SEP 2018

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ²ConventionSouth ² w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 23 gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia." The property includes a River Boardwalk, Dis- covery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to more than 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. According to Purdie, team building activities include guided canoe adventures, the Cor- porate Eco Challenge, and scavenger hunts. Woodland trails and ponds also feature team experiences. Additionally, the center offers sev- eral meeting spaces, including a theater where presentations and films can be shown. Groups can also visit the Butterfly Garden or take a tour through the Native Gardens with a staff horticul- turist. "Groups who want to add 'voluntourism' to their agenda can spend some time at the center's Unity Garden," Purdie added. The quarter-acre garden, established in April 2010 with a grant from Kaiser Permanente, has three goals: pro- duction, donation and education. Most of the fresh produce grown in the Unity Garden is reg- ularly donated to the food pantry at North Fulton Community Charities and the center welcomes volunteers to work in this "outdoor classroom." Purdie further pointed out that The Chatta- hoochee Nature Center is a short drive from Ros- well's hotels, making transportation easy and convenient. Encouraging Outdoor Exploration Hidden within a wooded oasis, The Woodlands is a 28,000-acre master-planned community that includes an IACC-certified conference center, several hotels with meeting space and unique event spaces. But this destination also has a wealth of areas for ecotourism. For starters, the community includes 7,790 acres of green space, 130 neighborhood parks, the 200-acre Lake Woodlands, golf, tennis and kayaking. The outdoor experience begins once the guests arrive, according to Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Once groups arrive, they have no trouble navi- gating the community because The Woodlands is designed to be walkable, with more than 200 miles of hike and bike trails and sidewalks con- necting different areas," he said. Additionally, there is a convenient bike-share program called Mobikes, allowing meeting participants to pedal to parties and events. Green spaces in the community offer many ways for groups to get back to nature. Several parks offer scenic settings for an energetic morning jog or a relaxing sunset stroll. For a picturesque paddle, groups can kayak on Lake Woodlands. Excursions to the George Mitchell Nature Preserve, which offers 1,700 acres of pristine forest and miles of shaded hiking and bike trails, offer a great way for groups to ex- plore the environment. Among the team building options available are communication drills, scav- enger hunts, formal kayak training and guided tours at the Riva Row Boat House. Other out- door activities include pontoon boat trips, nature tours and archery classes. Q SPECIAL FEATURE: ECO-TOURISM • Just north of Atlanta in Roswell, Georgia • Along the Chattahoochee River • Near the historic downtown and convenient to lodging Indoor theater Outdoor pavilion Walking trails Canoeing Gardens Team Building Visit Roswell assists you with FREE services each step of the way, so you can relax and enjoy your Roswell experience. 800-776-7935 A BREAK FROM THE NORM WHERE MEETING SUCCESS HAPPENS NATURALLY

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