By LeeAnn Rhoden

Reed Creek Nature Park & Interpretive Center is a wonderful resource for education and preservation. It is located just off Fury’s Ferry Road across from West Lake subdivision. Reed Creek runs through Martinez collecting and shedding water into the Savannah River. The park is a nature preserve within the limits of our growing and progressing community.

The park offers a one-third mile long raised boardwalk and trail system open daily sunrise to sunset. Trail maps are available in the Interpretive Center. These trails are available for walking or jogging and taking in the local flora and fauna such as woodpeckers, river otters, deer, cattails, and willow trees.

Along the trails you will be taken through six different habitat exhibits – creek, floodplain forest, pond, upland forests, field, and swamp. You’ll see a pollinator garden and the CSRA Master Gardener’s demonstration garden. It offers a true appreciation to all that our area has to offer and what we need to do to preserve our natural resources.

The Interpretive Center is where the nature library is located. There you can find literature about our environment along with check lists for identifying animals and plants along the trail and in our very own back yards. There are also natural history displays and a live animal collection featuring turtles, frogs, and snakes.

Reek Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center offer educational programs for all ages. There’s story time for toddlers and scientific educational classes for homeschoolers, and for after school extra-curricular fun. You can arrange for school field trips, scouting trips, and even birthday events. One of their annual events is the Chocolate Festival held in March.

The Interpretive Center also offers an outreach program where one of the counselors will bring to your location several animals. They will provide information about each animal, its habitat, and allow children to touch and gently handle some of creatures.

Location: 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, GA 30907

Budget: The park is open to the public. There are costs for special events and classes. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the schedule and class information.

What To Do: Do walk the trails and use their check list for a nature scavenger hunt! Be sure to visit the Interpretive Center to learn about our environment and to check out the cool animals. And if you have the opportunity, do sign up for one of the classes. They are awesome!

If You Go: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring bug spray. Take a camera for pictures and binoculars to see all the animals.

This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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