Center celebrates conservationist's birthday

BUFORD -- The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center plans to celebrate the 125th birthday of the late conservationist Aldo Leopold on Saturday. Visitors are invited to learn more about the naturalist and writer by taking part in activities at the local center.

Those who attend can participate in a forest restoration workday to help improve the ecosystem on the GEHC campus. Readings and activities from Leopold's "A Sand County Almanac" will be offered throughout the day. Nature journals will be created, and visitors can practice observation skills outdoors.

"The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center is very excited to celebrate the birthday of an exceptional legend who challenged how humans interact with the environment," said Jason West, director of development at the center.

At 2 p.m. Saturday the GEHC will show an encore screening of the celebrated film, "Green Fire," the first full-length, high-definition film ever made about Leopold, who was born in 1887.

"We hope that all the visitors who come out on Saturday have the opportunity to be inspired by the previous work of Aldo Leopold and the current projects and opportunities that the GEHC offers to the community today," West said.

For more information and a schedule of detailed events on Saturday, visit www.gwinnettehc.org, or call (770) 904-3542.

The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford.