February 2022 Events + News
Outdoor Chattanooga's newsletter highlights the awesome outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga that will connect you to the outdoors and inspire you to come out and play with us!
Outdoor Chattanooga Programs
Indoor Archery Sessions
Archery is back! These are free indoor archery sessions every Tuesday during February. All sessions occur at the Outdoor Chattanooga Center, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park.
All equipment and instruction are provided.

We are no longer requiring reservations for archery sessions! You may show up at any point during the 2 hour programs and shoot for as long as you would like. Keep in mind these sessions tend to be busy and we will be shooting on a first come, first served basis.

Covid-19 Note: At this time, the Mayor's executive order for City of Chattanooga buildings states that vaccinated individuals entering city buildings
will no longer need to wear a mask.
However, unvaccinated individuals will still be required to wear masks.

Adult Archery

Remember adult swim time in the pool? That’s the theme of our Adults-only Archery sessions. We offer a lot of family-friendly activities throughout the year, so we created this one just for grown-ups to give them the opportunity to take aim and try archery while socializing with peers. Each session will offer group games to encourage comradery and friendly competition. Adult Archery is best suited for archers ages 18+. Leave the kids at home and join us for Adult Archery! No reservation or prior experience required.

10 AM-12 PM
  • February 1
  • February 8
  • February 15
  • February 22
Try Archery

Take aim at Outdoor Chattanooga's "Try Archery" class. This free indoor class offers a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the sport of archery. Concentrating on range safety rules and fundamentals of archery, the class is taught using the National Archery in Schools NASP equipment and procedures. The session is open to ages 6 and up. No prior experience required. All equipment provided. Cost is free and reservations are no longer required. Show up anytime during the program, take aim and give archery a try!

3 PM-5 PM
  • February 1
  • February 8
  • February 15
  • February 22
Learn to ride a Bike
February 14 | 4 PM
Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique! With this simple and effective technique, most students are pedaling within an hour and off riding in no time.

Students will learn the ABC quick check, proper bicycle and helmet fit, safety checks, how gears and brakes work, balancing, starting and stopping, pedaling, the different types of bicycles, rules for sidewalks, greenway and neighborhood riding, roadway signage, hand signaling and more!



These free classes are offered every 2nd Monday of the month thanks to a partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga, the City of Chattanooga and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga as a way to give back to the community and create new, confident riders!



Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have any questions! Email info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call (423) 643-6888

Classes are an hour and a half with a maximum of 5 people for quality instruction. Bikes and helmets are available to borrow, or you may bring your own. Reservations required in advance. Recommended for ages 5+

Kayak Tour: Ruins of Old Harrison
February 19, March 5&12 | 9 AM - 12 PM
In 1940, just four years after construction began, TVA's Chickamauga Dam was completed. The resulting Chickamauga Lake forced residents of the town of Harrison as well as other communities along the Tennessee River to relocate as the lake began to fill in with water. Harrison is now underwater for the majority of any given year; however, the water in Chickamauga Lake is low enough during winter months to expose eerie remnants of this historic landmark. During these low water months, one can find old building foundations, roads, and guardrails.

Come join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and fully equipped tour of these historic remnants that have been trapped in time underwater. The cost is $35 per person which includes guides on the water and all kayaking equipment (kayak, paddle, and PFD). This winter kayak tour is appropriate for ages 14+ when accompanied by an adult. Some prior kayaking/paddling experience is helpful but not required to participate in this tour. Guides will offer basic paddling/water safety instruction and provide on water support throughout the duration of the approximately 2.5 hour tour. Reservations and payment are required in advance as space is limited. Click here to register and reserve your spot today!

2022 Tours:
9am-12pm
  • February 19
  • March 5
  • March 12

Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have any questions!
Email Info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call (423) 643-6888
Rapid Learning Skills Session
Tuesday, February 15th
First session 7 PM - 8 PM
Second session 8 PM- 9 PM
Learn how to whitewater kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga 's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program ! This dynamic program offers formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the skills necessary to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams. In the winter months, we move indoors to a heated pool at the  Hulsey Wellness Center  in Collegedale. Reservations, experience or equipment are NOT required to attend, and the first session is always free! Please arrive 10 minutes early to sign in and to get outfitted.


  • February 15

Note: The Rapid Learning session on February 15th will be the last one of our winter season. We will take a break before moving to outdoor sessions at Chester Frost Park. The first outdoor session will be on May 4th at 6pm. Stay tuned for more details!
Outdoor Community Events
Every year, Lookout Wild Film Festival comes to Chattanooga and brings together incredible outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world. Join us for the 10th anniversary of the Lookout Wild Film Festival February 4-6 at the Tivoli theater. This year's festival will feature 50 films ranging from less than two minutes to over an hour and a half long. Viewers can expect compelling and impactful films from over 30 different countries. Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy one of the most unique and fun events in Chattanooga this year! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Cost: $55 for full weekend pass, $20 for single day pass.

Location: Historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga


Then & Now- A Night Sky Program at the Recreation
February 12 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Come learn about the night sky at this event that's guaranteed to be out of this world! Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park are partnering with the Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga to offer the public a unique one hour stargazing program at Chickamauga Battlefield during the night, which is typically restricted. This ranger-led program will discuss the night skies above Chickamauga battlefield and how they have changed between the Civil War and today.
The Barnard Astronomical Society will be providing telescopes for viewing. Participants are also welcome to bring their own telescope, if so desired, and are encouraged to bring an iPad to use a downloadable Night Sky App. Portable chairs and flashlights are encouraged. Participants should dress for the weather. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Saturday, February 19 at 6:30pm. Click here for more information!
Come join hundreds of brave souls on Saturday, February 12th for the annual Chattanooga Polar Plunge! Individuals and teams will be Freezin' for a Reason on behalf of the more than 17,000 Special Olympic athletes in Tennessee. This is one of Special Olympic Tennessee's biggest fundraising events and is one of nine plunges taking place across Tennessee during February. Prizes will be awarded for top fundraising team, top fundraising individual, best team costume, and best individual costume. Chuy's will also be providing lunch for all participants! Click here for more information and to register.

Cost:
Each plunger needs to register and raise the minimum $75 to plunge.

Location:
Finley Stadium

Date and Time:
Saturday, February 12th. Registration begins at 10 AM.
Upcoming Events
February Calendar
1: Adult Archery and Try Archery
1: Adaptive Archery with Therapeutic Rec
4-6: Lookout Wild Film Festival
5-6 Lula Lake Open Gate Day
8: Adult Archery and Try Archery
8: Adaptive Archery
10: Bike Maintenance
12: Chattanooga Polar Plunge
12: Stars above the Battlefield
14: Learn to Ride a Bike
15: Adult Archery and Try Archery
15: Rapid Learning Intro to Kayaking
19: Ruins of Old Harrison Kayak Tour
22: Adult Archery and Try Archery
22: Adaptive Archery
24: Winter Workshop- Basics of Backpacking
26-27: Cumberland Trail Overnight Backpacking Trip
26-27: Lula Lake Open Gate Day
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