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Friday, October 4 • 9:00am - 1:00pm
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Come with us on an untrammeled excursion into the Tennessee River Gorge and learn how a small local non-profit has protected over 17,000 acres of open space only five miles from Chattanooga. We would like to allow travelers to experience the special nature of this place and establish their own connection with the elements that make it special.

The Tennessee River Gorge is an incredibly unique place located only 5 miles from Downtown. The gorge offers an enormous amount of open space to residents and visitors of the Region - 27,000 acres in size. It is used by a wide variety of visitors for recreation, solitude, and reflection. It has over 10,000 years of human history and we believe that its protection is critical to the future wellbeing of our Region. The Tennessee River Gorge Trust has been protecting this area since 1981 and currently has purview on 17,000 acres within the gorge.

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust strives to be holistically inclusive of every member within our community. We believe that access to open space and conservation as a whole is a right, not a privilege. We are intently listening and improving on our inclusivity by finding ways to make access more accommodating within our community. We also believe that a community is most healthy when its connections to the natural world are complete. Our greatest harmony as a community is achieved when outdoor connections embrace, and honor the unique characteristics of the individuals we share our space with. The purpose of this visit will be to provide an example to the participants of how local preservation efforts can be inclusive of the innate outdoor needs of others.

Friday October 4, 2019 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Waterhouse Pavilion