Reflection Riding Arboretum And Nature Center Announces Upcoming Events

Friday, December 23, 2016

Here are upcoming events at the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center:


Jan. 14 at 1 p.m.: Arboretum Tram Ride. Take a ride through history with historian Jim Ogden.  Jim is a lifelong Civil War enthusiast and has been the Staff Historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park since 1988.  The tram ride will begin at the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center visitor center and will take you to the back of the property where the “Battle Above the Clouds” began.  Jim Ogden will then guide you along the route used by the Union Soldiers and discuss the battle tactics that were used as they flanked the side of Lookout Mountain.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the leading historians on the Civil War.

Cost:   The Tour is Free for members and those paying the garden admission 

To register: contact the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center at 423-821-1160 ext. 101.


Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.:  Wildlife Photography Workshop Presented by Tom and Pat Cory and the staff at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. This exciting and popular workshop combines lectures and digital shows alternating with hands on photography at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. We will focus on both the art and technique of photographing wildlife. Handlers will position birds that reside at the native Wildlife Center in natural settings for us to photograph. This workshop is perfect for everyone–from the beginning to advanced photographer.

Cost: $55 for Public, $49 for Camera Club and Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Members. This includes all instruction and instructional materials, home-made snacks, admissions and much more. Minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 participants (13 if the last to register is a couple).


To register: contact the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center at 423-821-1160 ext. 101.

Cancellations: We understand that ‘life happens’. You will receive a full refund if you cancel up to 21 days before the workshop. After that we will refund 50% of your payments. We regret we cannot refund any money for ‘no-shows’.

Feb, 11 at 1 p.m.:  Arboretum Tram Ride. The Southeastern United States is rich in Native American History.  Join Dr. Nick Honerkamp for an archaeological overview of Native American prehistory in the immediate region.  Dr. Honerkamp received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of Florida.  He has been engaged in archaeological research on historic and prehistoric sites in the Southeast for over 40 years.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Join Dr. Honerkamp on a tram ride through history and learn from one of the best.

Cost:  Free for members and those paying the garden Admission fee

To register: contact the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center at 423-821-1160 ext. 101.

Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.: Comedy for Conservation

Join comedian Roger Keiss, Moody Malovi and Karen Mills at the Comedy Catch for an evening of comedy and a silent auction to benefit Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. 

Cost: $15/ticket.  Tickets can be purchased in person at the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Visitor Center or reserved by phone.  Tickets will be mailed to you or your gift recipient.

Please call 423-821-1160 ext. 0 for additional information about this event.

Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m.:  Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Summer Camp registration begins for members.  Need something fun, exciting and outdoors for your kids this Summer?  Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center offers day camps for children from 5-15 starting at 9:00am and provides after care until 5:00pm.  The camps consist of crafts, games, hiking, biking, canoeing and a variety of outdoor learning experiences.  Become a member now and save $30 per camper throughout the Summer. 

Cost: $150-$260 depending on age and activities

To register: contact the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Education Department at 423-821-1160 ext. 112 or


March 10 at 7 p.m.: Paddling by Moonlight.  Join one of the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center Naturalists on a moonlight paddle along scenic Lookout Creek.  During this 3 hour and approximately 5 mile canoe ride, you will learn about some of the history and animal life surrounding this piece of water.  We will use the light from the moon as much as possible, but on our way back to the dock will use headlamps and flashlights to spot for local nocturnal wildlife.

Cost:  Public rate: $10/adult, $7/children

Member rate: $5/adult, free for children

To register: contact the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center at 423-821-1160 ext. 101.

March 11 at 1 p.m.: Arboretum Tram Ride.  Lookout Valley has a long and important history for the people living in the Southeastern United States.  Join Michael Green to explore 10,000 years of history from the ancient tribes to the Cisca Trail to the Cherokee Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is rich with history.  Michael Green is a local historian and former board president at Reflection Riding who has a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the history of the property. 

Cost: $10/adult, $7/child

Free for members

To register: contact the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center at 423-821-1160 ext. 101.

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