Green Building Adventure

We have outgrown our current office space
and have accumulated lots of materials for the Green Building Adventure,
so we are now starting Phase I!
This page will be updated as the project progresses, so keep checking back!


Green Building Adventure

Educational Adventures

Support Us!

Phase I of the Green Building Adventure will be an ongoing project throughout the Summer of 2010.

Come join us in this exciting construction project.

Here are the basics:

  • We will be working on the Green Building Adventure 4 days per week during the Summer and early Fall of 2010.
  • Each day will consist of a differen project and we'd love for you to join us.
  • You'll have fun and you'll learn a lot about the building process.
  • We'll be doing different things each day.... there's no way of knowing exactly what we'll be doing until a couple days before so feel free to contact us.
  • Three students and their parents can join us each day.... don't be left out!

There are many tasks needed to complete this project. Phase I is an introduction to the construction process. The skills gained throughout this program will be integrated into Phase II.

We have secured many reclaimed materials to be integrated into the final structure of the storage shed and woodworking shop, but we need your help. When using reclaimed materials, there is much to be done to prepare these items to be reused. Nails need to be pulled, boards need to be planed, sanded, and treated, and then the real fun begins.... building the structure!

Phase I is not an intensive program like Phase II. Our staff has designed the structure and has been securing the materials, but we need students to help with the rest of the process. If you are interested in applying to participate in Phase II, we really encourage you to assist with Phase I. You will learn many of the skills needed for Phase II. Also, Phase II is a huge commitment. By helping with Phase I, you will both demonstrate to our staff that you are serious about sustainable construction, and you will have the opportunity to see if this is the right program for you.... it's a chance to 'test the waters' to see if you want to 'take the plunge.'

Educational Excursions is a non-profit organization. You and your kids will receive community service credit for the time you donate to Phase I of the Green Building Adventure.

So far, we have secured lumber from a 100 year old hay barn that was located in Cave Springs, GA and lumber from a 100 year old cottage from Cabbagetown in Atlanta. Click these links to learn more about the history of these materials.

Cave Springs Barn
Cabbagetown Cottage

We need 3 helpers per day. Students must be 15 or older .
If you believe your child can help but is younger than 15,
please contact us to discuss the various options.

Save your spaces now!
E-mail us HERE to save your places.
Be a part of Phase I of the Green Building Adventure!

Kids ages 15 and older are welcome to come help. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If your kids are younger than 15 and you feel like they are capable of participating, please contact us.

We'll be working on the Green Building Adventure every
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday.
Come lend a hand!

Additional construction dates will be added as the project progresses.

Cave Springs Hay Barn circa 1900

Cave Springs is located Floyd County. Nestled in scenic Vann’s Valley, named for a Cherokee chieftain, the City of Cave Spring was established in 1832 by settlers of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry. The town was named for the limestone spring which produces 2 million gallons of water daily inside a cave in the center of the village.
Churches were begun as soon as houses were built, and in 1838 the Cave Spring Baptist Church appointed an education committee with the purpose of establishing a permanent school.

The American Civil War (1861-1865) and its aftermath were major turning points in the economic and social life of Georgia. The state was devastated during the war, and after the abolition of slavery the plantation system was replaced by tenant farming, which still focused on traditional agricultural products such as cotton, tobacco, peanuts, and grain crops. The state remained poor, and during the Great Depression of the 1930s it was particularly devastated as the boll weevil decimated the cotton economy. Migration to other states seemed to be one of the few ways of overcoming poverty. The state remained primarily agricultural in nature until the early 1950s, when the development of industry began to accelerate.

Cabbagetown Cottage circa 1900

In the Battle of Atlanta, The Atlanta Rolling Mill was a primary target of Sherman as it was one of the South's largest producers of rail track, cannons and two inch sheets of steel. The Atlanta Rolling Mill was destroyed after the Battle of Atlanta and on its site the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill began operations in 1881. Cabbagetown was built as the surrounding mill town and was one of the first textile processing mills built in the south. Its primary product was cotton bags for packaging agricultural products.

Built during a period when many industries were relocating to the post-Reconstruction South in search of cheap labor, it opened shortly following the International Cotton Exposition, which was held in Atlanta in an effort to attract investment to the region. The mill was owned and operated by Jacob Elsas, a German Jewish immigrant. Its work force consisted of poor whites recruited from the Appalachian region of north Georgia.

Elsas built a small community of one and two-story shotgun houses and cottage-style houses surrounding the mill. Like most mill towns, the streets are extremely narrow with short blocks and lots of intersections. At its height the mill employed 2,600 people; a protracted strike in 1914-15 failed to unionize the factory's workforce. For over half a century Cabbagetown remained home to a tight-knit, homogenous, and semi-isolated community of people whose lives were anchored by the mill, until it closed in 1977.

Afterwards, the neighborhood went into a steep decline which didn't end until Atlanta's intown renaissance of the mid-1990s. The mill itself was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

We are seeking additional building materials. Here is a partial list.... let us know if you can help. All donations may be tax-deductible.

Sliding glass doors
Framing lumber
Metal roofing

Thanks for your generosity and for
helping to make this unique educational opportunity a reality!

Contact Information

Educational Excursions Inc.
P.O. Box 1283
Jasper, GA 30143
(770) 605-2451
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