Nature center’s guided canoe tours offer up-close look at local ecosystem
by Sally Litchfield
September 06, 2013 01:21 AM | 1373 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers canoe trips through mid-October, which provide a guided educational trip that connect participants to the river by exploring wildlife and plants. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers canoe trips through mid-October, which provide a guided educational trip that connect participants to the river by exploring wildlife and plants.
Staff/Todd Hull
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Discover the wonderful Chattahoochee River. Go on a canoe trip at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

The family friendly events are led by Chattahoochee Nature Center naturalists who will introduce the beauty of the Chattahoochee River as well as the ecology and cultural and natural history of the river.

“(The canoe trip) is a phenomenal thing that people don’t know about. Once you go on a canoe trip, you will understand how important this wonderful resource — the river — is to your whole livelihood,” said Lynn McIntyre, senior director of community relations at the nature center. She has been with the nature center for 10 years, where more members come from Cobb County than any other area.

“It’s like going on vacation. You’re going away from home but you see it from the point of view of the river itself. You meet the wildlife that depends on the river. You see blue herons and kingfishers and once in a while there’s a beaver or something exotic like that. You see them in their natural setting,” she said.

“The guide points out things you might have missed from the point of view of being in the canoe, paddling yourself getting that sense of how the river moves and flows. You start to gather how it must have been for the Indians many years ago when that was a mode of transportation,” the Roswell resident said.

“Until you’ve gone out and canoed the river you really don’t get a full understanding of what the river is. These guided canoe trips are real relaxing. They’re really for enjoying the features of the river, the natural ebb and flow and understanding what the river is all about,” McIntyre said.

Canoe trips are made by reservation. Guides are CPR/First Aid certified and experienced paddlers, and they help with safety devices and instruct on paddling.

The Nature Center is at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

The cost is $30 for general public and $25 for members.Visit www.chattnaturecenter.org or call (770) 992-2055 for more information.

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