Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event(s)  

Wild Edibles Workshop This Thursday

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

Russell Cave Hike and Tour 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.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

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.    

Camp Chair Cinema (Indoors): "Halo Effect" Feb. 7

Outdoor Chattanooga and the Lookout Wild Film Festival will host "Halo Effect" at our next free Camp Chair Cinema on Fri., Feb. 7, 7 p.m., indoors at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The film features spectacular footage of the Fisher brothers' journeys and kayak runs through big whitewater in Iceland and Norway. BYO-camp chair and non alcoholic beverage. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide the popcorn.

Featured Community Event(s)  

Chattanooga Hiking Club Presentation Feb. 3: History of Fontana Village 
The Chattanooga Hiking Club will welcome guest speaker Jonathan Peoples, recreation director at Fontana Village, at their next meeting on Mon., Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Peoples will present on the history of Fontana Village and the lumbering operations in and around historic Proctor, N.C. The public is welcome.
Family Hike to Sewanee Natural Bridge Feb. 8 
The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a family hike on the Buggy Top Trail/Sewanee Natural Bridge on Sat., Feb. 8, at 12 noon, beginning with a car caravan from Chattanooga to Sewanee Natural Bridge State Natural Area.  The 4 mile round trip will take hikers to the mouth of Buggy Top Cave, one of the most spectacular cave entrances in the Southeast. RSVP Required. To learn more, email or call leader Valerie Radu at (423) 503-2318.

Save Water, Drink Wine Feb. 8
The Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance and Tenne-SEA will host their annual fundraiser, "Save Water, Drink Wine," on Sat., Feb. 8 at the Barn Nursery. Proceeds from the fundraiser support their Kids for Clean Water programs in Tennessee and abroad. 

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.  


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.  

More Upcoming Events


22          Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge


22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race


5           Color'Nooga
12          Father/Son 5K

26          Scenic City Trail Marathon


3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark

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


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)