Free Winter Workshops Offered (Indoors) At Outdoor Chattanooga In 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Outdoor Chattanooga’s Winter Workshop Series returns in 2019 to offer a series of classroom-based, outdoor-education and skill-building workshops that are free and open to the public. No reservations or experience required to attend. Join for one, some or all to learn or improve outdoor skills! Workshops occur Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Jan. 10 through Feb. 28, at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park, 200 River Street.

2019 Winter Workshop Schedule

Jan.

10 – Leave No Trace

This Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop will cover the Seven Principles with an emphasis on preparation, planning, skills, and techniques that are essential to Leave No Trace. LNT Educator, Riley Kurtts will also discuss what to do when nature calls in nature and how to properly poop in the woods. This workshop is geared towards anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors including scout leaders, camp staff, trip leaders, outdoor professionals, college students, and teachers. Certificate of completion available for those interested.

Jan. 17 – Fishing 101  

What's the catch with fishing in Chattanooga?  Learn the basics of fishing from a local expert, Capt. Richard Simms, a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and owner/guide of Scenic City Fishing Charters.  He will cover everything beginning anglers need to know to "get your feet wet", including equipment, required licenses, places to fish from shore, how and what to fish for in different seasons, and fishing courtesy.

Jan. 24 – Map and Compass

We’ve become pretty dependent on smartphones for wayfinding, but what happens if the signal fails or the battery dies while you’re out on the trail?  Learn the basics of how to navigate using the “old school” method of map and compass. Maps and compasses are available for use during the class.

Jan. 31 – Bike Maintenance 101

Outdoor Chattanooga's bicycle guru, James Eubank, will demonstrate and allow time for practice on how to prevent and fix a flat tire. Tools will be provided and questions will be encouraged. Hands and clothing might get dirty/greasy. Bring your bike or use one of ours to practice on.

Feb. 7 – Bike Maintenance 202

Outdoor Chattanooga's bicycle guru, James Eubank, will demonstrate and allow time for practice on tuning your rear derailleur. Tools will be provided and questions will be encouraged. Hands and clothing might get dirty/greasy. Bring your bike or use one of ours to practice on.

Feb. 14 – Search and Rescue Methods: Ropes and Wrangling

The search and rescue visuals seen during a news flash when disaster strikes offer just a small glimpse into the Search and Rescue (SAR) team’s coordination and efforts. This workshop highlights the methods and techniques used by our local SAR team to safely locate and extract people in need. We’ll also cover the training requirements teams undergo to perform their duties, as well as the vehicles and equipment they use.

Feb. 21 – Search and Rescue Methods: Dog and Drones

Learn how Search and Rescue (SAR) teams manage large-scale search and rescue missions utilizing infrared drone equipment and canines. The presenters will identify and discuss the difference between urban and wilderness search and rescue operations. If time permits, there will be a dog and drone demonstration.

Feb. 28 – Fishing Secrets - Techniques for Catching the Big One

Learn techniques from local expert, Capt. Richard Simms, a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and owner/guide of Scenic City Fishing Charters, on how to catch the big one! During this workshop, he will discuss techniques that intermediate to advanced anglers can use to catch some of the most popular game fish in our area including Crappie, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Blue Catfish, and Bluegill.


Arbor Day Foundation Honors Cleveland State With 2018 TreeCampus USA Recognition

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Securing Divided Mountain In The Tri-State Corner


Cleveland State Community College was honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. “Tree Campuses and ... (click for more)

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Outdoors

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Cleveland State With 2018 TreeCampus USA Recognition

Cleveland State Community College was honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. “Tree Campuses and their students set examples for not only their student bodies but the surrounding communities showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day ... (click for more)

Crabtree Farms’ 19th Annual Spring Plant Sale And Festival Set For April 5-7

Crabtree Farms’ 19th annual Spring Plant Sale and Festival will be held the first weekend of April – Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. "The spring plant sale is the best place in town to find healthy, sustainably-grown, heirloom plant seedlings," organizers said. "Their experienced staff chooses the best varieties ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Coppinger Says Sewage Treatment Issue "Has Gotten Totally Out Of Control. It's Totally Political"

County Mayor Jim Coppinger charged Wednesday that the sewage treatment issue facing the county "has gotten totally out of control. It has become totally political." He said, "The people who deal with this every day are telling us one thing and we are responding differently." The County Commission voted earlier 5-4 not to approve a site on Mahan Gap Road that had been recommended ... (click for more)

Highland Park Woman Carjacked, Strangled; 2 Arrests Made

A Highland Park woman out looking for her dog was carjacked and strangled, police said. Police later spotted the vehicle and arrested Kermyca Hester, 18, of 2801 Taylor St., and a juvenile male. In the incident on Monday evening, the woman said she was in her car on Union Avenue trying to spot the dog when two people came along and said they had seen the dog and would help ... (click for more)

Opinion

Keep The Electoral College

In 1950 there were 12 urban areas in the United States that had one million or more citizens. In 2010, 41 had more than one million in population and this number is projected to grow to 53 by 2030 (Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division). And currently more than 85 percent of our population is clustered into cities. Of the ten most ... (click for more)

Thank You, Senator Alexander, For Protecting Our Health

The American Lung Association in Tennessee is grateful to Senator Alexander for opposing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Mercury causes permanent damage to the brains of babies and unborn children, leading to developmental delays, learning disabilities and birth defects. Power plants also emit more than 80 other ... (click for more)