News and Events December 11, 2012
Armadillo's in Tennessee? Not quite, but they are close. See "News."
Looking Toward 2013
It's that time again. Please send us
your 2013 events, programs and activities. We'd love to get them in our newsletter.
Street Smarts Cycling Seminar Dec. 12
Learn how to drive your bicycle on the road at our free Street Smarts class, happening this Wed., Dec. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. We'll cover the rules of the road, TN and Chattanooga traffic laws and offer a few helpful tips for driving your bicycle confidently in traffic. No bicycle is necessary. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
Winter Workshops Begin January 12
New for 2013, Outdoor Chattanooga will host our popular Winter Workshop series on the 2nd and 4th Sat. of each month, beginning Jan. 12 and going through Mar. 23. This year's series will offer full workshops on skills like fly fishing, beginning climbing, trail running, mountain biking and other outdoor skills. Look for details next week.
Save the Dates: Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps, 2013
High adventure will be our focus at two youth camps in the summer of 2013: the Appalachian Whitewater Adventure, June 22-26 and our TN River "Huck Finn" Adventure July 24-28. More information coming soon!
Sign up NOW - Canoe Trip on Florida's Suwannee River Jan. 2-6
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
, Wed., Jan. 2 through Sun., Jan. 6, 2013. The Suwannee is a slow moving, black water river that flows through miles of quiet, Florida backcountry. The trip will offer three days canoeing and two nights' primitive camping in the trail's special riverside campgrounds, which feature screened, shelters, rest rooms and hot showers. To learn more or register, email
or call recreation specialist Trevor Childress at (423) 643-6888.
Community Events . . .
Audubon Acres Christmas Bird Count Dec. 15
Join the staff of the Chattanooga Audubon Society
for a day of birding at Audubon Acres on Sat., Dec. 15. Bring your binoculars and come in the morning, the afternoon, or all day to collect bird counts for worldwide scientific research. Please email Kyle Simpson
to RSVP. No admission charge to Audubon Acres for bird count participants and first time visitors.
Cumberland Trail Hike with the Chattanooga Trekkers Dec. 15
The Chattanooga Trekkers
family hiking group will host a 4-6 mile hike on the Indian Rock House segment of the Cumberland Trail this Sat., Dec. 15, 12 noon, beginning at the Snooper's Rock parking lot on Prentice Cooper State Forest. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu
Wauhatchie Trail Run Dec. 15
Experienced trail runners will love the annual Wauhatchie Trail Run
, with its rocky, technical 10K course on the side slopes of Lookout Mtn. Online registration closes Dec. 12
Operation Secret Santa Amazing Race and Fun Run Dec. 15
In Chattanooga's Amazing Race
, this Sat., Dec. 15, teams of two or more will navigate downtown Chattanooga, solving clues and overcoming challenges to raise money for Operation Secret Santa. Events, for serious competitors and the family, begin from Coolidge Park.
TN Wild Family Outing to Russell Cave National Monument Dec. 16
Tennessee Wild will host a family outing to Russell Cave National Monument
in Bridgeport, AL this Sun., Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. A tour and presentation by National Park rangers about the cave will be followed by a short 1.5 mile hike. Pre registration
is required. To learn more, email
or call trip leader Jeffrey Hunter at (423) 322-7866.
More Upcoming Community Events . . .
Armadillo Sighting at Russell Cave
Armadillo's in Tennessee? Almost. The Nickajack Naturalist
reports an armadillo sighting at Alabama's Russell Cave National Monument.
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