Faith-based Partnerships

Together with Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) welcomes groups of faith to come experience the Chattahoochee Watershed firsthand.

Whether through an outing on one of our two floating classrooms (Lake Lanier & West Point Lake), a guided paddle trip or a volunteer trash cleanup along a local waterway, we encourage groups to reach out and learn more.  

Volunteer Trash Cleanups

Our volunteer cleanups make a tangible difference in the health of our watershed and offer a safe and positive community engagement activity. Volunteer cleanups typically take place along the shoreline of the river, lakes and creeks and last up to two hours.

Trash bags and gloves are provided. Everyone is invited to participate in our monthly cleanups, but private cleanups just for your organization can be arranged for a fee. Donations to support CRK staff and the cost of supplies are welcomed.

Outing On The Floating Classroom

Join us on one of CRK’s two floating classrooms for a two hour outing with up to thirty participants. Groups are encouraged to use this time to teach from their own tradition of creation care as well as learn from GIPL and CRK instructors about environmental stewardship.

Available on Lake Lanier and West Point Lake. The cost is $15 per participant with a minimum payment of $250. Group scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Guided Paddle Trips

One of the best ways to experience your local waterway is to paddle along in a kayak or canoe.

CRK and GIPL staff can lead guided paddle outings and work with you to craft an experience that is unique to your group and location. CRK also has a limited number of kayaks that we can provide for these outings.


Depending on your location, please contact one the following Chattahoochee Riverkeeper staff members for more information and to schedule an outing.  


Kyndall Thiessen
Development Director
[email protected]

North Georgia

Mallory Pendleton
Headwaters Outreach Manager
[email protected]

West Georgia & East Alabama

Henry Jacobs
Middle Chattahoochee Director
[email protected]

About Our Partner

Georgia Interfaith Power & Light equips faith communities across the state of Georgia to care for Creation through worship, education, and the stewardship of our natural resources.

GIPL was founded in 2003 by Rev. Woody and Carol Bartlett as part of the national Interfaith Power & Light movement. Since that time, GIPL has partnered with over 500 congregations, helping them reduce their energy consumption and costs and implement Creation care initiatives. 

Learn More

Learn more by watching this thirty-minute conversation about connecting faith groups with their local watershed. 

Thank you to our friends and partners featured in this video: 

  • Anton Flores, Casa Alterna Founding Director & Atlanta Friends Meeting Friend-in-Residence
  • La Trina Jackson, The Atlanta Unity Mosque, Imam
  • Codi Norred, GIPL Executive Director
  • Juliet Cohen, CRK Executive Director
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