Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Leave No Trace Apr. 11 - 22
Apr. 11 - 
Representatives from the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course will be in Coolidge Park from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., this Fri., Apr. 11, offering free information about the 7 Principles of the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and skills program.
Apr. 20: 1-4 p.m. - Visit the Spears Ave. trail head at Stringers Ridge Park to meet the 
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Apr. 22: 6-8 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga - The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will host free, interactive, family workshop on the 7 principles of outdoor ethics, including games, puzzles and prizes. Bring the whole family.
Register for the Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap/Adoptapalooza on Apr. 26!
There is still time to book your exhibit space at our annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap and Adoptapalooza, happening Apr. 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Coolidge Park. Exhibit spaces are only $25 and they are open to all outdoor and conservation organizations. Adoptapalooza is open to any dog adoption agency or shelter, as well as other pet services. Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888 for more information.  

Featured Community Event 
Yoga on Stringers Ridge Apr. 12 
Hike up to Old Baldy at Stringers Ridge Park and take a free yoga class, at 2 p.m., with Jessica Jollie. All levels of experience are welcome, including beginners. Trail map of Stringers Ridge is available on the Outdoor Chattanooga Website.
More Community Events 
Schedule Finalized for TN Bike Summit May 14-17
The TN Bike Summit, happening May 14-17 in Nashville, has announced their conference schedule. Seminars will cover topics such as how bicycle advocacy can work with government, getting more women and children on bicycles and legal resources for cyclists. Guest speakers will include Jim Sayer, executive director of the Adventure Cycling Assoc. and Caron Whitaker, vice president of government relations for the League of American Bicyclists. Discounted early registration closes on Fri., Apr. 14.

Transportation Planning Org. Webinar Apr. 10
The Transportation Planning Organization will host a free, public webinar, tomorrow,Thurs., Apr. 10, from 2-3 p.m., on Statewide Complete Streets, how states are working with communities for friendlier roads. The webinar will happen in room 3A of the Development Resource Center, 1250 Market St. in downtown Chattanooga. All interested members of the public are welcome.  Next Webinar Apr. 16: The Health Benefits of Active Transportation.

Georgia Trail Summit Apr. 11-12
It's not too late to register for the Georgia Trail Summit, happening in Athens, GA,Apr. 11-12. Participants will be able to access seminars on the in's and out's of building, maintaining and promoting land and water trails in their communities.

Trails and Trilliums Apr. 11-13
This weekend marks the annual Trails and Trilliums festival at S. Cumberland State Park, in Monteagle, TN. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of S. Cumberland State Park.   

Night Shift: 6 Hours of TNT Apr. 12
The Chattanooga Chapter of the Southeast Off Road Bicycle Association will hostNight Shift: 6 Hours of TNT, the first twilight mountain bike race at Enterprise South on Sat., Apr. 12, beginning at 5 p.m. Racers will complete as many full laps of the Enterprise South Nature Park mountain bike trails as they can in a 6 hour time period.  

More Community Events April 13-20

19          Chickamauga Chase

SYC Golden Cairn Award Winners Announced Apr. 3 
The Southeast Youth Corps announced the 2014 winners for their Golden Cairn Awards at a beer and bbq ceremony on Thurs., Apr. 3. Local outdoor ambassadors and organizations were recognized for their contributions to the growth and stewardship of Chattanooga's outdoor lifestyle. Congratulations and thank you, everyone!
Hellbender T-Shirt Contest - Chattanooga Zoo 
The Chattanooga Zoo is asking local artists of all ages to submit a new t-shirt design for their Hellbender Salamander conservation program. Sales of the t-shirts help raise funds for fieldwork to preserve this iconic Southeastern species. Interested artists should submit a .jpeg, .tiff, .eps. or .psd formatted design in a minimum of 300 dpi by Thurs., May 1 via email to David Headrick at the Zoo. Visit the project Facebook page to learn more.
Remember to Vote for Chattanooga as a Top 10 Cycling City in the U.S.
Chattanooga is one of the 20 nominees in the 10Best.com Readers' Choice award contest to determine who's the "The Best U.S. Cycling Town," from USA Today. Vote every day until Mon., Apr. 14 at 11:59 p.m.   


More Upcoming Events



3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
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





Tennessee Aquarium To Open Southeast's Only Independent Freshwater Science Center Oct. 27

The Tennessee Aquarium will open the Southeast’s only independent freshwater science center next Thursday at 10 a.m. This new home for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be the base of operations for their research scientists, and a central location for other freshwater scientists to convene. (click for more)

TWRA Announces Availability Of Riparian Tree Planing Grants For 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with riparian tree planting projects.  All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is ... (click for more)

Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

Howard Simmons, 47, was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim, Simmons, had already succumbed to his injuries. Ms. Simmons suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (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: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)