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Our sincere desire at the Inn is to inspire a love of nature.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to be good stewards of our home here on earth. And, we believe that if we all work together to protect Georgia’s natural resources, we can also enjoy them together — for many years to come.

 

 
 
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NATURE TEACHES

People don’t necessarily come here for an education in nature and conservation, but we try to make sure they leave with one.

We believe you can learn at every age and that nature is the greatest teacher. Just look around the woods and you’re sure to find beauty and wonder. But you will also find interconnectedness and resilience. In nature there is no waste. Resources are made, used and then returned to where they came from — to start another cycle. If we followed the ways of nature, there would be neither shortages — or scarcity. Rather, there would always be abundance.

 
 

OUR CLASSROOM

The hike to the Inn is an awesome opportunity to explore nature on your own. Observing the plants, flowers, animals, and rock formations you encounter along the way will fill your head with questions — that hopefully we can answer during your stay.

Every afternoon before dinner, we give a facilities tour. This is where you can see that we practice what we preach; by modeling good conservation habits and behaviors. Everything from using alternative energy sources to rainwater collection to composting. Even simple things like eating everything on your plate, so you don’t waste food or adhering to our “pack-it-in, pack-it-out policy.

After dinner, we host educational programs. Programs range from nature talks about plants, birds and reptiles to nature photography from both far away and familiar places. We also share interesting lessons in backpacking essentials, leave-no-trace principles, Appalachian Trail History and even local history — like the Dahlonega Gold Rush.

 
 
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The Outside School offers both experiential learning in a wildlife habitat — on the hike to the Inn — as well as instructional programs. At the Inn, we educate students on what they can do to conserve and lower their carbon footprint through sustainability practices such as solar energy, composting toilets, native gardens, rain water catchment, and vermiculture. More formal curriculum focuses on subjects such as Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Geology and Earth Sciences, Watersheds and Water Conservation.

Our goal is to get more kids outside. Engage and inspire them to be good stewards of natural resources, and, hopefully, foster a lifelong appreciation and deep relationship with nature. We truly believe hiking or simply being outside is a fun path to a healthy life. Study after study reinforces the idea that exposure to nature promotes strong physical, mental and emotional well being, improves self-esteem, and assists with discovering a vital sense of self and place.

YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT US

You can help us to be a bridge for students to find their passion for sustainability, the outdoors, and hiking. We are a non-profit organization and generous donors and their donations make this all possible — for all of our children.

 
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