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."

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

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


TFWC Creates A CWD Deer Hunting Unit And Implements Science-Based Regulations For Disease Management

Invasive Tick Detected In Tennessee

“Mountains Touched With Fire” Confederate Artillery On Lookout Mountain Program Set For June 8


The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has made changes to deer hunting regulations in continued response to chronic wasting disease (CWD) which was found in three southwestern Tennessee ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute ... (click for more)

On Saturday, June 8, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will conduct artillery programs at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. Demonstrations, each lasting approximately 30 minutes, ... (click for more)


Outdoors

TFWC Creates A CWD Deer Hunting Unit And Implements Science-Based Regulations For Disease Management

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has made changes to deer hunting regulations in continued response to chronic wasting disease (CWD) which was found in three southwestern Tennessee counties last winter. The commission approved the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s recommendation to establish a new CWD deer hunting unit for the counties in which we have found CWD-positive ... (click for more)

Invasive Tick Detected In Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) on Friday announced the detection of the invasive Asian longhorned tick in Tennessee. The Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 11 states. The Centers for Disease ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Statewide Amber Alert Canceled After Resident Spots Missing 23-Month-Old Girl, Captor In Hixson

A statewide AMBER Alert was canceled after a missing 23-month-old girl in Chattanooga was found early Friday morning. Authorities said Octavia Shaw is safe and her captor, 37-year-old Matias Martinez, is in custody. He was to be charged with especially aggravated kidnapping. He is considered an acquaintance with no parental or custodial rights to Octavia. A resident spotted ... (click for more)

East Ridge Pulls From Rainy Day Fund To Meet No-Tax-Increase Budget

East Ridge will dip into its rainy day fund to be able to make a no-tax-increase budget. A presentation of the city’s 2019-2020 budget was made at the East Ridge City Council on Thursday night. City Manager Chris Dorsey thanked Assistant City Manager Kenny Custer and Financial Director Diane Qualls for their contributions to this budget, saying that it had been very far along ... (click for more)

Opinion

It Is Outrageous That County School Administration Used Our Tax Dollars For Political Lobbying

Dear Dr. Johnson, The campaign central at HCDE headquarters needs a Tennessee Little Hatch Act study time and education. The heart of the issue is that HCDE utilized our tax dollars to lobby against vouchers with employee time, equipment, and lobby payments. Here is my point, I supported ESA vouchers for Hamilton County, and so did a lot of families that desired parental ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What All Have In Common

A couple of weeks ago I was in the midst of a wonderful crowd and, as we took our places for dinner, there was a bright-eyed fifth-grader seated on my right. Like most his age, he didn’t say much at first but with a nudge or two, he really got it going. He told me how excited he was about going to McCallie this fall and I promised, “Get ready – you are going to have more fun that ... (click for more)