Weekend for Rivers 2013 Agenda


8 AM - 9 AM: Registration and Breakfast

9 AM - 9:15 AM: Introduction, kickoff, and summary  of GRN’s 2012 accomplishments

9:15 AM -10:15 AM: River Cafe Conversations

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM: BREAK

Plenary Presentations, Kingfisher Hall

10:30 AM - NOON: Presentations, Kingfisher Hall

-"Getting Their Feet Wet: Paddle Georgia Youth Program"--Joey Giunta and Alicia Evans
-"River Poetry”--Keith Parsons
-"Our Common Waters"--Leigh Bost
-"Youth in the Environmental Movement"--Hasib Muhammad
-"Castor canadensis" --Dawn Ellerman
-“Swim the River”--Emily Horton

Noon - 1:00 PM: LUNCH, Served in Plaza Conference Room, eat anywhere!

TRACK 1:  Technical and Policy Track, Kingfisher Hall

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Presentations
-"Legislation on Water Issues at the 2013 GA General Assembly"--Neill Herring
-“Zen and the Art of River Mapping” --Ben Emanuel
-“The Still Evolving History of the Legal Right to Paddle Down a River”--Dan MacIntyre
-“Gaining Public Support for Protecting Water” -Luke Owen
-“Cleaning Up the Wilderness” -Jason DuPont

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: BREAK

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM: Presentations
-“A River’s Story: Reclaiming the Altamaha” -Robby Arrington
-"Etowah Water Trail"--Joe Cook
-"Politics of the Environment"--Richard Milligan
-“When a Creek Ceases to Flow, What Happens Next?”--Gordon Rogers
-“New EPD Local Wetland Protection Guidebook” -Katie Sheehan

TRACK 2: River Stories, Cowie-Weiss Auditorium

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Presentations
-"Keeping it Wild"--Erica Weaver
-“A Call to Action”--Dorinda Dallmeyer
-"Nature, Beauty & Math: Where Science and Art Meet"--Kathryn Kolb
-"A River's Education"--Ken Suttles
-"River, Wash Me Clean" --Christine Rodick
-"The Blackwater Song"--Quint Rogers

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM: BREAK

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM: Presentations
-“Amos’ Odyssey: A Journey through the Upper Coosa River Basin” -Amos Tuck
-“Protecting South Georgia Rivers” -John Quarterman
-“Adventure Races and Homemade Boats”-John Craun

-"Fishes of the Chattahoochee" --Michael Wolfe
-“Lower Flint River-Education and Recreation”-John Cassidy, Matt Hanner, Ryan Smith
-"On the Satilla in Spring Flood" --Bryan Nuse, Rick Milligan, Ben Emmanuel


Kayak Demonstration

4:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center pond

Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center will be showing off all kinds of boats on the Chattahoochee Nature Center pond.  You can stop by and try one out! Or even buy one!

Nature Center Scavenger Hunt

4:45 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Meet Ani Popp in front of the CNC Discovery Center for your mysterious instructions!

Join us for a wild goose chase around the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Hunt down clues in teams and be the first to get to the end. A fabulous prize goes to the winner!!!

Nature Meditation Sessions

Two meditation sessions are offered. Participate in one or both. The meditations are designed to be both calming and refreshing for the mind and body. The meditations are suitable for all, with a special welcome to those who have not meditated before.

Location: Plaza Conference Room
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Elements meditation: In this seated, guided meditation, we will use our senses to notice the elements of earth, air, heat, and water as they are present in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. Afterward, join us for the walking meditation, go enjoy the many other offerings, or just relax on the grounds.

5:20 PM - 6:00 PM
Walking meditation: We will take a slow, quiet walk along the trails in a contemplative mood. Attending to the senses and our movements, we will silently notice the flow of life in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. While the walk will be silent, we will have an opportunity at the end to share what we observed and learned.

Happy Hour!

6:00 PM -7:00 PM
Location: Ben Brady Pavillion Lawn

Mingle and network before the party!

River Celebration Awards and Party

7:00 PM - 11 PM
Location: Ben Brady Lakeside Pavillion

Join your friends at the Georgia River Network’s Weekend For Rivers Party on Saturday, April 6th at 7pm at The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Join us at 7pm for dinner by Satterfields, drinks from Sweetwater Brewery, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle Georgia Port-a-Potty Auction, and fun. River celebration awards will be presented to Jerry McCollum, Keith Parsons, Richard Milligan, and South River Watershed Association.


You can either camp in Kingfisher Hall or "The Meadow" behind Kingfisher. You can set up camp anytime after 4:30 PM.

April 7, 2013

Mini-Paddle Georgia

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Mini-Paddle Georgia
Location: Johnson Ferry to Paces Mill

Have you ever wanted to just try Paddle Georgia without committing to a whole week? Are you a Paddle Georgia veteran who can't wait until the end of June to get your fix? Either way, on April 7th, we're packing everything folks love about Paddle Georgia into one day: the great time on the river, the gymnasium (or outdoor) camping, the bus shuttles--even the same caterer will be the same! We're paddling 6.5 miles down the Chattahoochee from Johnson's Ferry to Paces Mill.


6:30 AM: Wake up! Lights on and breakfast will be served in Kingfisher Hall

8:00 AM Everyone should have left CNC!

8:30-9:00 AM: Drive to Paces Mill, park your car, and take the shuttle back to Johnson's Ferry.

9:00-10:00 AM: Start Paddling!

3:00 PM: Take out at Paces Mill

We will be paddling 6.5 miles of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Chattahoochee. Here's a map! Those of you who are joining the National Park Service ranger for the raft trip will be floating about half that--from Powers Island to Paces Mill.  All camping gear must be packed up and in your car before you leave the CNC on Sunday morning.

All participants bringing their own boats: will drop their canoe/kayaks off at Johnson Ferry (directions to the put-in from the Chattahoochee Nature Center: goo.gl/maps/ZtiKc) and then drive their vehicle to the Paces Mill take-out (click here for directions goo.gl/maps/qdgKv).  A bus will shuttle you back to Johnson Ferry.

You will need to drive your car to Johnson Ferry first, drop off your boat and anybody in your party who doesn't want to ride the shuttle, and drive your car to the Paces Mill, so at the end of your paddle, you'll be able to hop in your car and drive home!

All participants renting a boat: will drive their vehicle from the Chattahoochee Nature Center to Paces Mill (directions here: goo.gl/maps/jJedg), where they'll catch the shuttle bus to Johnson Ferry. Broad River Outpost will be waiting there with your boats and gear!  Be sure you get to Paces Mill by 8:30 AM to catch the earlier of two shuttles (the other will be there at 9 AM) so you have plenty of time to get your boat and gear in order.

All participants on the NPS raft trip:  NPS ranger John Huth and Davin Welter from GRN will pick you up in a van at Paces Mill at 9:00 AM (directions to Paces from CNC are here: goo.gl/maps/jJedg). You'll be shuttled up to Powers Ferry and row the raft back down to your car.


  • Each paddler must have signed a liability waiver. These will be made available on Saturday of Weekend for Rivers, as well as on the shuttle bus at the river Sunday morning!
  • Each vehicle parked at Paces Mill will be subject to a $3 parking fee. Please have cash on hand.
  • All paddlers not on the raft trip can get on the water at Johnson Ferry between 9-10 AM Sunday morning, and all paddlers must be off the water by 3 PM.
  • Each paddler (excepting the raft trip participants) needs to be present for one of 5 safety briefings which will take place every 15 minutes between 8:45 and 10:00 AM at the boat ramp Sunday morning.
  • Everyone renting a boat should be on the 8:30 shuttle from Paces Mill to Johnson Ferry.