ATLANTA (July 20, 2016) – Sixteen teachers from across the country were selected to participate in Georgia Aquarium’s Creeks to Coast beginning July 12 through July 19. This educational workshop, sponsored by the Georgia Power Foundation and Georgia-Pacific, gives teachers the information and tools to teach environmental and watershed issues to their students.

Educators were led on an environmental exploration of the Chattahoochee River system beginning in North Georgia all the way to Apalachicola Bay, Fla. The week-long workshop included field research and discussions with experts at a variety of locations, including Smithgall Woods State Park, Buford Dam, Columbus Water Works, and Bartlett’s Ferry Hydroelectric Dam operated by Georgia Power.

“Creeks to Coast is a wonderful opportunity for teachers, not only from Georgia, but from across the country to come and see first-hand how water is being used,” said Kim Morris-Zarneke, manager of education programs at Georgia Aquarium. “Not only will they use this information in their personal lives, but as educators they have the opportunity to share it with their students and fellow teachers as well, making the impact that much more significant.”

Led by experts at Georgia Aquarium, with funding graciously provided by the Georgia Power Foundation and Georgia-Pacific, educators were able to get hands on exposure to the many ecosystems in Georgia. The group also participated in daily activities, kept a daily journal, and created lessons plans to incorporate what they learned into their classrooms.

Read more about Creeks to Coast from the participants on Georgia Aquarium’s blog.

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

 

ABOUT GEORGIA POWER

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

 

ABOUT GEORGIA-PACIFIC

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals.  Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras® and Vanity Fair®, as well as Dixie®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its GP Harmon Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal and plastics. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 92,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: gp.com.