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Programs for Adults, Families and Kids

Jul 26, 2016

This event is running from Mon, June 6, 2016 until Sun, July 31, 2016.

Butterfly Encounter

Presenting Sponsor: Cox Automotiveimage-237

June 6 – July 31, Monday to Saturday 10 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 4:30 pm

Special CNC members-only hours: Saturday, June 11 from 9 – 10 AM  

The year’s most popular encounter is back for this summer! This special outdoor encounter is open daily until 4:30 pm from June 6 – July 31! Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera! Special visiting opportunities include CNC Members Only hours, Breakfast with Butterflies, and special evening hours at Sunset Sips!

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jul 27, 2016 (Wed) 10:30 am -- 11:30 am

This event is running from Wed, September 2, 2015 until Wed, December 7, 2016.

Story Time by the River

Lisa S storytime for Grandparents day 2013CNC storytellers will encourage your child’s participation by acting out the movements and sounds of storybook characters. With nature crafts, stories, songs and your child’s participation, we’ll make the best nature stories come alive.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Aug 07, 2016 (Sun) 9:00 am -- 12:00 pm
Woodland Restoration Project

Restoration DayCome help us restore the wetlands. We will be working to remove invasive Chinese privet and other non-natives in and around our wetlands in order to encourage native plant restoration. These events have a 20 person maximum and fill up early!  Please contact us to reserve a spot for your family or group.  Ages 5 – Adult; Register by July 31st by emailing our Volunteer Coordinator.

Aug 07, 2016 (Sun) 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Water Day


Water Day is a celebration of water as summer winds down. Splash through sprinklers, meet water-loving community partners, play water games, make water crafts!  Come dressed to get wet – swim suits, sunglasses, and flip flops are welcomed!

  •         Fun with Bubbles
  •         Water Crafts
  •         Outdoor Games and Sidewalk Chalk
  •         Storytime
  •         Raffle

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Aug 09, 2016 (Tue) 9:45 am -- 11:00 am

This event is running from Tue, June 14, 2016 until Tue, August 9, 2016.

Pee-Wee Naturalist Summer Series

Pee-Wee Naturalist BDOW DemoDo you want to expand your child’s knowledge about nature and meet new friends? During the pee-wee naturalist series, we will explore many areas of the CNC’s 127 acres, get up close and personal with several of our rehabilitated animals and expand our artistic abilities. This program fills up fast, so don’t miss out on the fun. Ages 3 & 4; $55 general public/$40 CNC members (Adult helper required and admitted free); Register by June 3.

For quickest registration or to check availability of a program, please visit our on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department or call 770-992-2055 x237.

Aug 13, 2016 (Sat) 10:00 am -- 11:30 am
Family Canoe Day

canoe 101Get your feet wet with our canoe guides on Beaver Pond. This 1 ½ hour introduction to canoeing is great for first time paddlers, families with young kids or adults coming back to the sport. We’ll spend extra time going over paddling techniques and equipment, but will also provide races, games and water squirters for those hot summer mornings. The CNC provides all equipment for participants. Ages 5+; $15 general public/$10 CNC members (per person); Register by August 10.

For quickest registration or to check availability of a program, please visit our on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department or call 770-992-2055 x237.

Aug 14, 2016 (Sun) 1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm

StarlabwithstarsCome visit CNC’s own round portable celestial theater: STARLAB. Inside our planetarium, we’ll customize the night sky so that it projects the stars location for that very day as well as discuss the Perseids Meteor Shower that is occurring between July 17 and August 24. (Two, 25-minute presentations); Ages 6+. Please note for small children: the planetarium is completely dark.
(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Aug 20, 2016 (Sat) 8:00 pm -- 10:00 pm
Shooting Stars Family Night Hike

Night Hike 1Have you ever heard of the Perseid Meteor Shower? The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour. This meteor shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. During our family night hike, we will gaze at the sky for shooting stars, planets and constellations as we explore one of the CNC’s trails. Remember, if you see a shooting star, make a wish but don’t tell anyone or it won’t come true. All ages; $10 general public/$7 CNC members (advance); Day of $15 general public/$10 CNC members.

For quickest registration or to check availability of a program, please visit our on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department or call 770-992-2055 x237.

Aug 27, 2016 (Sat) 11:00 am -- 12:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, July 23, 2016 until Sat, September 24, 2016.

Family Yoga with Roswell Yoga Life

yoga4Be Tree! Be a Dragon! Be a Cloud! Join us for a fun and meditative practice that includes partner and group poses.  This 60-minute, all ages/all levels yoga class is a great activity to bring friends and family together to celebrate summer.  Then stick around and enjoy the beauty of the CNC grounds.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Sep 18, 2016 (Sun) 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Outdoor Skills Day

outdoorCanoeing, camping, cooking, and more! Outdoor Skills Day is here to help you enjoy the outdoors by teaching you some basic outdoor skills. Community partners will be ready to share their expertise and get you excited about an outdoor adventure this fall.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Oct 16, 2016 (Sun) 1:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Harvest on the Hooch

H on the HJoin us for this unique Farm to Table Garden Fest complete with tastings prepared by our favorite local restaurants and caterers.  Harvest on the Hooch will allow you to enjoy samplings of local craft beers and wine, Bluegrass music, Games, Alpacas and other surprise farm guests!  Supporting this garden helps those in need, by providing fresh produce to the Food Pantry at North Fulton Community Charity each week.  It is our goal to educate the community on the value and environmental benefits of the ‘farm-to-table’ movement.  Meet some real ‘foodies’ and learn about adding healthy fresh foods to your diet as you party with us! Contact DeAnn Fordham for details at 770-992-2055 x 226.

Oct 21, 2016 (Fri) 6:30 pm -- 10:00 pm

This event is running from Fri, October 21, 2016 until Sat, October 29, 2016.

Halloween Hikes

Friday and Saturday, October 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th – 6:30 pm

A Family Event you won’t want to miss! If you are searching for a unique Halloween adventure, we have the program for you. Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about their lives. It’s the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events and a VERY important fundraiser for CNC!

  • World Music
  • Guided Night Hike lasting approximately 45 minutes, stopping to meet costumed characters
  • Festival Fun
  • Camp Fire
  • Concessions Available for Purchase

CNC Members may purchase tickets in advance beginning on October 1st at the Visitor Services Desk in the Discovery Center. CNC is open Monday – Saturday from 10 am—5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm

Ticket Sales begin at 6:30 pm each night and end at 8:30 pm for the General Public (advance tickets are not available)

Dec 03, 2016 (Sat) 10:00 am -- 5:00 pm
Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival


Meet over Forty Fine Arts Artisans,  Artisans of the Farm and Kitchen and Instrumental Artisans – all while supporting local crafts-persons and Fair Trade.  Our market contains local vendors selling their hand-made, eco-friendly goods for your holiday gift giving.  These skilled entrepreneurs make unique items that you won’t find in retail stores.  Buy local this Holiday Season and help our economy! Avoid crowded malls.

Meet talented entrepreneurs and local vendors selling holiday gifts galore!  Last year we had a wide variety of vendors and many of them will be returning again this year. Visit our Nature Store for unique eco-friendly gifts, fun nature toys and games, nature related books perfect for you and your favorite nature lovers.  You can also purchase gift memberships to CNC for your friends and family!  Nature Exchange Traders can find a fun gift for parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters!

PLEASE CARPOOL! Free parking, but limited spaces, please help us and the earth by carpooling!  Some vendors only take cash or check.

Dec 11, 2016 (Sun) 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Reindeer Day

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The 6th annual Reindeer Day is sure to be a holiday highlight for you and your family. Live reindeer join the other animals at CNC to help you get in the holiday spirit. All Ages.

  • Live Reindeer
  • Crafts & Face Painting
  • Food Truck
  • Marshmallow Roasting with Camp Kingfisher
  • Trail Hikes
  • Creature Feature

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If a class is cancelled for any reason you will receive a full refund. If you wish to cancel your reservation, please contact our office at least six business days prior to your scheduled program. $10 of your registration fee will be retained by CNC. You will receive confirmation when we receive your cancellation. If you do not receive confirmation within one business day, we have not received your cancellation. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 6 business days prior to your scheduled program. Refunds will be paid by check, please allow 4 – 6 weeks.