McFadden Nature Center to expand and open preserve for public enjoyment

The McFadden Nature Center staff, pictured above from left to right, includes Director of Operations Raymond Wilson, Director of Research and Development Sherryl Lapping, Tolu Jean-Jules, Director of Marketing Wendell Jean-Jules, and Center Director Angela Hagen 

Nourishing the need for nature!

The McFadden Nature Center, located at 5540 River Road just west of Donalsonville, consists of 1260 acres of uplands and wetlands and includes two miles of river frontage on the Chattahoochee River. The property is less than half a mile from the Georgia, Florida, and Alabama state dividing lines.

Pat McFadden bought the property in 1999 and named it the Lokchasassa Wilderness Project.  He passed away in 2008 but not before he provided for the property to be protected. The property was renamed the McFadden Nature Center in his honor, and the dream to transform it into a nature center and natural preserve for all to enjoy began.

Recovery efforts from the devastation of forests caused by Hurricane Michael are ongoing as the natural preserve reestablishes native trees, grasses, and wildflowers as well as working to protect the wildlife’s natural habitat.  

Over the next two years plans are now in place to create an open to the public natural preserve offering indoor and outdoor events for the community, wetland and upland tours, and facilities and accommodations presented in a natural setting for educators, researchers, students, naturalists, and others to gather and meet other like-minded nature loving individuals.

The nature center’s main complex will be built with a view of the preserve’s open pastures, gently rolling hills and pond, and additional structures for education opportunities and lodging  are also planned.

“Mr. McFadden loved this property and he wanted it protected and its natural beauty preserved for all to enjoy,” commented center director Angela Hagen. “The Nature Center will ultimately become a community showplace and we welcome comments and  input from the local community on our plans moving forward.” 

Visit the center’s newly designed website at www.McFaddenNatureCenter.com and sign up to be included on the center’s  mailing and email list to receive timely progress updates and activity announcements.

For additional information or details on the project, email [email protected] or call 229-254-2100.

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