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Join the Southern Conservation Trust: Help us make a difference in our community, with Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Week.

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Join the Southern Conservation Trust

Help us make a difference in our community,

with Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Week.

What is Leave No Trace?

The mission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly, making them an ideal partner for the Southern Conservation Trust. We have multiple opportunities for you to join us in leaving no trace this week!
Leave No Trace in 
Every Park

Wednesday, October 19th 6:00pm at the Fayette County Library – Community Room. Sign up.

Leave No Trace for Homeschoolers

Thursday, October 20th 1:00pm at the Fayette County Library – Community Room. Sign up.

Leave No Trace in our Parks Community Forum

Friday, October 21st 9:00am at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Sign up.

Bike with SCT
Cashe-In/Trash-Out with Leave No Trace

Saturday, October 22nd 9:00am at The Ridge Nature Area Fayetteville – Picnic Area. Sign up.

Mountain Bike with Leave No Trace

Saturday, October 22nd 2:00pm at The Ridge Nature Area Fayetteville – Picnic Area. Sign up.

Hiking with Leave No Trace

Sunday, October 23rd 2:00pm at Line Creek Nature Area Peachtree City – Arena. Sign up.

Southern Conservation Trust Welcomes New Executive Director

Peachtree City, September 30, 2016 – The Board of Directors of the Southern Conservation Trust, a leading land and wildlife habitat protection organization based in Peachtree City, Katie Pace, Executive Directorannounces the appointment of Katie Pace as the new Executive Director.  Pace assumes the role after most recently serving as the Marketing & Communications Officer with MAP International, a top ranked global Christian health and relief organization www.map.org.

“Katie was chosen from a strong field of exceptional candidates because of her extensive marketing and fundraising background, as well as a passion for land preservation in our communities.  We are confident that she will lead the Southern Conservation Trust in protecting new land and developing environmentally sound programs and initiatives in the many communities we serve,” said Tami Morris, Board Chairman.

While at MAP, Pace managed programs and processes internationally and saw firsthand how local conditions affected the quality of life for individuals and communities.  Her global-local perspective and strong desire to make a difference at home are a good fit for SCT as it begins an anticipated rise in land protection for individual and organizational land owners, said Morris.

Most recently, the organization opened The Ridge, a 307-acre nature preserve in the heart of Fayetteville with more nearly 6 miles of hiking and biking trails and a 7 1/2-mile water trail that is currently being developed.

“I’m honored to be selected by the SCT Board as the new Executive Director.” said Pace. ” I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the amazing communities where we protect land, wildlife and vital water sources to ensure they are around for many years to come. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation already established in Fayette County and the surrounding areas. My goal is to increase the protection and education of land, wildlife, and water conservation in the Southern Crescent that the Southern Conservation Trust is able to protect in the great state of Georgia,” said Pace.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Pace has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world focused on marketing, branding, digital engagement, fundraising, writing, and humanitarian photography.

Pace succeeds Pam Young, a pillar in Fayette County, who headed the Southern Conservation Trust for 5 years and announced her retirement earlier this year.

About the Southern Conservation Trust

The Southern Conservation Trust was founded in 1993 by Fayette County residents’ eager to preserve greenspace in a developing community.  For 23 years, the Southern Conservation Trust has protected farms, forests, environmentally sensitive land, wildlife habitats, and scenic greenspace in the Atlanta and south metro areas and is expanding to other parts of Georgia.  Currently, the fully accredited trust has 2,400 protected acres – 900 of which are public nature preserves in Fayette County.  The Trust expects to add an additional 1,200 acres of easement by year-end. www.sctlandtrust.org.

CONTACT: Katie Pace, 828.329.2988, katie@sctlandtrust.org

Save the Date for 2016 Hike & Like !



Save the Date!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

2:00 – 5:00 PM


Join naturalists as they guide you through the trails and share the wonder of the flora and wildlife at Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City.


Be sure to join us this year as we unveil the new sustainable stormwater wetland solution.

Deck and plantings 8.9.16

Join the Sustainable Wetlands Unveiling 

                      2:00 PM.


Jason Clark sharing his passion.

Jason Clark sharing his passion.

Don’t miss the “snake” adventures while you see them slither and creep.

Southeastern Reptile Program   

4:00 PM




Line Creek Nature Area     Directions Mapping


  This free family outing provided thanks to:

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The Ridge Nature Area Now Open

Vine cuttingThe Ridge Grand Opening Huge Success!

This weekend was awesome with more than 400 folks coming out to explore SCT’s newest public nature area.


The Grand “Vine Cutting” was enjoyed by all! The water trail also got to have a “Vine Cutting”.Cutting the vine at the water trail




Group of bikes    Bikers enjoyed the multi-use trails.

Ducks getting race help

The 1st Annual Duck Race was lots of fun with the ducks needing a bit of racing help due to low water levels.


We hope you will get outdoors and visit this treasure soon!     The Ridge Trail Map

The Ridge Nature Area

415 Burch Road, Fayetteville, GA 30215





Visit us for Earth Day!

Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shakerag Knoll
Peachtree City, Georgia

We’ll be at the Fayette County Earth Day celebration April 23rd. Please come visit us – we’d love to hear your opinion about land conservation and greenspace preservation in your community. It’ll be a great chance to learn more about Southern Conservation Trust and get involved with the many volunteer opportunities we have coming up this spring and summer. Camp W.I.L.D. information will be available.

Thank You! Farm to Table 2016

Southern Conservation Trust’s 6th Annual Farm to Table Benefit was a huge success thanks to all our sponsors, attendees, donors, chefs, and farmers blended with an abundance of sunshine, fantastic entertainment and education. Thank YOU for adding to the evening’s success.

We are especially appreciative to one of our conservation easement donors for hosting the evening on their amazing private preserve. A special thank you to Brent and Tina Scarbrough for hosting us at Scarbrough Preserve, Brooks.  Your generosity made the benefit special for everyone.

Brent receiving golden eagle award

Brent Scarbrough receives SCT’s highest award ” The Golden Eagle” Award for Brent’s commitment and dedication as a cornerstone partner and for providing years of service of going above and beyond.

David Clark  received this years “Silver Eagle” Award for his support of special projects this past year.

Fabulous wood burn cutting board auction item


Along with the beautiful setting, the evening included a touch of fun in the silent auction and an awesome live auction. Thank you to all our auction donors. Everyone had so much fun while supporting nature at it’s best.


Young with award F2T 2016-248 (2)

The evening ended with a special  Farewell to Pam Young” celebrating retirement after 30 years of Nonprofit Service.

If you would still like to honor Pam  contributions may be made to the  The Pam Young Educational Legacy Fund  to ensure environmental learning initiatives for the next generation.



Don’t Miss SCT at Fayette County Earth Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

We’ll be at the Fayette County Earth Day celebration April 18th. Please come visit us – we’d love to hear your opinion about land conservation and greenspace preservation in your community. It’ll be a great chance to learn more about Southern Conservation Trust and get involved with the many volunteer opportunities we have coming up this spring and summer. You can even sign up for Camp W.I.L.D.!!!

Farm to Table 2015- Thank You!

Southern Conservation Trust’s  5th Annual Farm To Table Benefit was a huge success thanks to all our guests, sponsors, chefs, farms, donors and volunteers that made the evening so special. We were fortunate to have cool weather and the bad storms missed our beautiful venue.

Our benefit provided an opportunity for everyone to have fun and learn about the partners and activities engaged with SCT.

A special thank you to Brent and Tina Scarbrough for hosting us at Scarbrough Preserve, Brooks.

Of course the feature of the evening was the local farms and creative chefs providing the tasty offerings. Thanks to our Chefs and our Farms and check them out below.

Our entertainment was fabulous with a genre that delighted anyone’s preference. With much appreciation for the sharing of their talents:

  • Celli, the genre-defying cello quartet that shatters any preconceived notions of what it means to be a cellist.
  • Fayette Senior Services Dulcimer Group – Peach Pickers
  • The Blue Grass band – Flint River Ramblers

Lots of lively fun was had during the silent auction and an awesome live auction. We appreciate all the donors and bidders for everyone’s support in helping SCT to continue to implement its mission of conserving natural resources for everyone’s enjoyment.

Congratulations to the raffle winner:         Jeannine & Rick Massengale.  The prize of a Big Green Egg and nest (medium)was contributed by Autrey’s Armory.

Special moments of the evening included the honoring of our 2015 dedicated and passionate volunteers:

SCT’s Golden Eagle Award was presented to the Rotary Club of Peachtree City for their continued support of volunteer hours and project support at the Line Creek, Sams Lake, Flat Creek and Nesmith Nature Areas since 1999 .

SCT’s Silver Eagle Award was presented to Rick and Joanne Minter, Minter’s Farm, for their considerable effort in helping SCT to establish the Farm To Table Benefit.

Throughout the evening guests were provided a glimpse into the many partners and activities that occur on our public nature areas. Thanks to:

  • ATSASR – Georgia – Alpha Team K9 Search & Rescue  which is a highly capable, professional response team with experience and willingness to respond to all types of lost or missing person search and rescue emergencies. Teams may be called upon in the South Eastern United States to assist in searches by FBI, GBI, and local emergency services. The teams conduct training sessions on 2 of SCT’s public nature areas.
  • Fayette County Stormwater Mgmt. Department for sharing  their Nonpoint Runoff Pollution demonstration and enlightening everyone on their own ability to make a difference.
  • Clayton State University and Institute for Environmental Insight for sharing their Eastern Box Turtle research project with more than 740 turtles being tracked and evaluated  in one of the largest box turtle projects in the GA and the South Eastern United States .

 A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors:



Gold Plate:

Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Silver Plate:

J. P. Morgan

Zac Brown’s Southern Ground

Edward Jones – Chris Allessio & Brian Chustz

Green Plate:

Mark Gray, State Farm                                      Hendrickson & Associates, LLC

Mike Fitzpatrick Ford                                        Women’s Medical Center

Peterson Planning                                              United Community Bank

Matt Ramsey                                                        Atlanta Gas Light

Blue Plate:

Fulton & Kozak CPAs                                          Grow Counseling

Coweta-Fayette EMC                                          Heritage Bank

Meineke Car Care Center of PTC                      AgSouth Farm Credit

Sanderson Law, P.C.                                            AJAKO

Keystone Financial Services                              Mr. Transmission

Merrill Lynch – The Truitt Group                    Jim Qualls, Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty


White Plate:

Fayette County Farm Bureau                             Country Fried Creative

The Complete Insurance Source                        Robert S. Black Mediation

Southern Crescent Builders


Our Chefs:                                                              Our Farms:

My Chef Nancy                                                                                            Minter’s Farm

Chef Len, Piedmont Fayette Hospital                                                    Happy Hogs, LLC

Chef Jason, Due South Southern Cuisine                                             Rocking Chair Ranch Cattle

Midwest Cattlemen’s Association                                                           James Family Farm

Joe Hanna, Hanna Brothers Studio Cafe’ and Event Catering         Two Doves Farm

Our In-Kind Donors:

Benoit Designs                                  John Fox Photography                                Atlanta Bread Co.

AJAKO                                                Minuteman Press of PTC                            Sweetwater Brewery

Reece Tent Rental                            Gremlin Growlers                                         Dogwood Gallery & Framer

TCBY of PTC                                      Keep PTC Beautiful                                      Entertainment Productions

Maggie Laton Marketing                 Cardinal Waste Solutions


Our In-Kind Auction  Donors:
SO many and we appreciate each one.

Camp W.I.L.D- See you in 2016!

Registration now CLOSED!

All campers will engage in activities related to Water, Insects, Leaves, and Dirt. Campers will enjoy exploring aquatic life in Line Creek, seeing plants and wildlife along the hiking trails, learning how the granite outcroppings emerged within the nature area, making arts and crafts, traditional camp activities along with  lots of nature fun within the 60 acre Line Creek Nature Area. There will also be special activities based on weekly themes and guest presenters whom will allow campers to learn about and meet wild animals up close. *Camp days are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Campers may be signed in beginning at 8:30 am. Campers must be picked up by 1:30 pm.

Tadpoles (ages 6 –  8 )

Bugs, birds and fishing will provide a wonderful introduction to our natural world for children eager to participate in activities geared for youngsters of this age group. Activities will excite camper senses. Touching creepy crawlers, hear local birds, and just getting in the dirt will provide great outdoor fun.

Trailblazers (ages 9– 12)

Campers will participate in more complex environmental field studies including aquatic and plant life in the pond and Line Creek. Exploring the granite outcroppings and native rocks will provide insight into important historical cultures.  Introduction to bird watching, listening skills, and tracking patterns will help campers identify and appreciate local birds and animals.


Staff Guidance Helps Children Grow

Southern Conservation Trust’s primary goal is to offer children a positive camp experience in an outdoor environment where they can appreciate nature, engage in healthy outdoor  activities and be introduced to environmental stewardship.  Our camp staff encourage campers to reach their own conclusions while coaching them to trust themselves in making the right choices. Empowered young people can spark a desire to make a difference!  Caring adults are always present to provide the attention and guidance young people need to grow, to discover the wonders of nature, make new friends and have lots of healthy, active, outdoor fun. Under the guidance of the Camp Coordinator, staff plan each day carefully to promote a memorable experience. Guest presenters will compliment activities providing a wide range of opportunities for nature discovery.

Line Creek Nature Area

Line Creek Nature Area is a 67 acre public preserve on Hwy 54 which borders Line Creek on the Coweta/Fayette County line. Several miles of easy and challenging trails, stocked pond with fishing dock, picnic tables & gazebo and granite outcroppings and creek shoals provide enjoyment unique xeric vegetation and wildlife. A scenic area to relax and enjoy a peaceful excursion.   Registration begins April 1st, please download/complete/ Email Us or mail with payment:

  • Camp Fees
    • $85.00 per week per child
    • $65.00 per week per child – SCT members
    • $20.00 per an EXTRA T-shirt (one T-shirt is included with camp fee)
  • (Full payment required upon registration; your child will not be accepted into camp without full payment for that week. Weekly camp enrollment is limited and on a first come first served basis.)

Pay Online  or by Check payable to Southern Conservation Trust: Mail checks to: 192 McIntosh Trail – Peachtree City, GA 30269   ** Please write your camper’s name on all checks.

For additional Information, contact us.


Special thanks to:

Our Presenting Grantor:


Our Sponsor:

Rotary Club of Peachtree City



Save The Date!

And Join us on June 18, 2015

Farm To Table is a big part of Southern Conservation Trust’s mission to preserve greenspace and farmland in your community.

You can greatly help in these efforts by participating on the planning committee, engaging as one of our chefs or farms and/or by becoming an event sponsor or donating a service/item for the silent auction. Sponsor information here.

If you’ve been looking for a way to associate your business with a local non-profit that benefits the entire community, this is it. By donating your goods or services you will support conservation and improve the quality of life in our area. For information  Email Pam.

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