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    • 11 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -Island Ford Unit
    • 14
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    Pollinator Garden Workday at Island Ford 

    March 11, 9 AM - 12 PM

    The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and The Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy have partnered with Birds Georgia (formerly Georgia Audubon) to rejuvenate the area in front of the Visitor Center into a pollinator garden.  Birds Georgia will supervise the work, but we need your help.

    Registration is required to attend and is limited to 15 volunteers. 

    We plan to meet outside of the Visitor Center of the Island Ford unit of CRNRA (8800 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30350). There are parking spots available just outside the garden area, near the Visitor Center. CRNRA requires a $5 daily parking fee or the purchase of a $40 annual pass. The pollinator garden we will be working in is located just outside of the Visitor Center. 

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    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Akers Mill, 932 Aker's Mill Drive Atlanta, GA 30339
    • 9
    Register


    March Community Hike

    Saturday, March 16

    9 AM- 12 PM

    West Palisades/ Akers Mill 




    Description: Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Chattahoochee River with panoramic views of blooming forests, rocky bluffs, and sandy shorelines along the West Palisades Trail. Nestled within Atlanta, this four-mile loop showcases the park's natural wonders through unpaved trails winding through lush, vine-covered hardwood forests. Be captivated by stunning river vistas and dramatic rocky bluff overlooks, making this hike one of the most scenic in-town adventures.

    Location: We will meet at the Akers Mill parking lot 

    Facilities: Restrooms are located 0.5 miles from the parking lot 

    Difficulty: This is a moderate to strenuous 4.5 - 5 mile hike; hiking poles are recommended.  Ages 10 and up. Please, NO dogs. 

    BringDress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for forest trail walking, considering layers for temperature changes. Remember to bring water and snacks, and optionally pack binoculars and a hand lens for a more immersive experience.

    Note: A daily entrance fee of $5 or annual pass is required.

    Limit: 20 persons


    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sope Creek Unit, 3670 Paper Mill Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067.
    • 250


    ATLANTA SCIENCE FESTIVAL

    TINY MONSTERS LURKING IN THE POND

    Event Hosted by The National Park Service

    March 16 & 17, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

    No Registration Required 



    Description: Join Park Ranger Jerry Hightower for this fantastic, fun-filled discovery adventure at Sibley Pond. Amazing and wonderful creatures live in the waters of Sibley Pond. Become pond scientists and look through the wet leaves collected at the edge of the pond for the aquatic stage nymphs of dragonflies and damselflies along with weird and wonderful insects of all sorts. Find tadpoles, minnows, newts, and scuds! Learn about the tiny but fierce pond predators, their life cycles, and more cool facts about the living pond community. This is an exciting and fun activity for persons of all ages. Identification guides will be available so that you can identify the “tiny monsters” you have found. This is a terrific and very fun activity. Please join us. This is a casual and informal activity; you may come and go as you please.

    Location: 3670 Paper Mill Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067. Follow the old farm road down the hill to Sibley Pond from the parking lot.

    Facilities: Nearby at Terrell Mill Park.

    Difficulty: The walk from the parking lot is very short.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring water and snacks. You may wish to bring binoculars and a hand lens. Note: A daily entrance fee or annual pass is needed.

    Limit: none


    • 22 Mar 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • East Palisades 4058 Whitewater Creek Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Voya Volunteer Work Day

    March 22, 2024

    9 AM- 12 PM 

    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Wear sturdy, weather-appropriate clothing as we come together to enhance our surroundings. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 24 Mar 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Paces Mill 3445 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
    • 24
    Register


    Blood Rock Ridge Loop Trail Hike


    Sunday, March 24

     1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.




    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist, Jerry Hightower, for a fairly leisurely hike along the river, across scenic Rottenwood Creek, and through the forest around Blood Rock Ridge. This is a wonderful opportunity to view Great Blue Herons fishing, hear the call of the Belted Kingfisher, and see signs of wildlife, and a bit of geology.. Learn fascinating facts and a fable or two about the diverse and abundant wildlife. Enjoy great views of Long Island Shoals as you walk along the trails and learn the grim story of Lightening Rock. Along the trail we will look for wildlife signs and, with the leaves mostly gone, we will be able to better appreciate the topography of this area of the river corridor; so please join us.

    Location: We will meet in front of the Paces Mill restroom building; 3445 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339

    Facilities: Restrooms at parking area

    Difficulty: Moderately easy with a 100 meter steep section and climb over uneven rocks at Lightening Rock. These walks are quite slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and activity level. A hat, scarf, and gloves might be a good idea. Bring water and you might include snacks. You may wish to bring binoculars and a hand lens. Note: A daily entrance fee or annual pass is needed.

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 26 Mar 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • SweetWater Brewing Company
    • 05 Apr 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • East Palisades, Whitewater, 4058 Whitewater Creek Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
    • 27
    Register


     Indian Rock Shelter Loop Trail

    Friday, April 5, 2024

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.





    Description: Join a National Park Service Ranger for a loop hike through a beautiful forest that was once home to Native Americans. Imagine a bustling village, dugout canoes on the riverbank, smoldering fires smoking fish and game, and piles of freshwater mussel shells. For at least eight thousand years people have used this area. For these people, the forests and rivers were supermarkets, building supplies, clothes, and drug stores.

    During this walk you will visit the largest natural rock shelter in the park and hear fascinating facts concerning these people’s uses of the available resources to survive and even prosper. We will also enjoy spring wildflowers, ferns, and the area’s rich diversity of wildlife.

    Facilities: None

    Difficulty: This walk is leisurely with moderate uphill sections. These walks are quite slow, with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring water and snacks. You may wish to bring binoculars and a hand lens. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 06 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center, 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek, Georgia 30022.
    • 29
    Register


    Lontra Loop Trail Hike

    Saturday, April 6

     1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.




    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a wonderful spring walk on the Lontra loop trail through a beautiful floodplain bottomland forest as we loop around the narrow floodplain. This is an excellent area for viewing wildlife. We will meander back along the river and look for wildlife and signs of wildlife. We might catch a glimpse of an Osprey or a Great Blue Heron. We will look for eatly spring flowers and ferns. 

    Facilities: Located in the center’s lodge

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely on a flat floodplain trail. These walks are slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 06 Apr 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRNRA- Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center
    • 120
    Register


    CAMPFIRE PROGRAM- TURTLES: 220 MILLION YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL DESIGN

    Saturday, April 6

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.




    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a twilight program on the beloved and wildly successful turtle. The turtle has been around for millions of years of changes on our planet, but its success might be running out. Enjoy this fascinating program as the day ends and sunset approaches. 

    Facilities: Located in the Center’s Lodge.

    Difficulty: Easy level walking

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. You are invited to bring your own marshmallows for roasting over the campfire. We will provide roasting forks. 

    Limit: 120 persons


    • 08 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -Island Ford Unit
    • 15
    Register


    Pollinator Garden Workday at Island Ford 

    April 8, 9 AM - 12 PM

    The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and The Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy have partnered with Birds Georgia to rejuvenate the area in front of the Visitor Center into a pollinator garden.  Birds Georgia will supervise the work, but we need your help.

    Registration is required to attend and is limited to 15 volunteers. 

    We plan to meet outside of the Visitor Center of the Island Ford unit of CRNRA (8800 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30350). There are parking spots available just outside the garden area, near the Visitor Center. CRNRA requires a $5 daily parking fee or the purchase of a $40 annual pass. The pollinator garden we will be working in is located just outside of the Visitor Center. 

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    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Akers Mill 3700 Akers Mill Drive
    • 30
    Register

    Accenture Volunteer Work Day

    April 13, 2024

    9 AM- 1 PM 

    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Wear sturdy, weather-appropriate clothing as we come together to enhance our surroundings. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CRNRA Jones Bridge Unit 9101 Barnwell Road Johns Creek, Georgia 30022.
    • 30
    Register


     

    Nutting Rock Loop Trail Walk

    April 13, 2023

    10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.



    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a beautiful spring walk on the Lutra loop trail through an oak/hickory forest as we cross over a small ridge and stroll along the floodplain to the northernmost boundary of the unit. This is an excellent area for viewing wildlife. We will meander back along the river with the scenic shoals and rock formations, which include Native American nutting stones. We might catch a glimpse of an Osprey or a Great Blue Heron. The trail will offer a diverse collection of spring wildflowers and ferns, so please join us.

    Facilities: none

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Remember to dress for the weather and wear very comfortable hiking shoes. Bring water, binoculars, a hand lens, a notebook, and a camera.

    Limit: 30

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    • 13 Apr 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRNRA- Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center
    • 119
    Register


    CAMPFIRE PROGRAM-

    Historic Uses of Plants for Food, Medicine, and Pigments.

    Plus, Mud Painting!

    Saturday, April 13, 2024

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.




    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a campfire, program, guided walk and a beautiful summer day coming to an end. Discover new facts about the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area plants during a program on the historic uses of plants for food, medicine, and pigments. We will make Blueberry Ink and you can write and draw using twig pens, feathers, and brushes. We will also create works of art using mud from the wetlands. Create your own mud painting!

    Facilities: Located in the Center’s Lodge.

    Difficulty: Easy level walking

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. You are invited to bring your own marshmallows for roasting over the campfire. We will provide roasting forks. 

    Limit: 120 persons


    • 14 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Palisades West Unit/Akers Mill 2361 Akers Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30339
    • 30
    Register


    Trout Lily Creek Loop Trail Hike

    Sunday, April 14

     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.





    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for one of the most scenic walks in the entire park. Enjoy the beautiful forest, grand vistas of Thornton and Devil’s Race Course Shoals, and the dramatic palisades created by the Brevard Fault. We will descend the ridge, loop around at the base of Thornton Cliffs, walk past Diving Rock Beach to Sandy Point, and return up the ridge. Please join us for this walk through an area of fantastic beauty.

    Facilities: Located at Devil’s Stair Step three-quarters of the way through the hike

    Difficulty: This walk is leisurely, with a steep trail leading to the floodplain and back to the parking lot. These walks are quite slow, with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring water and a snack. Binoculars and hand lenses are also recommended. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 17 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Vickery Creek, 400 Riverside Drive, Roswell, GA 30075
    Register

    Locum Tenens Volunteer Work Day

    April 17, 2024

    9 AM- 12 PM 

    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Wear sturdy, weather-appropriate clothing as we come together to enhance our surroundings. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRNRA- Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center
    • 120
    Register


    CAMPFIRE PROGRAM-

    Paper Mills of Old 

    Make Recycled Decorative Paper

    Saturday, April 20 

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.




    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a campfire, program on the covered upper deck, sunset stroll, and a beautiful spring evening concluding another day on the Chattahoochee. Discover facts and fables about the Marietta Paper Mills and then have fun making decorative recycled paper. You are welcome to bring old colored paper, construction paper, and old colored tissue paper to use. Enjoy the campfire and the twilight. The activities are very casual and informal.

    Facilities: Located in the Center’s Lodge.

    Difficulty: Easy level walking

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. You are invited to bring your own marshmallows for roasting over the campfire. We will provide roasting forks. 

    Limit: 120 persons


    • 21 Apr 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Cochran Shoals 152 Columns Dr, Marietta, GA 30067
    • 30
    Register


    Riparian Ramble Loop Walk

    Sunday, April 21

     10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.





    Description:  Join Naturalist Jerry Hightower on a hike among the spring wildflowers and wildlife and learn more about the area’s natural and cultural history. This is a leisurely hike along a very level floodplain. Like much of the river corridor, this area has been used by humans for over 10,000 years. Perhaps farmed for centuries, Native Americans once lived on this land. It was the site of Judge Eugene Gunby’s horse farm. Today, it boasts a returning young bottomland forest and important river bottomland wetlands. Many birds call this area home. You will see old water oaks, river birch, and sycamores along the river's edge. We will discover plants used by the indigenous people and early settlers for food, medicine, and dye. Join us and discover this wonderful wildlife viewing area.

    Facilities: Located in the center’s lodge

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely on a flat floodplain trail. These walks are slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 21 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Cochran Shoals 2080 Interstate North Parkway; Atlanta, Georgia 30339
    • 30
    Register


    Gunby Creek Wetlands Wander

    Sunday, April 21

     2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.





    Description: Join National Park Service Ranger Jerry Hightower for a wonderful meander along the river and the beautiful Cochran Shoals, across the wetland’s boardwalk, and into the rich oak-hickory forest. We will explore these beautiful bottomland wetlands as we wander around Gunby Creek and the surrounding forest. It is hard to believe that this was once the Akers Plantation and, in the twentieth Century, the horse farm of Judge Eugene Gunby.

    The forest floor supports a wonderful array of ferns and wildflowers while the soft mud along the stream reveals the visitors from the previous night. We will see the second-largest indigenous rock shelter, an amazing cliff habitat, and maybe a salamander or two. Returning by the same route, we will surely find even more to discover from a different direction.

    Facilities: In the parking area

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely on a flat floodplain trail. These walks are slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Cochran Schoals 1956 Eugene Gunby Rd, Marietta, GA 30067
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Voya Volunteer Work Day

    April 22, 2024

    9 AM- 12 PM 

    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Wear sturdy, weather-appropriate clothing as we come together to enhance our surroundings. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 23 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Sope Creek, 3726 Paper Mill Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30067
    • 30
    Register

    Sope Creek Publix Work Day

    April 23, 2024

    9 AM- 1 PM 

    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Wear sturdy, weather-appropriate clothing as we come together to enhance our surroundings. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 25 Apr 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Bowmans Island,Northern Park Entrance, 3650 Buford Dam Road Cumming, GA 30041
    • 30
    Register

    Publix Work Day

    April 25, 2024

    8 AM- 12 PM 

    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Wear sturdy, weather-appropriate clothing as we come together to enhance our surroundings. Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 27 Apr 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Powers Island 5450 Interstate North Parkway Sandy Springs, GA 30328
    • 21
    Register


    April Community Hike

    Saturday, April 27

    9:00 AM- 12:30 PM

    Powers Island/ Cochran Shoals 




    Description: Cochran Shoals boasts a wide and expansive multi-use trail system. It is a favorite for hikers and bikers alike. We will enjoy stunning Chattahoochee River views and explore scenic woodlands and marshes. Our 6-mile hike will start at the Powers Island parking lot and take us past the river, over the boardwalks, and to the historic Scribner Cemetery. We will then loop back along the river past the stunning rock formations that decorate the Chattahoochee's path.

    Location: We will meet at the Powers Island Parking Lot 

    Facilities: NO Restrooms

    Difficulty: This is a moderate 6-mile hike; hiking poles may be helpful.  

    BringDress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for forest trail walking, considering layers for temperature changes. Remember to bring water and snacks, and pack binoculars and a hand lens for a more immersive experience. Sunscreen and bug spray are also encouraged. 

    Restrictions: No Children under 10 and No Dogs

    Note: A daily entrance fee of $5 or annual pass is required.

    Limit: 20 persons


    • 01 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Cochran Shoals 152 Columns Dr, Marietta, GA 30067
    • 30
    Register


    Riparian Ramble loop walk 

    Wednesday, May 1

     10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.




    Description:  Join Naturalist Jerry Hightower on a hike among the spring wildflowers and wildlife and learn more about the area’s natural and cultural history. This is a leisurely hike along a very level floodplain. Like much of the river corridor, this area has been used by humans for over 10,000 years. Perhaps farmed for centuries, Native Americans once lived on this land. It was the site of Judge Eugene Gunby’s horse farm. Today, it boasts a returning young bottomland forest and important river bottomland wetlands. Many birds call this area home. You will see old water oaks, river birch, and sycamores along the river's edge. We will discover plants used by the indigenous people and early settlers for food, medicine, and dye. Join us and discover this wonderful wildlife viewing area.

    Facilities: Located in the center’s lodge

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely on a flat floodplain trail. These walks are slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 01 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Cochran Shoals 2080 Interstate North Parkway; Atlanta, Georgia 30339
    • 30
    Register


    Gunby Creek Wetlands Wander

    Wednesday, May 1

     2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.





    Description: Join National Park Service Ranger Jerry Hightower for a wonderful meander along the river and the beautiful Cochran Shoals, across the wetland’s boardwalk, and into the rich oak-hickory forest. We will explore these beautiful bottomland wetlands as we wander around Gunby Creek and the surrounding forest. It is hard to believe that this was once the Akers Plantation and, in the twentieth Century, the horse farm of Judge Eugene Gunby.

    The forest floor supports a wonderful array of ferns and wildflowers while the soft mud along the stream reveals the visitors from the previous night. We will see the second-largest indigenous rock shelter, an amazing cliff habitat, and maybe a salamander or two. Returning by the same route, we will surely find even more to discover from a different direction.

    Facilities: In the parking area

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely on a flat floodplain trail. These walks are slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 11 May 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center, 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek, Georgia 30022.
    • 29
    Register


    Lontra Loop Trail Hike

    Saturday, May 11

     12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.





    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a wonderful spring walk on the Lontra loop trail through a beautiful floodplain bottomland forest as we loop around the narrow floodplain. This is an excellent area for viewing wildlife. We will meander back along the river and look for wildlife and signs of wildlife. We might catch a glimpse of an Osprey or a Great Blue Heron. We will look for eatly spring flowers and ferns. 

    Facilities: Located in the center’s lodge

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely on a flat floodplain trail. These walks are slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 11 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CRNRA- Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center
    • 120
    Register


    CAMPFIRE PROGRAM-

    Historic Uses of Plants for Food, Medicine, and Pigments

    Saturday, May 11 

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.




    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a campfire, program, guided walk, and a beautiful summer day coming to an end. Discover new facts about the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area plants during a program on the historical uses of plants for food, medicine, and pigments. We will make Blueberry Ink and you can write and draw using twig pens, feathers, and brushes. We will also create works of art using mud from the wetlands.


    You are welcome to come early and bring a picnic dinner. After the program, you are invited to join us on a short walk on the Three Forks Loop Trail.


    Facilities: Located in the Center’s Lodge.

    Difficulty: Easy level walking

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. You are invited to bring your own marshmallows for roasting over the campfire. We will provide roasting forks. 

    Limit: 120 persons


    • 13 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -Island Ford Unit
    • 15
    Register


    Pollinator Garden Workday at Island Ford 

    May 8, 9 AM - 12 PM

    The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and The Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy have partnered with Birds Georgia to rejuvenate the area in front of the Visitor Center into a pollinator garden.  Work will be supervised by Birds Georgia, but we need your help.

    Registration is required to attend and is limited to 15 volunteers. 

    We plan to meet outside of the Visitor Center of the Island Ford unit of CRNRA (8800 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30350). There are parking spots available just outside the garden area, near the Visitor Center. CRNRA requires a $5 daily parking fee or the purchase of a $40 annual pass. The pollinator garden we will be working in is located just outside of the Visitor Center. 

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    • 15 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Johnson Ferry, 301 Johnson Ferry Road SE Marietta, GA 30068
    • 15
    Register


    Voya Volunteer Paddle Clean-Up

    May 15, 2024

    9 AM- 1 PM 





    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Please come dressed for boating. We recommend sandles or water shoes and lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing 

    Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 15 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Island Ford 1978 Island Ford Parkway; Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350.
    • 30
    Register


    Island Ford Pond

    and

    River Ramble 

    Wednesday, May 15

     10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




    Description:  Join National Park Service Ranger Jerry Hightower for a walk around Island Ford Pond, through the oak-hickory forest to the river, and along the river edge trail to a naturally occurring rock overhang that was used by the indigenous people for shelter. We will meander back along the river with the scenic shoals and rock formations. You will see old water oaks, river birch, and sycamores along the river's edge. We will discover plants used by the indigenous people and early settlers for food, medicine, and dye. We might catch a glimpse of an Osprey or a Great Blue Heron. Along the trail, we will look for signs of wildlife and spring flowers. 

    Facilities: Located in the Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center

    Difficulty: This hike is leisurely on a flat floodplain trail. These walks are slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring plenty of water and a snack. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 15 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Vickery Creek, 79 Oxbo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075
    • 30
    Register


    MAGNOLIAS AND RIDGE TOPS 

    Wednesday, May 15

    2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.





    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a great loop hike through the oak-hickory ridge forest, mesic forest, and the ridge top trail on the steep slopes above the scenic Vickery Creek Ravine. We will see a very large, big-leaved Umbrella Magnolia.

    Our loop will take us past beautiful areas with native ferns, shrubs, and wildflowers. The ridge-top trail shows plants that survive in shallow soils, cliff areas, and dry conditions. This is a great trail to discover.

    Facilities: Trees and thick shrubs.

    Difficulty: This hike is moderately strenuous with a few steep slopes. These walks are quite slow with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring water, and you might include snacks. You may wish to bring binoculars and a hand lens. Note: A daily entrance fee or annual pass is needed.

    Limit: 30 persons


    • 17 May 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Morgan Falls, 200 Morgan Falls Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
    • 15
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    Voya Volunteer Paddle Clean-Up

    May 17, 2024

    9 AM- 1 PM 





    Join us for a rewarding volunteer work day for the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. Please come dressed for boating. We recommend sandles or water shoes and lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing 

    Please consider carpooling, as parking is limited, ensuring a smoother and more eco-friendly experience for all participants.


    • 18 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Paces Mill 3445 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
    • 30
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    Blood Rock Ridge Loop Trail Hike

    Saturday, May 18

     10:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.




    Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a relatively leisurely hike along the river, across scenic Rottenwood Creek, and through the forest around Blood Rock Ridge. This is a beautiful opportunity to view Great Blue Herons fishing, hear the Belted Kingfisher's call, see signs of wildlife, and a bit of geology. Learn fascinating facts and a fable or two about the diverse and abundant wildlife. Enjoy great views of Long Island Shoals as you walk along the trails and learn the grim story of Lightning Rock. Along the trail, we will look for signs of wildlife and spring flowers. 

    Facilities: Restrooms in the parking area

    Difficulty: Moderately easy with a 100-meter steep section and climb over uneven rocks at Lightening Rock. These walks are slow, with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring water and snacks. Binoculars and a hand lens are recommended. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 22 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • East Palisades, Whitewater, 4058 Whitewater Creek Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
    • 30
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     Indian Rock Shelter Loop Trail

    Wednesday, May 22

    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.




    Description: Join a National Park Service Ranger for a loop hike through a beautiful forest that was once home to Native Americans. Imagine a bustling village, dugout canoes on the riverbank, smoldering fires smoking fish and game, and piles of freshwater mussel shells. For at least eight thousand years, people have used this area. For these people, the forests and rivers were supermarkets, building supplies, clothes, and drug stores.

    During this walk you will visit the largest natural rock shelter in the park and hear fascinating facts concerning these people’s uses of the available resources to survive and even prosper. We will also enjoy spring wildflowers, ferns, and the area’s rich diversity of wildlife.

    Facilities: None

    Difficulty: This walk is leisurely with moderate uphill sections. These walks are quite slow, with numerous stops to discuss items of interest along the way. Note: This walk is not suitable for very young children.

    Bring: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on a forest trail. Bring water and snacks. You may wish to bring binoculars and a hand lens. 

    Limit: 30 persons

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    • 22 May 2024
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Sope Creek, 3670 Paper Mill Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067
    • 30
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