A weekly list of upcoming outdoors events in the Chattanooga area; to submit an event, write to

Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, Retro Hughes Road trailhead to Immodium Falls & back, moderately strenuous (meet at 8:30 a.m. at ballfields parking lot on Durham Street in Soddy-Daisy; call John Politte at 423-304-8327); Tuesday, Enterprise South Nature Park (meet at 8:30 a.m. at trailhead near visitors center (call Will Smith at 423-580-2918); Jan. 11, Prater Place & Hemlock Falls Trail at Fall Creek Falls State Park, moderate 5.8 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Durham Street lot; call Tom McElhone at 805-208-4654).

Chattanooga Ski Club meeting: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Enclave subdivision clubhouse, 950 Channel View Lane; discussions of the ongoing winter ski race season at resorts in North Carolina & West Virginia as well as snow ski/board trips to Snowmass, Colo.; Salt Lake City; Banff, Canada; & St. Moritz, Switzerland. See

Outdoor Chattanooga winter workshops: Wednesdays Jan. 8 (Wayfinding with Map & Compass) through Feb. 19, 6:30-8 p.m., OC center, Coolidge Park; free, all ages, reservations not needed; Jan. 15, speleoart: the art of caving; Jan. 22, intro to paddle sports; practice opportunity each following Saturday. Email or call 643-6888.

Local Tennessee Ornithological Society meeting: Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at or 413-7033.

Nashville Boat Show: Jan. 9-12, Music City Center; 2-9 p.m. CST Thursday, noon-9 Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; activities include new "Hawg Trough," a 40-foot-long, 5,000-gallon stocked fish tank for fishing demonstrations; $12 for adults, ages 12-younger free. See

Full moon hike: Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m., Cloudland Canyon State Park; guided; ages 14-older; reservations required; $35 plus $5 parking fee. Call 423-485-1249 (Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or 423-708-4754 (after hours & Friday-Sunday).

Interscholastic Climbing League: Jan. 11, High Point downtown, & Jan. 25, Tenn. Bouldering Authority; 4th & 5th of 6 meets at 3 local indoor climbing gyms for grades 6-12 teams. Email or call 643-6888.

Cumberland Trail hiking series: Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; guided, moderately strenuous 4 miles, 1 way (shuttle provided); free but advance registration required through or 643-6888.

Rapid Learning intro to kayak & skills practice: Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m., Hulsey Wellness Center at Southern Adventist University; $2 cash for pool use; family-friendly for ages 8-up; $75 for individual year's membership, $125 for family; first-timers free; equipment provided, reservations not required. Email or call 643-6888.

Lookout Wild Film Festival: Jan. 16-19, Tivoli Theatre, times vary; 50-plus outdoor adventure & conservation films. See for schedule & tickets.

Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival: Jan. 18-19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Birchwood Community Center & nearby Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge & Cherokee Removal Memorial; crafts, demonstrations, food vendors, music, kids activities & shuttles to the river to see the cranes.