Weekend for Rivers 2015

Georgia River Network's Annual Conference and Celebration

"River Revelations"

When: September 19-20, 2015
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA

Cost: $55 adult early registration, $70 for adults, $20 for kids$40 for speakers, students or for those who have never participated in Weekend for Rivers before.

Join us for the event where all Georgia's river lovers, recreationists and advocates gather to celebrate our state's glorious rivers! Ticket prices include Saturday presentations and party, Saturday night camping, and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. There will be an option to participate in a 9-mile group paddle on the Chattahoochee River from Garrard's Landing to Azalea Park, hosted by Shoot the Hooch at 9 AM on September 20, 2015. To register for the paddle, call Shoot the Hooch at 770-650-1008.   No daily rate will be offered, but tickets to the party for those who are not registered for the weekend can be purchased for $25/ticket.

Weekend for Rivers Details




About Weekend for Rivers

Weekend for Rivers is GRN’s Annual Conference and River Celebration event that gives us all a chance to celebrate Georgia’s unique, beautiful rivers through presentations, partying and paddling!

Join us September 19th for a day of inspiration, education and connections with folks who love Georgia’s rivers as much as you! The day will include river-lovers of all kinds expressing their passion for rivers with inspiring presentations and interactive forums that will paint a broad picture of the state of Georgia’s rivers and the people who protect, enjoy and honor them. Three tracks will explore Georgia's rivers from different angles.

The Revelations Track will help us understand Georgia's rivers through many different lenses, and reveal the ways that rivers impact our lives and our point of view.  The film 'eXXpedition" will explore the connection between trash and our shared waters, while some presentations will focus on how specific rivers might have taught an important lesson about local government, community, family or the natural world.

The Technical Track will include presentations about policy, science, and water law, from the laws around coastal marsh buffers to Waters of the United States.

 The Board Track will be a special opportunity for board members of river groups from all over the state to come together to share stories and learn about the best ways to deal with the biggest issue that plagues every nonprofit: How do we raise the money to do the work we do?  Participants will learn from river group leaders all over the state about what works and what doesn't in grant writing, supporter fundraising, getting and keeping major donors, and how to organize a lucrative, popular, long-lasting event.

In the late afternoon, enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Chattahoochee Nature Center or participate in a fun field trip: test out a kayak, participate in a meditation exercise, or take a tour of the Chattahoochee Nature Center's many critters!

In the evening, we’ll have a ton of fun at our annual River Celebration Party and then we’ll camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (indoor and outdoor camping will be available--OR you can just get a hotel room).


Field Trips

Kayak Demonstration: 4:45 PM - 6:30 PM, Chattahoochee Nature Center pond

 Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center will be showing off all kinds of boats on the Chattahoochee Nature Center pond.  You can stop by and try one out! Or even buy one!

Nature Meditation Sessions:

Join Paddle Georgia alum Shirley Banks for a meditation session that is designed to be both calming and refreshing for the mind and body. 

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM: In this guided meditation, we'll notice the Water, Earth, Air, and Fire elements in the mind, body, and broader world. After sitting, we'll take a short walk through the woods to continue in contemplation. (The walk is a group experience. If any participants cannot walk the woodland trail, the group will happily utilize the paved walkways so we can support one another's practice.) You don't have to be a naturally calm person to enjoy this session. Restless souls welcome!


River Celebration Awards and Party

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Join your friends at the Georgia River Network’s Weekend For Rivers Party on Saturday, September 19th at 7 P.M. at The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for catering by D.B.A Barbecue, beer and wine, music by our DJ, our famous Paddle GA Port-Potty-Auction, and River Celebration Awards. Lunch on Sunday, Saturday September 20th is also catered by D.B.A. Barbecue.

To buy tickets for the party, click HERE. The party ticket is included in the full Weekend for Rivers registration.


Paddle the Chattahoochee

This year Shoot the Hooch (STH) has offered to take Weekend for Rivers participants on a gorgeous 9-mile stretch of the nationally-designated Chattahoochee Water Trail, through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. You will be putting in at the Garrard Boat Ramp on the John's Creek Environmental Campus in Alpharetta and taking out at the Chattahoochee River Park in Roswell, Georgia. Shoot the Hooch will make boats available, as well as a shuttle back to your car at the end of the paddle.

Boat rental is not included in the price of registration for Weekend for Rivers.  STH is giving Weekend for Rivers participants a 15% discount on rental equipment, so make sure to tell them you are with us when you call to book your gear. Prices are as follows:

Single Kayak: $51.00 (original price =$60)
Double Kayak: $76.50 (original price =$90)
2-man Canoe: $42.50 (original price =$50)
3-man Canoe: $51.00 (original price =$60)
Shuttle for Each Individual: $6.00 (original price =$11)

If you'd like to bring your own boat, the only charge will be the $6 shuttle fee to Garrard Landing Park from Azalea Park. So that STH will know how many people to shuttle to Garrard, please call in advance to let them know you will be riding their shuttle, even if you are bringing your own boat.

If you're renting a boat from Shoot the Hooch: Call to reserve your boat. You will show up on Sunday morning at Azalea Landing (203 Azalea Dr, Roswell, GA 30075), park, check in with STH and take the shuttle to Garrard at 8:30 AM. STH will have your boat at Garrard Landing, and you'll just turn it in to them at the end of a fabulous day of paddling!

If you're bringing your own boat: Arrive at Garrard Landing (8000 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022) by 8 AM, and unload your boat with the other STH rental boats. A GRN staff member will be available to receive your boat and watch it while you shuttle back to Azalea Landing, drop off your car, and take the shuttle (runs from Azalea at 8:30) back to Garrard Landing. From there, you'll get it your boat, have the time of your life on the river, and get out at Azalea, where your car will be parked!

Please tell STH that you are with the Weekend for Rivers group to get the 15% discount on gear contact Shoot the Hooch if you're interested in bringing your own boat to reserve a spot on the shuttle trolley Sunday morning.

Every paddler will  need to bring a lunch and snacks for the paddle, 2 quarts of water, sunscreen, rain gear (just in case!) and drybags or Ziplocks--whatever way you chose to protect your valuables from moisture.

Shoot the Hooch
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Telephone:     (770) 650-1008


Chattahoochee Nature Center Info

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia.  It has a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife.  For 30 years, this facility has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.
Click here for more information about CNC.

NO smoking, NO dogs are allowed on the CNC campus.



CAMPING: If you plan to camp at CNC Saturday night, you can choose between indoor and outdoor camping options. If you're camping outside, you'll need tent, sleeping bag, ground pad, personal toiletries, and anything else you'll need to make yourself comfy.  If you're camping indoors, you'll need all the same stuff, sans the tent.  Be advised that the floor in Kingfisher hall is hard, so make sure you have something comfy to sleep on if you're planning to sleep indoors.

Also, indoor bathrooms will be available to all campers, but no showers.

HOTELS: If you choose not to camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday night, here are the closest hotel options:

DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta/Roswell

1075 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076.  To reserve a room, call 770-992-9600. Click HERE to see the DoubleTree website.

Baymont Inn & Suites - Roswell

1500 Market Boulevard, Roswell, GA 30076 (3.6 miles from Chattahoochee Nature Center) Call (770) 992-7200 to book a room.

Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell

909 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076 (3.1 miles from Chattahoochee Nature Center) Call (877) 859-5095 to book a room.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Roswell

575 Old Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076 (3.4 miles from Chattahoochee Nature Center) Call (770) 552-0200 to book a room.





From Roswell Road (Highway 9/U.S. 19): (Heading North from Atlanta or I-285). At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From GA 400 Northbound: Exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From GA 400 Southbound: Exit Northridge Road (exit #6). At the top of the ramp is a traffic light. Travel straight through the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place. Follow Dunwoody Place until it intersects with Roswell Road (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Road. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Drive. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one-half mile on the right.

From Marietta and All Points West: Take Highway 120 (also called Marietta Highway or Upper Roswell Road) east toward the city of Roswell. Cross Johnson Ferry Road and travel approximately four miles to Willeo Road. At a traffic light, turn right onto Willeo Road. CNC is located one mile on the right.


Online Auction

In connection with Weekend for River 2015 is Georgia River Network’s 2nd Annual Online Auction. The auction will run Sept 16-23, and we are confident you are going to love the auction items this year! And the best part is that, even if you aren’t able to attend Weekend for River, you can support GRN and the event from afar by participating in the auction!