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Plant Mysteries Presentation & Dinner at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Basics:
Event Type:Learn
Event Location: 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 - in CNC Plaza Conference Room   Learn: Plant Mysteries Presentation & Dinner at the Chattahoochee Nature Center  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Mar 22 2018  7:00 pm >> Thu, Mar 22 2018 9:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 4 2018 10:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 22 2018 3:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Distance:0.1 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Charlie Cottingham
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Member Cost:$10.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


IN a NUTSHELL: Over the decades we Atlanta Outdoor Club hikers and nature lovers have become big fans of the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) and are delighted that we share the same mission of "connecting people with nature."  The CNC has a thriving "Nature Club" and they have graciously invited us to participate in their March meeting.  It will begin with a delicious Potluck Dinner in their "Plaza Conference Room" and will conclude with a ~1-hour presentation about "The Mysteries of Plants."  Please bring $10 in cash to chip in to the CNC meeting registrar for admission and parking - or $5 if you're a CNC member or regular volunteer. (See more details below, including precise Directions and suggestions about What to Bring.)  Registrants for this event are also encouraged to register for our optional 5:30 PM AOC Riverwalk Hike that will immediately precede the 7:00 PM dinner and use the same convenient CNC parking lot.

Here's the Center's invitation, excerpted from their  webpage:

The Nature Club of the Chattahoochee Nature Center invites you to participate in our March 22nd potluck (at 7:00 PM) and mingle with folks with similar environmental interests. Then join our speaker (at ~7:30) for a fascinating presentation - see more below.
  Our regular Nature Club meeting, dinner and program is held on the 4th Thursday of each month, January thru October and all who have an interest in nature and the environment are invited!   Ages 16–Adult,   $10 general public/ $5 CNC members.
  This month's featured speaker will be the CNC’s Manager of Horticulture and Gardens, Julie Hollingsworth Hogg, and her topic will be "The Mysteries of Plants" - a.k.a, "What you Don't Understand about Plants is a Lot"!  (OK, it's a take on the line in the movie "Moonstruck, when Georgia Dukakis tells Cher's fiancé, "What you don't understand about women is a lot!" )  We can split the atom, fly to the moon and create antibiotics, but we've not yet figured out some of the more basic questions about what plants are and why they do what they do.

POTLUCK DINNER DETAILS, 7:00 - 7:30 PM:  Hope you can arrive in time to join us for this festive and friendly monthly Nature Club dinner that will precede the above-discussed presentation in the same "Plaza Conference Room" - see Directions below.  Please bring a food or beverage item of your choice to contribute - preferably something that you enjoy personally, and no need to bring more than about a half dozen servings of your chosen item.  The Nature Center's policy is to minimize disposable plastics, etc. and they'll provide washable plates, cups, dining utensils, etc. for everyone to use. 

MORE about the CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER (CNC):  Located on a beautiful 127-acre site overlooking the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, GA (just upstream of "Morgan Falls") the Nature Center features an amazing variety of gardens, woodlands, meadows, ponds & wetlands, native plants and wild animals that showcase the natural beauty of Georgia.  Its professional staff and hundreds of member-volunteers are known especially for their dedication to protecting and promoting our state's native wild flora & fauna.  Since its founding by local citizen-activists in the 1970s the CNC has served as a focal point for for environmental education and communion with nature. Visitors who enjoy hiking are urged to explore a network of more than 2 miles of scenic trails via a fascinating variety of habitats.
  The Center continues to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.  Its strong grass-roots environmental learning center touches the lives of more than 100,000 children and adults each year.  This a unique place where people connect to each other and the land through a shared respect for nature - a safe place where interaction with nature excites the senses and encourages learning.  Here are some CNC links of interest:

- Main Website:
- Map of the Nature Center and its hiking trails, lakes, buildings, etc.:
- Membership Info Webpage:

Required Items to Bring:

- $10 in Cash to chip in to the CNC event registrar (for Admission and Parking - or $5 if you're a CNC Nature Center Member or regular volunteer).

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

- A "Potluck" food or beverage item of your choice to contribute, assuming you'd like to join us at 7:00 PM for the dinner that precedes the presentation.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

GPS and USERS:  You can augment the verbal directions below by entering either of the following as your Destination Address for the Event:
- Street Address of Chattahoochee Nature Ctr:  9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075
- Lat/Lon of Conference Room where we'll meet (Be sure to include comma & minus sign): 34.0043, -84.3826

DIRECTIONS from GA-400 EXIT 6, "Northridge Rd" (This exit is about 5 miles N of the GA-400/ I-285 Interchange in N. metro Atlanta and just south of Roswell, GA.)

1. At the GA-400 Exit #6 ("Northridge Rd") carefully follow the "Dunwoody Place" directional signs.
2. Just a few feet west of the GA-400 overpass bridge merge smoothly northward onto Dunwoody Place(No need to pass through any of the nearby Northridge Rd traffic lights).
3.  Take Dunwoody Place about 1.3 miles to the traffic light at Roswell Rd (and get in one of the right turn lanes).
4.  T
urn Right onto Roswell Rd and go 0.6 mile to the traffic light at Azalea Drive (just beyond the Chattahoochee River bridge, and get in the left turn lane).
5.  Turn Left
 onto Azalea Drive and go 1.7 miles to the traffic light at Willeo Rd.
6.  Turn Left onto Willeo Rd and go just 0.6 mile to the Chattahoochee Nature Center main entrance on your right.
7.  Turn Right into the Chattahoochee Nature Center and park in the NE end of the parking lot near the entrance of the "Plaza Conference Room" which directly adjoins the largest building.  Beginning at about 6:50 PM we'll greet one another inside the Conference Room at the CNC Meeting & Dinner registration area.

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Member Cost:$10.00/Person
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