Coastal Georgians have a love/hate relationship with summer.
My favorite part of summer is seeing all the families, friends, adults, children, old, and young people, black, brown, and white, spending time together outside. Sure, we take advantage of our friendly climate all year ‘round. But summer offers us all a slower, less-scheduled pace. With kids out of school, family boat trips, beach days, and neighborhood cookouts happen more often. And those shared experiences with those closest to us in this place we call home quickly become the most cherished memories of our lives.
These experiences are so important to the conservation of Georgia’s coast—because we won’t protect what we don’t love.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the past few months and the memories you and your families, neighbors, and friends have made together. As we transition into the hustle and bustle of fall (where has the time gone?!), I encourage you to reflect on these special moments and what our coast means to you.
At One Hundred Miles, we want to do everything we can to share our coast’s special places and experiences with you, no matter what the season. This fall, we have an exciting slate of opportunities for you to spend time outside with old friends and new, to learn more about Georgia’s coast and experience its splendor.
I’m looking forward to our new dinner series, Salt Marsh Table. Through these intimate dinner parties, we celebrate the intersection of food in our culture, history, and the complex ecosystem of our salt marshes. The events will be crafted by incredible local chefs and hosted at iconic locations along our coast. I can’t wait and hope you will join me! If you have any questions about Salt Marsh Table, please contact Kate Grinalds at [email protected].
As always, our popular Nature and the Arts and Naturalist 101 monthly programs will help you better understand our coastal resources and learn how to take action. Don’t miss upcoming lectures and fieldtrips on coastal Georgia fisheries, pollinators, and alligator tracking in the Okefenokee Swamp. Or try your hand at watercolor painting, sweetgrass basket weaving, nature photo books, and glass coral bowl making. And stay tuned…we’re currently designing our 2020 calendar of programs, with a full slate of innovative offerings, including our new “Families in Nature” series. (Hoping to see a particular program or topic offered? Email your suggestions to the education team at[email protected].)
And though it’s hard to believe now, in the mid-August heat, 2020 is just around the corner. Save the date and mark your calendars for Saturday, March 7th, 2020, when our 4th annual Coastal Conservation in Action: Choosing to Lead conference returns to Jekyll Island. We’re working to make next year’s conference our biggest and best yet—and we can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.
So, as the weather cools and schedules get busy again, please know that you can always turn to OHM for opportunities for you and your loved ones to learn, get outside, and explore. In fact, we expect you to. That’s what we’re here for!!!
I hope to see you out there!
Megan Desrosiers, CEO
One Hundred Miles