Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event(s)  

Wilderness First Aid Apr. 5-6

Learn how to deal with back country medical emergencies until professional help arrives. Landmark Learning will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga to offer this intensive, weekend class on Wilderness First Aid, Sat. and Sun., Apr. 5-6. Cost is $200 and includes all instruction and class materials. An optional CPR certification will be offered on Fri., Apr. 4, from 6-9 p.m. for an additional $45. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Leave no Trace Master Educator Apr. 7-11, 2014

Landmark Learning will join Outdoor Chattanooga to host a Leave No Trace Master Educator Certification Apr. 7-11, 2014. The five day program will include classroom instruction and four nights/days camping in the field. Cost is $550 and includes all instruction, class materials, backcountry meals and transportation to and from the camp site. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Camp Chair Cinema: "Wild Bill's Run" Jan. 10 

The Lookout Wild Film Festival will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga for a free public screening of "Wild Bill's Run," on Fri., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. "Wild Bill's Run" follows a rag tag bunch of '70's adventurers and their quest to snowmobile around the world. Appropriate for adults and teenagers. BYO-camp chair for the indoor screening. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888. Watch a trailer.

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Jan. 14

Come join our Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice on Tues., Jan. 14, 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.   

Winter Workshop: What's SUP Jan. 16

Join us at Outdoor Chattanooga on Thurs., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. for "What's SUP?" a free presentation and introduction to standup paddleboarding, co-hosted by Mark Baldwin of L2Boards.  Learn about the equipment and skills necessary to take up this very popular sport. The workshop is free and open to paddleboarders of all ages. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Winter Workshop: Weave a Basket from Kudzu Jan. 25
Basket weavers Bill and Candy Haley specialize in materials from invasive plants. Learn to weave a basket from kudzu, wisteria and privet when the Haley's offer an afternoon workshop at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park on Sat., Jan. 25, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $25 to cover materials and preregistration is required. To learn more or register, email Bill Haley or call (423) 326-9248.

Featured Community Event(s) 

Sandhill Crane Festival Jan. 18-19  
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the annual Sandhill Crane Festival on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 18-19, at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge and the Birchwood Community Center (formerly Birchwood School). The event features seminars, live music, kids activities and visits to the Refuge and adjacent Cherokee Removal Memorial Park and museum. All activities are free and open to the public.  

More Community Events

Friends of Stringers Ridge Chili Pint Night Jan. 11
The Friends of Stringers Ridge will host a Chili/Pint Night on Sat.,Jan. 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the Gear Closet, 535 Cherokee Blvd. The fundraiser will support the purchase of trail maintenance equipment and the development of future projects. The family friendly event will feature live music and s'more fixin's and hot dogs for roasting over the fire. 

Chattanooga Named Runner Friendly Community 

The Road Runners Club of America has designated Chattanooga as an "Outstanding Runner Friendly Community." This means that our community and City government does a good job supporting runners and running events. Congratulations, Chattanooga!    

In Memoriam:

The Chattanooga outdoor community was saddened in December to learn of the passing of Betty Petty, longtime member and past president of the Chattanooga Hiking Club, and regional trails advocate. Betty worked tirelessly for decades to help connect people to trails. She will be sorely missed. 


More Upcoming Events



8           Save Water, Drink Wine

22         Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge


22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race


12          Father/Son 5K


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


9           Still Hollow Trail Race


28          Ironman Chattanooga


4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump


1           Upchuck 50K


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Tennessee State Parks Named 2016 Government Recycler Of The Year

Tennessee State Parks was named the 2016 Government Recycler of the Year at the Tennessee Recycling Coalition’s annual banquet on Oct. 17 in Oak Ridge. In 2015, Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Sustainable Practices launched the “Go Green With Us” initiative. The program encourages park staff and visitors ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)