Building Forest Trails

Thank you to the fantastic group of volunteers from Zeta Phi Beta and Hill Chapel Baptist Church for their help building forest trails for urban children. The urban forest and trails are located on the property owned by the Hill Chapel Baptist Church, where they reach out to many urban children by offering environmental education and opportunities to participate in the community garden located near the forest.


Thank you to Chris McDowell and the University of Georgia (UGA) for carpentry skills, coordination and material donation through the Material Reuse Program.

This program was developed by Chris as a grad student in 2011 to salvage C+D waste (construction and demolition) and reuse it on student and community-based design/construction projects. Since then they have saved more than 100 tons of materials from being landfilled and returned that valuable product back to the community. The program is now officially a part of UGA’s College of Environment + Design, it has proved to be an effective device for teaching students real sustainable construction techniques as well as promoting community service and engagement.