A Visit to Hawk Hollow

It has been fun to discover new places to walk and bike to in Decatur. My friend Gail took me on a walk to Hawk Hollow, located on 1st Avenue off of Oakview Road.

Hawk Hollow is part of the Wylde Center and is a natural setting featuring woodland paths, a butterfly garden, a creek, and two Hobbit Houses that you can even stay overnight in.

Read more about Hawk Hollow and be sure to stop by on your next walk or bike ride.

“Bee Wylde” at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 24th

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Don’t miss out on the Earth Day Festival this Sunday at the Oakhurst Garden. Join in the Parade – line up at Harmony Park and wear your “bee-utiful” attire. More information at http://www.wyldecenter.org.

 

 

Earth Day Cancelled Due to Severe Weather

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Due to the threat of severe weather, the 2015 Earth Day Festival has been canceled. There is no alternative rain date for this event, so we will see you again in 2016!

Remember that Earth Day was founded to raise public consciousness about air and water pollution.  This is a great time of year to think about how you and your family can minimize your impact on the planet. Small changes can add up, and the Wylde Center is a great source for environmental education. Check out their website at wyldecenter.org.

Earth Day in Decatur is Sunday, April 19th

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The 2015 Decatur Earth Day Festival is charging ahead!

Put on your boots and pointy gnome hat, and join us at the Oakhurst Community Garden this Sunday. The parade starts at 12:30 from Harmony Park in Oakhurst, and the event is from 1pm-4pm. See the website for more details including a bike ride and yoga in the garden: wyldecenter.org/decatur-earth-day-festival

This is a rain or shine event, but in the case of severe or unsafe weather, the cancellation notice will be posted here and on the City of Decatur’s blog, thedecaturminute.com.

 

 

 

Decatur Earth Day is April 19th at the Oakhurst Community Garden

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Join in the pre-festival activities. Yoga in Sugar Creek Garden at 11 am or a Bike Ride led by the folks from Decatur Bikes at 11 am. Bike ride is family friendly and is no-drop. Meet at Harmony Park and be ready to ride at 11 am.

Join in the Costume Parade! Dress in your favorite Gnome wear or costume of any kind and be ready to step off from Harmony Park at 12:30 pm. The parade is car free.

At the event enjoy music from some of Decatur’s youth, earth day crafts, Reptiles!!, vendors and food. It is a great day for family fun and it is all FREE thanks to our sponsors: The Wylde Center, City of Decatur, Decatur Business Association, Pit Stop and Bubbling Creek.

Walk or ride your bike to the event!

More information at wyldecenter.org/decatur-earth-day-festival.

Calling Young Artists: Enter the Earth Day T-shirt Design Contest

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What To Do Over the Holidays While School Is Out……

The children are out of school and you may be wondering what to do. SO, here are some suggestions for free or  inexpensive things to do around Decatur over the holiday break.

 

thCAFTMK23Visit Woodlands Garden located at 932 Scott Boulevard. Woodlands is open during daylight hours seven days a week for quiet exploration. Free. Please, no dogs and no smoking anywhere on the property. Limited parking available, carpooling encouraged or consider walking or biking over.

 

 

 

chickensBring the children over to visit the Wylde Center located at 435 Oakview Road. Check out the chickens and the bee hives then  play for a while in the Cobb Adobe House.

 

 

glenlakeTake a bike ride or walk to one of the many City of Decatur neighborhood parks and playgrounds. If the sun is shining, bring a picnic and arrange to meet some friends there.

 

 

glenn creekTake a walk on the trail at Glenn Creek Nature Preserve.

 

 

 

etma-history1Visit the Old Courthouse on the Square and check out one of the exhibits in the DeKalb History Center Museum. They  are currently offering three exhibits on the main floor of the historic DeKalb County Courthouse.

All exhibits are open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Galleries and offices will be closed December 24, 25, 26, and 31 and January 1.

 

cemeteryVisit the Decatur Cemetery, the largest greenspace in Decatur! Pick up a self-guided walking tour guide at the cemetery office, or find one here. The old section of the cemetery dates back to the early 1800’s.

 

 

 

The Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Library offers a plethora of movies, books and music. Spend some time in the Children’s section lounging on the couches and reading some stories together. Or check out some family movies to take home and watch.

 

garden go seek beeStop by the Decatur Visitor’s Center and pick up a copy of Garden Go Seek, a fun way to explore gardens and greenspaces throughout Decatur.

 

 

 

decatur-ghost-tourBundle up for a fun night with Decatur Ghost Tours. Discover Decatur’s spirit community as you walk through the Old Courthouse Square, the Decatur Cemetery and other places where ghosts are known to hang out!

 

 

 

deco decaturDrive or bike around the city and see all the great holiday decorations. A list of the Decatur Decatur winners can be found here.

 

 

 

Let’s hear your ideas of fun things to do in Decatur over the holidays!

 

Earrrrrth Day in Oakhurst April 19

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Join the City of Decatur and the Wylde Center as we celebrate the 45th anniversay of Earrrrth Day with a family-friendly festival on Saturday, April 19th from 1 until 4 pm at the Oakhurst Community Garden.

The day kicks off at 12:30 pm with a pirate themed parade for the entire family beginning at Harmony Park. The parade will be led by a pirate ship filled with pirates, so be sure to wear your favorite pirate gear.

The festival includes l ive music by Opposite of HeeHaw and MoRhythm; over 40 informaiton booths, free small electronics and battery recycling, a cake contest, arts and crafts and more.

For more information, click here. Meanwhile- enjoy some Pirate photos from last year.

It’s Not Too Late to Enter the Earth Day T-shirt Contest!

Earth Day T-shirt Contest!

Back by popular demand: join us for an Earth Day Pirate themed t-shirt design contest. Children in grades K-12 are welcome to submit a design. Designing for a T Shirt could be a classroom exercise or extracurricular fun for any interested artist. The grand prize entry will be on the 2014 Earth Day Celebration T-Shirt and all entries will be on display at the Decatur Library.

The entry deadline is Tuesday, March 25, 5 pm and the winners will be notified on April 1.  All entries are due to the Wylde Center Offices at the Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030 and must have a submission form attached to be included in the contest. Prizes will be awarded at the 2014 City of Decatur Earth Day Celebration at the Oakhurst Garden of the Wylde Center at 1:30pm on April 19. The Oakhurst Garden of the Wylde Center is located at 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030. To Apply visit wyldecenter.org/decatur-earth-day-festival
A few forms will be available on the porch of the Wylde Center Offices.

Additional questions? Contact Marion@wyldecenter.org

The 2013 Winning Design by Hannah Lesser

The 2013 Winning Design by Hannah Lesser

Earth Day T-shirt Contest: Pirate Theme


The 2013 Wining Design by Hannah Lesser

The 2013 Winning Design by Hannah Lesser

Back by popular demand ….the Earth Day Pirate Themed T-shirt Design Contest. Children in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit a design. Decatur’s Earth Day event will be held on Saturday, April 19 at the  Oakhurst Community Garden from 1 until 4 pm and is a collaboration between the City of Decatur and the Wylde Center.

The Grand Prize Entry will be on the 2014 Earth Day Celebration T-Shirt and all entries will be on display at the Decatur Library. The entry deadline is Tuesday, March 25, 5 pm and the winners will be notified on April 1.  All entries are due to the Wylde Center Offices at the Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030 and must have a submission form attached to be included in the contest.

Prizes will be awarded at the 2014 Earth Day Celebration at the Oakhurst Garden at 1:30pm on April 19. The Oakhurst Garden of the Wylde Center is located at 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030. Click here for the submission information. Additional questions? Contact Marion@wyldecenter.org