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Learn something new at Outdoor Skills Day

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School has started, and the kids are learning all sorts of new things. Math, science, social studies – the list goes on and on.

But how about learning something completely different – say, for example, how to paddle a canoe or set up a tent or hike a mountain trail? You can do that, too, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Outdoor Skills Day on Sunday, Sept. 17, is the perfect place to do so!

Whether you are new to the outdoors or are a seasoned wilderness explorer, Outdoor Skills Day will help you discover how much fun outdoor recreation can be.

On that Sunday from noon till 4 p.m., outdoor groups and organizations will gather at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to showcase a variety of exciting outdoor activities. Through conversation, demonstrations and a series of mini clinics, they’ll show you just how much fun experiencing the outdoors can be.

“We want to get people outdoors,” says Tamara Kinmon, Special Events manager for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, adding that the broad line-up of presentations is certain to have something for everyone. She adds, “It’s sure to be a lot of fun!”

Activities in the spotlight at this year’s Outdoor Skills Day include tent camping, canoeing, hiking, geocaching, orienteering, plant identification, wilderness survival and fly fishing, among others — and in each case you’ll have the opportunity to learn about these activities from folks who are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.

All Outdoor Skills Day activities are included with general admission to the Nature Center.

I’m honored to be a part of this year’s Outdoor Skills Day myself, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of my own favorite outdoor activities with you. Among other things, I’ll be talking about hiking in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Located right here in our backyard, it offers great hiking for hikers of any skill level.

I’ll bet I’ll end up chatting with folks about fishing, too, especially fishing with kids as a family activity. I’ll even bring along the fly tying tools and show you how much fun it is to make your own flies for fishing for trout.

And did I mention gold panning? Prospecting for gold is a great way to spend time outdoors with your family, and I’m especially excited to have a chance to talk about gold panning at this year’s Outdoor Skills Day! I’ll bring along my gold pan and show you how it’s done. Maybe I’ll even bring a bucket of “paydirt” from a top-secret spot way back in the mountains so I can show you how gold panning is actually done. Who knows? I might even find some gold right before your eyes!

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell. Hope to see you there Sept. 17!


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