Tuesday, October 3
Included with conference registration. Transportation and lunch provided.
We visited Hiwassee Refuge, located about one hour north of Chattanooga at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers. Staff from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) gave us a tour of the refuge and a fisheries crew demonstrated some of their projects. During the lunch break, featuring fish cooked on site by fisheries staff, TWRA’s Boating BUI simulator and the 3D archery target were set up in the parking lot for participants to try.
Thursday, October 5
Fees: Adults $32, children age 3-12 $24.50, toddler $18
Several attendees experienced Chattanooga’s natural beauty aboard the River Gorge Explorer. This 70-passenger, hydrofoil-assisted vessel transports passengers smoothly along the waters of the Tennessee River. Each two-hour excursion is led by an Aquarium naturalist who points out wildlife and historic points of interest along the way. The Explorer goes past the foot of Lookout Mountain and into the heart of “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon.” There’s time to enjoy scenic views from the topside observation deck while searching for wildlife.