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


Tennessee State Parks Seek Volunteers For Annual Weed Wrangle March 7

Annual Young Sportsman Quail Hunt Set For March 7

TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter Announces Upcoming Retirement During Commission Meeting


Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers to help rid the parks and State Natural Areas of invasive species with the annual Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 7. Most ... (click for more)

The 2020 Young Sportsman Quail Hunt will take place on March 7 at the McGhee-Carson Unit of the Tellico Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The hunt is sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Quail ... (click for more)

Ed Carter, executive director for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has announced that he will retire effective May 31. He made the announcement during the February meeting of the Tennessee ... (click for more)




Outdoors

Tennessee State Parks Seek Volunteers For Annual Weed Wrangle March 7

Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers to help rid the parks and State Natural Areas of invasive species with the annual Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 7. Most of the state parks and the Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area are participating. The Weed Wrangle is part of a national effort to remove invasive plants from public spaces. State and community ... (click for more)

Annual Young Sportsman Quail Hunt Set For March 7

The 2020 Young Sportsman Quail Hunt will take place on March 7 at the McGhee-Carson Unit of the Tellico Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The hunt is sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Quail Forever Chapter and TWRA. This hunt is for young sportsmen ages 10 to 16 that have passed a Hunter Safety class. The hunt starts at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until afternoon. Each young sportsman ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Jacob Coyne Guilty Of Murder, Robbery; Gets Life In Prison In Slaying Of Jalen Little

A Criminal Court jury on Friday night found Jacob Coyne guilty in the March 2017 slaying of 19-year-old Jalen Little, who was shot down in the driveway of his home on Oak Tree Drive. Coyne was ruled guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery. He was sentenced by Judge Tom Greenholtz to life in prison on the two murder charges. He will be ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Airport Board Gives Go-Ahead For $25 Million Parking Garage

The Chattanooga Airport Board on Friday unanimously approved the awarding of $25 million to Hoar Construction in order to design and build a new four-level parking garage for the airport. While the current lot can house around 500 vehicles, the proposed parking garage will almost double the amount of spaces available. If all goes well, the project could be finished by next ... (click for more)

Opinion

Good Urban Design

Chattanooga is enjoying a robust movement to plan developments in a number of downtown neighborhoods, and there is good reason to believe that well designed development should be welcomed. The opposite is also true, that bad or poorly designed development should not be welcomed, especially if it seriously degrades the existing neighborhood. In the case of a sought after rezoning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

At a recent self-help workshop for adult trauma victims, the main group was split into teams of eight for lunch. Each table was assigned a question, “What was your worst moment in your comeback?” At our table, everyone laughed about each other’s life-changing event but a beautiful girl, who had been a surgeon before a rare eye disease quickly took her sight, was dazzling. Currently, ... (click for more)