Historic Roswell has long been a tourist destination for visitors from the Southeast. Now this exciting visitor experience is enhanced even further with the opening of the new 10,000 sq. ft., LEED-certified Discovery Center at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The new center, scheduled to open to the public on June 20, 2009, will be a fantastic destination in itself, and a wonderful place to spark your spirit of natural discovery.
More than just a museum or science center, the new Discovery Center will serve as the Interpretative Center for the entire Chattahoochee River, housing four distinct and separate areas that will explain the intricate web of life that makes up the unique watershed of the Chattahoochee River.
The Explore Your Watershed Gallery will guide visitors on a journey from river-to-wetland-to-forest. Featuring live native animals, interactive games and more, this hands-on, minds-on interactive exhibit will take young people and adults alike on a natural exploration to learn how plants and animals work together to make a watershed thrive.
Also part of the hands-on experience is the Nature Exchange, a unique nature trading post and learning environment where young collectors can bring in found natural items. Trained CNC Naturalists will initiate a discussion with the collector about the item, and award points for it. These points can then be redeemed to trade for other natural items. The purpose of the Nature Exchange is to encourage an interest in the natural world and an understanding of it through personal interaction.
The Chattahoochee River Resource Gallery, located on the upper level, will serve as THE portal of information to the Chattahoochee River watershed. Housed in this unique, one-of-a-kind information gallery is everything a visitor needs to experience the watershed firsthand. From fun outdoor recreation to conservation and restoration efforts, this timely gallery will highlight ways to conserve, rethink, restore and enjoy our vital watershed.
Also featured in the new Discovery Center will be a unique Rooftop Garden Terrace, designed to capture rain runoff, and home to native pants found only on the rocky outcrops of Georgia. It will be a perfect place to enjoy a quiet moment of reflection during your busy visit, with a view of the Chattahoochee River in the background.
Beyond the new Discovery Center will be the new Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion overlooking Kingfisher Pond, and a perfect place to view wildlife up close in its natural setting. Native flora will abound in our six newly created garden terraces, each showcasing native trees, shrubs and flowers. On the Wildlife Walk, visitors will enjoy up close and personal views of native hawks, owls and vultures. CNC’s eagle aviary and the beaver habitat will be highlights of the Walk. Our five wooded hiking trails cover beautiful Georgia Piedmont forests, and will make visitors feel like they are far removed from the city. Our rustic river boardwalk, unique to metro Atlanta, brings visitors up close to the river that provides drinking water to most of the area.
In addition to the numerous exhibits, gardens and trails, CNC will offer a wide variety of daily nature-focused activities. From garden tours to raptor feedings, visitors will discover a different adventure every time they visit.
You can bring your own lunch, or you can take a lunch break at one of the nearby restaurants in historic downtown Roswell around the square, along Canton Street or Oak Street. Before or after your visit to The Center’s new Discovery Center, you can do a little historic sightseeing in charming downtown Roswell. The doors of Roswell’s gracious antebellum mansions are open to the public, and the shops along Canton Street and the SOCA shops along Oak Street nearby offer unique, one-of-a-kind items.
After a day at the Center, you can head back to one of Roswell’s nearby quality hotels to freshen up before going out to enjoy a terrific meal and an evening of live local entertainment. You’re sure to find plenty to enjoy in Roswell’s charming and trendy historic district filled with antique markets, art galleries, gift shops, and a variety of fascinating finds It’s the perfect way to top off your visit to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.