Georgia Outdoor Stewards – Adventures with a purpose!Q: What is Georgia Outdoor Stewards?
A: Georgia Outdoor Stewards is a Meetup.com online resource designed to give nonprofits, clubs and community groups a place to host hikes, volunteer outings, campouts, paddles, or bike rides that have a stewardship focus - while providing the public with a "one stop shop" for stewardship adventures!Q: What does "stewardship" mean?
A: Stewardship events must be expressly designed to promote outdoor volunteer projects, remove barriers to outdoor access for communities of color, or encourage environmental protection. Our best events have elements of all three!Q: Who runs Georgia Outdoor Stewards?
A: While sponsored by REI and managed by the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Outdoor Stewards is an open community designed to give nonprofits, clubs and community groups a place to post and host hikes and outings. Groups that are currently using Georgia Outdoor Stewards regularly include: Keeping it Wild, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Georgia State Parks, Georgia Forest Watch, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, Elachee Nature Center, Georgia Canoe Association, and Hartfield's Hikers! Q: I don't have a tent or sleeping bag. Can I still come?
A: Nonprofits, clubs, and community groups that use Georgia Outdoor Stewards have access the Georgia Conservancy's gear bank of camping equipment - plus video equipment to help capture and share the story!Q: What is your web address?
A: Find us at www.georgiastewards.comQ: What are your criteria for posting on the Georgia Outdoor Stewards website?
A: Stewardship events must be expressly designed to remove barriers to outdoor access for communities of color, promote outdoor volunteerism, and/or encourage environmental protection. Q: What are your posting practices for Georgia Outdoor Stewards?
1) In the first descriptive sentence, name the group(s) leading event.
2) In the first descriptive paragraph include the difficulty level of activity (rate from 1-5 with 5 being the most difficult), if the trip is family friendly and if you will provide transpiration and/or arrange a car pool.
3) Events with costs must direct people to other online payment portal. Example: The Cumberland Island Service Weekend is led by Georgia Conservancy and Keeping it Wild. The weekend is rated difficulty level 2 and is a family friendly trip. We will be providing limited transportation and assist with a car pool.
A primary goal of Georgia Outdoor Stewards is to break down barriers to outdoor access, especially barriers that impact communities of color.Q: What are barriers to outdoor access, and how can I help address them?
Barrier: Community mythsSolution: communicate trips and events with a wide range images of diverse communities taking part in outdoor activities.
Barrier: Poor communication / inclusionSolution: Make sure details of what to expect on the trip and what to bring along are clearly communicated. Don’t assume everyone has hiked before. When possible, be inclusive with decision-making.
Barrier: ExpertismSolution: When leading hike / event – don’t appeal to “expertism” or talk down to participants. Allow for other "right" ways. Avoid publicly shutting someone down.
Barrier: Transportation Solution: Provide group transportation when possible. Organize car pools as an alternative. Plan hikes near public transportation hubs.
We understand that sometimes things come up. If you can't make it to a trip you've already paid for:
- Let us know 30 days before the event for a full refund (minus a $10 processing fee).
- If the event is less than 30 days away, we can only guarantee you a full refund (minus a $10 processing fee) if someone else takes your slot. If no one else takes your slot on the trip, we will still try to work something out to give you a full or partial refund depending on the finances of that particular trip, but we cannot guarantee a refund.
Don't sue us! Outdoor activities are inherently risky. You're the only one responsible for your safety.