Welcome to South Bend Park Stewardship

Events 2020-2021!


Eco-A joins Friends of South Bend Park and Sustainable Lakewood along with the City of Atlanta and other partners in new efforts to restore South Bend Park.


We’re hosting 12 Stewardship walks and volunteer events from Nov 2020 to July 2021. 


South Bend Park hosts high value urban forests along with a wide array of recreational amenities. It also hosts headwaters of the South River (one of two major rivers originating in Atlanta neighborhoods) which flows on to become the 2nd largest river system on the east coast of North America, after the Chesapeake Bay. There is even an old growth forest remnant here, with a high diversity of trees and native forest species. 


Each South Bend Park Stewardship event features educational as well as volunteer activities. We’ll learn about the special features of the urban forest found in the park, including key tree species, edible seeds and fruits, song birds and raptors, wildlife, and indicator plants as well as the invasive species that threaten the health of our park’s forests. 


Participants will learn how to recognized key indicator species, how to “read” a forest, and learn how to spot invasive species and how to safely remove these and restore the native forest at South Bend Park — or any natural area in our region. Participants will become experts about the natural values of South Bend Park, and will be trained to share their knowledge and skills with friends and family as well as lead other groups of volunteers. Participants are also eligible to earn Eco-Naturalist certifications. 


South Bend Park Stewardship events dates are listed below — click on the link to register for each event.


Saturday, December 12, 9:30-noon This event will focus on high value overstory trees and how to “read” a forest.  We’ll work to remove invasive species, including English ivy in a special area which still retains some of the original landscape of our region that Native Americans would have known.  click HERE to register


Saturday, January 23, 2021, 9:30-noon – This event will focus on our regional watershed, including the importance of the South River, and we’ll cover winter tree bark and invasive species ID and best removal methods, along with a hands-on invasive species removal project.  click HERE to register


Sunday, February 7, 2021, 9:30-noon – This Stewardship event will focus on native vs. non-native species ID, especially evergreens, our park’s wildlife mammal species, tracks and signs, invasive removal.  click HERE to register


Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9:30-noon – This Stewardship event will focus on native vs. non-native species ID recap, and woody invasive shrub ID and removal training. And we’ll include a list of native shrubs that are healthy replacements for invasives.  click HERE to register


Sunday March 14, 2021 2:00-4:30 pm – This  Stewardship event will focus on signs of spring, forest ecology, urban forest planning, and invasive removal.  click HERE to register


Saturday, April 10, 9:30-noon – This Stewardship event will focus on spring ephemeral wildflowers and how these uncommon species are an important clue to reading the forest’s story. We’ll also have a short intro to native and migratory birds, and work to remove invasive species. click HERE to register


• Sunday, April 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – This Stewardship event will focus on intercontinental songbird migration in South Bend Park, and help you learn to recognize different species of birds by call including raptors, and we’ll work to remove invasives.  click HERE to register


Sunday, May 22, 9:30-noon – This Stewardship event will focus on several common edible species and how to ID these helpful green neighbors, and we’ll work to remove invasives.  click HERE to register


Sunday, June 6, 2:00pm – 4:30 pm – This Stewardship event will focus on common edible and medicinal species, and we’ll have a special training on how to most effectively remove Kudzu – hint, it’s not about  getting entangled in the vines. Kudzu is also a very valuable edible/medicinal species.  click HERE to register


Sunday, June 27, 9:00 am – 11:30 am – This Stewardship event will focus on native and non-native vines, and we’ll learn more about lesser known tree species. We’ll also include an invasive species removal project.  click HERE to register


Saturday, July 17, 9:00 am – 11:30 am – This is our last Stewardship event of our first series, and we’ll mostly focus on revisiting what we’ve learned, and possibly remove a little Japanese Chaff Flower, then we’ll celebrate!  click HERE to register


Note: Space is limited and preferences are made for neighborhood residents, leaders and pre-registered participants.


More Stewardship events thru July 2021 will be posted soon!



Eco-A Stewardship events in South Bend Park are supported in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Federation 5-Star grant program.