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Pettit Environmental Preserve hosting scavenger hunt, hike
by Monica Burge
August 06, 2013 12:05 PM | 2932 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pettit Environmental Preserve Executive Director Marina Robertson
Pettit Environmental Preserve Executive Director Marina Robertson
Everyone loves a scavenger hunt and the Pettit Environmental Preserve will host a fun scavenger hunt and hike Aug. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m.

With the theme of Georgia on My Mind, all scavenger hunt items will relate to Georgia animals, plants and history with clues left along the trail to help hunters.

Participants can choose from a 1.6 mile hunt or a shorter .4 mile hike.

In addition to the scavenger hunt program, the preserve trail will be open for self-led or interpreted hikes presented by the preserve educator, Lori Jewell.

The hike and program are presented as part of the preserve’s quarterly outreach to the community

“The preserve educator, Lori Jewell, and I have had a lot of fun coming up with the items for the hunt,” said Preserve Executive Director Marina Robertson in a statement. “There are some really easy questions and a few that are designed to stump everyone except a biology professor or naturalist.”

Admission to the preserve, which includes the program and parking, is $3 per person with a maximum of $10 per family.

The hike is free to preserve members and memberships are still available by visiting the preserve’s website. The preserve was created to provide environmental education and promote ecological preservation.

According to the statement, since the mission of the preserve is educational, not recreational, it is not open to the public daily for hiking. However, the trails were professionally designed by Switchback Trails, which has contracts all over the country, including on the Appalachian Trail.

The 70-acre property hosts hundreds of school children and Scouts for field trips, hiking and Scout badge activities every year.

The preserve has trails that feature a swinging bridge, a learning shed, two aquatic stations, and three amphitheaters for teaching, all nestled around a 9-acre lake.

The preserve is off Highway 61, 4 miles south of the Cartersville airport. Turn left on Douthit Bridge Road and continue to fork; right fork is Vineyard Road, which leads to the Preserve.

Information: or contact Robertson at or by phone (678) 848-4179.

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