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Warren - Canine Assistants & Woodlands Preserve

In the morning a group of kids from the Warren Boys & Girls Club and Atlanta Inner City Outings visited Canine Assistants and learned how this organization trains dogs to assist people with physical or cognitive disabilities. A couple of the kids were fearful of dogs, and it was a good experience for building trust with them. We travelled to Woodlands Land Preserve in Decatur, where we had lunch, conducted a scavenger hunt around the 7 acres of land, learned to use compasses and to build a fire, and to make s'mores. Thanks to the Club who provided the transportation and provided one of their staff to participate, and to the volunteers and prospective volunteers.

Warren Boys & Girls Club - Fort Mountain State Park

Atlanta Inner City Outings volunteers and youth from the Warren Boys & Girls Club took a trip on October 20 to Fort Mountain State Park for hiking and "camping 101."  The group hiked the Tower Loop and hung out at the overlook for a while (it was nice!!!).  After enjoying the views, the group headed down the road for lunch and to put up tents and roast marshmallows.  The kids also played on the beach and made sandcastles.  Unfortunately the B&G club van wouldn't start, but park maintenance staff was able to come to the rescue.  Once it started, we left to put up tents and finish the marshmallows back at Warren!

Warren - Sweetwater Creek State Park

On August 25, kids from the Warren Boys & Girls Club and Atlanta Inner City Outings volunteers ventured out to Sweetwater Creek State Park.  The day of hiking included great views of the creek, the ruins and the water falls.  The kids loved the rocks in the creek so much (water level was low).  After lunch snake talk by Ally.  The kids liked touching the snakes.  After the snake talk everyone went back down to creek to play on the rocks.  The kids REALLY enjoyed the rocks.  They ignored my flyer suggestion to wear shorts but they got in blue jeans and all.  They claimed it was the best field trip ever and wanted to know when we were coming back.  

Warren - Raccoon Mountain

Eight kids and 5 Atlanta Inner City Outings volunteers braved Raccoon Mountain in Tennessee.  We had a new volunteer who was checking us out and Coach Greg from Warren as well.  The entracne to the cave was awesome, just like in the pictures and then it got cramped.  We literally crawled on out stomeach through some of the tightest spots.  The kids were scard at first (I think of seeing vampire bats) but quickly got over it.  The adults had as much fun as the kids.  It definitely expanded our comfort zones.  Raccoon Mountain Caverns is a great place to go and they have a great campground on the property if a group wants to do a overnight.  We did the Fossil tour which was 2 hrs.  The time flew by but it was just long enough.



Warren - Georgia Adopt-a-Stream Trip

On March 10, eight youth from Warren-Holyfield Boys and Girls Club (with four Atlanta Inner City Outings leaders and volunteers) joined the Atlanta Sierra Club team that monitors the status of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek (near Medlock Park in Decatur) as part of Georgia Adopt-A-Stream. As summarized in an e-mail from the survey team leader: “Really wanted to tell you what a FANTASTIC time we had this past Saturday. The kids were great, and it was a delight to hear them oohhhing and aahhing at the critters we found…” The outing began with an explanation of how water quality affects aquatic biodiversity, then the youth were able to see how the temperature, chemistry, and biota of the water are measured. The most fun part was sifting through buckets of leaves and sediment from the creek to find and identify clams and mussels, blackfly larvae, aquatic worms, dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, and caddisflies. They also saw several Mallard ducks and small fish. The Sierra Club survey team gave excellent explanations of how stream monitoring works, and were very patient with their questions. After the survey, there was time for hiking along the stream, skipping rocks, and rummaging through the strange things in the sand before a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, the group hiked to the old Decatur Water Works, and enjoyed climbing on the ruins and playing in the creek. After a closing snack at Medlock Park, the group headed back to the Boys & Girls Club.

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