Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


As this beautiful snow blankets our city, think spring! Registration is open for our annual Outdoor Expo, Gear Swap and Adoptapalooza, happening Sat., Apr. 26, 2014.  
 

Look for that star * to see what's new. 

Register Now for Wilderness First Aid!

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 Traveler: "Wild Caves" Feb. 13 

The Chattanooga Grotto caving organization will offer a special photo presentation about area wild caves on Thurs., Feb. 13, 6 p.m. at  Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The presentation will offer a special glimpse into some of the world's last truly wild places. BYO-camp chair since folding chairs are limited. The presentation is free and open to the public.

*Winter Workshop: Today's Electric Bikes Feb. 20

Outdoor Chattanooga's next free Winter Workshop, on Thurs., Feb. 20, from 6-8 p.m., will feature a presentation and bicycle demos by local business, Certified Electric Bike Specialists. Electric bikes are the fastest growing segment of the bicycle market worldwide. The workshop happens at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. All ages are welcome, but adults and kids ages 12 and older will only be allowed to demo bikes. All riders must wear helmets and sign a waiver of liability. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.  

*The Sierra Club: Wacker and the Future of Solar Tech Products Feb. 24

Dr. Conrad Bachhuber, site manager and vice president of Wacker Polysilicon will be the guest speaker at the next Sierra Club, Cherokee Group meeting on Mon., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Dr. Bachhuber will talk about Wacker's role in the future of solar power technology. The meeting is free and open to the public.

*Lookout Wild Film Festival | The Local Hero Project Video of the Week

One of our favorites: a summertime family kayak trip down the Cartecay River. 

Featured Community Event(s)  

Free Entrance to Point Park Feb. 15-17 

In celebration of President's Day, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will waive entrance fees to Point Park on Lookout Mtn., Sat. - Mon, Feb. 15-17. For more information, call the Lookout Mtn. Visitors Center at (423) 821-7786.  

*Friends of Stringers Ridge Causeway Campaign Kickoff Feb. 18
The Friends of Stringers Ridge will kick off their Causeway fundraising campaign on Tues., Feb. 18, from 5-7 p.m. at Tremont Tavern. All funds raised during the 10 day campaign will go towards the development and maintenance of the trail system at the City of Chattanooga's Stringers Ridge Park.

*Weave a Basket from Kudzu - New Workshop Feb. 22
Due to popular demand, basket makers Bill and Candy Haley will host a repeat of their "Weave a Basket from Kudzu" workshop on Sat., Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Workshop participants will weave a simple basket with provided materials. Cost is $25 to cover materials and reservations are required. To reserve or learn more, email Bill Haley or call (423) 326-9248.

*Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge

Several Chattanooga service organizations will benefit from this year's Scenic City Half Marathon, including Room at the Inn, McCamey Animal Center and the Special Olympics. Don't feel like running 14 miles? Try the 5K Run and Walk.

News 

*Local Business Featured in "Adventure Cyclist" Magazine 

Chattanooga entrepreneur and trails advocate Jim Johnson is featured in this month's "Adventure Cyclist" magazine, the monthly publication of the Adventure Cycling Association. Johnson started his company, Bike Tours Direct, 10 years ago and has grown it into the largest agent of international bicycle tours in the U.S.

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More Upcoming Events

March
April
5           Color'Nooga
12          Father/Son 5K
             *Night Shift (6 HRS of TNT)
May
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark
14-17      Tennessee Bike Summit
June
7           National Trails Day
August
9           Still Hollow Trail Race
September
28          Ironman Chattanooga
October
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         *Chattanooga Head Race
November
1           Upchuck 50K
            *Head of the Hooch
December



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