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December 2014

(Our Fall Fundraising Letter)

Dear Friends,

In 2014, thanks to donor contributions and partnerships with the City of Atlanta and The Conservation Fund, we were able to purchase a crucial four acre parcel of green space. This important acquisition is key to the realization of the BLUEWAY: a Blue Heron concept for a major trail linkage and green space plan for Buckhead. When built, Blue Heron would have a direct connection to Sarah Smith School, the PATH 400 trail now under construction and the Beltline! We have plans to connect to the Chastain Park trail as well.

(see map below)

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What does this mean for you?

  • Walk to school possibilities for children and walking and biking for health and recreation
  • Place for outdoor learning through a direct linkage to Sarah Smith Elementary School
  • Trail access to sensitive wetland areas for education and connections to nature
  • Place to establish wetland habitat to improve the quality of our drinking water

In addition, this year we launched a new program with Georgia Power called Meadows for Monarchs to create a permanent, sustainable habitat for Monarch butterflies at the Preserve and throughout the community at schools, churches and senior living facilities.

Also, we hired an Education Director, Amy Zvonar, to lead our nature-based, educational programming and expand our offerings to the community. This includes our successful on-site and in-school programming for children as well as our Second Saturday Safari series and other adult educational offerings.

What's next?

We are on a dynamic curve of growth! In order to make the BLUEWAY a reality, we need a visioning process to develop a new strategic plan to facilitate greater levels of community awareness, involvement, use and support.

  • A new master plan is essential to illustrate the future vision
  • New staff members are needed to increase our impact

Our goal is to raise $100,000 to meet these needs and move forward. Will you support our vision of connected green space for the health and enjoyment of the community? All gifts are welcome!

This year we have an exciting challenge grant opportunity: every dollar you donate will be matched 1-for-1 up to $100,000 by a local Blue Heron supporter! Will you consider making a gift this year of $250, $500 or $1000 to take advantage of this opportunity and help us reach our goal?


We are excited to have you partner with us with your charitable giving for this year and we look forward to seeing you on the trail at Blue Heron!

Sincerely, .

Nancy Jones - Executive Director
Blue Heron Nature Preserve

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P.S. Your gift is fully tax deductible; Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
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