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Just a quick post to help the Fernbank Science Center, and its students and patrons, regain access to its ancient forest again.
Don’t forget to leave a comment when you sign the petition. Here’s the comment I left:
“I was heartbroken and outraged when the Fernbank Science Center forest was first closed. I stood outside the gate reading the signs after my last forest walk, feeling impotent and wronged on behalf of all the children and aspiring naturalists in Greater Atlanta.
The whole purpose of allowing the community to respectfully walk the only old-growth forest fragment left in Atlanta, to feel the power, the beauty and majesty of the forest, and the reverence for nature it instills, has been undermined by your arbitrary decision to lock those gates.
Please do the right thing and allow Fernbank Science Center visitors access to the forest again, and help future generations learn to love, respect and understand the natural world through their first-hand, heart-felt experiences in this most magical – and precious – place.”
Direct petition link, here: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/open-fernbank-forest