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Georgia Outdoors airs Fridays at 8:30 PM and Saturdays at 6 PM on GPB.
"We're taking a fresh look at Georgia," Georgia Outdoors host Sharon Collins says of the Telly Award winning series. Each week, viewers get an amazing view of all that Georgia has to offer through spectacular photography and narrative storytelling that showcases wildlife, plants, and other aspects of the state's natural beauty.
"Part of what we're trying to do with Georgia Outdoors is to raise people's awareness of what they can experience in their own backyards," Collins says. "We hope viewers will follow our lead and spend their weekends and vacations in the natural playgrounds of our environment, whether they shoot a video on an unmarked trail or in their backyard."
Since joining Georgia Outdoors as the host, executive producer and writer last season, Collins, whose past work includes stints with CNN Headline News' "Down to Earth," and CNN's award-winning weekly environmental program "Earth Matters," says she's seen many surprising things while driving around the backroads of Georgia. "We did a show in season 18 on the Okefenokee Swamp, and it's like something out of another time period. It's beautiful and mysterious. Who knew?"
Besides the episode on the Okefenokee, the largest swamp in North America, Collins has also traveled from Georgia's coast, where among other things, she's captured the beauty of a colony of wading birds for the episode "Herons and Heroes," to the north Georgia mountains, where she's showcased Amicalola Falls, the state's highest waterfall, in the episode "Crashing Water."
What did she learn while shooting these episodes from season 18 and preparing pieces for this season? "Nature rules, and we follow along," Collins says.