On Thursday evening, December 15th, Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park hosted our annual holiday potluck at the group shelter. Wow, the food was amazing. Thank you to everyone who came and especially to those who shared their culinary talents. And a special thank you to Dena and the awesome group of volunteers who put this event together. It was a wonderful evening.
FALL FUN – Hayrides & More! 2016 was a huge success! Every Saturday from September 24 through November 12, we offered a family-friendly day with hayrides, temporary tattoos, bubbles, ring toss, coloring, bean bag toss, hula hoops, and more. Over 850 people rode our haywagon through the woods and spied the ghosts and pumpkin-head hikers along the trail.
George Williams managed the event and many Friends stepped up to volunteer to drive the tractor, sell tickets and snacks, and supervise the activities. Connie Ward and the Fine Neighbors String Band provided bluegrass entertainment on several Saturday afternoons.
Looking forward to an even bigger event next year!
ORIGINAL POST: Where can you find beautiful fall colors, awesome canyon scenery, great friends and a wonderful way to contribute to your community? You guessed it, Cloudland Canyon State Park.
Every Saturday, from September 24th through November 19th, we are offering hayrides to park guests. There are other kid-friendly activities and plenty of fun. For more information on all the fall fun – hayride & more, click here.
We still have many openings for volunteers to help with this event. If you’d like to join the fun, sign-up at SignupGenius.
Here is a list of activities for volunteers:
- Help with setup and breakdown
- Tractor Driver (requires prior training or approval)
- Wagonmaster (ride the wagon, keep everyone safe)
- Ticket sales
- Concession sales
- Children’s activities (temporary tattoos, coloring, bubbles and games)
Saturday, October 22nd, 9pm – Midnight
You’ve attended a lot of parties before, but have you ever attended a star party? No, I don’t mean a party with lots of celebrities. I mean a party with actual stars…and moons, planets and occasionally a meteor or two.
Cloudland Canyon State Park and the Friends group are hosting a night of stargazing in the park at the top of Lookout Mountain. The Barnard Astronomical Society will be on hand with telescopes and lots of information for those who want to view the wonders of the night sky.
So what can you expect to see? On this night, the Orionids Meteor Shower will be at its peak. We will also enjoy some good moon observations, as the moon will be in a great phase for viewing. We will also be looking at and identifying the Constellations of Autumn, Deep Sky Objects like star clusters, nebulae and other galaxies.
We are meeting near the start of the disc golf course. The viewing starts at 9 PM and goes to midnight. This astronomy program is FREE to everyone in the park.
We can always use a few more volunteers for this event. If you’d like to volunteer, use our contact form to let us know.
There really is nothing that a group of Cloudland Canyon volunteers can not accomplish. But recreating the park experience in a downtown parking space tested theory on Friday, September 16th.
Connie Ward, Dena Abell, and Marcy Williams led a group of volunteers moving trees, signs and even a stuffed bear to downtown Chattanooga to recreate the park experience for PARK(ing) Day Chattanooga. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
Visitors experienced a short hike on a park trail walking past trees, flowers and a few park animals. Park interpretive ranger, Stephanie Fischer, was there to share information about the park and several volunteers served as hosts for this “wilderness” experience.