Annual Conference


Georgia River Network's Annual Conference and Celebration

"The History of Georgia's Rivers"

When: April 5-6, 2014

Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, Georgia

Cost: $55 adult early registration (before Friday, February 28th), $70 for adults, $20 for kids$40 for speakers, students or for those who have never participated in Weekend for Rivers before

Ticket prices include Saturday presentations and party, Saturday night camping, shuttles for Sunday natural history paddle on the Bull Sluice Lake on the Chattahoochee River, and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. Participants will need to pack their own lunch for the river on Sunday.  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.  

Click here to register today!

Click here to see the exciting schedule of events!

If you're paddling with us on Sunday, April 6th, don't forget to sign your electronic waiver. Each man, woman and child must complete one--they'll be in your confirmation email, but also here:

Adult Waiver

Child Waiver

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 April 6th 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 History Track will explore stories from the bygone times of Georgia's rivers, from the history of fishing in the state to Georgia's first major dam removal.  Highlights will include two feature-length films by Rhett Turner and David and Michael Hanson, and talks by retiring Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea and Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jay Bookman.

  • The Technical Track will include presentations about policy, science, and water law.  Expect Neill Herring's usual illuminative explanation of what happened in the 2014 Legislative Session, as well as talks about the history of Ichthyology in Georgia and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's industrial stormwater monitoring program.

  • 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 little frustrations that plague every nonprofit board.  Participants will learn more about nonprofit board roles and responsibilities, how to find new board members, easy ways to for board members to be involved in the organization's meaningful work, and more!

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, Paddle Georgia-style--OR you can just get a hotel room). The next morning, we'll wake up and paddle a beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River--Bull Sluice Lake.  Naturalists, historians and ecologists will be stationed around the lake to tell us more about the cultural and natural history of the area, point out all the cool birds and beasts, and tell you where the closest bathroom is.  We will be paddling around between Azalea boat ramp and the Morgan Falls dam from 9 AM and 2 PM, and you can get off whenever you want!  It’s the perfect way to enjoy a spring day!

And thanks go to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, who lead popular trips and events on the ‘Hooch all the time, in supporting us on the paddle.

Field Trips

Kayak Demonstration: 4:45 PM - 6:30 PM, Chattahoochee Nature Center pond
The Outside World and 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 meditation sessions that are designed to be both calming and refreshing for the mind and body.  Participate in one or both. The meditations are suitable for all, with a special welcome to those who have not meditated before.

Elements meditation 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM: In this seated, guided meditation, we will use our senses to notice the elements of earth, air, heat, and water as they are present in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. Afterward, join us for the walking meditation, go enjoy the many other offerings, or just relax on the grounds.

Walking meditation 5:20 PM - 6:00 PM: We will take a slow, quiet walk along the trails in a contemplative mood. Attending to the senses and our movements, we will silently notice the flow of life in our surroundings, bodies, and minds. While the walk will be silent, we will have an opportunity at the end to share what we observed and learned.

River Celebration Awards and Party

Join your friends at the Georgia River Network’s Weekend For Rivers Party on Saturday, April 5th at 7pm at The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell for dinner by Satterfield's, beer and wine, music by our DJ, a silent auction, our famous Paddle GA Port-Potty-Auction and River Celebration Awards.

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

Mini Paddle Georgia

Join us Sunday, April 6th for a day of spring paddling on the Chattahoochee River--we all need it after the winter we've had!

Our route will take us around the beautiful Bull Sluice Lake--a section of the Chattahoochee behind Morgan Falls Dam.  There is some current in this section, but the pace is easy on Bull Sluice, which will give us a lot of time to picnic, play and stop at education stations to learn about the amazing Chattahoochee!

Participants will be able to put on the water starting at 9 AM, and naturalists, historians and river advocates will be stationed at different parts of Bull Sluice Lake ready to answer questions and tell you interesting things about the river! Spend the morning exploring the backwaters, lounging in your boats, or paddle down to Morgan Falls Dam and back--you can take as long as you like!  Because the current is so slow, we'll be putting in and taking out at the same place--Azalea boat ramp on Azalea Drive, Roswell, Georgia.

All participants should be off the water by 2 PM.  Boat rentals will be available through Shoot the Hooch.

Boat Rentals

Rental canoes, kayaks and paddle boards will be provided by Shoot the Hooch, located within walking distance of our put-in and take-out point, Azalea boat ramp. Shoot the Hooch is offering Weekend for Rivers a 10% discount on boat rentals.  All boat rentals will come with life jacket and paddle. Life jackets can be rented by individuals who are bringing their own boats for $6 a piece.

Click here for information on the boats Shoot the Hooch has available, as well as pricing.  Please contact Shoot the Hooch directly to rent a boat, and tell them you are with Weekend for Rivers to get the 10% discount on your rental.

Shoot the Hooch
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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


If you choose not to camp at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday night, here are the closesthotel 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.

Hotel 400 - 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.


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