January 11, 2023 –
The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin is the lifeblood of many communities. The headwaters begin in Helen, GA and end in Apalachicola Bay. Westminster School students from the Atlanta area stepped outside of the classroom to visit farmers, lawyers, government officials, researchers along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin to learn about water resource management and how water connects through ecology, history and culture. This approach allows the students to view the entire system from a telescope, not a microscope.
The students and faculty stopped to paddle Owl Creek with Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve staff. Apalachicola Riverkeeper lead the trip to provide interpretative education along the watery trail concerning the critical connection the swamps have in fueling the Eastern Gulf of Mexico fishery. At the end of their trip, students will produce a short documentary about what they learned.
A huge thanks to David Morse for his stellar leadership on this paddle.
Cameron Baxley, Director of Outreach and Education. She can be reached at [email protected]