Staley said, “We’re thrilled to have ASA back here for an extended run of their Pro/Am event. Foley’s very first tournament of this sort was a tremendous success for us, and for them. To see the friendly interaction of these athletes and families, in our restaurants, hotels and stores all over town, was just as gratifying as the record-setting Pro/Am turnout.”

ASA ProAm 2.27 - Stancil-5680-L   “Naturally, there is always a learning curve for a few improvements and tweaks with any first-time event,” Staley added. “We expect the event to maintain this level of success, if not even grow, over these upcoming five years.”

   Estimated economic impact in the region was projected at $2.1 million, which city officials feel certain was surpassed with this first-time event for Foley. Tournament traffic brought brisk lodging business during an otherwise sleepy “offseason” week in February. From vacation rentals at the beach to Foley’s hotels, occupancy increases were notable.

   The retail impact was equally felt. From overflow crowds at area restaurants to family shopping at Tanger Outlets to lines for boot purchases at Foley’s Mossy Oak store, the record tournament turnout boosted commerce throughout the area.

   Restaurant owner Char Haber of Foley’s Wolf Bay Lodge said, “We saw the impact start early in the week as the archers were arriving with their families. We saw overflow restaurant traffic here through that weekend. And what a nice group of friendly folks they all were. We’re glad to have them all back here in Foley for another five years.”

   Foley Mayor John Koniar echoed the sentiment about welcoming back the participants and families. “We are very excited to have the ASA Archery tourney returning to Foley. They  brought high quality people to our area to enjoy our facilities. With ages ranging from eight to eighty, and with international participants, they were a pleasure to host,” said Mayor Koniar.

 GCNP  Gahagan, who serves as the city’s Environmental Manager as well as manager of the 500-acre Graham Creek Preserve, said, “ASA brought an amazing tournament to Foley. We are very excited to bring the tournament back for five more years. Archers enjoyed the facilities at Graham Creek, even with some mud. Next year we anticipate an even better tournament due to the completion of the Interpretive Center and completion of the new Philomene Holmes Blvd. access to the facility.”

   ASA will finalize dates for the 2017 Alabama Pro/Am in Foley at the conclusion of this tournament season late this summer.

Find Related Article With Full Coverage Of 2016 Event HERE

Earth Day 2016 At Graham Creek Nature Preserve

Earth Day Scramble & Environmental Expo


In celebration of Earth Day 2016 on April 16 Graham Creek Nature Preserve will be holding our Earth Day Scramble race and Outdoor Environmental Expo. The Scramble starts at 9:00 am, the Eco-Expo at 10:00 am.

The Scramble race is a fun, unique race for all ages and fitness levels. Teams of three must complete 12 of 14 challenges dispersed within a 2 mile area within the Preserve. The Course consists of Preserve related physical & mental challenges. Racers must strategize among their team to cross the finish line first. 

   Teams will be given a Race Packet with 14 clues, Preserve Passport with 12 stamp spaces, and a site map the day of the Scramble at the Start Line. One team member must complete each challenge to receive a stamp.

   Prizes for the Scramble race include your official Event shirt and a special color-changing cup with lemonade at the finish line for all Racers. Top 3 Teams across the Finish Line with 12 different stamps receive additional Prize Packs.

   Entry Fee is $60 per three-member team ($20 per person). Teams and individuals can register online HERE.

Participants can also Pick Up/Drop Off/Email Entry Forms to: City of Foley Environmental Department, 200 North Alston Street, Foley AL 36535.

   The Outdoors Environmental Expo will host multiple exhibitors from the south Baldwin County area and will include Environmental educators like the Master Environmental Educators in partnership with Auburn and Alabama A&M, as well as 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, grass roots organizations like Wolf Bay Watershed Watch, local food growers, outdoor recreation leaders and guides like Foley’s Disc Golf League & Foley Geocachers, and we will have some Explore and Observe activities for children.

There’s entertainment, too. Chase Wesley Brown and Friends will be playing acoustic music and Sassafrass Band will be leading some tunes for the kids.

This event is a post-race party for the Scramblers as well as a free, fun, educational event for the public. Visitors can come out to GCNP to learn about our area, the environmental issues we face, what all there is to do here to explore and appreciate the outdoors, and how to get involved in activities and volunteering if they want to.

It’s an event to bring a lawn chair or blanket with a picnic to and enjoy the (fingers crossed) sunshine and music. Join here at Graham Creek Preserve and celebrate our Earth!