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September 2014 Newsletter


Dear Friends,

Four more acres! Many thanks to the City Of Atlanta and the Conservation Fund for supporting the Preserve with this recent acquisition. Also, many thanks to donors like you, your 2013-14 donation helped make this possible! Read all about it in the press release below drafted by Lisa Frank and Louis Mayeux.
We had wonderful coverage from the following:

The Atlanta Business Chronicle, World News, AJC, Buckhead View, Northside Neighbor, Reporter Papers, Curbed, New Mexico News, Community Radar, Newstral and the SaportaReport.


BHNP Adds Four More Acres

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve in North Buckhead is expanding! By adding four more acres, the Preserve directly connects to the local elementary school and enables construction of a continuous PATH trail connecting all the Preserve’s properties and to other trails in the area, Blue Heron Executive Director Nancy Jones announced today.

The City of Atlanta purchased the property on Land O’Lakes Drive adjacent to Sarah Smith Elementary School to develop the BLUEWAY, a two-mile trail along urban streams that will eventually tie into the new PATH400 trail, the Belt Line and extend to paths at Chastain Park.  “Our vision is to expand Blue Heron well beyond our own boundaries by connecting our trails to existing ones all around us.”, Jones explains.

Blue Heron grows to 30 acres with the new acquisition. A haven of majestic trees, nature trails, a 10,000 square foot education and arts center and a wildlife sanctuary adjoining busy Roswell Road, the Preserve is a City of Atlanta park operated by the nonprofit Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

“This is a big step in fulfilling our mission of protecting and connecting greenspace and encouraging people of all ages to experience nature.”, Jones adds.

(Photo by Bill Boley)

The new parcel contains the head waters of Mill Creek, a creek whose name was recently discovered on an old survey map along with a grist mill that once stood on Lakemoore Drive. The new parcel helps to create a contiguous, protected greenspace in a watershed which includes a significant portion of Buckhead’s business district along Peachtree, Piedmont and Roswell Roads.  This offers a unique opportunity to create wetlands which can naturally address the impacts of urbanization,provide habitat for native plants and animals not normally found in an urban setting and offer hands-on educational opportunities for schools.


Education Director Selected

The Preserves welcomes their first Education Director, Amy Zvonar.  Amy is a Georgia native and a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor's degree in biology. Her passion for environmental education began with a college internship at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Since then, she has taught on whale watching boats in the Gulf of Maine, the beaches of St. Simons Island, GA, the coast of Long Island Sound, and the streets, city parks, and classrooms of New Haven, CT. Amy earned her Master's of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on how to improve environmental education experiences for young children in urban environments. After seven years in the Northeast, she is excited to return to Georgia and continue her work in environmental education.

Amy Zvonar

Amy, her husband, and their quirky dog, Solon, currently reside in Athens, where her husband is pursuing a PhD in Education from the University of Georgia. They enjoy bird-watching and hiking and are excited to enjoy all the nature Georgia has to offer!


Upcoming Events

Second Saturday Safari
October 11th, 10am - 11:30am

Monarchs Across Georgia at
Canterbury Court

Hands On Atlanta Volunteer Day
October 18, 9am-noon
Come join us as we beautify the Nature Preserve.

Save the Date!
Holiday Open House
November 22, 4pm - 6pm

We will have art, activities for children, delicious food, a movie and more!


Out my office window, our resident Hummingbird is fattening up at our nectar feeder for her long flight across the Gulf of Mexico. This is a sure sign of seasonal change! We invite you to visit the Preserve and learn more about our urban environment and the place where you live. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Nancy Jones - Executive Director
Blue Heron Nature Preserve

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