Across America, public land managers and supporting volunteer groups such as the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites will sponsor volunteer clean-up work projects and open house visits on ‘your ‘ sites and parks.
New Echota’s New Town Creek Trail will be the location of a volunteer work project on this special day and individuals, families and groups such as Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops are encouraged to participate by calling the site office at 706-624-1321 to register. In addition, admission fees at Georgia’s State Historic Sites, including New Echota, and parking fees at Georgia’s State Parks will not be charged for visitors throughout the day.
Celebrating its 50th Golden Anniversary of operation this year, many visitors are getting to know New Echota for more than its historical importance.
With over 200 acres and several trails, wildlife observation, walking, running and other activities are enjoyed more and more these days by visitors. The trails provide wildlife observation opportunities along creeks and a beaver pond.
Many birders enjoy New Echota’s location along the river corridor, as the site provides excellent opportunities for birding. Both year round resident birds and seasonal spring and fall migrants are observed regularly and the mostly flat terrain makes for an excellent walking and running environment for exercise enthusiast.
“We’ll be working with the volunteers on opening up a couple of viewing areas around the beaver pond and on New Town Creek on this special project day”, said Site Manager David Gomez.
Participation in the volunteer projects being planned at the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is encouraged, however, visitors may visit and tour the site for free without having participated in the volunteer trail project.
Admission fees are being waived on this special public appreciation day thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and representatives of the Friends of New Echota Historic Site chapter will be on hand to explain the benefits and opportunities of volunteering at New Echota.