Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event(s)  

Winter Workshop: Map and Compass Jan. 23 

Learn the basics of navigating the old fashioned way at our Winter Workshop: Map and Compass, happening on Thurs., Jan. 23, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The free workshop will be taught by Alan Archer, former U.S. Marine and orienteering expert. The workshop is suitable for adults and kids ages 6 and older. No reservations required. Maps and compasses provided. BYO-compass if you wish. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 423 643-6888

Map and Compass Field Trip Jan. 25  
Alan Archer and Outdoor Adventure Training will host a field trip on Sat., Jan. 27, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., for students of the Map and Compass workshop who would like to try their new skills. Students will bushwack through the back country and should be prepared for any weather conditions. Cost is $20 and students can register by calling (423) 987- 9628 or register at Thursday's Winter Workshop. 


City of Chattanooga Drivers Ed Program in American Bicyclist
American Bicyclist magazine features the City of Chattanooga Transportation Department's innovative driver education program in this month's issue. The article highlights a unique partnership between Transportation, Outdoor Chattanooga, Bike Chattanooga and CARTA to educate drivers about bicyclists, pedestrians and transit.  

Ride Mentors Needed for SYC Trips for Kids Mtn. Bike Program

The Southeast Youth Corps (SYC) Trips for Kids program needs skilled mountain bikers to mentor kids on training rides on the Lookout Mountain trails. Trips for Kids is partnering this spring with the Lookout Mtn. Land Conservancy to educate Howard School students in conservation and mountain bike skills. Successful graduates of the program earn their own mountain bike, helmet and bike light. Rides are scheduled for Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 20 and Apr. 10 & 24. To volunteer, email SYC Program Director Brenna Kelly or call 423-718-3467.  

Website of the Week

Visit the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, which includes river info and a nice video gallery of some local whitewater runs. 

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Wild Edibles Workshop Jan. 30
Learn about some of the tasty and healthy wild edibles that grow in your own back yard at our next Winter Workshop, happening Thurs., Jan. 30, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The free workshop will be hosted by professional herbalist Holli Richey. Plan on sampling some freshly made surprises. All ages welcome. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423 643-6888.

Guided Hike to Russell Cave National Monument Feb. 1
Join Outdoor Chattanooga and the Nickajack Naturalist for a guided, beginner hike to Alabama's Russell Cave National Monument on Sat., Feb. 1, 9 a.m., beginning at the Russell Cave Visitors Center in Bridgeport, AL. The hike will be an out and back on a .8 mile, paved nature trail, followed by a visit to the Cave and the Visitors Center. Reservations are required. Email or call hike leader Bob Butters at 423 991-1548.

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Resumes Feb. 4

Come join our Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice on Tues., Feb. 4 or 11 with two sessions at 7 and 8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center. Outdoor Chattanooga's skilled instructors take beginners from their first wet exit to their first kayak roll. First time visitors get to participate in the class for free. A $2/adults, $1 kids admission to the pool applies for all participants. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.    

Registration Open for U.S. Masters Swimming Nat. Champs. May 17 

Registration is open for the 2014 U.S. Masters Swimming 2.4 Mile Open Water National Championship , to be held on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga on Sat., May 17, 2014. Co-hosted by the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers (C.O.W.S.) and Outdoor Chattanooga, the event will feature two, 2.4 mile races, one with wetsuits and one without, and one 1.2 mile race.  

Featured Community Event(s)  

Sierra Club Meeting: The In's and Out's of Grassroots Politicking Jan. 27
Learn about grassroots politicking on the local and state level at the next Sierra Club, Cherokee Group meeting, Mon., Jan. 27, 7 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Guest speaker Jeremy Dahl will share how to get elected representative's attention and keep it. Dahl worked as a professional campaign consultant and field representative nationwide. The public is invited. Healthy snacks will be served.  


More Upcoming Events

8            Save Water, Drink Wine

21-23     Lookout Wild Film Festival
22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

5            Color'Nooga
11-12     Georgia Trail Summit
12          Father/Son 5K
19          Chickamauga Chase Trail Race
26          Scenic City Trail Marathon

3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
             Childrens Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
4           Bike to the Ballpark
16-17     Rock/Creek Thunder Rock 100
17          Viola Valley Half Marathon
              USMS Open Water National Championships
24-26     V.W. USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships

7           National Trails Day
13-15     Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race

9           Still Hollow Trail Race

28          Ironman Chattanooga

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump

1           Upchuck 50K

14         Lookout Mountain 50 Miler

5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop To Be Held Sunday

Beginning this Sunday, bear experts from all over the world will be meeting for the 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg.  Bear specialists from Asia, the Middle East and South America will join their colleagues from the U.S. and Canada to discuss strategies on dealing with human-bear conflicts.    Beginning in ... (click for more)

TWRA Requests Public Input For 2019 Fishing Regulations

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking for comments for its 2019 fishing regulations. "This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about fishing regulations with TWRA staff," officials said. The comment period concerning fishing regulations will be open until April 22. Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Debating Future Of Mountain Center; Vice Mayor Gee Goes Off Council After Marrying And Moving Out Of Town Limits

A discussion regarding the Mountain Arts Community Center lease and memorandum of agreement with a non- profit organization that has been formed with a proposed to manage it took place at the Signal Mountain town council meeting Friday afternoon. City Manager Boyd Veal had created a document for the purpose of starting a discussion and to identify how the council would like to move ... (click for more)

Students OK After Bag Containing Meth Found At Nolan Elementary

Officials say students at Nolan Elementary School on Signal Mountain are okay after discovering a bag that contained meth. The incident happened on Friday afternoon during a reading fair.  Principal Dr. Shane Harwood sent this message to parents: "Good Afternoon Nolan Families - We wanted to share some information related to an event that has taken ... (click for more)

Tax All County Property Owners Once For School Safety

Our School Board, Sheriff Hammond, school administrators and the community are thoughtfully considering how to maintain safety in classrooms. Currently, discussions indicate more funding will be needed to ensure school safety. If schools are not safe and more money will change that, by all means let’s move to fix the problem.   There are many caring and knowledgeable ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)