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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:

September 25: Bats!  ,

Mark Ray is an environmental consultant with RayEA, LLC Ecological Applications in Marietta.  He will report on the particular interaction of rare bats and what is being done to conserve bats in Georgia including the Northern Long Eared bat.  As an environmentalist, Mark processes hundreds of bats per year and has come to know bats inside and out.  He will also discuss the gray bats at Sauta Cave in Alabama.

October 23: Coosa River Basin

Spend your evening socializing with like-minded folks.   Amos Tucks’ Odyssey is the story of one man’s journey through the Upper Coosa River basin. In August of 2012, Upper Coosa Riverkeeper, Amos Tuck, embarked on a 250 mile journey down the Conasauga, Coosawattee, Oostanaula, and Coosa Rivers. Amos’ Odyssey tells the story of this journey through photographs and videos highlighting the precious places and beautiful wildlife of one of America’s most biologically diverse watersheds.

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.

Fall Field Trip: Sawnee Mountain Preserve

The Preserve boasts 963 acres of scenic passive space, hiking trails and an interactive Visitor Center.  We will hike the Indian Seats trail which is 3.5 miles and is rated easy to strenuous.  For those of you that want to experience the Preserve but don’t want to hike 3.5 miles, feel free to come along and explore the visitor’s center and the other (3) short, leisurely trails.  We’ll all meet up for lunch around 12:30PM.

Sawnee Mountain visibly links to the summit of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, as well as the rich history of the woodland culture of North Georgia’s Native American inhabitants. The mountain is named after a local Cherokee Native American, Sawnee.  Now, after having survived the passage of time, natural disasters, searches for gold, timber clearing, and urban development, Sawnee Mountain is the landmark host to The Sawnee Mountain Preserve & Visitor Center.

​In 2005 the Preserve was awarded “Most Outstanding Green Space Plan” by the Georgia Urban Forestry Council.  The council also awarded  the Visitor Center with  “Outstanding New Development” for 2008.  The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia named Forsyth County among the recipients of the fourth annual County Excellence Awards for the Preserve in 2009.

Difficulty: From Easy to Strenuous

Date: Saturday September 13, 2014

Time: 10AM at Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center

Carpool: Meet in CNC parking area at 9AM

Place: Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center – 770.781.2217

Address: 4075 Spot Rd.  Cumming, GA 30040

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)

Bring: Comfortable hiking shoes, water & lunch if you’d like to join us for a picnic at the visitor’s center