Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - by Ruth Thompson

We'll take a holiday break from the newsletter for the next couple of weeks. Watch for your next newsletter on Tuesday, Jan. 8. 

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Suwannee River Canoe Adventure Jan. 2-6

We have only a few spots left on our New Year's Suwannee River Canoe Adventure, happening Jan. 2-6. We'll paddle 40 miles of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail in northwestern Florida. Register now

New Day! New Location!

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Resumes Jan. 9

The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly kayak roll practice on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Winter Workshops Begin Jan. 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.

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!

Community Events . . . 

Rope Making, Knot Tying Class at Audubon Acres Dec. 22
The public is invited to join TN Wild at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge on Sat., Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Sandhill Crane viewing session at the TWRA viewing platform overlooking the Refuge. 

Hike to Immodium Falls with the TN Trails Association Dec. 22

Not for the faint of heart or heavy of foot, this 9 mile hike goes through the Rock Creek Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail. The Soddy-Daisy Chapter of the TN Trails Association hosts. Email Cumberland Trail State Park ranger Ryan Maddux or call (423) 240-2239 for details on where and when to meet and what to bring.

Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude Dec. 31

New Year's Eve starts with a nice run during the annual Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude. Runners of all ages can participate in a 4.2 mile main event or a 2.1 mile fun run/walk through downtown Chattanooga.  

More Upcoming Community Events . . .
December                  
              Chickamauga Battlefield Hike
January, 2013
5            Cloudland Canyon Day Hike
6            Birding at Mclemore Cove with TN Wild 
 
News
Armadillos Confirmed in TN
Since last week's report in the Nickajack Naturalist that armadillo's are at Russell Cave National Monument in AL, we have received confirmation from several sources that they have also crossed the state line into TN. Nobody knows yet what effect their migration will have on local ecosystems. Here is more about these amazing creatures.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Help you and your kids Discover the Forest.

Last Week's Web Hit
Bikeyface is the creation of Boston, MA artist and bike commuter Bekka Wright. Check out her video of a Montreal cycle track. Dear Santa . . . 
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2013
January, 2013
19-20        Sandhill Crane Festival
 
February, 2013
             Trail of Tears 7 Mile Run
5            Cupids Chase 5K
 
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
20         Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap
27         Chattanooga's Amazing Race

May, 2013
4           Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

  

July, 2013
22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race
11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

Clean Stream Grants Application Period Extended

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for grant dollars for stream clean-up projects and planting projects has been extended through July 11.  The availability of the grant dollars are to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects ... (click for more)

Eighth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Starts Friday

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, Friday-Sunday. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.  Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday ... (click for more)

Preserving 90-Year-Old Grammar School Just One Of Challenges Facing Town, Signal Council Told

Rather than spend millions upgrading Signal Mountain’s historic grammar school so it can continue to house the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC), it would make more sense to incorporate that project into a larger multi-pronged one that would solve several issues facing the community, according to town manager Boyd Veal.   For example, Mr. Veal said, the current ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire In Compost Pile At City's Wood Recycling Center

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at the city's wood recycling center on N. Hawthorne Street around noon on Sunday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the smoke and flames could be seen from several miles away.   Firefighters with five fire companies worked to get the blaze under control, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines. The ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Looking For A Wife

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a really cool place. I tried to buy a huge mounted buffalo head in an antique store there one time until I found out the shipping charges were four times what the head was worth. But suddenly my rapt attention is riveted on Coeur d'Alene again because a dazzling social experiment is taking place this very moment at a plush resort in north Idaho. Several ... (click for more)