Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Clay Shoot Fundraiser at Barnsley
June 17th, 2017

Join us at Spring Bank at Barnsley Gardens on Saturday, June 17 for a fun day. Attendees will include local manufacturers, businesses, government officials. Registration is due in by June 10. Cash Prizes for winners at each level!

Gold Sponsorship: $1,000 includes 4 person team, signage & promotion; Preserve Friend of the Forest Membership ($500 value)

Silver Sponsorship $600: 2 shooters, signage & promotion. Preserve Lake Trail Membership ($250 value)

Team only (4 Shooters): $500

Individual Shooter: $125

Sign Sponsor: $250

Event Schedule: 8 am Check in

8 -9:30 am Sausage Biscuit Breakfast provided by Johnny Mitchell's Smokehouse

9:30 Shooting Convenes

12 noon Lunch

For Registraion form, http://www.pettitpreserve.org/resources/2017%20Clay%20Shoot%20Regis%20Form.pdf


8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Explore Nature Saturday: Wildflower Walkabout
July 8th, 2017

Come explore the trails at the Preserve! Three trails offer options for hiking (.25 mi to 1.75mi), all around or near the 10-acre lake. You can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Lake Pavilion or at the Learning Shed. Bring family, friends, or even your leashed dog.

Hiking is on your own, but a Preserve educator will be onsite to answer questions and provide educational tools for you to take on the trail. Check out guidebooks, interactive learning tools, or kid’s Adventure Backpacks to use during your visit.Admission is $3 per person/maximum $10 per family, free to Preserve members.

This month's program emphasis: Wildflower Walkabout. Choose from several different wildflower guidebooks to take on the trail or just take photos of what you see for our educator identify when you return to the Learning Shed. Kids activities available for ages 3-11.

Admission is $3 per person/maximum $10 per family, free to Preserve members.

Hike Only Saturdays are part of our program of monthly access to the Preserve on the 2nd Sat of each month.


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Terrific Trees & Fabulous Flowers Day Camp
July 11th, 2017

Terrific Trees & Fabulous Flowers - Ages 3-6 Plants, trees and flowers make our world a more beautiful place. In this fun filled program, children will learn about the importance of plants in the environment. Children will participate in an interactive story learning about how plants grow from seed to maturity, take a short hike, sample a “plant” snack and make a plant themed craft to take home. Adult must accompany child.

Camps fees $8 for one camp, $14 for 2 camps; $18 for all 3 (must register & pay for all 3 camps at once to receive discount; additional sibling discount available)

All camps require a minimum of 8 participants. Registration deadline Friday, June 23: payment and registration form must be received by this date.


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Survival Skills Day Camp
July 13th, 2017

Survival Skills Day Camp. Ages 9-13. Camp will provide instruction on basic survival skills using PLAN system: protection, location, acquisition, & navigation. Campers will develop skills to survive in the woods including building a shelter, leaving information signals, determining direction, and building a fire with only minimal tools. Fee is $35 per camper.

All camps require a minimum of 8 participants. Registration deadline Friday, June 23: payment and registration form must be received by this date


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
We All Need A Home Day Camp
July 18th, 2017

We All Need A Home  - Ages 3-6. This interactive program gives the opportunity to learn about the habitats of mammals and birds by participating in a short hike, create an animal themed craft to take home and enjoy an “animal” snack. Adult must accompany child.

Camps fees: $8 for one camp, $14 for 2 camps; $18 for all 3 (must register & pay for all camps at once to receive discount; additional sibling discount available)

All camps require a minimum of 8 participants. Registration deadline Friday, June 23: payment and registration form must be received by this date.


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Archery Day Camp
July 20th, 2017

Archery Day Camp - Ages 10-15. Camp will introduce archery basics, including the 11 Steps to Archery Success, target practice, & basic bow hunting instruction. All equipment, water & snacks provided – participants should bring their own sack lunch. Camp taught by Caleb Griner, NW GA Region Shooting Sports Coordinator, DNR. Fee is $35 per camper

All camps require a minimum of 8 participants. Registration deadline Friday, June 23: payment and registration form must be received by this date.


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Water Wonderland Day Camp
July 25th, 2017

Water Wonderland - Ages 3-6. In the summer, everyone loves the water. During this program, children explore the wonders of frogs, fish and other water loving creatures. Enjoy interactive activities, including a craft and a snack, with the opportunity to learn more about the importance of water and the creatures who call it home. Adult must accompany child.

Camps fees: $8 for one camp, $14 for 2 camps; $18 for all 3 (must register & pay for all 3 camps at once to receive discount; additional sibling discount available)

All camps require a minimum of 8 participants. Registration deadline Friday, June 23: payment and registration form must be received by this date.


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Water World Day Camp
July 27th, 2017

Water World Day Camp - Ages 9-13 – What can tiny organisms tell us about a healthy pond ecosystem? Campers will wade into the water to check out a host of wiggling, swimming & crawling creatures. All equipment, water & snacks provided, participants should bring their own sack lunch & wear clothes that can get wet. Fee is $35 per camper

All camps require a minimum of 8 participants. Registration deadline Friday, June 23: payment and registration form must be received by this date.


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Explore Nature Saturday: Tree Detective
August 12th, 2017

Come explore the trails at the Preserve! Three trails offer options for hiking (.25 mi to 1.75mi), all around or near the 10-acre lake. You can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Lake Pavilion or at the Learning Shed. Bring family, friends, or even your leashed dog.

Hiking is on your own, but a Preserve educator will be onsite to answer questions and provide educational tools for you to take on the trail. Check out guidebooks, interactive learning tools, or kid’s Adventure Backpacks to use during your visit.

This month's program emphasis: Tree Detective. Guidebooks available to take on the trail & posters at the Learning Shed will help you learn to identify common species of native trees. The Preserve also has over 50 tree ID stations on the trails to help you immediately identify common species. Kids will make leaf rubbings that identify leaf characteristics.

Admission is $3 per person/maximum $10 per family, free to Preserve members.

Hike Only Saturdays are part of our program of monthly access to the Preserve on the 2nd Sat of each month.


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM