Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Chattanooga Strong Day - Nov. 19
The Factory, a local non-profit, will bring the Chattanooga community together and celebrate what makes it a special place to live by hosting Chattanooga Strong Day at Camp Jordan Arena on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The day will offer something for everyone including; an obstacle course, disc golf, soccer, volleyball and flag football competitions, kid zone with bouncy castle and face painting, food trucks, live music and there's even a classic car show.

General Admission is free!

Hope for Endangered Species - Nov. 19
Join Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center and the Tennessee Aquarium for their final Wild Chattanooga adventure, Hope for Endangered Species this Sat., November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The focus of this program will be on endangered animals and plants and what's being done in Chattanooga to protect them. Cost for Members: Adults $5.00, Children FREE and cost for the General Public: Adults $10.00, Children $7.00. (Children must be at least 6 years old to attend this program.)

GreenTrips Chattanooga - Move Right Celebration - Nov. 19
Join GreenTrips Chattanooga for their 2016 MoveRight Celebration in Midtown to recognize all the MoveRight Challenge winners on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. The celebration will highlight the South Chickamauga Greenway at the Brainerd Levee along with all of the great ways to get around our community! There will be outdoor yoga from Toes Yoga, Stuff the Subaru thanks to Kelly Subaru, bicycles available to explore the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway with Outdoor Chattanooga and Pedego Tennessee Valley, and fun games and informative booths from Moms Clean Air Force, Cherokee Sierra Club, green|spaces Chattanooga, The Trust for Public Land, Green Commuter Chattanooga, South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, Chattanooga Youth & Family, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) & Grassroots Midtown. See you there!

Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Chattanooga's Outdoor Ambassadors Public Meeting - Nov. 17
Want to help bring more diversity to Chattanooga's outdoor scene? Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Outdoor Chattanooga for an information session and public meeting on Thursday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m. We'll discuss barriers and brainstorm ideas on how to diversify the outdoors, how to engage culturally diverse populations in outdoor recreation and provide information on how to apply to be an Outdoor Ambassador. 

The Outdoor Ambassador Program was implemented in the Fall of 2015 through an initiative by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Outdoor Chattanooga with the intent to train individuals from and with connections to culturally diverse communities around Chattanooga in an effort to diversify Chattanooga's outdoor scene and offer outdoor recreational opportunities to include diverse populations. 

Outdoor Ambassadors assist with community outreach and inspire others to participate in outdoor adventures. Selected Outdoor Ambassadors are required to complete trip leader training and outdoor leadership skills courses provided by Outdoor Chattanooga prior to leading outdoor adventures and can be compensated for the outdoor excursions they lead once all requirements are met. The goal is to have Outdoor Ambassadors become the "adventure-gap" bridge that connects culturally diverse communities with the outdoors and outdoor recreational opportunities in Chattanooga. 

African American author James Mills writes in his book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors, "Bridging the so-called "adventure gap" requires role models who can inspire the uninitiated to experience and enjoy wild places. This is important because as our country grows increasingly multicultural, our natural legacy will need the devotion of people of all races and ethnicity to steward its care."

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Community News
Dozens of wildfires continue to burn in the Southeast, prompting evacuations and sending hundreds in Tennessee to the hospital for respiratory issues. More than 200 patients have been hospitalized in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since Friday for shortness of breath and other respiratory difficulties related to the wildfires that have encircled the city. Please exercise caution, stay indoors, and stay informed.

Upcoming Events

November
18      Ice on the Landing Opens
19      Chattanooga Strong Day
         Move Right Celebration
         Head of Sequatchie Open Day
         Velo View Bike Tour
21      Street Cycling 101
26      Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Run
27      StuffedCross Cyclocross Race

December
3       Mainx24
6       Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
10     Old Grey Barn Cyclocross Race
        Guided Educational Riding Tour
12     Learn to Ride a Bicycle
17     Lookout Mountain 50 Miler & 10K Race
19     Street Cycling 101

2017
January 
10       Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
28-29  Wilderness First Aid Training

February
7        Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
11       Wildlife Photography Workshop

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