Speaker Series: Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests with Jonah McDonald

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May 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
May 1, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

Please join Trees Atlanta for an exciting talk about intown hiking trails and champion trees by Jonah McDonald, author of Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests, and Trees Atlanta’s own Eli Dickerson. The program will introduce audiences to the many under-utilized and often unknown greenspaces, trails, and forests within the metro-Atlanta area. Jonah McDonald, a professional storyteller and outdoor educator, will talk about his process of writing this new hiking guidebook, including stories about his favorite trails, historic ruins, waterfalls, watersheds, flora and fauna within the city. Eli Dickerson, who was a collaborator on this project, will introduce Trees Atlanta’s Champion Tree Program and share his excitement about the large, old and unique trees to be found in these intown greenspaces. There will be time for questions, and books will be available for sale (and signing by Jonah and Eli).

  • Parking available at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center (225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316) or neighboring street parking
  • 7:00pm – Presentation begins
  • Special thanks to the City of Atlanta for help supporting this Speaker Series

Jonah McDonald is a 10-year Atlanta resident and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. An educator, naturalist, and outdoorsman, McDonald has worked at an outdoors outfitter, several Atlanta-area independent schools, and is the founder and president of Sure Foot Adventures (an outdoors guide service that leads hiking, camping, backpacking and outdoors education programs). A professional storyteller, McDonald gives performances to groups of all ages. He also leads Bicycle Tours of the Battle of Atlanta.
Eli Dickerson is the Events & Donor Relations Coordinator with Trees Atlanta.  He is also the “keeper of the trees”, managing the Atlanta Champion Tree Program through Trees Atlanta for the past 5 years.  He has over a decade of experience as a naturalist and environmental educator.  He is also a contributing member of the Native Tree Society, collecting data on Atlanta’s tallest, biggest and oldest trees.
Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out is a compendium of 60 hikes within a 30 mile drive of Georgia’s Capitol dome. Focusing on natural areas within the perimeter and just beyond, with destinations that include old-growth forests, historic ruins, urban art, waterfalls, wetlands and Civil War battlefields. The book introduces readers to Atlanta through the eyes of a professional storyteller and outdoor educator. Best of all, the guidebook shows us the way to great day hiking – without leaving the metro area. Get more information and buy the book at: