Chattahoochee Nature Center
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a private non-profit environmental education organization whose facilities are located on a 127 acre nature preserve along the Chattahoochee River in the City of Roswell. Founded by local citizens during the 1970’s, the Chattahoochee Nature Center provides a wide variety of fun and educational programs to approximately 100,000 children and adults each year. The mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center at 9135 Willeo Road, (770) 992-2055, is to teach people about the Chattahoochee River’s natural ecology and to encourage citizens to protect and preserve our environment.
Native plants and gardens throughout the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s grounds showcase the natural beauty of Georgia and there are 6 hiking trails: the Beaver Pond Trail, the Forest Trail, Homestead Trail, Kingfisher Pond Trail, the River Boardwalk Trail and Stone Cabin Trail. More than 50 injured, non-releasable animals receive medical care in permanent homes at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. All the injured animals are native to Georgia including an American Bald Eagle and several endangered species of hawks, owls and vultures.
At Chattahoochee Nature Center, the Camille Creamer Beaver Exhibit features Georgia beavers in their natural habitat and the Butterfly Garden contains a collection of plants that were specifically selected to attract butterflies. Georgia’s Living Wetlands is a unique garden exhibit featuring over 200 species of native plants. As visitors enter the exhibit, they pass through a mountain bog area, a Piedmont floodplain, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Pitcher Plant Bog and a Longleaf Pine and Wiregrass Community with rare and exciting native plants.
The Discovery Center contains many exhibits that were designed to teach people about our ecology and environment. Many new interactive exhibits are planned for the future and the roof of the Discovery Center is a futuristic type “green roof.” Green roofs were pioneered in Europe and they are designed to support a rooftop farm. The green roof at the Discovery Center features 2,000 sq. ft. of native plants, wildflowers, grasses and shrubs, most of which are found on rock outcroppings in the Georgia Piedmont region.
Real estate in areas near the Chattahoochee Nature Center
The City of Roswell was selected as the Best Place to Live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area twice by Atlanta Magazine, and USA Today rated Roswell as the third best place in America to raise a family. In 2007 the estimated median house/condominium value in Roswell was $319,000 and the estimated median household income was $73,469. Most homes in Roswell were built after 1985 and people who prefer modern construction are attracted to Roswell because the newer homes feature many modern amenities.
The value of real estate in Roswell is increasing because the excellent public school system, the thriving job market and Roswell’s upscale shopping centers all combine to create a high standard of living that entices people to purchase homes. Buyers can find available single family homes on estate sized properties, homes in retirement communities, or custom built homes, condominiums and townhouses in master planned communities with amenities such as pools, tennis courts and golf courses. Roswell also contains an abundance of available undeveloped land in approved development zones.
Lodging, shopping, dining and entertainment
Luxurious lodging accommodations, discounts for extended stays, and romantic bed and breakfast inns are all available in Roswell. Several well known national hotels with facilities located in the heart of historic Roswell also provide special accommodations for business travelers. Roswell contains nine shopping centers for food and other general merchandise, and the Historic District features many antique stores, art galleries and unique specialty stores. A diversity of dining experiences is available in Roswell’s many restaurants including some that feature gourmet cooking, steak and seafood combinations, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, French, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers guided canoe trips led by trained naturalists who conduct canoe tours of the Chattahoochee River while teaching people about ecology and the cultural history of the region. Family Canoe Days is a special event for families, and Camp Kingfisher has been providing children with a summer of fun for over 15 years. Activities at Camp Kingfisher include swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, science exploration projects, indoor games, outdoor games and hikes. Programs especially designed for very young children include Pee Wee Naturalists, Pee-Wee Planters, Nature Explorers, Infant Walks, Story Time by the River and Animal Breakfasts.
Annual festivals at the Chattahoochee Nature Center include Earth Day Kids’ Fest, which features interactive booths and exhibits from more than 25 local groups and environmental organizations, the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival and Halloween Hikes. The City of Roswell also sponsors many public festivals including Roswell Roots, an annual celebration of African-American history and culture that is held during February; the Roswell Criterium Bicycle Race and the Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kids Bike Safety Rodeo that occur during May; the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, which is the largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia; the Roswell Magnolia Storytelling Festival in June; the Riverside Sounds Concert Series from May through October; the Roswell Youth Day Parade and Festival in October; and the Keep Roswell Beautiful Duck Race, which is also held in October.
Owned and operated by the City of Roswell, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center is a popular public venue for musical shows, dance performances and many other kinds of cultural entertainment. Dedicated to the performing and visual arts, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center features a 600 seat theater, an exhibit hall, an historical archive and a research library. A calendar of current entertainment is listed on the Internet at www.roswellgov.com/index.php?m=calendar&category=Cultural+Arts+Center.