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GA Sierra Club Retreat

  • Crooked River State Park (map)

The Georgia Chapter’s biennial Chapter Retreat will take place at Crooked River State Park in St. Mary’s, GA. Join us and experience a weekend of fun, adventure and learning with your fellow Sierra Club volunteers and leaders from all over Georgia! 

We will be offering several planned hikes in the area, numerous workshops, an awards banquet with keynote speakers Janisse Ray and Aaron Mair, and an optional outing to Cumberland Island lead by Carol Ruckdeschel. 

We hope you'll join us for a weekend of exploring, enjoying, and protecting the planet!

The deadline to register is Friday, September 20th at 5p.m. 
Register for your retreat ticket online, your RSVP is not complete until you do so:


Conference tickets are $95, which includes access to all conference activities, outings, and workshops (excluding the Cumberland Island outing). It also includes food from Friday evening - Sunday morning. 

Lodging is NOT included in the price of the conference ticket and must be arranged separately. Crooked River State Park has campsites you can book (call 912-882-5256). Alternatively, we have set up a group discount at the LaQuinta Inn in Kingsland about 15 minutes away from the park (call 912-882-8010 and let them know you're with the Georgia Sierra Club). 

The Cumberland Island Outing is an additional $29, which covers the price of the ferry and the island entrance fee.

Offered workshops: 
• Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage - J. Herman Black, Executive Director,Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

• Local Farming - Eric Simpson, West Georgia Farmers Cooperative

• Georgia's Pipelines - Mary Freund, Watershed Outreach Coordinator, Satilla Riverkeeper

• Georgia’s Groundwater Resources - Emily Markesteyn, Riverkeeper & Executive Director for Ogeechee Riverkeeper

• College Campus Sustainability - Michael Black, Associate Professor & Faculty Associate, Office of Sustainability, Georgia State University

• Intro to Activism Training, Part I & II - Ian Karra, Beyond Coal Organizer, Sierra Club and Brionté McCorkle, Conservation & Communications Coordinator

• Backpacking 101 - Harriett Lane

Awards Banquet:
On Saturday evening, we will gather for a special Awards Banquet to recognize our volunteer leaders. We are excited about the two amazing Keynote Speakers who will be joining us: Janisse Ray and Aaron Mair!

Janisse Ray is an American writer, naturalist, and environmental activist. She is the author of the award-winning Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a highly praised book that combines elements of ecology and autobiography. As activist and memoirist, Ray alternates chapters between her childhood in rural southern Georgia and the ecological history of that region—an effective switch that shows the delicate symbiotic nature of the landscape and the people who are irrevocably connected with the land.

Aaron Mair is our Sierra Club President. On May 16, the Sierra Club elected Aaron Mair of Schenectady, New York, as its new president. An epidemiological-spatial analyst with the New York State Department of Health, Mair brings more than three decades of environmental activism and over 25 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader to his position as the Sierra Club's first African American president.

Cumberland Island Outing:
Additionally, the Georgia Chapter has arranged an exclusive visit to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island! Cumberland Island is home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness, and is famous for its pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, wide marshes and rich history. 

Other available activities:
In addition to chapter-led activities, Crooked River State Park offers a range of self-led activities including: kayak tours, bike riding, rookery and bird watching, tour of Kings Bay Naval Base, boat cruises, a golf cart tour of Historic St. Marys, and much more!


Earlier Event: October 21
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