Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:

New Day! New Location!

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Jan. 23

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

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 Winter 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.

Sierra Club Presentation on Fracking Jan. 28
Outdoor Chattanooga and the Sierra Club, Cherokee Group will host University of TN, Chattanooga professors Dr. Joe Wilferth and Dr. Henry Spratt at their monthly meeting on Mon., Jan. 28, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Drs. Wilferth and Spratt will offer the public a basic primer on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," as a method of petroleum extraction, and it's potential effects on groundwater sources in Hamilton Co. The public is invited. 

Bike2Work Breakfast Feb. 1

We'll host our monthly Bike2Work Breakfast at the Waterhouse Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga's Miller Plaza on Fri., Feb. 1, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Brave winter cycle commuters and those who are hibernating are invited to partake of fresh Velo Coffee, Whole Foods Breakfast and get a chance for some free maintenance from River City Bicycles. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Registration is OPEN!

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 . . . 
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.

Celebrate Cycling Open House Jan. 31

Suck Creek Cycle invites the public to come to a Celebrate Cycling open house on Thurs., Jan. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy food, games, great people and a celebration of things past and yet to come for cycling in Chattanooga.   

Save Water, Drink Wine for Tenne-SEA Feb. 2

The Tennessee Chapter of the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance will host a special fundraiser, Save Water, Drink Wine, at the Barn Nursery on Sat., Feb. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature tapas, wine, music and funds Tenne-SEA's clean water programs.  

Volunteer Opportunities 

Chattanooga Park Stewards Elmo Park Cleanup Feb. 2
The Chattanooga Park Stewards will team up with the St. Elmo Neighborhood Association to host a volunteer cleanup day at Elmo Park on Sat., Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to mulch, paint and do a few small repairs to this special neighborhood park.  

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

After last week's relentless rains, Pat Keller did a first descent of the Cumberland Plateau's 100 ft. Ozone Falls. The only casualty was his helmet cam.   

Last Week's Web Hit
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.  


11          Cupids Chase 5K
17          Polar Plunge Chattanooga
2              Family Waterfalls Hike
9              Rump Run 
                Wash me Pink Color Run
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
             Get Out Chattanooga Challenge 
30            Color me Rad 5K

6          Out Run the Police
            Chickamauga Chase
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

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

30          Stars, Stripes and Wishes Run


11           Cannonball Charge

8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damages Listed At $15,000; Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

Woman Shot Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman was shot while driving on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m.  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a vehicle when the vehicle was struck by gunfire. She  ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)