Wild Chattanooga!

A Walk on the Wild Side!


Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center and the Tennessee Aquarium are partnering to offer “Wild Chattanooga,” a new series of outdoor events designed to introduce more people to the natural treasures surrounding the Scenic City.

Each family-friendly adventure is led by experts who help participants discover hidden animals and features that might go unnoticed by the untrained eye. Each program varies in length and complexity, providing opportunities to participate in citizen science and become naturalists for a day. “Being able to spend time in the field with experts in each topic added a whole new depth of understanding and enjoyment for me.”

The biodiversity of the Tennessee Valley is unmatched in temperate zones around the world. The Wild Chattanooga series begins with time afield at one of the most colorful times of the year seeking out and identifying the myriads of wildflower blooms. As spring edges closer to summer, families will learn about the important habitat that supports migrating birds in our area. Many participants will be amazed at how this area serves as a refueling point for the long-distance travelers that fly through Chattanooga.

As the weather turns cooler, Wild Chattanooga gets a little wilder. Paddle a placid creek from dusk till dark while looking and listening to creatures of the night. This is a rare and unusual opportunity for a guided nocturnal nature experience!

The series wraps up with a closer look at some species of special concern. Participants will meet some creatures that have been saved from extinction and a few that are currently being helped by conservationists and concerned citizens. These endangered animals have fascinating lives, stories of decline and hopeful tales of their journeys back to recovery.

Wild Chattanooga programs are open to all ages, but due to safety concern, some programs may have lower age limitations. Please read individual program descriptions carefully.

Most of the explorations will take place at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, next to Lookout Creek in the shadow of Lookout Mountain. For the Endangered Species day, we’ll be driving from place to place.

Times will vary to take advantage of the highest levels of wildlife activity. Please read individual program descriptions carefully.

Wild Chattanooga programs are being offered at a special rate for members of Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center and the Tennessee Aquarium. Each program costs $5 for adult members; FREE for member children ages 12 and under; $10 for adult non-members; $7 for non-member children ages 12 and under. Family pricing will not exceed $50 per member family; $60 for non-member family.

Register on-line at Wild Chattanooga Series! Aquarium members enter your member number. Reflection Riding members, enter your zip code. Member records will be checked and your registration will not be complete if your membership is not up-to-date.

Nature at Night – September 24, 2016: 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
There’s no need to be afraid of the dark once you’ve learned to trust your night vision on a dusk-to-dark canoe paddle down historic Lookout Creek. Meet some of our nighttime neighbors like frogs, owls and insects. Be amazed by stars and planets and enjoy time around the campfire. If you can’t tear yourself away you may pitch your tent and spend the night! Click here to register.

Hope for Endangered Species – November 19, 2016: time 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
These animals (and plants!) have been in danger of disappearing, but in Chattanooga, we’re all about solutions. We’ll travel to several locations (some of the indoors) to meet endangered species and learn what local science experts are doing to help them. (Children must be at least 6 years old to attend this program.)