ATLANTA — A group of some 40 paddlers left from Settles Bridge in Gwinnett County on a seven-day, 112-mile journey on the Chattahoochee River to the upper reaches of West Point Lake in Heard County as part of Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia 2022.
It’s always a great time to go outside and explore, no matter the weather or season. If you want to make it an afternoon trip or a full day trip, we’ve got you covered with 10 amazing nature centers not far from Atlanta.
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) students majoring in environmental science and English participated in a field trip to study, explore and understand the Chattahoochee River. This unique watershed, which runs from North Georgia to the Florida border, offers a chance for students, whose majors are very different to understand how their areas of study can align to benefit this natural resource.
July is the perfect month to enjoy the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s butterfly encounter. The event, running now through Aug. 7 at CNC, 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell, is in partnership with Northside Hospital.
Georgia Raiford began planting flowers at her Sandersville home — about 30 miles east of Milledgeville — in 2014. She said she always felt like “you should have some fresh flowers in your house if you could.” Then she noticed they attracted butterflies.
A mom-to-be deserves a well-thought-out baby shower where she can kick back, relax and enjoy the party. Am I right?! And since you won’t want to throw your bestie just any ordinary baby shower — you’ve come to the right place!
All around Atlanta you’ll find fabulous places to host her baby shower that will suit her personal style.
According to the Audubon Society, some of the best birding hotspots are right here in Georgia, so gear up and get ready for your best bird watching experience. From Augusta to Savannah to Atlanta, here are the best places to bird watch in the Peach State.
Roswell is a favorite of locals and tourists alike and offers a great selection of various activities. Come and visit attractions such as the famous Canton Street, Southern Trilogy home tours, theaters, ghost walks, and locally-owned shops, or unwind and relax near the Chattahoochee River.
Imagine children ambling over the marsh and swamp, past mud holes and Great Blue Herons, among the cattails and the water lilies, and out to the river. No other venue on the Chattahoochee River provides this special vantage point to observe and learn about our natural world.
Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) will celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new River Boardwalk Trail and Connection Bridge on Tuesday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The River Boardwalk Trail and Connection Bridge — funded through the generous financial support of the Board of Trustees, CNC staff, individuals, foundations, corporations, and government entities — will forever change CNC and how people connect with nature. After nearly forty years of use and the treading of hundreds of thousands of exploring feet, CNC’s 2,000-foot river boardwalk has been restored using state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable materials. One of the most exciting elements of the project is the pedestrian bridge over Willeo Road, which includes ADA-accessible ramps. For the first time, the CNC main campus will connect directly to the River Boardwalk Trail and allow visitors a safe, uninterrupted experience exploring the riverside campus instead of crossing Willeo Road at a crosswalk.
“It’s a game-changer for CNC and the entire community,” said Clarence Jackson, CNC board chair “The River Boardwalk [Trail] and Connection Bridge will provide a conduit for the community to discover the ecology of our area more intimately while fostering a greater understanding of and connection with nature. We are proud to open this space where our community can safely gather to create lasting memories with family and friends. The learning possibilities are endless, and it makes me proud that our supporters were committed to this endeavor. The River Boardwalk Trail offers beautiful vistas of the Chattahoochee River and the surrounding wetlands and will include a ‘River House’ gathering area for enhanced educational and event programming. An improved canoe launch will allow greater access to the river for populations with varying abilities.”
The River Boardwalk Trail will offer the perfect setting for exploration and quiet reflection along the river and the perfect backdrop for intimate receptions or events in a safe, outdoor space.
The River Boardwalk Trail and Connection Bridge was completed through Phase I of CNC’s “Bridging.Teaching.Inspiring.” capital campaign.
The public is invited to attend the Community Grand Opening Day on Sunday, March 20, 2022. This event is generously sponsored by Fulton County and includes free admission for all.
>> For almost 50 years, CNC has promoted stewardship of Georgia’s natural resources and provided outdoor recreation opportunities to more than 3 million visitors.
>> CNC’s 127-acre campus is vital to the region serving as the connecting point and gathering spot for community organizations, improving the community’s overall health and well-being, linking individuals to various outdoor recreation opportunities, and, most importantly, educating thousands of students and visitors about the importance of Georgia’s natural resources.
>> CNC is often referred to as a “gateway” to a life-long connection to the outdoors. We provide safe and unique experiences that give individuals the confidence to continue to more robust recreation adventures.
>> CNC‘s campus serves as a critical watershed to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA). The nationally certified staff of naturalists provide interpretation and environmental education to further the stewardship of this precious natural resource.
15th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor Top Wedding Vendors Across America
December 21, 2020
Roswell, GA—The Chattahoochee Nature Center is pleased to announce our selection as a 2021 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings. This accolade represents the highest- and most-rated from wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning, registry brand, and mobile app.
Despite COVID-19 interrupting many 2020 weddings and social events, wedding professionals around the nation continued to support to-be-weds throughout their wedding planning journeys. From adjusting future schedules to make way for postponed weddings, to helping couples host socially distanced weddings following state and local guidelines and restrictions with an increased focus on health and safety, wedding pros—and the industry as a whole—rallied together in 2020, ultimately helping couples continue to celebrate life and love. The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings recognition honors the vendors who went above and beyond to help to-be-weds navigate the global pandemic.
In 2021, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This comes as the industry prepares for an increase in upcoming celebrations due to postponed events throughout 2020.
To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.
“The Ben Brady Pavilion is a lovely space to hold an event. The large pavilion is mostly covered and sits right on the water. As night falls, the cafe lights add ambiance and charm. The spacious green lawn adjacent to the pavilion is great for overflow for larger parties. The staff at CNC are responsive, helpful and kind. You can tell they love what they do and are proud of where they work.” – Julie Cumming, ‘cue Barbeque
Surrounded by nature with lush trees and a lake, the Chattahoochee Nature Center presents couples with a choice of multiple locations, amenities, and affordable packages. The welcoming staff will help make your special day unique and unforgettable. Suitable for boutique or large weddings, the five venues offer something for every bride and groom. As an award-winning venue, they offer an exceptional level of service for your long-awaited celebration.
Chattahoochee Nature Center was founded in 1976, and we focus on our mission of connecting people to nature. For over 40 years, CNC has welcomed thousands of visitors to our 127 acres of forest, wetlands, and riverside habitat. We also preserve the natural splendor of the local area, presenting a bountiful setting for your special day.
Press Contact: Tracy Begley, Marketing Specialist
Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075