Calling all River Rats! Imagine your worries melting away as you float serenely down the Chattahoochee at dusk. As you unwind, you might encounter a beaver, herons fishing for food, darting kingfishers, gliding hawks or other wildlife as you casually paddle down the Chattahoochee River. If you are interested in a complete escape while learning about the ecology and history of the Chattahoochee River Watershed, the Nature Center’s River Canoe Trips are your ticket to both. Join their trained naturalists and guides for an interactive, sunset or sunrise voyage down the Chattahoochee River. Learn interesting facts about the river, one of their region’s most vital natural resources, and the plants and animals that call it home.
The naturalists can help you discover nature, experience a relaxing adventure and understand where the river is flowing and what demands are being put on it throughout the area. Beckie Hawkins, a canoe guide for over 3 seasons, says she “enjoys the opportunity to explore the Chattahoochee with participants of all ages – seeing the river from a new angle is always exciting” and loves the chance to teach about one of Atlanta’s great resources. This is a fantastic way to unwind from the daily hustle and bustle of suburban life or entertain family and friends. Each trip is led by CNC naturalists and offers a unique introduction to the habitats and mysteries of the Chattahoochee River.
Canoe trips began in May and run Saturdays and Sundays starting at 6pm and run until dusk. During June, July and August, they will run on Saturdays at 8:30am and 6pm and Sundays at 6pm. The cost of these two and a half hour trips is $30 for general public and $25 for members of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. All equipment is provided. Participants must be able to swim and paddle their own canoe, and be at least 6 years old. No prior canoeing experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required.
Select Fridays are available for families, date nights and special discount trips. All trips are “conditions permitting”, with advance reservations required. It’s easy to make your reservations by emailing scheduling@chattnaturecenter. org or booking online at http://chattnaturecenter.org/canoeprograms.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a 127-acre, awardwinning, private non-profit facility dedicated to environmental education. Visit the website for a daily list of community programs and events at www.chattnaturecenter.org. The Chattahoochee Nature Center hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am – 5pm. and Sunday from noon – 5pm. General Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children 3-12, and free for members and children 2 and under. For more information or directions, call 770-992-2055 x 238, or visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.
This article also appears in the June/July 2011 issue of EAST COBBER.