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Outdoor Chattanooga News + Events March 2019
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 Events
Rapid Learning Winter Kayak Sessions
Tuesday, March 5 | 7-9 p.m.
Outdoor Chattanooga's  Rapid Learning Kayak Program provides formal instruction to learn and develop whitewater kayaking skills. In the winter months, we're indoors in a heated pool at the Hulsey Wellness Center in Collegedale. NO reservations, experience or equipment required to attend, and the first session is always free! There is a $2 pool use fee charged by the Wellness Center. Please bring cash. For more info email Outdoor Chattanooga .
Try Archery
Wednesdays in March | 3:30-6 p.m.
Take aim at Outdoor Chattanooga's Try Archery sessions every Wednesday in March from 3:30-6:00 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. These free indoor archery sessions offer a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the sport of archery. We follow the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) procedures, concentrating on range safety rules and fundamentals of archery. All sessions are walk-in, open to ages 6 and up. No reservation or prior experience required. All equipment and instruction provided. Cost: free. Just show up, take aim and give archery a try! For questions or more information email Outdoor Chattanooga

Bike the Bunkers
Monday, March 18 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga on a guided and equipped "bunker bicycle tour" along the paved trail system at Enterprise South Nature Park. During the 6-mile group ride, Park Rangers will offer a commentary on the history and happenings of the 2,800-acre wooded park that was once used as an old Army Ammunition Plant. This tour is considered an intermediate/moderate bike ride that contains hilly climbs and descents. We ask that participants be confident bike riders. This program is not appropriate for riders using training wheels, e-bikes, tricycles or novice riders. Bring your own bike and helmet or borrow one of ours at no additional charge. Ours bikes are appropriate for riders 5’2” to 6’3”. Please make your selection during the check out process. Register online here . For more info or questions call 423-643-6888.

Mountain to Town
Thursday, March 21 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided downhill bike adventure that starts at the top of Lookout Mountain and ends in downtown Chattanooga. Enjoy scenic views of the city while cruising down the Guild Trail until it connects with the Tennessee Riverwalk and follows the shores of the Tennessee River into downtown. Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides will be with you during the ride providing support and instruction. You can use your own bike or borrow one of ours at not additional cost. Cost is $25 per person which includes guided tour with shuttle and use of bike if needed. Ages 10+ with participating adult. Must know how to confidently ride a bike. Online registration required in advance as space is limited.

Community Events
Weed Wrangle 2019
March 2 | 9 am - 12 pm
Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. Renaissance Park is part of the downtown Riverparks system and has walking paths through wooded areas that are being invaded by unwanted plants. Supervised by experts in invasive weed management, Weed Wrangle®-volunteers will learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants. All tools will be provided. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Bring gloves if you have them. Work will be on uneven terrain. 


Weed Wrangle® is also a state-wide clean-up event dedicated to ridding Tennessee of non-native plant species. On Saturday, March 2, 2019, volunteers from across the state will be helping to eradicate invasive plants in public spaces. Join the volunteer efforts at Booker T, Harrison Bay or Ocoee/Hiwassee State Parks.

Chattanooga Marathon
Sunday, March 3
The 4th annual  Chattanooga Marathon brings over 2,000 endurance runners to the Scenic City for a weekend filled with excitement and activities. With the start and finish line at Finely Stadium, the race course gives runners a tour of downtown while spectators can enjoy neighborhoood parties or the expo at the  First Tennessee Pavilion. There's still time to   register   for all the distances including the full marathon, half, 5K and kids 1 mile run. Or  sign up to volunteer  and cheer on the athletes. As with all big events, the marathon course will have an impact on traffic and cause some road closures throughout the day.  Find out more here
Multiple Dates in March
Learn the basics of nature photography during a short introductory hike. Techniques and topics covered include photographing fungi and ferns and and how to keep your subjects in focus. Participants should plan to walk approximately one mile and bring sturdy/waterproof shoes and a water bottle. Suggested donation of $10 per adult guest ($7 for children and seniors) to attend this event to support Reflection Riding's conservation efforts. For more information and to register:

Harrison Bay Star Party
March 9 | 6 - 10 p.m.
Join the Barnard Astronomical Society on Saturday, March 9 for the Harrison Bay Star Party! They'll bring out their high powered telescopes for your viewing pleasure. The Moon will be will be a lovely crescent, and not too bright to drown out the gems of the Winter Sky! The star party starts at 6:00 pm and lasts until 10:30 pm. In the event of cloudy/inclement weather, the program moves into the Rec Hall beginning at 8:00 pm. This event is FREE and everyone is welcome!

Outdoor Industry Job Postings
If your dream job involves getting paid to play outside and lead outdoor activities for kids of all ages, you should apply for 1 of 4 Outdoor Recreation Specialist positions we are seeking for this summer! The seasonal position works May through August averaging 30-35 hours per week. CPR/First Aid and valid TN driver license required. Jobe posting closes March 5. Click the link to learn more and apply.

REI is seeking an Outdoor Program and Outreach (OPO) Market Coordinator for the Chattanooga Store! Click the link to learn more and apply.

SCC is seeking a full-time Executive Director . The Executive Director will provide professional oversight of the organization, as well as handle day-to-day administrative and programmatic tasks. Click the link for the full job description and how to apply.

The Chattanooga Audubon Society is seeking an Executive Director . Duties include supervision of a small staff and a large corps of volunteers to manage educational programs, upkeep, and conservation on four sanctuaries. Click the link to learn more and apply.
Local Adventure Spotlight
Spring Break Staycation Activities for Families
This month's local adventure focuses on family-friendly outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga during Hamilton County's Spring Break to encourage a funfilled staycation in the Scenic City that the whole family can enjoy!
Spend the day at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Saturday, March 16 
Wildlife Photography Workshop | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn the basics or deepen your knowledge of wildlife photography during this workshop that combines lectures with hands on photography opportunities. There is a fee for the workshop, which includes instruction and instructional materials, home-made snacks, admissions and much more. A portion of the proceeds go to the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center for the care and feeding of their animals.

G uided Canoe Trip | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Learn some history of the surrounding area while enjoying a mid-morning paddle. While taking in the creekside scenery, the group will experience different habitats that are part of the Tennessee River watershed. Families are welcome to bring one child per 2 adults.
This event is $10 per adult to attend.
Red Wolf Revival Film Screening | 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Stop by the Welcome Center to view this short, captivating documentary. You can view the film at any point during public hours, but during the listed event times, we'll have a staff naturalist available for questions and conversation so you can learn about the future of the red wolf and Reflection Riding's part in helping save them.

Cherokee Eye Walk | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join Reflection Riding on a hike to the Cherokee Eye! This rock has a hole that looks right up to Sunset Rock. Our educator will also share the Cherokee legend that inspired the Eye.

Spring Family Night | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate the end of winter with Spring Family Night at Reflection Riding. Join a guided hike to learn about Reflection Riding's nocturnal nature and enjoy being outside. Suggested donation of $10 per adult guest ($7 for children and seniors) to attend this event to support their conservation efforts.
Paddling by Moonlight | 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what kind of animals come out to play at Reflection Riding after the sun goes down? Join their naturalists for a night-time paddle down Lookout Creek for a fun, nocturnal adventure! This trip is for experienced paddlers (ages 16+) as we will be traveling approximately 5 miles and having to navigate around obstructions during the night. Please bring a headlamp and/or flashlight. Canoes, paddles, and life vests will be provided. As with any outdoor events, our paddling trips are weather dependent. In the event of cancellation (usually due to flooding/swift creek conditions), we will notify participants as soon as possible.

Photography Hike | March 17 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of nature photography during this short introductory hike. Techniques and topics covered include photographing fungi and ferns and and how to keep our subjects in focus. Participants should plan to walk approximately one mile and bring sturdy/waterproof shoes and a water bottle.
Nature-Based Spring Break Camps | March 18- 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
$150 - member child or grandchild / $180 - full price
Children ages 5-15 will learn about the natural world through outdoor play and hands-on activities. Campers will explore forest and pond habitats to see what changes spring has brought to Reflection Riding's ever changing landscape. Register For Camps
Bike the Bunkers
Monday, March 18 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga on a guided and equipped "bunker bicycle tour" along the paved trail system at Enterprise South Nature Park. During the 6-mile group ride, Park Rangers will offer a commentary on the history and happenings of the 2,800-acre wooded park that was once used as an old Army Ammunition Plant. This tour is considered an intermediate/moderate bike ride that contains hilly climbs and descents. We ask that participants be confident bike riders. This program is not appropriate for riders using training wheels, e-bikes, tricycles or novice riders. Bring your own bike and helmet or borrow one of ours at no additional charge. Ours bikes are appropriate for riders 5’2” to 6’3”. Please make your selection during the check out process. Register online here . For more info or questions call 423-643-6888.

Mountain to Town
Thursday, March 21 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided downhill bike adventure that starts at the top of Lookout Mountain and ends in downtown Chattanooga. Enjoy scenic views of the city while cruising down the Guild Trail until it connects with the Tennessee Riverwalk and follows the shores of the Tennessee River into downtown. Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides will be with you during the ride providing support and instruction. You can use your own bike or borrow one of ours at not additional cost. Cost is $25 per person which includes guided tour with shuttle and use of bike if needed. Ages 10+ with participating adult. Must know how to confidently ride a bike. Online registration required in advance as space is limited.

Take a day or quck overnight trip to Mentone Alabama during Spring Break to visit Desoto Falls State Park. The waterfall is a must see, and the park has plenty to do and see to please even the toughest critics. Go into town to visit the local shops and eateries or plan a guided outdoor adventure for the whole family with One World Adventures .
 Saturday, March 23 | 9:00-11:00 am
Explore nearby mountain bike trails. Specialized Mountain Bikes and Helmets are provided. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Location: Meetup is at the Gilliam Loop Trailhead at DeSoto State Park (Directions sent upon registration)
Cost: $25 adults $15 kids ages 12-15
Sunday, March 24 | 9:00-11:30 am
Journey into the Desoto Falls Basin and witness the 104 ft waterfall from below. The hike is considered moderately strenuous. Reservations are required as space is limited.
Location: Desoto Falls Basin Trailhead (Directions sent upon registration)
Cost: $15 adult $10 kids 10-14 (not recommended for ages under 10)
To register: Call 256-634-8370 or visit One World Adventures.
March 23 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Chattanooga Grotto President and Hamilton County Cave Cliff technical rescue member, Tripp Lichtefeld, will host a 2-part program on caving in and around Chattanooga at Reflection Riding. He will cover beginner basics including ethics, equipment, and hazards of caving in our region. The second half of the program will be a knot/rope clinic with instruction on some basic and essential knots used in caving and other outdoor adventure activities, as well as a introduction to vertical caving. Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $7 for children to attend this event helps support Reflection Riding's conservation efforts.

March 23 | Times + Locations Vary
Load up the family for a fun-filled day outside in a Tennessee State Park and end Spring Break with a Spring Hike. All 56 State Parks are offering FREE, Ranger-led Spring Hikes on March 23. Enjoy a Sunset Hike at Booker T. Washington . Hike and help pick up trash at Harrison Bay . Go on a leisurely paced half mile hike at Red Clay State Park . Enjoy a wildflower hike on the loop trail at Hiwassee / Ocoee State Park. Hike to Savage Falls or hike to Stinging Fork Falls along the Cumberland Trail. Registration is requested in advance for all hikes.

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