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40th Anniversary Event Details

Paddle for Wilderness - Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

What: Join refuge staff and volunteers at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on September 18th for a day filled with activities in recognition of National Public Lands Day and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the National Wilderness Act. Participants may choose any or all of the daylong events lasting from 8am through 7pm. Activities include service project, lunch, wilderness canoe tour, and Low Country Boil supper. The day begins with a service project from 8am until 11:30am at the historic Chesser Island Homestead. Projects include woodcutting, raking, fence repairs, and home improvement needs. Gloves and equipment will be provided. The first 20 registered participants will receive a free t-shirt and afternoon wilderness canoe tour. A free cookout lunch will be provided for volunteer helpers at the Homestead. The afternoon Paddle for Wilderness kicks off at 1pm. Join staff on a four hour guided tour through the Okefenokee National Wilderness Area to Chesser Prairie and back. Registered participants will meet at the boat launch area next to Okefenokee Adventures. Canoe rentals are available for a special price of $20, which includes the canoe rental, tour, and t-shirt. Bring your own canoe and pay $15 to cover tour cost and t-shirt. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants! This is a four-hour paddle and may be strenuous for small children. Enjoy the perfect ending for a perfect day at Okefenokee Adventures picnic area for a southern-style Low Country Boil supper from 5pm until 7pm. Price is $16 per adult and $10 for children under 10 years old. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and wear comfortable clothing. Pre-registration for all events is required by September 4th. Fees are non-refundable unless the refuge cancels the event. Refuge entrance fees are waived for service volunteers. The refuge is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Folkston, Georgia, off Highway 121/23. Contact the refuge Visitor Center at (912) 496-7836 for registration forms and additional information. Sponsored by Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Okefenokee Wildlife League, Okefenokee Adventures, and First Coast Embroidery. Space is limited so register early!
When: September 18, 2004
Where: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Contact: Shawn Gillette, Shawn_Gillette@fws.gov

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