GWF has sponsored Rivers Alive events since 1993. Each fall, over 300 volunteers gather to clean up waterways in Newton and Gwinnett counties. Tons of trash and debris have been removed through the years, including old tires, windows, toilets, and countless drink containers.
GWF’s Gina Rogers is currently serving as Executive Chair of the Rivers Alive Board. Pictured below is Gina, far left, with board members at a 2018 retreat at the Len Foote Hike Inn.
Rivers Alive at Mill Creek Nature Center
9am – 12pm
rain or shine
Bring your loppers, pruners, bow saws, and/or clippers and join GWF staff and volunteers as we remove trash, debris, and invasive Chinese privet from the Mill Creek wetland. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and bring gloves, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Limited Chick-fil-a coupons and t-shirts available. At 11am, participants are treated to an informative and educational presentation from a local naturalist.
Park between the Bird Watchers Supply Store (1999B Mall of Georgia Blvd) and Tuesday Morning. Overflow parking will be at the Mall of Georgia across the street. Please sign in at the registration table in our gravel parking lot by 9 am and we will have volunteers to guide you to the privet pull area.
Newton County Rivers Alive
Check-in begins at 9am
GWF partners each year with Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful for Rivers Alive. Join volunteers from across Newton County and help clean up local lakes, rivers, and streams. Individuals and groups of all sizes are welcome. Children should be at least 12 years old to participate unless their parents will be there to closely supervise them. Choose where you would like to go or ask for an assignment.
Participants typically meet at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington at 9am on the day of the event to receive a free breakfast and t-shirt (while supplies last) and cleaning supplies. Volunteers are dispersed throughout the county either at a site of their choosing or Then go out into the community to clean up litter.