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Release Date: 02.04.2019 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Wylde Center

Atlanta Daybook Nonprofit Spotlight | The Wylde Center

An integral part of the Atlanta community, the Wylde Center is a regional nonprofit organization which cultivates vibrant greenspaces and inspires communities of environmental stewards.

In 1997, an idea took root in the Oakhurst area of Decatur, Ga.  Neighbors Sally Wylde and Louise Jackson envisioned a community garden where children could learn about the natural world and enjoy hands-on gardening activities.  With the purchase of a half-acre of property at the corner of South McDonough St. and Oakview Road, the Oakhurst Community Garden was born.  

From this small seed of an idea, the Oakhurst Community Garden blossomed and grew, and quickly became one of the area’s most popular gathering spaces, offering individual garden plots, educational programs, a destination for school field trips and other youth groups and social activities for all ages.Today, supported by members, foundations, corporations and donors, the non-profit is now called the Wylde Center to honor its co-founder and to better encompass its expanded range of properties and programs.  

As a result of the community’s involvement and commitment, the organization, now called the Wylde Center, has evolved into a large and active nonprofit organization operating five greenspaces (Oakhurst Garden, Sugar Creek Garden, Hawk Hollow, Edgewood Community Learning Garden, and the Mulberry Fields Garden) in four different Decatur and Atlanta neighborhoods, open year round for the community, for events and for Wylde Center’s educational programs.

Additionally, Wylde Center provides one of the largest youth environmental and science education programs in metro-Atlanta, including the Decatur Farm to School program, Atlanta Farm to School, Healthy Living by Healthy Growing at the Decatur Housing Authority, and science program and field trips linked to Common Core standards.

Winter and Summer Camp Registration is Now Open 

The City of Decatur is the first Bee City USA in Georgia! Applying for the designation was a collaborative effort between the City of Decatur, Wylde Center, and community residents. An active committee with these same representatives are now planning bee and other pollinator education opportunities throughout the year. Follow on Facebook for updates on how you can help spread the buzz about bees and save our pollinators.

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Neida Arrington

Company: The Wylde Center

Phone: (404) 371-1920