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June 20 & 22, 2024: Johns Creek Environmental Campus | Meetup

Updated: Jun 15



Join the Meetups at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus on Thursday, June 20th and/or Saturday, June 22nd!


The meetups are free and open to all! Bring your cameras and take some cool pictures of colorful animals, gorgeous aquatic plants, a covered bridge, and picturesque fountains and ponds.


The meetup is planned for Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. We’re planning a second meetup to the same site on Saturday, June 22, 2024. We hope to see you at one or both of these meetups.


We’ll be focusing on plants, animals, and landscapes around the two ponds, the creek, the covered bridge, and the open fields at this facility. This is not a county or city park but rather a set of features designed as part of the campus. 


Here’s some of the history of this award-winning wastewater treatment facility: 


As noted in that writeup, “The site includes a park and interpretive nature trail system, including a cascading stream and pond system, and an educational facility with a lecture hall, classroom and teaching lab so the community can learn about water quality and the local environment.”


Meetup Details:


  • Location: Johns Creek Environmental Campus

  • Address: 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

  • Date 1: Thursday, June 20, 2024

  • Date 2: Saturday, June 22, 2024

  • Time: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

  • Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Meetup Leader: David Dunagan [mobile: 404-316-8894 (call/text)]

  • Contact info@pcphotoclub.org for any questions!

Meetup Leader: David Dunagan

Additional Information:


  • The rabbits and snakes are skittish, so attendees are encouraged to move slowly in their presence, don’t do prolonged stares, and don’t get closer than about 12 feet (snakes) and 60 feet (rabbits).  

  • This meetup involves mostly level terrain, with a combination of dirt and paved paths. The creek bottom can be slippery and rocky. Non-venomous water snakes are common in and along the creek. David has not seen or heard of any venomous snakes at the site, but they (especially copperheads) could be there. 

  • The two ponds and creek are close together, so essentially you can walk as much or as little as you like. 

  • Attendees who plan to record videos in addition to photos should familiarize themselves with how to switch back and forth between those modes ahead of time. 

  • Cell phone access is available throughout the site. 

  • Let David know if there is interest in carpooling in the registration form.



Directions & Parking:


8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022




Parking:
  • The entrance to the facility is located directly across Holcomb Bridge Rd. from a fire station. 

  • Once you turn into the entrance, turn left at the stop sign. Proceed about 150 yards and turn right. 

  • Go about 100 yards and take another right into the unpaved parking area next to the pond with the two fountains. We’ll meet at David's dark blue Honda with a canoe rack on top. 



See David Dunagan's pictures from the Johns Creek Environmental Campus!


See photos below of recent scenes from the campus. Notice the green and purple pickerelweed; this plant is abundant, and it attracts tons of insects, which in turn attract birds such as swallows and Eastern phoebes that snatch flying insects right out of the air! The pickerelweed is also a favorite ambush position for green tree frogs.




Liability Notice:

By attending Peachtree Corners Photography Club Meetups you acknowledge that you could be injured or your property damaged. You also agree that you are voluntarily participating in this activity and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to your property. Peachtree Corners Photography Club or any of its members will not be held responsible for injury to oneself or damage to any property.



Hope you can join us on Thursday, June 20th and/or Saturday, June 22nd!



Registration:


If you are on Mobile, this link might work better for you: https://forms.gle/tzHH7KLg6eM9cpet9





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