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


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; Damage Listed At $15,000Propane 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)

City Council To Consider Policy That Job Applicants Would Not Have To Reveal Criminal Records

The City Council on Tuesday night will consider a policy that city job applicants would not have to reveal their criminal past. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem cited problems those with felony records have in securing employment. The policy would go into effect by the first of the year. The resolution says: WHEREAS, the City of Chattanooga (the "City") is committed ... (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: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)