Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:


Our Kids Bicycle Rodeo happens this weekend at Carver Community Center. And did you know that full time UTC students receive a $45 discount on Bike Chattanooga annual memberships
 
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Rapid Learning Roll Practice Jan. 16

Our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program has moved to Wednesdays, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Kids Bike Rodeo at Carver Community Center - Jan. 19

Outdoor Chattanooga and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga will host a free kids bicycle safety rodeo at the Carver Complex Community Center this Sat., Jan. 19, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Kids of all ages and their parents can come participate in some fun, kid friendly drills and earn a Rodeo certificate of completion and a couple of goodies. To learn more, Email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 to register. 

Free Winter Workshop: Geocaching 101 - Jan. 26
Did you know that you can geocache with your Android or iPhone? Outdoor Chattanooga will host a free geocaching workshop for people of all ages on Sat., Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at our facility in Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Richard Manning and other local geocachers will teach a short class on the basics and then take everyone out into Coolidge and Renaissance Park to go cache hunting. Participants may download a free geocaching app before coming to the class or learn how from the experts. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.

Outdoor Chattanooga's 7th Annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap - April 20

We will host our annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap on Sat., April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Coolidge Park. This year, the event's theme is: "A Spring Celebration of Chattanooga's Signature Outdoor Lifestyle." Exhibitor registration is open to outdoor businesses, non profits, conservation and local food organizations, alternative transportation manufacturers and organizations, clubs, health and wellness organizations and dog and cat rescue groups. For more information, email Ruth Thompson or call (423) 643-6888.

Community Events . . . 
Sandhill Crane Festival Jan. 19-20

The TN Wildlife Resources Agency and the TN Ornithological Society will host the annual TN Sandhill Crane Festival at Birchwood Elementary School on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20, 2013. The event will feature a full schedule of special events at the school and regular shuttles to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge for crane watching.  

Public Meeting on Rossville Blvd. Transportation Enhancements Jan. 22

The City of Chattanooga will conduct a public meeting on Jan. 22, 2013, to present preliminary drawings for bicycle and pedestrian enhancements on Rossville Blvd. (State Route 27), between 48th St. and the TN/GA state line. A short, formal presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer period. The meeting happens from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Cedar Hill Improvement League Building, 4501 13th Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37407. Anyone with additional questions may email or call Tony Madewell, City of Chattanooga Dept. of Public Works, at (423) 643-6000 or via mail at 1250 Market St., Ste. 2100, Chattanooga, TN  37402.  

S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance Meeting Jan. 23

The S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance will meet on Wed., Jan. 23, 12 noon at Wally's Restaurant, 6521 Ringold Rd., in East Ridge. For the first meeting of the New Year, thr group will identify watershed issues and determine upcoming activities. All are welcome. To learn more, email Sandy Kurtz.   

CA&NC Education Programs Jan. 26-27

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host a series of educational programs for adults and kids the weekend of Jan. 26 and 27. Pre-registration is required for all classes by calling (423) 921-1160, ext. 0.

Saturday, January 26

12 noon - 2 p.m. - Herpetology - this adult class will focus on the native reptiles and amphibians of our area and how they adapt to survive. Taught by CA&NC Education Director Corey Hagen. Cost: $20 ($18 CA&NC Members).

12 noon - 2 p.m. - Introduction to Sandhill Cranes - Dr. David Aborn, UTC Professor and Ornithologist will teach a class based on his recent research about Sandhill Cranes. For adults and kids ages 12 and older. Cost: $12 ($10 CA&NC Members).

Sunday, January 27

Time TBA - Photography 101 - Professional photographer Bob Hulse will use our winter landscape to teach the basics of outdoor photography. Adults and kids ages 16 and older. Cost: $30.

News

Coyote Sighting Survey at CA&NC
Have you seen coyotes in your back yard, in a park, or in an urban area? The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center is conducting a survey to learn more about human-coyote interactions occurring in Metro Chattanooga, including areas in which coyotes are being seen and citizen concerns. The survey page also contains valuable information about urban coyote habits and behaviors.

Volunteer Opportunities 

5 Points Trail Day Jan. 19
SORBA Chattanooga will hold a special work day, social and overnight camp at the 5 Points Recreation area, on Lookout Mtn. this Sat., Jan. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. A trail building session will be followed by chili lunch and bonfire, a mtn. bike ride and an evening social. Ovenight camping will be available for those who wish to stay. Bring work gloves, water, your mtn. bike and camping gear if you plan to stay overnight. To learn more, visit the SORBA Facebook page.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Wouldn't it be nice if there were never any trash, ever again, along our trails? Sweden seems to be finding at least a partial solution.  

Last Week's Web Hit
Instead of a chirpy little bell, wouldn't it be nice to have a loud bicycle horn?  


2013

February, 2013
             Trail of Tears 7 Mile Run
             Save Water, Drink Wine
5            Cupids Chase 5K
17           Polar Plunge Chattanooga
 
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
             Get Out Chattanooga Challenge 

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

30          Stars, Stripes and Wishes Run

July, 2013
22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race
11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump




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TVA Issues River Traffic Caution On Tennessee River At South Pittsburg

The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a river traffic caution from  July 27 until Aug. 1,  for transmission line construction at Tennessee River Mile 417.3 near South Pittsburg, Tenn. TVA transmission crews will be installing new transmission lines across the river approximately one mile south of the Highway 156 bridge. Work will be occurring daily between  ... (click for more)

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What Is #NoogaStrong

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Roy Exum: The ‘If’ In Purple Hearts

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