Walks and Talks

Since the book's release in May of 2013, the authors have been responding to invitations all over the state to bring geology to the public. In addition to telling the science behind top nature destinations all over the state, there have been programs on geology's influence on the Civil War, Georgia's gold rush, the origin of mountain scenery, Atlanta's recreation spots, Fort Mountain, and FDR State Park/Warm Springs. If there is an opportunity for a geology walk, that is part of the program as well.

You can register for events simply by choosing "Join" at the event listing on Facebook, or by using the form on this page. Registering lets us know how many attendees to expect. We will try to give each attendee who has registered a COOL BILLION-year-old rock or other cool Georgia item.

In Spring 2014 a partnership began with Dr. Leslie Edwards, an author of Natural Communities of Georgia (U GA Press, 2013) to do talks and walks around the state on how the subjects ot the two books interconnect.

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Upcoming Events

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California July 11-19, 2015

Following are programs currently scheduled by the authors of Roadside Geology of Georgia. Check with the hosting organization regarding any admission charges. For descriptions and pictures of events, visit the Facebook page.




(Witherspoon unless noted)

Saturday, Apr. 18, 10:00 AM

Stonecrest Library, Lithonia

Geology and Natural Communities of Atlanta's Rocky Places, Arabia, Panola, and Stone Mountains (with Leslie Edwards)

Saturday, Apr. 18, 11:30 & 2:00 PM

Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

Natural Communities and Geology Walk (with Leslie Edwards; must pre-register with Atlanta Audubon)

Thursday, Apr. 23, 6:30 PM

Macon County Community Facilities Building, Franklin, NC

 California: Geology on the Edge (Franklin Gem & Mineral Soc. Mtg.) (armchair version of July 11-19 trip)
flyer / press release


Saturday, Apr. 25, 10:00 AM

Tallulah Gorge State Park

 Geology Walk
press release


Saturday, Apr. 25, 11:30 AM

Tallulah Gorge State Park

 River Rivalries: the Battle That Made Georgia Mountain Scenery
press release


Thursday, May 7, 6 PM

Life University 19th Century Village, Marietta

 Geology Walk
press release


Thursday, May 7, 7:30 PM

Sierra Club Centennial Group, Cobb County

Gorges Atlanta: Geology along the Chattahoochee and its Tributaries
press release

Friday, May 8, 3:30 PM

Dahlonega Gold Museum

Geology, Gold, and the Making of Georgia

Saturday, May 9, 7:00 PM

Georgia Botanical Society, Dahlonega

Where the Mountains Meet the Foothills: Geology and Natural Communities near the Blue Ridge Escarpment (keynote, with Leslie Edwards)

Saturday June 27, 1:00 PM

Brasstown Bald Visitor Center

 A Window through Time: Geology and Nature at Georgia’s Highest Summit (Witherspoon with Leslie Edwards)


Sunday June 28, 1:00 PM

Anna Ruby Falls Visitor Center

  Geology and Natural Communities Walk (Witherspoon with Leslie Edwards)