Atlanta Metro / Roswell

Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd.
Roswell, GA 30075

  • The Discovery Center is the Interpretive Center for the entire Chattahoochee River Watershed

    1 of 4
  • Kids adore the large abstract hands-on exhibits that feature recycled art focused on telling the story of the watershed

    2 of 4
  • Meet native wildlife in the Discovery Center!

    3 of 4
  • Take a hike and tour flora and fauna on the woodland trails and the river boardwalk.

    4 of 4

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a private non-profit, 127-acre, award-winning, interpretive center dedicated to environmental education. Visitors particularly enjoy the new Gold level LEED-certified Discovery Center Museum and Nature Exchange with hands-on/minds-on exhibits that tell the Chattahoochee River's story.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic, hike the woodland trails, meander through beautiful butterfly and native plant gardens or explore the river boardwalk while viewing native animals. A new documentary film "Re-Imagine the Chattahoochee" is shown daily in the theater, and educational programs focus on ecology and natural science. 

The center is open daily, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $7 for students 13-18, $6 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under. For more information, call 770-992-2055 x 238 or visit

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $10.00

    Children 2 and Under Free

    Children 3-12 $6.00

    Group Rates See Website

    Members Free

    Seniors $7.00

    Students Ages 13-19 $7.00


    Nature Trails


    Military Discount

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Foreign Language Guide Available, Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Meeting Facilities, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Rentals Available, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group Deposit Policy, Group Rates Available, Group Reservations Required , Group-friendly, Minimum Group Size, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    285, 400, 75, 85

    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa


    Canoe / Kayak

    Special Tags

    Eco-Friendly, Film

    Suitable for Ages

    Adults (18+), Adults (21+), All Ages, Kids (5-8), Seniors (55+), Teens (13-18), Toddlers (up to 5), Tweens (9-12)


  • Forest Fairy House Trail

    Forest Fairy House Trail

    03/18/2017 - 05/31/2017

    Back by popular demand, our fairies have been busy building all new fairy houses for our Homestead Trail and Kingfisher Pond Trail. More than a dozen whimsical works line our trails.  Slow down as you search for the fairy houses made from tiny natural objects. You can even earn Nature Exchange points as you find them along the way. Just pick up a scavenger hunt. Get imaginative with us this spring and perhaps create your own fairy house in our free play area while you are here! This event is... read more

  • 18th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

    18th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

    06/03/2017 - 06/04/2017

    The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies! Join us for this very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Festivities include: live butterfly releases and butterfly encounter; host and nectar plants available for sale; crafts, face painting, fairy houses, sidewalk art, and vendors; food trucks and cold treats; and entertainment. Thi... read more

  • Butterfly Encounter

    Butterfly Encounter

    06/05/2017 - 07/31/2017

    The year's most popular exhibit is back for this summer! This special outdoor exhibit is open daily until 4:30 p.m. from June 5 – July 31! Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, so be sure to bring your camera! For more information about the Butterfly Encounter, contact us at 770-992-2055 x238.

    read more

  • Sundays on the River Concert featuring Carol Albert

    Sundays on the River Concert featuring Carol Albert

    06/11/2017 - 06/11/2017

    Listen to the smooth jazz sounds of Carol Albert. This is the perfect way to wrap-up the weekend with family and friends at an outdoor concert at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Cadyn Lexa (11), the Velvet Note jazz club's youngest act to have a sold out a show, will be the opening act, and her jazz-infused sound will thrill you. This event is for all ages. Doors open at 6 p.m. each evening. CNC grounds are available until the show starts. Bring your own picnic. Cash bar available (no outsid... read more

  • Possum Trot 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run

    Possum Trot 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run

    06/17/2017 - 06/17/2017

    Help support the wildlife and programs at the Chattahoochee Nature Center by running in the Possum Trot 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run! The 39th Annual Possum Trot 10K takes place on a flat, fast and scenic course along the scenic banks of the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Ga. to benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center, a private non-profit education facility dedicated to connecting people to nature. This is a fun, summer run and an Atlanta tradition for 39 years that is an Official AJC Peachtree R... read more

  • Sunset Sips - Sainte Jane

    Sunset Sips - Sainte Jane

    06/22/2017 - 06/22/2017

    The Sunset Sips concert series treat music lovers to an eclectic collection of local talent. June's performer is Sainte Jane, which is the lovely two-piece band featuring Lauren St. Jane and Jeremy Ezell. Their performances will bring you notes of Lucinda Williams, Linda Ronstadt, and Bonnie Raitt. From the southern roots of Georgia comes Lauren St. Jane with her own combination of country swagger and Americana rock.

    read more

  • Water Day

    Water Day

    08/06/2017 - 08/06/2017

    Water Day is a celebration of water as summer winds down. Splash through sprinklers, meet water-loving community partners, play water games, and make water crafts! Come dressed to get wet – swim suits, sunglasses, and flip flops are welcomed! Activities include: water crafts, outdoor games and sidewalk chalk, storytime and raffle.

    read more

  • Sunset Sips - Electromatics

    Sunset Sips - Electromatics

    08/24/2017 - 08/24/2017

    Come and listen to the Electromatics and enjoy red hot blues, jazz and americana. The Sunset Sips concert series treat music lovers to an eclectic collection of local talent. This is a laid back, family-friendly series, and CNC's grounds are open for you to explore. Grab a friend and head over for live local music, a cash bar and feel free to bring a picnic dinner! Sunset Sips will happen the 4th Thursday of every month from April to September (except July).

    read more

  • Outdoor Skills Day

    Outdoor Skills Day

    09/17/2017 - 09/17/2017

    Outdoor Skills Day is here to help you enjoy the outdoors by teaching you some basic outdoor skills. Enjoy canoeing, camping, cooking, and more! Community partners will be ready to share their expertise and get you excited about an outdoor adventure this fall.

    read more

  • Sunset Sips - Crooked Wits

    Sunset Sips - Crooked Wits

    09/28/2017 - 09/28/2017

    The Sunset Sips concert series treat music lovers to an eclectic collection of local talent. September's performer is Crooked Wits. The members of Crooked Wits originally met in Clinton, South Carolina at Presbyterian College and influences of the band include Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

    Grab a friend and head over for live local music, a cash bar and feel free to bring a picnic dinner! This is a laid back, family-friendly series, and CNC's grounds are ... read more

  • Harvest on the Hooch Tasting Event in the Unity Garden

    Harvest on the Hooch Tasting Event in the Unity Garden

    10/15/2017 - 10/15/2017

    Celebrating the garden and the plate, the Chattahoochee Nature Center welcomes top local chefs for its annual outdoor tasting event Harvest on the Hooch. Guests will enjoy a variety of seasonal farm-to-table fare paired with samples from local craft breweries and wineries near and far. Families are welcome and attendees of all ages will appreciate the live bluegrass music, fun garden games and tours of the Unity Garden, not to mention Atlanta's perfect fall weather.

    read more

  • Halloween Hikes

    Halloween Hikes

    10/20/2017 - 10/28/2017

    If you are searching for a unique Halloween adventure, we have the program for you. Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about their lives. It's the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events and a very important fundraiser for CNC! This is a family event you won't want to miss! Festivities include: world music; guided night hike lasting approximately 45 minu... read more

  • Back to Nature Holiday Market

    Back to Nature Holiday Market

    12/02/2017 - 12/02/2017

    The holiday season is quickly approaching! Are you looking for a way to fulfill your gift giving needs and support your local artisans? Come to our Holiday Market and check out our 40+ local vendors that are selling their hand-made and/or eco-friendly goods. It's a wonderful way to purchase unique presents that you wouldn't typically find in retail stores and embrace your community. This free event is CNC's holiday gift to the community.

    read more

  • Reindeer Day

    Reindeer Day

    12/10/2017 - 12/10/2017

    The 7th annual Reindeer Day is sure to be a holiday highlight for you and your family. Live reindeer join the other animals at CNC to help you get in the holiday spirit. Meet live reindeer that bring the magic and tradition of the holidays alive for the entire family! The festivities include: crafts & face painting, food truck, marshmallow roasting with Camp Kingfisher, trail hikes and Creature Feature. This event is for all ages.

    read more

Meeting Rooms

  • Name Dimensions Ceiling Ht Sq. Feet Banquet Cap. Theater Cap. Classroom Cap. U-Shaped Cap. Exhibit Cap. Conference Cap. Reception Cap.
    Kingfisher Hall - - - 250 299 125 - - - 299
    Plaza Conference Room - - - 50 50 40 30 - - 75
    Cowie Weiss Theater with high definition AV facility and comfortable seating with fold out desktops - - - - 65 65 - - - -
    Ben Brady Lakeside Open Air Pavilion - - - 160 250 - - - - 175
    Heron Pond Covered Picnic Pavilion and environs - - - 75 - - - - - 100