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Stephens County Foundation University

Tour de Bend Bike & Hike

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In 2015 & 2016 , the Tour de Bend was held in conjunction with the Tour de Tugaloo Benefit Bicycle Ride. 


This family friendly event featured a 2- mile bicycle ride from Yonah Dam Park to the Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park site. Participants went on a nature hike followed by a history lesson around the camp fire along with s'mores, of course!


Participants then cycled back to Yonah Dam Park for lunch and took part in the festivities of the Tour de Tugaloo. 

The “Stephens County Foundation University” is an entity created to bring educational experiences to the community.  Numbers of volunteers, many of them retired teachers, have brought their knowledge and skills to Tugaloo Bend, as we offer an increasing number of educational opportunities to students and adults alike. 

During several days in October 2017, both the sixth grade and the eighth grade from Stephens County Middle School were involved in study activities at Tugaloo Bend.  These activities were coordinated with the current curriculum of the classes, and were led by volunteers who are members of the Stephens County Foundation University faculty.  There were approximately 600 students participating in the activities, over 6 separate days.

Sixth grade students were involved in sessions centering around the natural surroundings of the area, the plants and animals found there, as well as lessons on the soils and effects of erosion in the area.

Eighth grade students were there to learn about the history of the area, both Native American and later periods.  These students had the opportunity to experience the “Wattle and Daub” construction methods of the Cherokee peoples, by participating in a “hands on” session, partially constructing a frame dwelling similar to that in which the Cherokees lived.  The “daub” material consists of red mud and straw.  The students seemed to particularly enjoy getting their hands dirty as they participated in this activity.

Persons who would like to know more about “the University” and who are interested in participating should call 706. 282. 7636.