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Natural Awakenings Atlanta

Help Preserve Historic Georgia Site

The Nature Conservancy invites nature lovers and volunteers aged 14 and older to help remove invasive species at Camp Meeting Rock, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 23.

Camp Meeting Rock is located 52 miles south of Atlanta in Heard County. It is the site of the historic Flatrock Methodist Campground, where families gathered in the late 19th century to hold religious meetings, according to the conservancy.

Today the campground is next to a 130-acre preserve created to protect one of Georgia’s largest Piedmont granite outcroppings, vernal pools, and lichen and moss-covered rock. The conservancy reports that within the preserve there are several threatened and endangered plants.

Volunteers will remove species like Chinese privet, eat lunch on the rock formations, then tour the preserve. The Nature Conservancy says granite outcrops are significant sites for biodiversity.

Supplies needed to volunteer include water, lunch, long sleeve shirt, long pants and closed shoes. Difficulty level is listed as moderate, and there are no restroom facilities on the preserve.

To learn more email [email protected] or call 404-253-7255.

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