This Earth Day Visit CNC

This Earth Day, be sure to join the Chattahoochee Nature Center for a day of fun and educational activities that are focused on nature and protecting the environment.

Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970 and is widely acknowledged as a day dedicated to appreciating and celebrating the planet. The best way to do that is to get outside in nature and learn more about how we can take a stand and protect our environment.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center will host a wide variety of Earth Day events on Saturday, April 22:

2012_05_05_rizzio-youth-clinic_125Sam Rizzio Youth Fly Fishing & Conservation Clinic
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, The Fish Hawk, the Atlanta Fly Fishing School, Bass Pro Shops, the Georgia Women Fly Fishers, Alpharetta Outfitters, and ZWJ Investment Counsel are pleased to announce a comprehensive one day fly fishing clinic for young men and women, ages 10 to 15. The clinic is designed for the beginning fly fisher and will provide basic instruction in all phases of fly-fishing including fly-casting, knot tying, insect
identification, and conservation. Certified instructors and mentors will work with students to provide individual instruction and answer questions about fly-fishing. Upon completion, each student will be awarded a certificate and receive a box of flies. In addition, there will be a variety of fly-fishing equipment worth hundreds of dollars for give-aways and drawings.

Lunch will be provided. The clinic will be limited to 36 students and is offered at a cost of only $20 per student. Parents or guardians may stay and observe the clinic or drop-off the student and pick them up no later than 1:30 p.m. To register, click here.


kruger-national-parkWildlife in South Africa’s Kruger National Park
11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Discover the rich ecosystem of Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserves. Safari guide and ornithologist Matt Brennan will share photos and stories about the wildlife in Kruger including up close encounters with The Big 5 and the challenges ahead for rhinoceros and cheetahs.

Included with General Admission; free for CNC Members.



Earth Day Canoeing: Shooting Stars on the River
5 – 9 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than getting outside? Enjoy a 2 and a half hour paddle down the Chattahoochee River with our experienced and knowledgeable canoe guides. After the paddle, join us around the campfire as we watch for “shooting stars” during the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner.

Ages 21+, $40 for general public and $30 for CNC members. Advanced registration required.

davidhaskell-1024x682The Songs of Trees – David Haskell Book Reading and Signing
6 p.m.
Join the Atlanta Audubon Society (AAS) and CNC in an exclusive event of Atlanta Audubon’s Atlanta Bird Fest as author David Haskell reads excerpts from his new book The Songs of Trees. This new book shares Haskell’s experience as he repeatedly visits a dozen trees around the world, exploring the trees’ connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals, and other plants. Copies of The Songs of Trees will be available for purchase.

$15 for the general Public and $10 for CNC or AAS members. Reserve your tickets online at or by phone at 678-973-2437 (M-F, 10am-3pm).



Night Hike and Campfire
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day at night. Join our expert naturalists for a night hike through our forest. We’ll 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.

All Ages; $12 for general public and $10 for CNC members (Save $2 if you register by April 20).

Learn more about these events online at We hope to see you at CNC this Earth Day.

The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to connect people with nature.