Dr. Bynum Boley changed up the typical UGA lesson plan recently, taking a class of Warnell students to Woody's Mountain Bikes in Helen, Georgia, for an in-person look at a natural resources recreation business.
Students interviewed the business owners, Woody and Kathy Wood, as well as White County Commissioner Terry Goodger. Because around 40 percent of public land in White County is dedicated to tourism and recreation, Woody's Mountain Bikes is an ideal location for a class on commercial recreation and tourism, Boley said. We have been fortunate to make this visit to Woody’s a yearly occurrence for my class on entrepreneurship in recreation and tourism,” said Boley.
Students were assigned 11 specific questions for the lesson, including "what was your source of inspiration," and "how did you finance the business?" Students will write a paper about the class excursion and what they learned.
Following the 90-minute class, students went to Smithgall Woods Conservation Area and rode mountain bikes on the Gold Mine Trail.