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May 23, 2017 (Tue) 10:00 am -- 11:00 am

This event is running from Tue, April 4, 2017 until Tue, August 22, 2017.

Artists in the Wild

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance is partnering with CNC to present Artists in the Wild, plein air artists spread out over CNC’s most picturesque locations, happening each Tuesday in April, May and June, then the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in July and August, 10 AM – 1 PM. Mingle among the artists while they paint scenes under the fresh air.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 23, 2017 (Tue) 1:00 pm -- 1:30 pm

This event is running from Wed, March 1, 2017 until Fri, December 29, 2017.

The Chattahoochee: Re-Imagine Our River

This 22-minute fi­lm will lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the Chattahoochee River and its surrounding watershed. The film brings together 15 voices from environmental groups, government agencies and the private sector. It will give viewers the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of programs and initiatives that are keeping our river healthy and providing access and programs for our citizens.  Recommended age to view the film is 10 and up.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 23, 2017 (Tue) 4:00 pm -- 4:30 pm

This event is running from Sat, May 9, 2015 until Sat, December 30, 2017.

Wildlife Feeding Time

image-97Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of our resident animals as our Wildlife Department feeds them!

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 24, 2017

This event is running from Sat, March 18, 2017 until Wed, May 31, 2017.

Forest Fairy House Trail

Sponsored by Northside Hospital

Back by popular demand, our fairies have been busy building all new fairy houses for our Homestead Trail and Kingfisher Pond Trail this spring. More than a dozen whimsical works line our trails – slow down as you search for the fairy houses made from tiny natural objects. You can even earn Nature Exchange points as you find them along the way, just pick up a scavenger hunt. Get imaginative with us this spring and perhaps create your own Fairy House in our Free Play Area while you are here!

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 24, 2017

This event is running from Mon, May 1, 2017 until Wed, May 31, 2017.

Binoculars 101

Throughout May

Using binoculars can be challenging. Come practice spotting birds throughout the Nature Exchange (NEX) and learn to aim and focus your binoculars with ease. We will have binoculars to try out.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 24, 2017

This event is running from Mon, May 1, 2017 until Wed, May 31, 2017.

Quack ‘n Cluck

Throughout May

Hunters and game conservationists mimic bird calls for many reasons, and have even created special tools to do so. Ever wanted to call like a turkey or quack like a duck? Come to NEX and you can.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 24, 2017

This event is running from Mon, May 1, 2017 until Wed, May 31, 2017.

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Throughout May

Learning to identify birds is tough–let NEX help! Bird silhouettes will be throughout the room for you to test your knowledge on who is who. The more you learn the more NEX points you earn.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 24, 2017

This event is running from Wed, March 1, 2017 until Wed, May 31, 2017.

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Exhibit: Spring Gallery in Bloom

Roswell Fine Arts Alliance presents this quarter’s River Resource Gallery hanging that highlights Spring blooms of all colors. Local artists created the works using a variety of media. Works are available for purchase.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 25, 2017 (Thu) 2:00 pm -- 2:30 pm

This event is running from Thu, December 3, 2015 until Fri, December 29, 2017.

Creature Feature

IMG_0407-300x200Join us every Thursday and Friday at 2 pm for Creature Feature!  Meet one of our native, resident animals with a CNC Naturalist.  Each month will be a different theme so Creature Feature is always exciting! Location will vary so check with admissions desk when you arrive!

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 25, 2017 (Thu) 6:30 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Heidi Pollyea

Heidi Pollyea, an Atlanta, Georgia based singer/songwriter, describes her special brand of music as “funky folk.” She performs on both piano and guitar and is influenced by jazz, gospel, pop, R&B and country.

The Sunset Sips concert series returns in 2017 to treat music lovers to an eclectic collection of local talent. This is a laid back, family friendly series and CNC’s grounds are open for you to explore. Grab a friend and head over for live local music, a cash bar and feel free to bring a picnic dinner! Sunset Sips will happen the 4th Thursday of every month from April to September (except July).

May 25, 2017 (Thu) 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
The Nature Club: Climate Change with Geologist Bill Witherspoon

The good news about today’s challenge posed by burning fossil fuels, according to Witherspoon, is that there is a plausible path to phasing them out before a catastrophe is set in stone. Dr. Witherspoon will set the framework with examples from Earth history when changes in the atmosphere and oceans challenged and shaped Earth’s capacity to support life.

Join us for The Nature Club monthly potluck and mingle with folks with similar interests. Then join our speaker at 7:30. The Nature Club meets the 4th Thursday of each month January to October. If you have topics of interest or speaker suggestions, please let us know! Ages 16 – Adult, $10 general public/$5 CNC members.

Registration is not required, but you may visit our  on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department or call 770-992-2055 x237.

May 26, 2017 (Fri) 6:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
Date Night on the River

It is going to be a long summer, so get a babysitter and come relax with us on this adult-only evening paddle. We’ll open up the grounds early so you can bring a picnic dinner, and then our canoe guides will lead you on a 2 ½ hour sunset trip. Ages 21+; $30 General Public/$25 Members (price per person); Register by May 25.

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

May 27, 2017 (Sat) 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, May 6, 2017 until Sat, May 27, 2017.

Family Canoe Day

Get your feet wet with our canoe guides on Beaver Pond. This 1½ 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, and provide races, games and water squirters. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the nature center grounds afterwards. CNC provides all equipment for participants. Ages 5+; $15 General Public/$10 CNC Members (price per person); Registration required by the Thursday before each class.

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.

May 27, 2017 (Sat) 11:30 am -- 12:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, June 6, 2015 until Sat, December 30, 2017.

The Chattahoochee: Re-Imagine Our River

chattahoocheeThis 22-minute fi­lm will lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the Chattahoochee River and its surrounding watershed. The film brings together 15 voices from environmental groups, government agencies and the private sector. It gives viewers the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of programs and initiatives that are keeping our river healthy and providing access and programs for our citizens.  Recommended age to view the film is 10 and up.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 27, 2017 (Sat) 1:00 pm -- 1:30 pm

This event is running from Sat, June 4, 2016 until Sun, December 31, 2017.

Trail Hike

Explore the trails of the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a docent led walk through the forest or wetland.  The walks are suitable for all ages and will include stops to explore the Chattahoochee Watershed and learn about the plants and animals.  Hands on biofacts will be available to enhance the experience.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 27, 2017 (Sat) 2:00 pm -- 2:30 pm

This event is running from Sat, May 9, 2015 until Sun, December 31, 2017.

Creature Feature

chill and pop bestJoin us every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm for Creature Feature!  Meet one of our native, resident animals with a CNC Naturalist.  Each month will be a different theme so Creature Feature is always exciting! Location will vary so check with admissions desk when you arrive!

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 27, 2017 (Sat) 3:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, March 4, 2017 until Sun, May 28, 2017.

Trail Hike

Explore the trails of the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a docent led walk through the forest or wetland.  The walks are suitable for all ages and will include stops to explore the Chattahoochee Watershed and learn about the plants and animals.  Hands on biofacts will be available to enhance the experience.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 27, 2017 (Sat) 3:30 pm -- 4:00 pm

This event is running from Sun, June 7, 2015 until Sun, December 31, 2017.

The Chattahoochee: Re-Imagine Our River

chattahoocheeThis 22-minute fi­lm will lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the Chattahoochee River and its surrounding watershed. The film brings together 15 voices from environmental groups, government agencies and the private sector. It gives viewers the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of programs and initiatives that are keeping our river healthy and providing access and programs for our citizens.  Recommended age to view the film is 10 and up.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 27, 2017 (Sat) 5:00 pm -- 8:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, May 6, 2017 until Sun, May 28, 2017.

River Canoe Trips

Get ready for another amazing canoe season with CNC. Come and take a leisurely evening 2 ½ hour paddle with our experienced canoe guides, while learning all about the environment of the Chattahoochee River. We will look for wildlife and learn about the wetland ecosystem. The CNC provides all equipment for participants. Ages 6+; $30 General Public/$25 Members (price per person); Advance Registration Required

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

May 28, 2017 (Sun) 12:30 pm -- 1:00 pm

This event is running from Sun, June 7, 2015 until Sun, December 31, 2017.

The Chattahoochee: Re-Imagine Our River

chattahoocheeThis 22-minute fi­lm will lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the Chattahoochee River and its surrounding watershed. The film brings together 15 voices from environmental groups, government agencies and the private sector. It will give viewers the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of programs and initiatives that are keeping our river healthy and providing access and programs for our citizens.  Recommended age to view the film is 10 and up.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 28, 2017 (Sun) 4:00 pm -- 4:30 pm

This event is running from Sun, May 10, 2015 until Sun, December 31, 2017.

Animal Encounter

opossumencounterLearn about the native wildlife living at CNC through a 30-minute live animal presentation with one of our naturalists or docents.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 29, 2017 (Mon) 9:00 am -- 12:00 pm
Memorial Day River Canoe Trip

Take advantage of this day off with a relaxing trip on the Chattahoochee River. Join our naturalist for a morning paddle and we’ll get you back in time to prepare for any summer kick-off cookouts. Ages 6+; $30 General Public/$25 CNC Members (price per person); Register by May 26.

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

Jun 01, 2017

This event is running from Thu, June 1, 2017 until Fri, June 30, 2017.

Shade and Shadows

Throughout June

What animals can you think of that use shade to stay cool? Learn about adaptations that help keep animals shaded in the summer.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 01, 2017

This event is running from Thu, June 1, 2017 until Thu, August 31, 2017.

Georgia Nature Photographers Summer Gallery

June – August

Our River Resource Gallery is hung by Georgia Nature Photographers this summer. Come enjoy photos from unique perspectives focused on the settings and scenes of summertime. Works are available for purchase.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 01, 2017

This event is running from Thu, June 1, 2017 until Thu, August 31, 2017.

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

June through August

If you are looking for a cool activity at CNC, check out the monthly indoor scavenger hunts – new themes each month. Search the Nature Exchange and earn NEX points for each clue you find.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 01, 2017

This event is running from Thu, June 1, 2017 until Thu, August 31, 2017.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

June through August

Grab a themed scavenger hunt and head outside. Hike the trail to find hidden clues, and earn NEX points. The more you can find, the more points you can earn.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 01, 2017 (Thu) 11:00 am -- 11:30 am

This event is running from Thu, June 1, 2017 until Fri, July 28, 2017.

Creature Feature

Join us every Thursday and Friday at 11 am during June and July for Creature Feature!  Meet one of our native, resident animals with a CNC Naturalist.  Each month will be a different theme so Creature Feature is always exciting! Location will vary so check with admissions desk when you arrive!

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 01, 2017 (Thu) 3:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

This event is running from Thu, June 1, 2017 until Thu, August 31, 2017.

Cool Movies

cool moviesWhile we would love for you to spend your time here at CNC enjoying the great outdoors, come beat the heat in the Cowie-Weiss Theater for a cool nature movie. Movies are appropriate for all ages (rated PG) and are about one hour long.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 02, 2017 (Fri) 6:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

This event is running from Fri, June 2, 2017 until Fri, August 18, 2017.

Date Night on the River

Get a babysitter and come relax with us on this adults-only evening paddle. We’ll open up the grounds early so you can bring a picnic dinner. Then our canoe guides will lead you on a 2 ½ hour sunset trip. Register by the Wednesday before each trip; ages 21+; $30 General Public / $25 CNC Members (per person).

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

Jun 03, 2017

This event is running from Sat, June 3, 2017 until Sun, June 4, 2017.

18th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

Saturday, June 3, 10 am – 3 pm
Sunday, June 4, 12 pm – 5 pm

Presented by: Cox Conserves
Sponsored by: Macy’s, Northside Hospital, Kind, GoGo Squeez

The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies! Join us for this very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center!

  • Live Butterfly Releases and Butterfly Encounter
  • Host and Nectar Plants available for Sale
  • Crafts, Face Painting, Fairy Houses, Sidewalk Art, Vendors
  • Food Trucks and Cold Treats
  • Entertainment

A great event to kick off summer and create amazing memories!

$12 General Public and $8 CNC Members
Free for Children Ages 2 and Under

Jun 03, 2017 (Sat) 6:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, June 3, 2017 until Sun, August 27, 2017.

River Canoe Trips

Come and take a leisurely evening paddle with our experienced canoe guides, while learning all about the environment of the Chattahoochee River. Perfect for a first time paddle or a fun way to reconnect with the river you already treasure. All equipment is provided. Also offered in July and August. Registration required; ages 6+; $30 General Public / $25 CNC Members (per person).

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

Jun 05, 2017

This event is running from Mon, June 5, 2017 until Mon, July 31, 2017.

Butterfly Encounter

Open Daily until 4:30 pm

Presented by: Cox Automotive and Northside Hospital

The year’s most popular exhibit is back for this summer! This special outdoor exhibit is open daily until 4:30 pm from June 5 – 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 (June 10 from 9-10 am), Breakfast with Butterflies, and special evening hours at Sunset Sips!

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 07, 2017 (Wed) 10:30 am -- 11:30 am

This event is running from Wed, September 2, 2015 until Wed, December 6, 2017.

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)

Jun 10, 2017 (Sat) 9:00 am -- 10:00 am
Butterfly Encounter – Special Members-Only Hour

Presented by: Cox Automotive and Northside Hospital

Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants in our special outdoor exhibit. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera. Enjoy this special 1 hour, members-only event.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 10, 2017 (Sat) 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, June 10, 2017 until Sat, August 26, 2017.

Family Canoe Day

This introduction to canoeing is 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, and provide races, games, and water squirters. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the nature center grounds afterwards. CNC provides all equipment. Register by the Thursday before each class; ages 5+; $15 General Public / $10 CNC Members (per person).

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

Jun 11, 2017 (Sun) 10:00 am -- 12:00 pm

This event is running from Sun, June 11, 2017 until Sun, July 9, 2017.

Family Friendly Breakfast with Butterflies

be3Have you ever wanted some one-on-one time with several species of butterflies? Join us for a family-friendly morning with exclusive access to the butterfly encounter where you can enjoy a light breakfast, experience several species of butterflies in the CNC’s Butterfly Encounter tent and explore the grounds prior to opening. Ages 4 – adult; $25 general public/$15 CNC members; Registration required by the Thursday before the event. (limited spaces).

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.

Jun 11, 2017 (Sun) 6:00 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sundays on the River Concert featuring Carol Albert

Enjoy a night out with families and friends and listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Carol Albert.   This is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend with family and friends at an outdoor concert at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion.  Opening act Cadyn Lexa, the Velvet Note jazz club’s youngest act to have a sold out show, will thrill you with jazz-infused sound.  All Ages;

Headliner: Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist Carol Albert will be Performing Selections from her New Album including current Smooth Jazz hits “Mas Que Nada” and “On My Way” with her band.  Keyboardist and Vocalist Carol Albert, an Atlanta native that has been featured on WCLK, SIRIUSXMWatercolors and National Smooth Jazz Radio Stations Worldwide. The Upbeat Smooth Jazz promises to leave audiences entertained.

Opening Act: Cadyn Lexa is an 11-year-old pop, rock, & soul singer/songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia.  With a voice well-beyond her years, she has been performing professionally since she was 8 years old.  In her short career, she has been the headline act at numerous venues around Atlanta, including headlining a sold-out show at the renowned Velvet Note jazz club – the youngest headliner in the club’s history.  She has also performed at various charitable events and showcase gigs around town including being the featured performer at the Student Television Network 2016 National Convention, and singing the National Anthem at an Atlanta Braves baseball game at Turner Field.  Cadyn also writes original compositions with her family and friends that she can’t wait to perform, so please come join us for history in the making as Cadyn makes her debut on the Chattahoochee Nature Center stage!

Tickets can be purchased on line or call 770-992-2055.

Jun 13, 2017 (Tue) 9:45 am -- 11:00 am

This event is running from Tue, June 13, 2017 until Tue, August 8, 2017.

Pee-Wee Naturalists Summer Series

Expand your child’s knowledge about nature and make new friends – including wildlife. Your child will leave the program with a new appreciation for nature in the summertime and a fun craft they made to proudly display at home. Register by June 2; ages 3 & 4; $60 General Public / $45 CNC Members (price for 3-part series is per child, adult helper required and admitted free).

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.

Jun 17, 2017 (Sat) 7:00 am -- 10:00 am
Possum Trot 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Help support the wildlife and programs at the Chattahoochee Nature Center by running in the Possum Trot 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run!

The 39th Annual Possum Trot 10K takes place on a flat, fast and scenic course along the scenic banks of the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, GA to benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center, a private non-profit education facility dedicated to connecting people to nature.  This is a fun, summer run and an Atlanta tradition for 39 years that is an Official AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifying Event.  The race is limited to 1,500 runners so register early to ensure your spot! This is a point-to-point course with beautiful views of the CRNRA.  The race starts along Willeo Road, turns on to Azalea Road and loops back once, ending at the entrance of the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a post-race awards party including music, swag and awards for 13 age groups.

Event details and schedule: 10K with a start time of 7 AM – $30 pre-registration, $40 race day; Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run with a start time of 7:10 AM – $15; Team/Family Discount: Receive a $3 discount per participant with minimum of 4 members.  Registration: Includes white, cotton blend t-shirt, Great SWAG Bag, post-race awards party at CNCs Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion and FREE admission to CNC on race day.

Sign up: Online at ACTIVE.com, at any Big Peach Running Store location (Visit bigpeachrunningco.com for store location information), at CNC or via Mail: Make checks payable to Chattahoochee Nature Center and mail to: P.O. Box 769769, Roswell, GA 30076. Early Packet Pickup: June 16 from 11 AM – 6 PM at the Big Peach Running Co. (Marietta location only).

Jun 18, 2017 (Sun) 12:00 pm -- 5:00 pm
Father’s Day Special

image-227Visit us on Father’s Day and all dads get in free! Celebrate your father and give him a day of adventure and activity on our 127 acres. Bring a picnic!

Jun 18, 2017 (Sun) 1:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Father’s Day Paddle

canoe 3Celebrate Dad (and Grandpa) with an afternoon canoe trip for the whole family. Let’s paddle to the playgrounds at Riverside Park for a little R & R, but be careful – to beat the heat we’ll be distributing water squirters. Ages 6+; $30 general public/$25 members (per person), Register by June 15.

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

Jun 22, 2017 (Thu) 6:30 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Sainte Jane

June’s performer is Sainte Jane, which is the lovely two piece band – Lauren St. Jane and Jeremy Ezell. Their performances will bring you notes of Lucinda Williams, Linda Rondstat, and Bonnie Raitt. From the southern roots of Georgia comes Lauren St. Jane with her own combination of country swagger and Americana rock.

The Sunset Sips concert series returns in 2017 to treat music lovers to an eclectic collection of local talent. This is a laid back, family friendly series and CNC’s grounds are open for you to explore. Grab a friend and head over for live local music, a cash bar and feel free to bring a picnic dinner! Sunset Sips will happen the 4th Thursday of every month from April to September (except July).

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jun 22, 2017 (Thu) 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
The Nature Club Dine and Discover: Amphibians

Join The Nature Club monthly potluck at 7 pm and mingle with folks with similar interests. The speaker is at 7:30 – Mark Mandica, with the Amphibian Foundation, who will share his expertise on these important animals.

The Nature Club meets the 4th Thursday of each month January to October. If you have topics of interest or speaker suggestions, please let us know! Ages 16 – Adult, $10 general public/$5 CNC members.

Registration is not required, but you may visit our  on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department or call 770-992-2055 x237.

Jun 24, 2017 (Sat) 5:00 pm -- 10:00 am
Great American Backyard Campout

Have you ever wanted to camp out in the great outdoors but stay close to home? Come camp under the stars. Go on a guided night hike, have an up-close experience with a rehabilitated animal, and end the evening with a marshmallow-roasting campfire. Pack a picnic and bring the camera. Register by June 22; all ages; $60 General Public Families / $40 CNC Member Families (price per tent).

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.

Jul 01, 2017

This event is running from Sat, July 1, 2017 until Mon, July 31, 2017.

Wispy Wind

Through July

Let the wind wisp you away as you learn about how wind affects plants and animals. Make your own wind-powered craft as well.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Jul 08, 2017 (Sat) 8:00 pm -- 10:00 pm
Full Moon Family Night Hike

During our family night hike we will learn about the phases of the moon. Discuss tales and legends associated with moon phases and explore one of CNC’s trails. The evening will also include an encounter with one of the CNC’s rehabilitated nocturnal animals and a campfire. Register by July 6 and save $2; all ages; $12 General Public/$10 CNC Members (price per person).

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.

Jul 09, 2017 (Sun) 9:00 am -- 12:00 pm

This event is running from Sat, May 6, 2017 until Sat, August 19, 2017.

Woodland Restoration Project

Come help us restore the woodlands. We will be working to remove invasive English ivy and other non-natives in and around our woodlands in order to encourage native plant restoration.  Please contact us to reserve a spot for your family or group.  Ages 5 – Adult; Register one week prior to the event by emailing our Volunteer Coordinator.

Jul 09, 2017 (Sun) 6:00 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sundays on the River featuring Bob Bakert

Enjoy a night out with families and friends and listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Bob Bakert and his six piece band.  This is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend with family and friends at an outdoor concert at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion.  Opening act The Cottrell’s, a husband and wife super jazz duo.  All Ages;

Headliner:  Bob Bakert will bring a six piece all-star cast of some of Atlanta’s favorite and finest musicians to our stage.  This year look for a high energy show including songs from Sting, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Buffalo Springfield, and even some favorites from the American Songbook.  Hits you know with a very fresh feel and energy.Marla Feeney (Bonaventure Quartet) on Sax/Violin/Vocals, Dustin Cottrell (Yacht Rock Schooner) – piano/vocals, Mark Letalian (Sweetwater Junction and AQR – Drums, Chris Riggenbach (Emory/Ga State/Oglethorpe) – Bass and, added to the show this year will be former India Arie drummer Emrah Kotan bringing a world of percussion

Opening Act: The Cottrells are Adrienne and Dustin Cottrell.  They’re a husband and wife team, which have been making music for more than 10 years. They perform frequently throughout the Southeast, and are quickly becoming known as a talented up and coming acoustic folk-duo.  “Like many of the troubadours before them, this duo breaks down barriers with honesty, intelligence and wit, all wrapped in tremendous melodies and supple arrangements.” (Wildy Haskell, 2009 album review)

Tickets can be purchased on line or call 770-992-2055.

Jul 13, 2017 (Thu) 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

This event is running from Thu, July 13, 2017 until Sat, July 29, 2017.

Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash

Coming this Summer Georgia Ensemble Theater, GET, is coming back to the Chattahoochee Nature Center Ben Brady Lakeside Pavillion.  GET will present “Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash”.

July 13-29, Three Weeks Only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Ticket Information:
Table Seats: $30
Lawn Seats: $15

Tickets will be available through Georgia Ensemble Theater

Jul 23, 2017 (Sun) 10:00 am -- 2:00 pm
Butterfly Encounter Photography Workshop

image-903Join Atlanta-based nature photographer Eric Bowles for a workshop to help you to make better photographs of butterflies and other garden subjects. You’ll have private access to the Butterfly Encounter and the butterfly garden, along with classroom time to talk about technique, equipment, and tips. Open to all skill levels.

This workshop is intended to help you understand how to make better images of butterflies and other insects in a natural environment. You’ll learn about what camera settings to use for butterfly photos, how to create outstanding compositions, tips on field techniques for butterflies, editing tips for your images, and much more. Ages 16+; $40 general public/$30 CNC members; Registration required by July 19.

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.

Jul 27, 2017 (Thu) 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
The Nature Club Dine and Discover: Solar Astronomy

Join The Nature Club monthly potluck at 7 pm and mingle with folks with similar interests. The speaker at 7:30 is Stephen Ramsden who will discuss solar astronomy.

The Nature Club meets the 4th Thursday of each month January to October. If you have topics of interest or speaker suggestions, please let us know! Ages 16 – Adult, $10 general public/$5 CNC members.

Registration is not required, but you may visit our  on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department or call 770-992-2055 x237.

Aug 01, 2017

This event is running from Tue, August 1, 2017 until Thu, August 31, 2017.

Refreshing Water

Throughout August

Water helps keep our ecosystems healthy and helps animals cool off during the summer. Explore our wet stations to learn about water’s cooling properties.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Aug 06, 2017 (Sun) 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Water Day

Presented by Northside Hospital

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 13, 2017 (Sun) 6:00 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sundays on the River Concert featuring Gwen Hughes & “Grit Hits!”

Enjoy a night out with families and friends and listen to the American jazz sounds of Gwen Hughes & “Grit Hits!” This is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend with family and friends at an outdoor concert at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion.  When it comes to the history of American popular music, all roads lead Down South.  Gwen & The Native Land Band put your favorite hit records in an exhilarating, funky setting that will make you dance and sing along.  All Ages;

Headliner:  Gwen Hughes brings from the birth of the blues in Mississippi…to the birth of jazz in New Orleans…country music in Virginia…the funk of Georgia…and the Southern rock of Florida…it all comes back to The South.  In between songs, Gwen leads the audience on a freewheeling & fun history lesson of why The South is such a breeding ground for iconic recording artists. Why is it that Elvis, Tina Turner, Johnny Mercer, Hank Williams, Louis Armstrong – plus dozens of other legends – come out of a primarily rural, agricultural region? All regions of the USA have great music, but no region has racked up quite as many gold records from so many diverse genres as The South.

Opening Act: Arthur Turner piano with Caydn Lexa

Tickets can be purchased on line or call 770-992-2055.

Aug 14, 2017 (Mon) 2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Homeschool Science Open House for 2017-18 School Year

To start off the 2017-18 school year, Homeschool Science Monday will have an open house to introduce you and your student to the fun and knowledge that can be had at the CNC! Come and see what is planned for the upcoming school year!

Join us in the Nature Exchange monthly (September t0 May) for themed programming designed with your homeschool learner in mind.  Our knowledgeable volunteers and staff, 127 acres, and resources are here to help you expand and enhance your curriculum.  This station-learning format is open to ages 5 -13.  Enjoy a mini-lesson followed by hands-on activities and take-home projects that connect month to month. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator or call 770-992-2055 x238.

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Aug 20, 2017 (Sun) 1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm
STARLAB

Explore our portable celestial theater STARLAB. In this special extended presentation of our program, we will discuss the stars and the night sky. We will also provide information on eclipses in preparation for the total solar eclipse traversing the U.S. the next day. Note: the planetarium is in complete darkness. Two, 25-minute sessions; Ages 6+

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Aug 21, 2017 (Mon) 2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Solar Eclipse Viewing

Head out to CNC and catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse. Solar viewing glasses provided by Charlie Bates Astronomy Project.

Aug 24, 2017 (Thu) 6:30 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Electromatics

Come and listen to the Electromatics and enjoy red hot blues, jazz and americana.

The Sunset Sips concert series returns in 2017 to treat music lovers to an eclectic collection of local talent. This is a laid back, family friendly series and CNC’s grounds are open for you to explore. Grab a friend and head over for live local music, a cash bar and feel free to bring a picnic dinner! Sunset Sips will happen the 4th Thursday of every month from April to September (except July).

Aug 24, 2017 (Thu) 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

This event is running from Thu, August 24, 2017 until Thu, October 26, 2017.

The Nature Club Dine and Discover

The Nature Club

Join The Nature Club monthly potluck and mingle with folks with similar interests. Then join our speaker at 7:30. The Nature Club meets the 4th Thursday of each month January to October. If you have topics of interest or speaker suggestions, please let us know! Ages 16 – Adult, $10 general public/$5 CNC members.

Registration is not required, but you may visit our  on-line registration center. You may also email our scheduling department or call 770-992-2055 x237.

Aug 26, 2017 (Sat) 11:00 am -- 5:00 pm
Environmental Science Merit Badge

image-367Ever wondered what it was like to be an environmental scientist? While earning the Environmental Science Merit Badge, our Certified Merit Badge Counselors will give the scouts a firsthand experience on how scientists and specialists use their knowledge of natural science to protect the environment and human health by making observations and carrying out experiments. Boy Scouts will leave with a deepened knowledge on how important environmental scientists are to the natural world and how they are crucial to improving our environmental quality in every aspect. Ages 14+; $40 per scout; Register by August 24.

To register email the scheduling coordinator or call 770-992-2055 x237 to register. Learn more about Girl and Boy Scout programs offered at the CNC by emailing the Community Programs Coordinator.

Aug 26, 2017 (Sat) 8:00 pm -- 10:00 pm
Family Night Hike

Explore the sounds and sights of the forest floor. We may even hear some frogs or toads. On the hike we will also keep our eyes and ears open for the calls of owls and maybe even spot some bats swooping down to feed on insects. Your evening with us also includes an animal encounter and a relaxing campfire. Register by August 24 and save $2; all ages; $12 General Public/$10 CNC Members (price per person).

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.

Sep 10, 2017 (Sun) 6:00 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sundays on the River Concert featuring Bob Bakert

Enjoy a night out with families and friends and listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Bob Bakert and his six piece band.  This is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend with family and friends at an outdoor concert at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion.  All Ages;

Headliner:  Bob Bakert will bring a six piece all-star cast of some of Atlanta’s favorite and finest musicians to our stage.  This year look for a high energy show including songs from Sting, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Buffalo Springfield, and even some favorites from the American Songbook.  Hits you know with a very fresh feel and energy.Marla Feeney (Bonaventure Quartet) on Sax/Violin/Vocals, Dustin Cottrell (Yaught Rock Schooner) – piano/vocals, Mark Letalian (Sweetwater Junction and AQR – Drums, Chris Riggenbach (Emory/Ga State/Oglethorpe) – Bass and, added to the show this year will be former India Arie drummer Emrah Kotan bringing a world of percussion

Opening Act: Curtis Jones

Tickets can be purchased on line or call 770-992-2055.

Sep 14, 2017
Corporate Eco Challenge
The Corporate Eco Challenge is a scavenger/Amazing Race type event designed to provide Atlanta corporations with a team building opportunity that not only creates a fun atmosphere for strengthening teams, but also provides an environmental learning opportunity about one of Atlanta’s most precious resources, the Chattahoochee River and watershed.
To sign up your company to participate you may contact DeAnn Fordham at 770-992-2055 x226 or by email or Peggy Reiling at 770-992-2055 x245 or by email.  You may also find more information on the Corporate Eco Challenge page.
Sep 17, 2017 (Sun) 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Outdoor Skills Day

Sponsored by Northside Hospital

Canoeing, 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)

Sep 21, 2017 (Thu) 4:00 pm -- 7:00 pm
Fall Native Plant Sale: CNC Members Only

Members Only:  Thursday, September 21, 4-7 pm

General Public Sale:  Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

Fall is the PERFECT time for planting! A long cold winter enables plants to develop dense root systems for strong healthy growth in the spring. Native plants adapt easily, require less maintenance, and exhibit lower pest loads. All proceeds support gardens, education, and conservation by the Horticulture department.  Horticulturists and Master Gardeners will be on site to answer all your plant questions.  Purchase Beautyberries, Azaleas, Hazelnuts, Buckeyes Ferns, Foamflowers, Groundcovers, Evergreens, and a variety of Butterfly-Attractors in Full Bloom plus Veggies for your winter harvest.

Our Fall Native Plant Sale takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Greenhouse. Admission is free to the horticulture area and the sale is a great way to meet Master Gardeners who can give you advice for your garden questions. Contact 770-992-2055 x229 with your questions about our horticulture division.

Follow the signs to the greenhouse and enjoy the Fall Native Plant Sale

Sep 22, 2017 (Fri) 10:00 am -- 5:00 pm

This event is running from Fri, September 22, 2017 until Sat, September 23, 2017.

Fall Native Plant Sale

Members Only:  Thursday, September 21, 4-7 pm

General Public Sale:  Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 10 AM – 5 PM

Fall is the PERFECT time for planting! A long cold winter enables plants to develop dense root systems for strong healthy growth in the spring. Native plants adapt easily, require less maintenance, and exhibit lower pest loads. All proceeds support gardens, education, and conservation by the Horticulture department.  Horticulturists and Master Gardeners will be on site to answer all your plant questions.  Purchase Beautyberries, Azaleas, Hazelnuts, Buckeyes Ferns, Foamflowers, Groundcovers, Evergreens, and a variety of Butterfly-Attractors in Full Bloom plus Veggies for your winter harvest.

Our Fall Native Plant Sale takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Greenhouse. Admission is free to the horticulture area and the sale is a great way to meet Master Gardeners who can give you advice for your garden questions. Contact 770-992-2055 x229 with your questions about our horticulture division.

Follow the signs to the greenhouse and enjoy the Fall Native Plant Sale

Sep 28, 2017 (Thu) 6:30 pm -- 9:30 pm
Sunset Sips: Crooked Wits

September’s performer is Crooked Wits. The members of Crooked Wits originally met in Clinton, South Carolina at Presbyterian College and influences of the band include Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

The Sunset Sips concert series returns in 2017 to treat music lovers to an eclectic collection of local talent. This is a laid back, family friendly series and CNC’s grounds are open for you to explore. Grab a friend and head over for live local music, a cash bar and feel free to bring a picnic dinner! Sunset Sips will happen the 4th Thursday of every month from April to September (except July).

(Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

Oct 15, 2017 (Sun) 1:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Harvest on the ‘Hooch in the Unity Garden

Join us at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in the Unity Garden 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 the Unity Garden through this unique event helps those in need by providing fresh produce to the Food Pantry at North Fulton Community Charity. Meet some real ‘foodies’ and learn about adding healthy fresh foods to your plate as you party with us! Contact DeAnn Fordham for details at 770-992-2055 x 226.

Oct 20, 2017 (Fri) 7:00 pm -- 10:00 pm

This event is running from Fri, October 20, 2017 until Sat, October 28, 2017.

Halloween Hikes

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 02, 2017 (Sat) 12:00 pm -- 5:00 pm
Back to Nature Holiday Market

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Are you looking for a way to fulfill your gift giving needs and support your local artisans? Come to our Holiday Market and check out our 40+ local vendors that are selling their hand-made and/or eco-friendly goods.  It’s a wonderful way to purchase unique presents that you wouldn’t typically find in retail stores and embrace your community.

(This free event is CNC’s holiday gift to the community)

Dec 10, 2017 (Sun) 12:00 pm -- 4:00 pm
Reindeer Day

The 6th annual Reindeer Day is sure to be a holiday highlight for you and your family. Live reindeer join the other animals at the Chattahoochee Nature Center 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)