The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia. It has a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. For 30 years, this facility has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.
A Current Perspective of the Chattahoochee Nature Center:
A Unique Place on the Chattahoochee River
The 30 year history of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is both impressive and complex.
Founded by local citizen activists in the mid-1970s, hundreds of people have worked to build a strong grassroots environmental learning center touching the lives of more than 100,000 children and adults each year.
In Georgia, where government policy and agendas historically dominate local environmental issues, the ability for an organization to endure and grow in the private sector is limited. Strong voices have emerged from the local chapters of national environmental organizations as well as from the regional and statewide groups that serve on the leading edge of watchful citizen stewardship. But in metro Atlanta, no other place has emerged that offers people the opportunity to connect to such a broad circle of activities and experiences in the natural world: the land, the water, the wildlife, the plants, the teachers, the knowledge and the passion so freely shared with all comers. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a unique place where people connect to each other and the land through a shared respect for nature. This is a safe place where interaction with nature excites the senses and encourages learning.
The Origin of Nature Centers
The nature center “movement” began more than 60 years ago as people became increasingly aware of the connections between their activities and the health and diversity of the natural world. There was a groundswell of citizen activism throughout the U.S.; hundreds of nature centers were opened as communities undertook the task of educating themselves about ecology – the emerging scientific field that would lay the groundwork for our global understanding of the web of life. Nature centers flourish today in a variety of geographies from coast to coast, managing and interpreting their land, native plants and animals to promote an understanding of nature and natural processes.