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meeting.jpgHave you been looking for an opportunity to learn more and meet others who want the same? Check out our monthly potluck meetings and our quarterly field trips.

Dine and Discover Potlucks

Come connect, learn, and get engaged with CNC during these monthly potluck meetings.  Topics change each month and provide you a chance to enhance your knowledge of the natural world.

Dates: Meetings take place the 4th Thursday of each month. We do not meet in November or December.

Times: Potluck at 7:00pm and program begins at 7:30.  We expect to be done between 9:00 – 9:30pm

dining.jpgPlace: We will meet in the Plaza Conference Room at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Whenever possible our programs will include some indoor learning and some outdoor exploration.

Cost: $10 General Public; $5 CNC Members; FREE for CNC, CNC Volunteers & Master Naturalist Graduates

What to Bring: a vegetarian dish to share!

Ages: The Nature Club is for adults ages 16 and up.

Registration: Advance registration is not required

2014 Programs:

June 26: The Appalachian Trail

Author Richard Judy, in THRU: An Appalachian Trail Love Story, brings to life a fascinating account of his 2,184 mile odyssey from Springer Mtn.  to Mt. Katahdin.  Autographed books will be available for $15.95 each.  Checks and cash accepted. A great gift idea!  A lucky winner will receive a two night’s stay at the Hike Inn!  There will also be a gear swap for all you hikers.

July 24: Pollinator Gardens

Ron Smith will teach us how we can create our very own pollinator gardens in whatever space we call home!  Animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops.

August 28: Birding with John Yow

John plans to get his presentation started with a birdsong identification quiz (with valuable prizes for the winners!), then offer glimpses into the lives of some of our favorite birds, based on his two recent books: The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds, and the follow-up, The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal. He’ll also offer a sneak preview of the work-in-progress, tentatively titled Thirteen Birds: Loss, Recovery, and Uncertainty in a Changing Environment.

For more information, visit http://www.chattnaturecenter.org/the-nature-store.

You can also sign-up to be on our mailing list – we will send out an e-mail once a month regarding The Nature Club events.  Send an e-mail to programs@chattnaturecenter.org with Sign-up for The Nature Club E-mail in the subject line.


Spring Field Trip:  Panola Mountain

Summer Field Trip: Chattahoochee River Headwaters Hike

Join Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a hike along the Chattahoochee River at the edge of the Mark Trail Wilderness.  We will hike up the east side of the river to the grotto.  There is a fantastic diversity of ferns and wildflowers along a half mile section of river.   We will backtrack, cross the river, visit Horse Trough Falls, and then hike upstream along the west side of the river.  This is an area where we might find some orchids of interest.   This is an unmaintained route.  Often we will be on a bear trail or no trail at all.  There are many rhododendron, mountain laurel, and dog hobble thickets along the route.  At the old home site we will investigate salamander diversity.  Please note this is not a spring head hike, which starts at Brasstown Bald.

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult with frequent scrabbles over and under rocks, logs, ledges, boulders, and through thickets of Rhododendron and Dog Hobble.  Heavy bush whacking.

Date:  Sunday June 15, 2014
Time: 10AM

Place:  Upper Chattahoochee River Campground pay your daily use fee and drive to the day use parking at the very end of the campground.
Our meeting place is at the trail head.

Ages: 13-Adult
Cost: $10 General Public/$5 CNC Members/FREE CNC Staff and Volunteers (each car will also need to pay a $3 Daily Use Fee at campground)

Directions:  Travel north from the “beautiful Alpine Village” of Helen on Hwy 17 & 75.   Once you pass through Helen, Stay on GA-75 and continue approximately 8.5  twisty, turny miles up the mountain. At around 8.5 miles, start looking for the entrance to the “Mark Trail Wilderness” on the left. There will be a grayish wooden sign. If you crest the mountain, you’ve gone too far.

Follow the dirt and gravel road about 6 miles till you come to the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground. Chattahoochee River Road is closed south of the Camp Ground so there is no access from the south.

Bring: Pack your lunch & water and we will picnic in the forest. Remember to dress for the weather and wear very comfortable hiking shoes.  Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level. Bring water shoes and water clothes if you plan to get into the river.  A towel and a jacket is advisable.   You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Yellow Jackets are pretty much a sure thing.  If you have allergies to wasp stings, BRING YOUR MEDICATION!!!  Poison Ivy will be everywhere and unavoidable.  Bring Dr. Bonner’s to wash at the end of the hike.

Registration Required by June 12th.

Questions: Contact Carla Bell or Rebecca Gilbert