Fall Service Days Prepare Outdoor Activity Center for the Winter
WAWA and community volunteers completed a series of four “Hands on the OAC” Service Days to prepare the Outdoor Activity Center for the Winter. These days included: the fall kick-off (October 2), a primarily teen-focused project held in collaboration with Hands on Atlanta’s 20th Anniversary and the National Wildlife Federation’s Earth Tomorrow Program for Atlanta teens; a second community-wide service day on November 13; and two days of service learning and environmental education with one hundred and fifty students from Atlanta’s KIPP Strive Academy in West End.
Each service day focused on ridding the 26-acre Outdoor Activity Center urban forest of invasive plants including English Ivy, repairing weathered foot bridges on the property, trail maintenance, and cleaning and organizational tasks inside of the educational building.
Individual community volunteers joined the aforementioned groups and members of the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church Earth Ministry, AMPS Atlanta Corps, the Clark Atlanta University CAUSE Project, and SEEED (Students Endeavoring for Enlightened Environmental Decisions) at Morehouse College to spruce up the OAC grounds. Project sponsors included Hands on Atlanta, the National Wildlife Federation Southeast Regional Center, and REI.