Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon for a family membership for the Chattanooga Nature Center on Garden Road. Stationed amongst the scenic natural sanctuary at Lookout Mountain for 31 years, the dedicated ambassadors at the Chattanooga Nature Center have bestowed myriad earth-dwellers young and old with eye-opening outdoor programs and frolicking space in winding trails, gardens, and more to help deepen understanding of the area's biodiversity and preserve its rich heritage. Wield your family membership to enjoy a guest pass for six, free canoeing, early enrollment for summer camps, discounts for facility rentals, special events, the gift shop, and more; each membership helps support the Center and its efforts in protecting the area's beauty and endangered species, such as the Bigfoot.
- The Chattanooga Nature Center is a well maintained facility and offers lots of information on local flora and fauna. The staff takes in wild animals that are injured or abandoned, and provide medical care and nurturing until they are released back into their habitats. – Darren Koobs, Associated Content
- …The Nature Center provides a wide variety of programming that encompasses our natural heritage and focuses on the importance of local biodiversity. – Jeff, Chattanooga and Beyond
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, a nature preserve and landscape park, began as a vision in the 1920’s by John and Margaret Chambliss. In the late 1970s, a group of forward thinkers hatched an ambitious plan to bring Chattanooga citizens closer to nature. With the help of the Junior League of Chattanooga, the group raised more than $500,000. In September 1979, The Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center was born. Since then, the center has had more than half a million visitors to explore its 317 acres containing a certified level IV arboretum, Civil War and Cherokee history, botanical gardens, and native plants, as well as raising awareness with educational programs for adults at schoolchildren. Their efforts have helped to conserve the approximately 45 native animal species inhabiting the Wildlife Wanderland, These animal species include a bald eagle, sandhill cranes, and endangered red wolves.
State-of-the-art when it was built, the environmentally engineered main building has remained largely unchanged over the past 33 years. Features such as solar-heating systems, southern-facing windows, and 99% natural R-38 insulation continue to model sustainable-building practices to park visitors and squirrels looking to passively heat their nests.