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.


*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.


More Upcoming Events

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

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)

Residents Concerned Over 7-Story Building On The Southside

Downtown Chattanooga residents expressed their concerns with the proposed seven-story apartment building on Cowart Street on the Southside at Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting. The apartment building, originally zoned at four stories before Belle Investment petitioned for seven, has not been adequately publicized, residents claimed.   Architect and planning professional ... (click for more)

Commissioner Graham Chides Chairman Bankston For Shredding Arts Cigarette Tax Letter; Says Sunshine Law Violated

County Commissioner Joe Graham on Wednesday chided Chairman Chester Bankston for shredding a letter related to the proposed cigarette tax to aid the arts. "Have you shredded any other county legal documents?" he demanded. Chairman Bankston replied, "No, I have not done that." He said the letter did not get the necessary six signatures to forward to the Legislature. ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Why I Am Thankful, 2015

I can’t really remember when I first started this – sometime in the 1970s – but my favorite column every year comes during Thanksgiving when I literally pause and use my fingers to thank God for all His richest blessings. The year 2015 has been bountiful so here are just a few of the things I will carry in my heart as I take my place at today’s table: I AM THANKFUL that tomorrow, ... (click for more)