Members Only: George L. Smith Paddle

This is a lower/middle  watershed paddle at George L. Smith State Park. This paddle is beginner-friendly but you must know how to swim. The guided tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and will do two separate loops in opposite directions, stopping back at the same boat ramp for a picnic lunch break. Paddling will be finished by about 2 p.m.

This event is free to Members but attendees should bring their own lunch and water. The state park requires a $5 parking pass for each vehicle. Pre-registration is required. Paddlers who show up without pre-registering will not be able to join the event.

Participants can bring their own gear and vessels, or rent from Mill Pond Kayak. Single kayaks are limited with some tandem available: $25 for single kayaks or $40 for tandems. Please contact Mill Pond Kayak directly for gear reservations.

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Meeting Location within George L. Smith State Park
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Members Only: Botany & Brews with Savannah Tree Foundation

Savannah Tree Foundation and ORK will host a tree walk at Skidaway Island State Park. Sydney Young will lead a guided tour of tree species found throughout the park with an emphasis on their importance to our watershed’s health. 

The walk will be followed with an optional get-together at Village Bar and Grille, just outside the park entrance.

The walk will take place outdoors on paths with some uneven ground. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Restrooms and refreshments are available at the Visitor Center.


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This event is free to members, however there is a $5/car entrance fee at the park. You can purchase this online or at the park. Annual passes are also available. A limited number of state park passes are also available to borrow for free through Live Oak Public Libraries

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Sydney Young is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola University New Orleans, she completed an ecology assistantship that centered around the Clarks Hill Lakes near Augusta, Georgia. 

Afterwards, she worked at the Southern Environmental Law Center as a legal assistant before deciding to pursue a Master of Forestry degree at the University of Maine. There, she conducted an urban ash street tree study and created an emerald ash borer preparedness plan for the Town of Orono. She was recently the Urban Forestry Field Manager at the Savannah Tree Foundation. Sydney just accepted a new post working with GIS in the county office.

Now she is happily back in the South, ready to share and learn tree skills with the community!

Members Only: Birding Walk with Ogeechee Audubon

This event is available only to current members of Ogeechee Riverkeeper.

Register here. Membership status will be verified. 

This event will be limited to 15 participants. Please alert ORK if you register but need to cancel so your spot can be offered to another birder.

Ogeechee Audubon’s birding expert & Ogeechee Riverkeeper’s Damon Mullis will co-lead a beginning birding walk on Saturday, August 28, 8-10 a.m. at the Chatham County Wetlands Preserve, on the banks of the Ogeechee River.

Guests will learn to identify wading birds, raptors, woodpeckers, other late summer resident birds.

Trip Rigor: Easy, with paved path and varied terrain. Estimated walking distance 2 miles. ADA accessible; no public restrooms on site. Loaner binoculars will be available.

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*All participants will be required to adhere to all COVID-19 mandates and protocols in effect at the time of the event.

Members Only: Paddle Trip at George Smith State Park

You must be a current member of Ogeechee Riverkeeper to participate in this event. 

Registration is closed.

Guests will paddle a total of about four miles on the 412-acre mill pond, with views of the circa 1880 mill house as well as a trek on some more challenging ‘pinball’ trails through the cypress trees. 

The guided tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and will do two separate loops in opposite directions, stopping back at the same boat ramp for a picnic lunch break. Paddling will be finished by about 2 p.m.

The state park requires a $5 parking pass for each vehicle. Guests are welcome to bring their own canoe or kayak. A limited number of kayaks are available to rent from Mill Pond Kayak. 

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*All participants will be required to adhere to all COVID-19 mandates and protocols in effect at the time of the event.