Day 64: Chattanooga Nature Center – Chattanooga, TN

by Jeff

When in nature…always leave it better than you found it!

Chattanooga Nature Center 30 years young

Chattanooga Nature Center 30 years young

Here in Chattanooga we are so fortunate to have The Chattanooga Nature Center with a  broad display of 30 native species including some that are endangered and/or threatened.

Red Wolf

Red Wolf

This includes the Red Wolf, one of North America’s most endangered animals. There are only ~300 left in the world and CNC has two breeding pair of Red Wolves that are part of the Species Survival Plan.

Common Green Tree Frog

Common Green Tree Frog

Many different species of Reptiles, Amphibians, mammals and birds make up the residents at the CNC. Some of these animal ambassadors have been impacted in such a way that they are unable to return to the wild, i.e., injured or abandoned and thus help teach the public about habitat and respect for animals. 13,000 students visit the CNC each year!

Raccoon in the side yard at night

Raccoon in the side yard at night

personal note: I am trying to trap a family of Raccoons out of my house as I am writing this!

Established in 1979, The Chattanooga Nature Center has had more than half a million visitors to this unique and beautiful sanctuary at the base of Lookout Mountain. Located in one of the most biologically rich areas of the country, The Nature Center provides a wide variety of programming that encompasses our natural heritage and focuses on the importance of local biodiversity.

Flying Squirrel at the CNC

Flying Squirrel at the CNC

Member benefits are well worth the cost including canoeing for the entire year at no charge. With full schedule of summer camps CNC is a great way for kids to develop and foster their appreciation for the outdoors. Canoeing, exploring, taking care of the animals, discovering what life was like for Native Americans and learning the tools and trade of naturalists.

Red Tailed Hawk at CNC

Red Tailed Hawk at CNC

Self guided exploration is encouraged of the mountains, wetlands, forests and creeks or you may participate in the many educational opportunities that take place at CNC throughout the year. Here is a list of some of the facilities offered at CNC.

Open year round with the exception of Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & the day after, Christmas Eve through January 3. Hours are Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If you plan to drive through Reflection Riding Arboretum note that the latest time is 4:30 p.m. with gates closed at 5 p.m.

Map to Chattanooga Nature Center

Map to Chattanooga Nature Center

Remember the properties are wildlife preserves and thus no dogs allowed with the exception of the National Park Service trails adjacent to the properties.

follow up: Long night!

Mother Raccoon

Mother Raccoon

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