Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga, a division of the City of Chattanooga, is offering a series of free, indoor winter workshops to equip citizens with new skills and encourage people to go outside when warm, sunny days return. Every Thursday evening from Jan. 19 through March 4, Outdoor Chattanooga will present a different opportunity to learn a new skill, including knots and rescue systems for paddlers, planning and leading a successful hike, navigating with map and compass, and bike maintenance. All classes are free and open to the public. The indoor winter workshops will be held every Thursday at Outdoor Chattanooga (200 River St.) in Coolidge Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Beginning Feb. 1, Outdoor Chattanooga will also be offering free indoor archery classes at its facility in Coolidge Park. The sessions, which are from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday through March 8, are a free, hands-on opportunity to learn more about the sport of archery. Concentrating on range safety rules and fundamentals, the class is taught using National Archery in Schools (NASP) equipment and procedures. The archery classes are open to age 6 and up. No reservation nor prior experience is required, and all equipment is provided.


Jan. 19, 2017
Knots & Rescue Systems for Paddlers
Do you know the ropes for river rescue and recovery? This classroom based workshop is open to all skill levels and is most appropriate for paddlers interested in learning basic knots, types of rope, types of anchors, and mechanical advantage systems used for river rescue situations. All attendees will get to throw a rope and learn how to re-coil quickly and efficiently for that potentially life-saving second throw! No reservation required.
Instructors: Mike Shillinger, who is an ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, and has been involved with the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club (TVCC) Safety Program since 2008, and Rachel Roman, who is working to complete her Swift Water Rescue Certification and is also a member of the TVCC.

Jan. 26, 2017
How to Plan and Lead a Day Hike

Proper planning and preparation is necessary anytime you venture into the great outdoors, especially if you are the one organizing the trip. Learn the elements of preparing and leading a day hike to make your trip safer and more enjoyable for all involved. From an essential gear packing list to info about area trails and maps to suggestions for beginner and seasoned hikers, you'll walk away with the knowledge and confidence to lead a group day hike. No reservation required.

Instructor:  Zach Bopp, Recreation Specialist with Outdoor Chattanooga

Feb. 2, 2017 - Groundhog Day!
Critter Encounters: Backyard to Backwoods
In honor of Groundhog Day, Outdoor Chattanooga and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center are offering an outdoor ethics workshop related to critters on the trail. Get close to several rescued forest animals to gain a greater understanding of these creatures, learn how to prevent problematic and dangerous encounters, essential prevention techniques to properly critter proof your campsite - including how to hang a bear bag. No reservations required.
Instructors: Terri Chapin, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Program Coordinator for Outdoor Chattanooga, and Corey Hagen, Director of Education & Wildlife Management at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Feb. 9, 2017
Navigate with Map and Compass

We've become pretty dependent on smartphones for finding our way, but what happens if the signal fails or the battery quits while you're out on the trail? Learn the basics of smart technology navigating using a map and compass. Maps and compasses will be provided for the class. Apply your new skills later on March 4 during a guided practice course, or visit Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center to participate in their orienteering course. See the Outdoor Chattanooga online calendar for additional details.

Instructors: Alan Archer, former U.S. Marine and orienteering expert, and Zach Bopp, Recreation Specialist with Outdoor Chattanooga

Feb. 16
Bike Maintenance 101

Outdoor Chattanooga staff bicycle guru, James Eubank, will lead participants through three different aspects of bicycle maintenance: fixing a flat tire and ways to prevent future flats, quick ways to clean and lube your bicycle with minimal equipment, and tuning your rear derailleur with ease. Participants can choose one or all three skills to learn. Tools will be provided, and questions will be encouraged. Hands and clothing might get dirty or greasy. Bring your bike for demonstration or use one of Outdoor Chattanooga’s bikes. No previous bike knowledge nor registration is required.
Instructor: James Eubank, Recreation Specialist for Outdoor Chattanooga and League Cycling Instructor for League of American Bicyclists

Feb. 23
How to Poop in the Woods
From day hikers to professional outdoor athletes, people who enjoy the woods may also ponder how to leave no trace. At this workshop, you will learn Leave No Trace proper disposal techniques for personal waste, pet waste and food scraps while in the front or back country. Leave No Trace teaches researched principles on best practices for waste disposal. No reservation required.
Instructor: Terri Chapin is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and Program Coordinator for Outdoor Chattanooga

March 4

Map & Compass Navigation Field Class

Put it into practice. Alan Archer, former U.S. Marine and orienteering expert will lead participants on an outdoor expedition to use the skills taught during the Feb. 9, 2017, Map & Compass Class, but attendance at the first class is not required to participate in this session. You'll be put to the test in this outdoor field exercise to prove you can use a map and compass to navigate your way. Reservations are required. Transportation from Outdoor Chattanooga is available.

For more information visit outdoorchattanooga.com.

Reflection Riding Holds Spring Native Plant Sale This Weekend

Reflection Riding is holding its Spring Native Plant Sale selling the region's best selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials.  Here is the schedule: Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale and Earth Day Festival.  Native plants, grown for a variety of garden conditions, are beautiful, sustainable, and contribute ... (click for more)

TWRA Congratulates Tennessee Wildlife Federation On Award

A strong advocate for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been honored with a prestigious national award. The Federation has been named the 2018 Affiliate of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation in recognition of its outstanding achievement in promoting conservation of wildlife and natural resources on the state and national level. ... (click for more)

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Always Know The Facts

I adore the fact so many of America’s high school and college students are very active in our battle against violence in our schools but bemoan the fact that when you combine youth and ‘lack of experience’ they often are misguided and ill-informed. The best example came on Saturday when a reporter for Campus Reform walked around the Cal State-Santa Barbara campus asking the students ... (click for more)