On Sunday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 pm, nationally recognized naturalist and environmental educator Jerry Hightower will be leading a fun and informative free Creating Wildlife Habitat Gardens Workshop that will assist in creating, improving and enjoying wildlife sanctuary gardens at homes and schools.
The workshop will take place at the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center on Barnwell Road.
Wildlife sanctuary gardens do not require much space or money, but add a great deal of joy to everyday lives while benefiting wildlife.
"Gardening for wildlife is good for mental and physical health and well-being for persons of all ages, plus it’s a great deal of fun," comments Hightower. "This is a great time to be planning and preparing gardens for spring."
From birdseed to butterflies and from chipmunks to chickadees; Hightower will demonstrate how to develop a beautiful, exciting landscape that will increase outdoor enjoyment of the back yard and schoolyard. The workshop covers evaluating, planning and developing a garden plan. Feeders, nesting boxes, birdseed selection and easy solutions for adding food and shelter will be discussed, as well as ways to beautify gardens with flowering vines, trellis, arbors and living walls.
Additional topics will include adding butterfly gardens and water features. National Wildlife Federation certification information and application forms will be available. Follow-up school campus evaluation visits may be scheduled by participants in this session.
Snacks, coffee, tea and water will be provided. The lunch break will be a lunch-and learn-session; participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. The Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center has a full kitchen with two microwave ovens and a refrigerator available for participants to use.
The workshop is free, but registration is required by calling 678-538-1245.