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. 
 
News

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. 

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More Upcoming Events

January

  

February
8           Save Water, Drink Wine

22         Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge

March

22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April

12          Father/Son 5K

May

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

24-26    V.W. USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships

June

7           National Trails Day

August

9           Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28          Ironman Chattanooga

October

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1           Upchuck 50K

 December




Waterfowl WMA Application Deadline Approaching

Applications will be accepted until midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2016 Wildlife Management Area waterfowl hunts. A computerized drawing system will be held to select successful applicants based on the priority drawing system. Hunters may apply at any TWRA license agent, at any TWRA regional office, or online at www.tnwildlife.org ... (click for more)

TWRA Confirms Sighting Of Cougar In Wayne County

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed the sighting of a cougar in Wayne County on property located in an area between Linden and the county seat of Waynesboro. A trail camera captured the cat’s image on Sept. 4 and the agency, as it does when it receives reports accompanied by credible evidence, began investigating the report. “We often get asked what it means ... (click for more)

DA Pinkston Files Petition To Declare 2 Gangs A Public Nuisance

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston filed a petition on Monday asking that two Chattanooga gangs, the Gangster Disciples and the Grape Street Crips, and their members be declared public nuisances. General Pinkston is also "asking that injunctive relief be given to the law-abiding residents of East Lake by establishing a Safety Zone that covers most of their neighborhood." ... (click for more)

2 Boaters Die In Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning On Chickamauga Lake

Two boaters and their pet were pronounced dead at the scene of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on Chickamauga Lake.  Kristy D. James and Mike L. Richardson of Chattanooga were reported missing to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day by a concerned family member. The boaters had not been heard from since Saturday. Tennessee Wildlife Resources ... (click for more)

Of Course Gangs Are A Public Nuisance

Now, I don't know it all.  Beginning with my parents, folks of all sorts have been actively pointing out my ignorance for more than seven decades now.  So I'm well aware that I don't know it all.  In recent months I've begun to develop an appreciation for the local work of Mr. Neal Pinkston; I've been impressed with several things he's been doing in his official ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arnold Palmer’s Greatness

This is hardly meant to be flippant but I’d be willing to bet I’ve been in the presence of more great people than anyone you know. I’ve never ranked them, or ever dared to wonder who was the greatest, such as Muhammad Ali or Elvis Presley, but there are two traits that those who reach the highest pinnacle have in common. First, not a one of them was any good at what made them famous ... (click for more)