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Smithgall Woods workshops teach wetland protection
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Amphibian Monitoring Workshop

When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17

Where: Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen

How much: $5 fee and $5 for parking

To preregister: 706-878-3087

Freshwater Wetland Workshop

When: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 18

Where: Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen

How much: $5 fee and $5 for parking

Contact: 706-878-3087

Captain Planet may have been a cartoon character, but this weekend, Smithgall Woods State Park visitors will have the opportunity to walk in his environmental protection footsteps.

From 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, the park will host an Amphibian Monitoring Workshop. Admission is $5 per person, plus a $5 parking fee. Preregistration is required.

The workshop will be lead by Georgia Adopt-a-Stream staff. The group will review the natural history of amphibians, the reasons why they’re important and which species can be found in Georgia.

They will also lead a amphibian-finding hike where participants will learn various frog calls.

The goal of the workshop is to develop “citizen scientists” to help monitor local frog and salamander species.

On Saturday, Smithgall will host a Freshwater Wetland Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission for this class is also $5 per person plus a $5 parking fee.

Adopt-a-Wetland will be on hand to teach participants about the importance of, and threats to, freshwater wetland systems. They will also teach how to identify hydric soils and plants.

The goal of this particular workshop is to teach participants how to help collect data to promote the conservation and protection of freshwater wetlands.

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