2022 Fall Annual Meeting

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Waycross, Georgia

Beth Grant

Beth Grant led the Save Our Forest Movement in Thomas County in 2008 and was Founder and President for 13 years of Friends of Lost Creek Forest, an original old growth hardwood slope forest. She was also one of the founders and lead volunteer for over 10 years at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve. For 12 years she has been lead volunteer at Cherokee Pollinator Garden, a large garden in the shape of a butterfly and in an adjoining hillside and woods, containing over 100 species of native nectar and host plants. For many years she has volunteered at Birdsong Nature Center. She has led countless field trips and educational programs at the four locations. Beth is a lifetime member of GNPS and member of the Coastal Plain Chapter.

Dr Doug Tallamy shared his slides with her on Bringing Nature Home, and she has heard him speak five times, and presented her program on this over 50 times. She is a retired mental health counselor and educator.

Kathy Crye

Kathy Crye has a degree in Horticulture from Middle Tennessee State University, and decades of gardening experience in Georgia.

With a strong interest in Native Plant Gardening and Conservation, Kathy worked for years at Callaway Gardens, helping to develop Native Plant Habitats on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail, and serving as Curator for their world renowned Azalea Gardens.

As Manager of the outdoor Butterfly Garden at the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, she helped develop the Pollinator Garden and led educational programs promoting the importance of conservation gardening.

Recently retired, Kathy and her husband Hank reside in Pine Mountain Valley, Georgia.

Katie Antczak

Katie Antczak is the Environmental Science Education Coordinator at Okefenokee Swamp Park and the Science Specialist at the Okefenokee Regional Education Service Agency. She conducts science outreach programs for public PreK-12 schools in a 9-county area, and she is responsible for developing education programs at the Okefenokee Swamp Park. Katie has an undergraduate degree in Forest Resources (Wildlife) from UGA and a M.A. in Teaching from Georgia Southern University. Prior to working at the OSP and OK RESA, Katie taught middle school science and worked for the GSU Center for Wildlife Education and the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. She currently lives in Waycross with her husband and two children, including newborn son, Liam.