Past Events

Tree Scavenger Hunt Winners

ORLT 2013  Members Hike and Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 26, 10 am – 1 pm

Please join us for the inaugural hike on the Cook Conservation Easement.  What better way to celebrate ORLT’s 20th birthday, then a hike on ORLT’s very first conservation easement?  There will be a guided hike, tree identification contest, munchies, and a box lunch for those who reserve one by October 23 (call 706-552-3138 or email to reserve one for $10).  This is a members only hike, but you can become a member at the event, so bring a friend for a wonderful fall hike!


Oconee River Land Trust Monitoring Day

Saturday, March 9, 2013
10 am – 2 pm
Box lunch provided

Come on a winter hike with ORLT to monitor the spectacular Tallassee Forest!  This 310-acre property borders the Middle Oconee River in Athens-Clarke County and has hardwood forests, streams, a wetland, and a rare American holly forest.

After a brief training session, guided groups will walk the protected property.  This is an opportunity for members to help complete ORLT’s 2013 monitoring and experience one of our most recent projects.

Spirit of the Land 2012:
Small-scale Images of the
Georgia Landscape

Art Exhibit and Sale
August 5-September 9, 2012

The Oconee River Land Trust’s Fall Hike and Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 13, 1:30 -3:30 pm

Please join ORLT for a fall hike on Rob and Carol Winthrop’s beautiful 366 acre conservation easement  in Oglethorpe County.

Bring family and friends to hike through the protected forest and wetlands, learn more about ORLT’s work this year, and enjoy cookies and cider. The hikes will begin at 2:00 pm, and will be .5 to 1.5 hours of easy walking on the network of excellent trails the Winthrops  have  developed

Celebration of the Land

ORLT’s annual membership event, Celebration of the Land, was held November 7, at the Orange Twin conservation easement in Clarke County.  Members hiked in the beautiful forest, enjoyed the music of Art and Margo Rosenbaum, took hayrides with Smith Wilson and his team of mules, and learned more about the Orange Twin easement and development.  Thank you to all who helped and attended!

Gallery Talk

Thursday, June 17, 5:30-8 p.m.
State Botanical Gardens of Georgia Conservatory
Free and open to all!

Come hear Dr. Paul Manoguerra discuss works from the permanent collection of GMOA as part of ‘Spirit of the Land’.

Dr. Paul Manoguerra, the curator of American art at the Georgia Museum of Art, will deliver a lecture on the landscape works from the permanent collection of the Georgia Museum of Art on June 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. The lecture is a part of the scheduled programming for Spirit of the Land, a fundraiser that benefits the Athens Land Trust and Oconee River Land Trust at the Gardens.

The Georgia Museum of Art is the state’s largest public-funded art museum, and it is currently in the process of renovating and expanding its existing property. During this time, Manoguerra is assisting in a comprehensive review and cataloging of the museum’s vast collection of works. His lecture will focus on the various landscape scenes in the museum’s collection.

Manoguerra received his Ph.D. in American Studies, with concentrations in American art history, museum studies and U.S. history, from Michigan State University in 2002. He holds an M.A. in museum studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He studied in Italy on the Saint Mary’s College (Indiana) Rome Program from 1989 to 1990.

Manoguerra was curator and author of Classic Ground: Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Painting and the Italian Encounter, an exhibition and book that examined American paintings, created as the result of Italian travels, within the context of U.S. social and cultural history. Classic Ground won, in 2005, the Award of Excellence for exhibitions at the Southeastern Museums Conference and the Mary Ellen LoPresti Art Publication Award of the Southeast Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America. The exhibition Jay Robinson also won, in its budget category, a 2007 Commendation at the Southeastern Museums Conference. Manoguerra’s scholarship has appeared in several publications, including theAmerican Art Review, the New Georgia Encyclopedia, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and numerous exhibition catalogues and brochures.

He served as assistant to the director for the Museum Studies program at Michigan State University from 1999 to 2001.   Manoguerra was also graduate assistant at the Kresge Art Museum from 1999 to 2000. He was formerly the director of exhibitions/collections at the Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Manoguerra functioned as a curatorial intern to the deputy director/chief curator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1994.

Manoguerra has taught at several institutions, including the University of Georgia, Kalamazoo College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University and in the Direct Encounter with the Arts program at Western Michigan University.

Spirit of the Land Gala

Saturday, June 26, 7-10 pm
Botanical Garden Conservatory
Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

Gala Event Tickets are available at:

  • Athens Land Trust, 685 North Pope St.
  • Oconee River Land Trust, 380 Meigs St.
  • Farm 255, 255 West Washington St.
  • Homeplace Gifts, 1676 South Lumpkin St.

The Gala is a wonderful evening featuring:



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