Operational Changes due to Covid-19

Updated June 19, 2020

Chattahoochee Nature Center is actively monitoring COVID-19. Below are the steps we are taking to comply with federal, state, and local guidelines in order to protect visitors, staff, and our community. Here is what you can expect to see at CNC upon our reopening:

>> Mandatory advanced ticketing/reservations: All visitors must pre- purchase admission online. Members must make advanced reservations for their visit (memberships will be verified upon arrival). Any purchases that must be made at CNC will be via credit card only – sorry, no cash will be accepted.

>> Modified Entrance & Exit: Visitors will enter through our Plaza Conference Room and exit through our Discovery Center. This separate entrance/exit will reduce two-way traffic in CNC’s indoor areas.

>> Social Distancing & Personal Protection: CNC staff are required to wear a mask. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask while at CNC, but are not required to do so. Our 127 acres allow for social distancing of 6’ between individuals. Visitors will encounter frequent signage with information on social distancing and hand washing, and safe visiting guidelines.

>> Enhanced Cleaning: We have greatly enhanced our cleaning practices and will be cleaning high-touch surfaces and spaces throughout the day.

>> Modified Experiences: Our outdoor experiences will be open and include our Trails, Gardens, and Wildlife Walk, as well as Screaming Eagle Ziplines.

  1. Starting June 22 – August 7, on weekdays, the Beaver Pond Trail, Stone Cabin Trail, Unity Garden, and Meadow areas will be used for Camp Kingfisher only. Visitors will encounter signage at any areas that are closed.
  2. Download our modified map to help plan your weekday visit.
  3. Download our main map to help you plan your weekend visit.
  4. The lower level of the Discovery Center, including the Watershed Gallery and Nature Exchange, will remain closed. Visitors interested in participating in Nature Exchange can find additional information on our Virtual Trading Program here.

>> Modified Retail: Our retail area will be greatly modified, but will be open for purchasing, including snacks and drinks. Any purchases that must be made at CNC will be via credit card only – sorry, no cash will be accepted.

>> Programs: CNC will hold very limited programming as to not encourage groups to gather, but we do hope to return to our regular programming opportunities in the near future.

>> Butterfly Encounter: If you plan to visit during our Butterfly Encounter exhibit (open June 6-Aug 2 until 4:30 pm), learn more about modifications to the Butterfly Encounter exhibit here.

To learn more about how to plan your visit to the CNC please visit the Plan Your Visit page on the website. 

If you have additional questions, please contact Visitor Experience Manager, Jana Pearce. We look forward to seeing you back at the CNC and helping you find ways to #getyournatureon.