Three ways to stay active outside this March

The weather is getting nicer. You can go outside some days without wearing a coat or jacket. It’s time to shake that cabin fever and get moving!

CNC always offers fun activities in nature. Whether its hikes though the forest, walks along the boardwalk, zipping through the treetops, or learning about animals in the Discovery Center, there’s always something to do. CNC was recently named one of Atlanta’s top destinations to relax by the AJC, but March is a great month to get active with some special events to get the blood pumping just a little bit faster.


Flying into the Future

Science and nature collide in this family fun day sponsored by Northside Hospital and with special thanks to Cobb EMC. Focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), this day is all about tinkering and getting those brain cells chugging. What is biomimicry and how does it link birds to bullet trains? What is a solar sunflower and how does it work? Discover fascinating facts about the only flying mammal at the Batty about Bats show with A-Z Animals. Myths will be debunked and truths will be uncovered as the audience meets live fruit bats. This day also kicks off the quarterly exhibit, EcoTinker, for hands-on learning about recycling.

Learn more about this annual tradition here.


Water Drop Dash 5K

Did you know metro Atlanta gets 70% of its drinking water from the Chattahoochee River? And with the population expected to just climb ever higher, conservation of water is more important now than ever.

“Since the adoption of the first Metro Water District Water Supply and Conservation Management Plans in 2001, water use has dropped by more than 10 percent despite a one million person increase in population,” said Sarah S. Skinner, Education and Public Awareness Director with the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. “As a result of these efforts, the region is projected to use 25 percent less water than was estimated as recently as 2009.”

And it’s through events like the Water Drop Dash 5K and the accompanying Water Conservation Festival that people are learning how they can be good stewards of water. The Water Drop Dash 5K gives runners the chance to race along the beautiful banks of the Chattahoochee River, giving them a firsthand view of what it is that needs protecting. Learn more and sign up for the Water Drop Dash 5K here.



Spring Native Plant Saleman and woman at plant sale

Finally, one of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature is by gardening. Whether it’s simple pruning or redoing a whole yard, gardening gives people the opportunity to relax and get some exercise in the sun at their own pace, while offering numerous health benefits.

“Gardening is such an amazing way to spend time outside,” said Julie Hollingsworth-Hogg, Manager of Gardens and Horticulture for the Chattahoochee Nature Center. “You can dig around in the dirt with the knowledge that someday soon you will have a beautiful garden that you made yourself.”

This is made easier if you have quality plants to begin with. CNC’s annual Spring Native Plant Sale kicks off the planting season with hundreds of unique plant species found nowhere else and are especially suited for Georgia heat and soil, so in need of less hand leaf-holding. CNC members get first crack at the sale, Thursday, March 26, 4-7 p.m. The sale opens for the general public March 27-28, April 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.