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October Events at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

(Last Updated On: October 1, 2013)

In October we’ll offer our traditional “Halloween Hikes” plus some other surprises!  During this spooky month, some things might go bump in the night but in the Nature Exchange, things are definitely glowing in the dark. Visit the glowing cavern and discover common nature and household items that light up the night!  You won’t want to miss our Harvest on the Hooch Fundraiser for the Unity Garden on October 13th!

This Beloved Family Tradition Returns!

Halloween Hikes

Friday and Saturday, October 18, 19, 25, 26

7:00 – 10:00 PM

If you are searching for a unique Halloween adventure, we have the event for you. Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about their lives. It’s the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events all while supporting CNC.  Join us for a full evening of fun activities!

  • Experience the mystery of a guided night hike! Each group of 20 – 25 people will have a guide lead them safely on a lighted trail.
  • Meet nature-costumed characters including everyone’s favorites, the Box Turtle and the Water Drop.
  • Create fun crafts in our gym such as bat puppets, mysterious masks, and more.
  • Show off your Halloween spirit by having your face painted with one of our “wild” Halloween designs.
  • Thrill to lively musical entertainment.
  • No Pre-Registration Needed

Admission: $9, Children 2 and under are free (Trails are not suitable for strollers.)

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 PM each night and end at 9:00 PM.  Don’t Forget: Groups of 10 or more may also purchase tickets in advance beginning October 1. Chattahoochee Nature Center Members can purchase their tickets in advance beginning october 1st!

Hikes begin at 7 PM and run continuously.  For more information, please call (770) 992-2055 ext. 236 or send a message to r.gilbert@chattnaturecenter.com


FALL BREAK OUT- Family Programs You’ll Want to Jump Into When School Is Out!

October 7 & 8, or October 14 & 15, 11am-12pm, All Ages

Break out of the school routine! Jump into seriously fun science investigations with the Bio-Buggies on Mondays, October 7 & 14. Get crafty on Tuesday, October 8 and create a fabulous fall nature craft. Entertain your imagination on Tuesday, October 15 as you build Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes.  Included with General Admission.


River Canoe Trips – Last Regular Trips of the Season!

Saturdays & Sundays, October 5, 6, 12, 13, 4:30pm, This is it!  A perfect time to step into a canoe and see the fall colors starting to change!  Each trip is led by a CNC naturalist and offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the Chattahoochee River. Ages 6 – adult, $30 General Public/$25 CNC Members, Advance Registration Required


Adult Programs

Home by Dark Concert Series, Friday, October 4 at 8pm


Hosted by Georgia-based singer songwriter James Casto, this series has grown into one of the most popular events we have.  At each show, James welcomes some of America’s best songwriters and musicians performing in a Nashville-style songwriters-in-the-round format.  You’ll hear the stories behind the songs and enjoy acoustic music in its purest form, performed by the writers. Concert starts at 8 pm, arrive at 6:30 pm, and bring food and beverages to enjoy an incredible night of music under the Ben Brady Pavilion on the beautiful grounds of the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Tables available from $45 to $160 (plus tax), seating 2 to 8 people or uncovered General Admission seating on the lawn is $15 (plus tax) per guest.  Tables/Tickets/Info at www.homebydark.com  Info @ 678.665.0040. http://www.chattnaturecenter.org/calendar-events/


Sunday, OCTOBER 13

Harvest on the Hooch- A Unity Garden Spectacular

Presented by Whole Foods Market

Garden Party With Food Prepared By Local Chefs 3-6 pm

Join us for a beautiful fall afternoon dedicated to wholesome fresh gourmet food prepared by local chefs.  While raising critically needed funds for the Center’s Unity Garden, Harvest on the Hooch will feature local chefs preparing fresh tapas style appetizers and delicious dishes, emphasizing the connection between good nutrition and health!  The Unity Garden has donated over 12 tons of fresh produce, with the help of community volunteers, to our local food pantry.  Local wine and beer and wholesome Whole Foods Market hors d’oevres and desserts will be complete the dining experience in this beautiful farm to table setting.  Dress is garden chic’. An exciting silent auction and the opportunity to watch Chefs prepare food on site after you tour the bountiful Unity Garden complete this unique event focused on bringing attention to the farm to table movement. Live music with the talented Fulton County Ramblers strolling through the garden; adorable farm animals from alpacas to chickens plus garden games complete the garden theme.  Tickets $30.00 for Adults, $15 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and under!  Call 770-992-2055 x 226 for tickets or email d.fordham@chattnaturecenter.org.

Block & Bottle:

Living Crudite Garden with edible dirt

Assorted Panna Cotta and Chocolate Budino

The Mill Kitchen & Bar:

Cranberry rice, arugula, and shrimp salad

Fried pimento cheese fritters with smokey tomato jam and green tomato chow chow

Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails:

Pan seared scallops with a corn cilantro spoon bread, arugula salad, and a honey-lime vinaigrette

Muss & Turner’s:

Lamb andouille sausage, collared green kimchi, black vinegar mustard

Parsley’s Catering:

House Made Corned Beef Reuben Panini

Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Seed Kitchen & Bar:

Duck Confit Salad, with Roasted Grapes, Frisee, Pecorino, Sherry Vinaigrette and Toasted pumpkin seeds

Table & Main:

Meatloaf meatballs, [homemade meatloaf recipe served as bite sized meatballs] with a brown sugar ketchup glaze

Talk of the Town – Catering and Special Events:

Cornmeal crusted trout over butternut squash and mixed grain salad, with local honey and preserved peach chutney.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography: Best of Georgia Nature Photography

The best images from the Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association from across Georgia and part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Celebration Show, “Images from Around Georgia” opens September 21, included in general admission.


Images from Around Georgia

Sunday, October 13th

Guests are encouraged to join us for the Opening Reception of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association Photography Exhibition for FREE in the Discovery Center from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  This exhibit is presented as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival.

The Georgia Nature Photographers Association (GNPA) in partnership with the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is pleased to present a juried exhibition of wildlife, landscape, and macro images. These images represent a sample of the best work from among the nearly 250 members of the GNPA.   See www.gnpa.org or the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival Guide for more details.


The Nature Club

Thursday, October 24, 7 – 9PM, Ages 16 – Adult, $10 General Public/$5 CNC Members

Spend your evening socializing with like-minded folks. We are pleased to have Dr. Christopher Mowrey, Associate Professor at Berry College share his research on Coyotes.  If you’ve ever wondered about those Canis latrans and their mysterious habits then join us as we learn from his 10 plus years of field research.


Creative Photography with a Digital SLR Camera – Beginner

Sunday, October 13, 10:30 – 3pm; Ages 16 – Adult, $60 General Public/$50 CNC Members; Advance Registration Required by October 9th

Fall colors are quickly approaching and now is the time to fine-tune those photography skills!  This workshop is designed to help students feel comfortable with using the many features of their digital SLR camera, leaving the “auto” setting behind and stepping into the more creative and fun side of photography.  Whether you have just moved up to a new digital camera or have had your camera for awhile and still wondering what some of the controls on your camera will do, this class is for you.  You will have the opportunity to learn and shoot images with “hands-on” experience on CNC grounds.


Like our FACEBOOK page for updates.  Open Monday through Saturday from 10-5 pm & noon to 5pm Sunday. Find our programs on our website at www.chattnaturecenter.org.  General admission: $6 for Child/$10 Adult/$7 Seniors 65+/$7 Students 13-18/Free CNC Members & Kids 2 and under. The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell has 127 acres of native plants and gardens.  It’s River Boardwalk, Discovery Center and woodland trails feature 30 species of wildlife.  Educational programs for children focus on the ecosystem of the Chattahoochee River Watershed and help to expand the awareness of the natural world.

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