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Dunwoody Nature Center begins leadership program

Dunwoody Nature Center begins leadership program

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Nature Center is accepting applications from high school students who wish to join its Leadership-in-Training and Environmental Stewardship (LITES) program.

LITES will following a nationally-recognized curriculum that teaches rising 9th through 12th graders about solving environmental problems.

Campers will focus on character, teamwork and leadership as they develop a lifelong commitment to nature and the environment. By the end of the LITES program, they should be able to identify problems, pick out available resources and create strategies to solve them.

The LITES program is accepting 16 high schoolers for a session held the week of June 10. The cost is $75 per camper. Visit dunwoodynature.org for more information.

Nature center registering for classes, clubs

Nature center registering for classes, clubs

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Nature Center is now signing up children for its winter classes and nature clubs, which begin Jan. 14.

Class topics range from Mommy, Me and Nature (designed for children up to age 3), Nature Detectives (a learning adventure for students in grades kindergarten through 2) and Animals have Class (for homeschooled elementary schoolers).

Learn more and register for classes at dunwoodynature.org.

The Dunwoody Nature Center is located at 5343 Roberts Drive.

Macon welcomes GreenTec Homes' contributions to 'New Urbanism' initiatives

Macon welcomes GreenTec Homes' contributions to 'New Urbanism' initiatives

MACON, Ga. -- Recently, Atlanta-based GreenTec Homes, Inc. launched a “New Urbanism” initiative with a hard hat walk-through and reception in Historic Macon, Georgia. After the reception, the company principals presented a donation of Christmas ornaments made by local elementary students at Macon’s Rice Elementary School to the Ronald McDonald House Charity in downtown Macon.

This event introduced GreenTec Homes to the local community, and answered all questions from the local community about the collaboration between GreenTec Homes, the City of Macon, Historic Macon, the Macon Housing Authority, and Mercer University. GreenTec Homes entered this partnership in order to help achieve the new walk-able urban initiative, or “New Urbanism” goals set forth by the City of Macon.

FMSA Takes World Water Monitoring Challenge

FMSA Takes World Water Monitoring Challenge

ATLANTA -- Fourteen students, ages 7 - 11, from First Montessori School of Atlanta, recently participated in the World Water Monitoring Challenge™ at The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Preserve in the City of Sandy Springs. WWMC is an international education and outreach program that encourages people of all ages to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

Centennial High School Gets New Pergola

Centennial High School Gets New Pergola

The Environmental Club at Centennial High School started a campus garden and outdoor learning area five years ago. "The Rock Garden" is named for two large boulders in the area. Thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the students, the grassy area has grown to include nine raised vegetable beds, fruit trees and shrubs.

Michael Joseph, a project manager with MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], recently volunteered his time and expertise to help build an attractive pergola to mark the entrance to The Rock Garden. MOSAIC Group also provided supplies for the construction project.

The nearly 50 students who are members of the Environmental Club raised funds from paint recycling events to purchase the Lawn Master do-it-yourself kit from Home Depot.

Centennial High School is located off Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. The club sponsor is Julie Burroughs, a math/TAG teacher. Additional assistance is provided by Anne Kennedy, a master gardener and parent volunteer.

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Georgians for Pastured Poultry (GPP), an alliance that is promoting the use of high-welfare, pasture raised poultry in Georgia, has created Pastured Poultry Week to take place Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17, 2012.

As part of this annual event, Atlanta restaurants will help spread the word about the many virtues of pastured poultry – its superior taste, the natural life of the chickens, and the positive impact on both human health and the health of the environment – by serving it on their menus every day during this designated week. Additionally, chef demonstrations at local farmers markets throughout the spring and summer will educate consumers on ways to prepare pastured poultry in order to continue raising awareness.

Participating restaurants include:

FMSA Helps Community Recycle

FMSA Helps Community Recycle

First Montessori School of Atlanta successfully partnered with Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful and the City of Sandy Springs on an Electronics Recycling Event. Local residents dropped off computers, radios, monitors and other electronic equipment.

FMSA students who participated in the recycling effort included Erin Lemmon, daughter of Tim and Lori Lemmon of Roswell; Emma Bulthuis, daughter of John and Christine Bulthuis of Marietta; and Nic Stacholy, son of Jan and Lisa Stacholy of Dunwoody.