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Inaugural Spring Fling held at Sawnee Mountain Preserve
Spring Fling
Sawyer Arthur creates a wind sock with paper, paint and streamers Saturday during the Spring Fling event at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. - photo by Brian Paglia

There’s only one kind of soap to clean an animal dirtied by an oil spoil, so Erica Chiasson dunked a small, greasy toy sea turtle into water foaming from a healthy supply of Dawn dish soap. 

Spring Fling
Emma Wigley holds her finished bird feeder. - photo by Bradley Wiseman
The recreation program assistant at Sawnee Mountain Preserve gently scrubbed the toy with a sponge, then pulled it out to reveal a pristine turtle. 

“Got a clean little guy,” Chiasson said.

Chiasson’s demonstration was just a sampling of Saturday’s Spring Fling, the debut event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sawnee Mountain Visitors Center in conjunction with Earth Day.

The public enjoyed games, crafts and a variety of workshops. There were presentations on gold-mining, trail trees and native Georgian animals. Author Priscilla Whitaker shared her book, “Mr. Blue,” about Great Blue Herons. Participants also enjoyed the climbing tower and zip line. 

“A little something for everybody,” said Vicki McKenna, program specialist at Sawnee Mountain Preserve.