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    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center, 1978 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
    • 16

    Nature Photography in the CRNRA with Tom Wilson
    May 4, 9 AM-5 PM

    Ready to take your photographic skills to the next level? Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy (CPC) is pleased to partner with Nature Photographer, Tom Wilson, and offer a 1-day photography workshop. The Chattahoochee River is one of the best venues for Nature Photography in the Southeastern US. Outstanding photographer, Lee Friedman, will join Tom in teaching you how to capture its beauty with a camera. Note: This is a benefit event for CPC!

    Prerequisites: Participants should be familiar with the basic operations of their camera. Essentially, be able to focus the camera and manually set exposure. Participants should have a tripod and a means of triggering the shutter remotely or using an exposure delay setting.  A circular polarizing filter is also highly recommended.

    The Chattahoochee River and its environs are marvelous photographic subjects, potentially providing endless opportunities for nature photography. The lead course instructor, Tom Wilson, has been photographing the Chattahoochee River for over 15 years, providing photography for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), CPC, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper during that time.

    The course will cover camera techniques for capturing high quality images such as use of a tripod, remote shutter release and other techniques for maximizing image quality.  We will cover how to use direction and quality of light to enhance a photograph, use basic compositional skills to produce powerful images, as well as how focal length, depth of field, shutter speed, ISO selection, filtration and other variables can be used creatively to produce images with impact.

    The course will begin at 9:00am on Saturday May 4th with a classroom session at Hewlett Lodge/Island Ford Visitor Center. We will break for lunch at noon and begin our second classroom session at 1:00pm. At 3:00pm, we will begin our outdoor session which will involve a short hike down to the Chattahoochee River at Island Ford to practice some of the techniques we covered in the classroom sessions.

    For more information, contact us Debra Blanchard at debra.blanchard@chattahoocheeparks.org.

      • 02 Jun 2019
      • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • Cochran Shoals / Column Drive Entrance
      • 20

      Birds with Atlanta Audubon Society
      Jun 2, 8-11 AM 

      SAVE THE DATE: Registration opens May 12!

      Spring migration will have all but ended, so we will focus on birds that regularly nest in or near Cochran Shoals. Birds will be identified by both sight and sound. The easy, flat walk is 3 ½ miles on the gravel loop trial, passing woodlands, the river, brushy areas, and wetlands. The leisurely pace encourages questions. Ages 10 and up. No dogs, please. Limit: 20

      GuidesRoseanne Guerra is an Atlanta Audubon Master Birder and works as an environmental educator, bird walk/field trip leader, and canoe guide for various Atlanta-area organizations. Chris Lambrecht has been birding for forty years. He has seen more than 800 species of birds; over 550 species were sighted in the lower 48 states. Both leaders regularly lead walks for the Atlanta Audubon Society. (www.atlantaaudubon.org)

      • 29 Jun 2019
      • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Morgan Falls to Paces Mill
      • 16

      Paddle the Relay Down the Hooch!

      Chattahoochee Parks Conservency (CPC) and Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) are proud partners in Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Relay Down the Hooch. We will host a paddle trip from Morgan Falls to Paces Mill on June 29th - the 17th leg of this incredible 435 miles journey.

      This 9-mile paddle is the final section of the CRNRA, which is rich in both natural and human history. See the site where Federal forces outflanked the Confederate Army, Native American sites, and the magnificent Palisades. Pass through Cochran Shoals, Devil’s Race Course Shoals, and Thornton Shoals, all easy and fun Class 1.5 rapids. Estimated trip time (which includes shuttling): 8am to 1pm. Bring your lunch for a mid-stop break. Limit: 30
      Physical Requirements: All participants must be able to swim efficiently and must be able to get in and out of a kayak easily (i.e. those with knee or back injuries may have difficulty). Paddling uses your core muscles, arms and shoulders. Anyone with injuries in these areas may have difficulty.

      • 15 Sep 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      • Indian Trail / East Palisades
      • 20

      Geology with Bill Witherspoon
      Sept 15, 2-4:30 PM

      SAVE THE DATE: Registration opens Aug 25!

      Bill Witherspoon, co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia (www.georgiarocks.us www.facebook.com/RoadsideGeologyGA), leads us to the geologic wonders of East Palisades/Indian Trail. Walk to one of the metro area’s largest natural rock faces exposing our most typical rock type, biotite gneiss. Along the trail are outcrops of the tough rock, quartzite, which is responsible for the steep walls of Chattahoochee Palisades gorge. At the top of the Palisades, overlooking Devil’s Racecourse Shoals, the work the Chattahoochee has done shaping the landscape is impressive. The two-mile, moderate walk has one steep up-hill climb. Ages 10 and up. No dogs, please. Limit: 20

      Guide: Dr. Bill Witherspoon and Dr. Pamela Gore co-authored the popular guide, Roadside Geology of Georgia, a full-color volume on Georgia's wonders, from the coast to the mountains: landscapes, rocks, minerals, fossils, and the human stories geology has shaped. Dr. Witherspoon taught geology to K-12 students and their teachers for 17 years at DeKalb County Schools’ Fernbank Science Center.

      • 06 Oct 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      • Johnson Ferry South
      • 20

      Forest Bathing with Marjorie Pomper
      Oct 6, 2-4:30 PM

      SAVE THE DATE: Registration opens Sept 15!

      Slow down and attune to nature in this flat, quiet, gently guided walk that incorporates the practices of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). Forest bathing is an immersive experience that helps open your senses, expand your awareness, and deepen your connection to nature. Sharing this experience with others enhances mindful connection. We will walk a short distance with time to sit in silence or wander further, savoring a lovely, rich mix of habitats along the Chattahoochee River. Ages 16 and up. No dogs, please. Limit: 20

      Guide: Marjorie Pomper, Ph.D. has been a mediator for over 30 years. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide, Georgia Master Naturalist, docent at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and member of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Learn more at Wholly Being (www.marjpomper.com)

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    P.O. Box 769332, Roswell GA 30076

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