Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
- by Ruth Thompson
Here are upcoming outdoor Chattanooga news and events:
Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap at Spring Fest April 21
Outdoor Chattanooga will host our sixth annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap during the City of Chattanooga’s Spring Fest on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coolidge Park. The event is free and open to the public.
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Dynamic Kayaking at 10x10, April 18
Grab a railing on the Walnut St. Bridge on Wednesday, April 18, at noon to watch Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers create a dynamic, moving sculpture
on the TN River using whitewater kayaks. The event will be part of the MakeWork10x10 exhibition
at the Hatch Festival
Bike Maintenance Clinic April 19 – Prep for Commuting
Outdoor Chattanooga will partner with the Chattanooga Trek Store for a series of free, public bicycle maintenance clinics
beginning on Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. Each month, mechanic Taylor Keaton will offer advice and techniques for different bicycle maintenance issues. This month’s topic: prepping a bicycle for commuting. Learn about setting up and tuning a bicycle to carry you and your stuff to work or school. To learn more, email
or call Outdoor Chattanooga at 643-6888.
Native Plant I.D. Hike on Earth Day April 22
Outdoor Chattanooga invites the public to join professional herbalist Holli Richey for a leisurely hike
at Greenway Farm on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. Richey will guide hikers through the farm's ecosystem to identify local plants and how to use them for food and medicine. No registration is necessary. Meet at the canoe and kayak barn at the back of the farm. To learn more, email
or call Outdoor Chattanooga at 643-6888.
Butterfly Garden Plant Swap April 24
Outdoor Chattanooga and the TN Valley Chapter of the N. American Butterfly Assoc.
will host a plant swap at our Coolidge Park facility, 200 River St., on Tuesday, April 24 from 7-8 p.m. The public is invited to bring flowers to swap, and get some new plants for the garden. Some of the plants will be butterfly nectar or host plants, but any type of plant is welcome. (No poison ivy please!) All plants for swapping should be labeled. Call Bill Haley 785-4056 for information.
Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour at Rock/Creek April 17
Outdoor professionals Sheri and Randy Propster will host a free, public seminar
on backpacking and gear at Rock/Creek on Tuesday, April 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the 2 Northshore location (Next to Greenlife Grocery). The public can learn some essential outdoor skills and try the newest gear and clothing.
Grand Opening of the Gear Closet at Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap April 21
The Gear Closet
, a fundraising store for the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance (Tenne-SEA),
will open during Outdoor Chattanooga’s sixth annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap on Saturday, April 21. Shop for great deals on used gear to benefit clean water programs in the Chattanooga area.
Spring Schooling Show at Hidden Hills April 22
Hidden Hills Farm
and B. Equestrian invites horse riders to participate in their Spring Schooling Show on Sunday, April 22, beginning at 1 p.m. The show is geared for beginning or young riders to show off their skills. For more information, email
or call Tara at 488-3993.
National Park Week at Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP, April 21-29
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
and the National Park Foundation will celebrate National Park Week
with free admission for visitors to Point Park April 21-29, living history programs at Chickamauga Battlefield April 21-22, Junior Ranger Day on April 21, and a chance for you to Picture Yourself at a National Treasure
on the National Parks Website. To learn more about the week’s activities, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706 866-9241 or the Lookout Mtn. Battlefield Visitor Center at 821-7786.
Marie Humphrey’s Spring Native Plant Sale at CA&NC April 27 & 28
The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center
will host their Marie Humphrey’s Spring Native Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 27 & 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reflection Riding. To learn more, call 821-1160.
Sign up for Great Outdoors Night at the Chattanooga Lookouts Aug. 14
The Chattanooga Lookouts
invites outdoor businesses and organizations to participate in Great Outdoors Night on Tuesday, August 14. Contact Josh Weeks, John Quirk or Gavin Cox at 267-2208 for more information.
Americans are Driving Less, Especially Youth
This new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, published by the League of American Bicyclists
, shows that young Americans are choosing to drive fewer miles and use other forms of transportation, like transit and bicycles.
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Upcoming Events . . .
28 Pom Pom Pass5K/1 Mile Fun Run
National Corn Bread Festival 5K
Run for Ringgold
Run for Relief
28/29 Volunteer 80 Race to the Smokies
1 Rapid Learning Moves to Greenway Farm
2-4 Tennessee Bike Summit
5 3State/3Mountain Challenge
Wilderness First Responder at SAU
Bill Gregory Health Care Classic
King of the Mtn. Road Race
Belvoir Christian Academy 5K
9 National Bike to School Day
10 Moccasin Bend Bicycle Rides Begin
12 Opening Day for Upper Ocoee River
Another Gorgeous Evening with TN River Gorge Trust
Raccoon Mtn. 10K/5K
17 Bike Maintenance Clinic: All About Brakes
19 Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tours Begin
Scenic City Trail Marathon and ½ Marathon
Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
Chattanooga Tour de Cure
IHN 5K Run and Walk to End Homelessness
Viola Valley Half Marathon
20 Scenic City Triathlon
Wilderness First Responder Recertification at SAU
22 Iron Jr. Triathlon
1-3 TN Valley Canoe Club Paddle School
2 National Trails Day
Bicycle Demo Day at ESNP
7 Bicycle Maintenance Clinic: Derailleurs
9 Splash Into Spring
Riverbend Adventure Challenge
10-15 TWRA’s TN Outdoor Youth Summit
15-17 Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
25-29 Appalachian Adventure Summer Camp