FAYETTEVILLE, September 22, 2020 –  McIntosh High School senior and Girl Scout, Elizabeth Wilson led an initiative with the Southern Conservation Trust to design and install eight benches that are works of art at three nature preserves in Fayette County.


This project will be the accumulation of Wilson’s years of work as a Girl Scout and has earned her the Gold Award, a top honor in the scouting community. According to the Girl Scouts of America the Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable – proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.


Wilson has entitled her project “Sitting On Creativity”, its goal is to create a constructive community outlet for student artists. These unique benches fulfill the need of a resting place at local nature areas all while simultaneously using artistic talent to beautify spaces and helping young artists to become a beneficial and unifying element to the Fayette County community. Art work does not need to be hidden within a gallery nor does it need to deface property; rather, students can use their personal talents as a method of service while simultaneously gaining fulfillment. 


“We are delighted to be the organization that can encourage such an outlet in Fayette County,” says Caroline Creel Akeman with the Southern Conservation Trust. “One of our primary goals is to get young people out in nature, what better way than providing a functional piece of art in our community.” 


These pieces of art and function can be found at Morgan Grove Nature Area off Morgan Road, Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary on Old Senoia Road, and Wildcat Woods Nature Area that will be opening this fall behind Whitewater High School. Make sure you take a moment to sit on creativity.


For more information on this project check out @sitting_on_creativity on Instagram.


About the Girl Scout Gold Award

The Gold Award is the highest award high school girl scouts can earn.  Girls learn to think critically, be open to multiple perspectives, investigate thoroughly, work cooperatively, and identify resources within and beyond their local communities. Girls develop into leaders for today and tomorrow.  (www.girlscouts.org)


About the Southern Conservation Trust

Based in Fayetteville, Georgia the Southern Conservation Trust is one of the leading land trusts on the East Coast and elevates nature through exceptional stewardship through over 46,000 acres of conserved land throughout the Southeast, as well as eight public nature areas in Fayette County, Georgia.  www.sctlandtrust.org.