Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Discovery Center at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Georgia’s first Interpretive Center for the Chattahoochee River is now open. The Discovery Center houses exciting interactive exhibits for all ages, non-releasable wildlife, the Nature Exchange, and a rooftop terrace for community activities. From the Forests to the wetlands to the river, visitors discover what makes the Chattahoochee River Watershed so unique. More importantly, the new center helps visitors find their way to more adventures and ultimately how to become a part of this amazing environment.

The Nature Exchange concept started in Ontario, Canada about 10 years ago. All a child has to do to participate is to bring in anything that excites their curiosity – leaves, rocks, shells or other items found in nature. A naturalist will spend time explaining the object and then the child can trade their item for other cool items in the Exchange. Or, they can “bank” their points to trade for rare and unusual items like fossils, sharks teeth, gems and more! They get to take their new items home to keep. Trading can go on for ever.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is the oldest and largest private non-profit natural science learning center in the Southeast. This environmental sanctuary encompasses 27 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens. The Center grows more than 50% of the rare and endangered plant species found in Georgia, in their gardens. Some gardens reflect Georgia's Living Wetlands, depicting 5 different wetland habitats that are threatened throughout the State of Georgia. A Butterfly Garden, Bog Garden with carnivorous plants, river boardwalk, and woodland trails add to the experience.

This weekend is the 10th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. Butterfly releases, insect scavenger hunt, butterfly parades, native plants, photography, arts & crafts, entomology exhibits, puppets, music, and much more. A great time to see the new Discovery Center and Lakeside Pavilion. 770-992-2055 or Sat: 9 - 2 pm, Sunday, 12 - 5 pm

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