GREEN HIGHLANDS VISITS NATURAL GEORGIA
Green Highlands, a student group focused on environmental issues and earth-friendly practices, has spent the week of spring break for the last four years participating in the annual Spring Green Service Trip, a service learning project. This year the group traveled to Pine Mountain. David Jordan, assistant director of F.D. Roosevelt State Park asked that the student volunteers help clean up an area previously used as a dumping site.
Students cleaned three sites in the park including the roadside dump site, a scenic overlook, and the famous Dowdell’s knob – Roosevelt’s favorite spot in the park. The group removed 35 bags of trash and other debris.
Callaway Gardens sits about five miles from FDR State Park, and students were also asked to help there, too. Green Highlands members cut back brush for the maintenance of a trail on the edge of the park that rarely gets any attention, according to gardener Robert Morris. “It’s probably been two or three months since anyone’s been on this trail to do any work, so we’re really grateful that you have offered your help,” he said.
The trip wasn’t all work. The group was able to tour Callaway Gardens and visit Roosevelt’s Little White House in nearby Warm Springs. They also had plenty of free time to enjoy F.D. Roosevelt State Park during their stay.