What Makes AUTREY MILL Unique?
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve began in 1988 as a grassroots effort to save a diverse woodlands from encroaching development, prevent the loss of an old mill site, and to halt the demolition of historic buildings situated on the property. The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association was formed the following year to operate, protect and improve the preserve.
Visitors can experience the preservation of nature and history- through quiet enjoyment of the trails and heritage sites. Our many programs utilize the natural setting and historic structures. To interpret the preserve, we create interactive lessons combining environmental science, history, and their interdependence.
The preserve was founded by community advocates and continues in that spirit by relying on, and encouraging, the volunteerism of individuals and groups who log over 10,000 volunteer hours annually.
We offer the public a variety of natural science and history based programming including guided nature hikes, tours of historic buildings, children’s classes, scout programs, school field trips, home school classes, special exhibits, summer camps, events, and festivals.
The public has cost-free access to Autrey Mill's grounds for hiking, nature study, strolling the pathways of the Heritage Village, and visiting with our animals. Entrance to the grounds is free and is open 8:00am to dusk 365 days of the year! The preserve has grown under the 29-year leadership and vision of our nonprofit. Today we welcome 14,000 annual visitors to over 3 miles of nature trails, animal exhibits, gardens, and a Heritage Village of restored historic buildings.
How Will Your Donation Help?
Programming revenue only covers about 60% of our operating costs. We are committed to keeping access to the grounds and trails free we depend on contributions from people like you. Your donation will help-
Youth In Nature
Help us educate youth that are in need of connecting with their natural environment and local history. Can you image a summer without sand between your toes, bird song in your ears, or the breeze wafting through your hair? So many children spend their free time indoors. We aspire to give youth the tools to safely explore and be inspired by the natural world. Your gift would help us achieve this task by providing:
- Food for the Autrey Mill Animal Ambassadors
- Program supplies for nature programs
- Owl pellets for children to dissect and discover the intricacies of an ecosystem
Preserve Local History
Help us preserve a part of Johns Creek history by conserving the Heritage Village. By strengthening the bonds to our past we insure a brighter future. Our Heritage Village paints a picture of what life would have been like during the 1800s. We use the space to interpret that history and teach youth and adults alike on topics that include conservation and preservation. Your gift would help us achieve this task by providing:
- Funding for a professional conservator to treat some of our more fragile objects
- Archival storage materials and display to properly store fragile objects from our historic collections
- Interpretive signage and cases for our heritage exhibits
- Heirloom plants for our heritage and butterfly gardens (for example, cotton)
Even small gifts can make a difference! Thank you for donating to Autrey Mill!