Experience the natural world through the eyes of an eagle at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s new eco canopy walk, thanks to a partnership with American Adventure Park Systems. The new activity for the 127-acre non-profit, the eco-canopy walk will allow visitors to CNC have a fun and educational way to interact with nature by climbing through the treetops and zip lining over one of the center’s ponds.
The design features three tiers of adventure: #1 and #2 are aerial adventures. These courses will flow through the tree canopy near Beaver Pond and are high enough to be exhilarating within sight of family on the ground. The #3 course is a combination of aerial bridges and includes several zip lines, providing a higher, faster, and more exciting trail.
“These trails will push patrons beyond their comfort levels and allowing them to experience CNC’s beautiful natural environment in a new way, with a new perspective, and hopefully learn something about themselves along the way, while having fun,” said Patrick Avery, Adventure and Designs Operations Manager of American Adventure Park Systems.
Given the serene beauty of CNC and its grounds, preserving nature is important for both CNC and American Adventure Park Systems. With that in mind, the new eco-canopy walk was designed to have a minimal impact on nature and the wildlife in it.
“This new aerial trails will give visitors to CNC a whole new view of nature,” said Chris Nelson, Executive Director of CNC. “Our mission is to connect people to nature and this eco-canopy walk is another tool for us to do that. There is nothing else like this in the north Atlanta area and it will allow CNC to stay in the forefront of offering top-tier activities in nature.
The eco-canopy walk is possible with a minimum of tree trimming and using natural corridors through the trees. In addition to this, the construction is done in a way to keep trees alive and healthy
“We at AAPS place safety as our highest priority,” said Avery. “Professional guides will assist patrons with donning gear as well as learning safety instructions which begins with an introduction and welcome to the site.”
Further, the professional guides will be near at hand at all times along the activity. AAPS also uses a continuous belay system which makes disconnection impossible for participants, adding to the safety. The eco-canopy walk at the Chattahoochee Nature Center will open in September, 2018.
American Adventure Parks Systems AAPS is the industry leading specialist in adventure park design, construction and management. Its staff have more than 30 years of combined experience in aerial adventure parks, zipline canopy tours, safety retrofits of older courses and other extreme adventure structure design and construction, including the construction of the world’s largest zipline canopy tour and tallest free-standing climbing wall.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center CNC is a private non-profit environmental science that is one of North Atlanta’s major attractions. CNC’s 127 acres along the river in Roswell includes a Discovery Center with the only Nature Exchange in the SE that serves as the interpretive center for the river; plus garden, woodland and river boardwalk trails featuring rehabilitated native wildlife. They serve over 140,000 visitors annually and provide education programs for over 40,000 students. Their mission is to ‘connect people with nature’ which we do daily through our summer camps, canoe trips, evening concerts, and community programs for all ages. Our Unity Garden provides over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry each year.
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