Tuesday, February 22, 2011

WAWA Chosen as Finalist for National Watershed Grant---We Need Your Vote to Win!

The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) has been chosen as one of six finalists to receive a $30,000 national watershed grant from MillerCoors, one of the nation’s top brewers, and River Network, a national non-profit working to improve the health of rivers and watersheds.

But in order to win the grant, we need the help of our friends, members, and supporters!  This is an online voting competition; the finalist with the most votes will win the $30,000 grant, while second place will receive $10,000 and third place will receive $5,000. The remaining projects will each receive $3,000. 

The money we receive will go towards WAWA's efforts to engage underserved West Atlanta Neighborhoods in Water Conservation, Education, and Restoration.  Receiving these grant funds will allow WAWA to educate and engage West Atlanta residents in water efficiency/conservation to save water and help them realize needed savings for their households and engage residents in residential rainwater capture and conservation, green infrastructure demonstration projects, stream monitoring, cleanups and streambank stabilization. The work will happen at and around the Outdoor Activity Center, the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, and in the Proctor Creek Watershed (from English Avenue/Vine City to Donald L. Hollowell Parkway and 1-285).
Please show your support!  VOTE for WAWA between February 22 and March 20 at www.rivernetwork.org/2011-millercoors-watershed-grants-contest

Winners will be announced on March 24, 2011 at http://www.rivernetwork.org/

The MillerCoors River Network Grant Competition, now in its third year, was made possible by an $80,000 donation by MillerCoors to River Network.  Water flows through every step of the brewing process and is one of the main ingredients in beer, which is why MillerCoors is committed to water stewardship and   understands the importance of helping communities across the country conserve water and improve water quality. 

You can only vote once, so please pass this on to family and friends and encourage them to VOTE!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Outdoor Activity Center - Saturday, February 19, 2011

Did you know that Arbor Day is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs, and other organizations, as well as individuals, to reflect on the importance of trees in our state and across our nation? 
In 1941, the Georgia General Assembly set the third Friday in February as the day of our state Arbor Day. Arbor Day gives everyone an opportunity to learn about trees and the environmental, social, economic and health benefits they provide to communities.

On Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 1pm –3pm, the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance will introduce kids ages 5-10 to the incredible trees in the 26-acre urban forest at the Outdoor Activity Center. Included in the day’s activities are a brief hike of the OAC forest and educational/hands-on activities about the benefits and importance of trees.  A light snack and water will be provided. Don’t miss out on the fun!

This program is free of charge, but space is limited, so registration is required.  To register your child or to inquire about the program, please send an e-mail to info.wawaonline@gmail.com or call 404-752-5385.
The Outdoor Activity Center is located at 1442 Richland Rd. S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Learning About Birds Curriculum Training for Educators and Youth Leaders Presented at the OAC - February 12, 2011

Training and materials for the Atlanta Audubon Learning About Birds (LAB) curriculum series will be made available free of charge to formal and non-formal educators as well as leaders of youth programs at the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) this month through a partnership between WAWA and the Atlanta Audubon Society (AAS).

LAB brings skills and understanding about birds and the habitats that support them to children, their teachers, and their communities by providing educators with training, curricula, and instructional materials. The activities and ideas in LAB provoke scientific inquiry, constructive thinking, and curiosity about nature.

As a part of the training AAS will offer full color student activity pamphlets in English and Spanish along with companion educator guides that include background information and lesson ideas aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards. The publication topics include Ten Common Birds of Atlanta, How to Use a Field Guide, What Makes a Bird...a Bird, Exploring Bird Habitat, Mysteries of Migration, Feeding Birds, and All About Owls.  Also included will be the student English/Spanish pamphlet on Grassland Birds and companion educator guide. Nature journaling instruction and materials (while supplies last) will also be weaved into the LAB activities.

The two-part LAB training session for educators and youth leaders will be hosted by WAWA and AAS on Saturday, February 12, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. for the indoor/outdoor component with a follow-up evening session on Wednesday, February 23 from 6:30 PM- 8 PM.  A rain date for the outdoor session is set for Saturday, February 26, also from 2pm – 5pm at the OAC.
All LAB training sessions and materials are free of charge, but registration is required.  To register for the training sessions or to inquire about the program, please send an e-mail to info.wawaonline@gmail.com or call 404-752-5385.
The Outdoor Activity Center is located at 1442 Richland Rd. S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rain Barrel and Water Conservation Workshop at OAC - Friday, February 11, 2011

Georgia’s historic drought and ongoing water supply concerns have continued to bring attention to the importance of water conservation and water-smart landscape and gardening practices. People every-where are seeking ways to minimize their water use, yet maintain an attractive landscape.  Rain barrels can be part of the solution. A properly installed and maintained rain barrel can save a homeowner up to 1300 gallons of water during the three summer months alone.

In collaboration with the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, WAWA will host a Rain Barrel Workshop on Friday, February 11, 2011 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Outdoor Activity Center. The workshop, which includes an animated 40-minute PowerPoint presentation, will cover: water issues in metro Atlanta, how to save water in your home and garden, and how to install and maintain a rain barrel. Participants will receive a free 60-gallon rain barrel, courtesy of Coca-Cola, that they will assemble and take home that night.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited so registration is required.  To register or to receive more information about the workshop, send an e-mail to info.wawaonline@gmail.com or call 404-752-5385.
The Outdoor Activity Center is located at 1442 Richland Rd. S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310.