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Posted: April 11, 2010 12:30 a.m.

The great outdoors of Newton

Brittany Thomas/

You may not know it, but nestled behind the trees and shrubbery on Hazelbrand Road is a Tupelo Gum Swamp and wildlife center that is preserved by the Georgia Wildlife Federation; the Alcovy Conservation Center.

Bright and early Saturday morning, families, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts alike gathered at the Alcovy Conservation Center to take a guided stroll along the Cornish Creek Trail to kick off the Get Outdoors event sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Children and adults of all ages enjoyed the budding flora, singing fauna and company of others as they walked the trails, boardwalks and gardens. Lunch was available at Pavilion B in the Mom and Pop’s shop created especially for the day’s events with all proceeds benefitting local Jr. Bass Busters. Visitors were also encouraged to view the 2010 Jr. Duck Stamp winners’ art, which was on display, practice their BB gun skills in the Daisy BB Tent and test their luck at catching a crawfish in the Crawfish Hole.

To conclude the day, visitors, volunteers and GWF staff helped clear out Chinese privet, the invasive shrub that deprives surrounding plants of sunlight.

It was a beautiful day to be outdoors, and the Georgia Wildlife Federation invites you to enjoy nature with them in your free time. You can learn more about GWF by visiting them at 11600 Hazelbrand Road in Covington or online at www.gwf.org.

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