April 2018

Shoot the Hooch With a Camera!

ONLY 10 SPOTS LEFT! Are you ready to take your photographic skills to the next level? Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy (CPC) is pleased to partner with nature photographer Tom Wilson to offer a one-day photography workshop on Saturday, May 5 in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) – the perfect subject!

Including both classroom and outdoor sessions, the course will cover camera techniques to maximize image quality. Participants should be familiar with the basic operations of their camera, be able to focus and manually set exposure, and 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.

Always generous to conservation groups with his time and exceptional photos, Tom is offering this special workshop to benefit CPC at the very reasonable rate of $50 for the full-day session. To learn more and register, click here.

What’s Your Experience with Park Trails?

The National Park Service and its consultant, Applied Trails Research, have created an online Social Pinpoint interface designed to get your thoughts about our national park trails and other issues. As a park visitor, you know what is important in your area: what sections of the trail system should be retained, added to, changed and/or improved. Click here to access the Social Pinpoint interface. 

And, we have launched an online survey to capture information about you, your use of the park and your desires for recreational activities within the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area. Please take the survey here.  Thank you!

Build a Stairway to... the National Park

Last month, we told you about an exciting new stairway and trail construction project in the Vickery Creek Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – and that CPC needs your help to raise remaining funds ($25,000) to make it happen. Some of you have already made designated gifts and we are so appreciative!

More than a decade ago, the city of Roswell built a beautiful covered bridge over Vickery Creek from its Old Mill Park, linking it to the CRNRA. Unfortunately, at the end of the bridge, visitors to the national park are met with a slippery and eroding slope, making it difficult to hike uphill to park trails and downhill to the creek.

Working with the National Park Service, CPC has raised more than half of the funds needed to complete this priority project in 2018. Please make a designated donation here, noting VC Stairway in the comment section, so we can meet our goal. Or, you can mail a designated contribution to P.O. Box 769332 Roswell, GA  30076. Thank you!

Thank You Sweep Volunteers!

The 8th Annual Sweep the Hooch Cleanup broke all records with 24 TONS of trash removed from the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries – and more than 800 volunteers participating. CPC sponsored the Whitewater/East Palisades site where volunteers filled 72 bags with trash and dragged half a canoe off Long Island. Fun finds: Buzz Lightyear, Honda car keys and a dagger.

Thank you to our volunteers and event organizers: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Trout Unlimited.


  • May 5 REI Chattahoochee Adventure Series. Paddle beautiful Bull Sluice Lake.

  • May 11 and 18 (8-10PM) – Frog Frolics at Sibley Pond (Sope Creek Unit) with Naturalist Jerry Hightower. FREE, but you must register at 678-538-1200.

  • May 12 (6:30-9PM) – Owl Prowl and Night Hike at Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center. This family-friendly event includes a campfire, guided night hike and live owl program by AWARE Wildlife Center. FREE, but you must register here. Scroll way down to find this event.

  • ALL SUMMER! Rent a Boat from Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and get on the water! Current CPC members receive a rental discount during the week: rent one boat, get a second for free! It’s easy to join CPC here.  

Become a member of Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy today!

As a member, you can help us achieve our vision of an inspired and thriving community of support for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Click here to join!

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy Inc. is proud to support our Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the national park system managed by the National Park Service.

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