Kayla Rayburn loves Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, and she is on a mission to make sure that everyone in Augusta knows about it! Kayla is hand-crafting 1,000 individually numbered origami cranes and taking them to the Augusta Market to raise awareness in the community and to raise funds for the park. There is a Japanese legend that says whoever folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, and Kayla’s wish is for a bright future for Phinizy Swamp.
Kayla was first inspired to let people know more about Phinizy Swamp Nature Park when she was selling her own photography to raise money for her school’s art department. People who saw her photos of the park thought they were beautiful, but had never heard of Phinizy Swamp. She felt that as one of Augusta’s natural treasures, she wanted to let others know about it so that they could enjoy it as well.
Kayla will be taking her cranes and information about the park to venues such as the Augusta Market, First Friday and more! Anyone can take a crane, and she will also be accepting donations toward the support of the park. People can then bring one of her crane’s into our Swamp Shop / Visitor Center for a one-time 10% discount on merchandise.
We are grateful to Kayla for her interest in the swamp and for her hard work raising community awareness!