• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Rising River Waters Can Kill!

    Watch for rapidly rising river levels on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Water released from dams and heavy rain can turn a day on the river into a tragedy! More »

  • Call for Water Release Schedule

    With colder temperatures you can expect longer and more frequent water releases. For water release schedule info, call 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569) for Buford Dam and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. Save numbers to your cell! More »

Field Trips

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area strives to help educate people of all ages to the park and its resources. A ranger-led field study is a great way for your students to learn about the Chattahoochee River and other associated topics. All field studies listed below are curriculum-based and free of charge to educational group. We are able to accommodate two classes per day for a field study.

If your group is unable to visit the park let us suggest several alternatives. Invite a park ranger or trained volunteer to visit your group to present an in-class program. Visit our Guest Speakers page to learn more about these programs. For the fearless educator visit our Curriculum Materials page for lesson plans about the Chattahoochee River that you present yourself.

For more information about field study programs, please contact the park at 678-538-1200.

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  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Study

    Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Study

    Students will participate in a hands-on field study investigation of macro-organisms found in pond life to determine the health of this ecosystem. Students will focus on discovery and identification of specimens while searching through pond muck from the bottom of a pond.

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    Forest Watershed Walk

    Following a stream to its confluence, students will participate in a dynamic field investigation of wildlife habitat, watershed processes, and forest functions. Using multiple observations, students will learn about their impacts on the natural verses human created water cycle.

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    A park ranger will meet with students at a park unit to discuss the importance of environmental stewardship. The park ranger will provide a presentation about how people of all ages can help protect the natural environment and enjoy scenic and wild places while participating in physical activity and engaging with their communities. This program will include an activity from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    The National Park Service!

    The National Park Service!

    This program is designed to help students understand the National Park Service - who we are, what we do, and why. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by becoming land managers, creating their own national park -outside on school grounds, then share their work with their peers through an oral presentation.

Did You Know?

Rock overhang at Island Ford - Photo by Matt Harr

Prehistoric people would shelter under the large rock overhangs found along the Chattahoochee River. Indian village sites once flourished along this rich corridor of fertile soils.