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 14
  • 2 of 14
  • 3 of 14
  • Take a hike and tour flora and fauna on the woodland trails and the river boardwalk.

    4 of 14
  • 5 of 14
  • 6 of 14
  • 7 of 14
  • Kids adore the large abstract hands-on exhibits that feature recycled art focused on telling the story of the watershed

    8 of 14
  • 9 of 14
  • 10 of 14
  • 11 of 14
  • 12 of 14
  • Meet native wildlife in the Discovery Center!

    13 of 14
  • 14 of 14

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)


  • 17th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

    17th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

    06/04/2016 - 06/05/2016

    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!

    This festival features live butterfly releases and Butterfly Encounter, Host and Nectar Plants available for sale, crafts, face painting, fairy houses, sidewalk art, vendors, food trucks, cold treats and entertainment. read more

  • River Canoe Trips on the Chattahoochee River

    River Canoe Trips on the Chattahoochee River

    06/04/2016 - 06/26/2016

    The Chattahoochee River is calling! Take an urban adventure and experience wildlife through a 2 ½ hour paddle down the 'Hooch. Our experienced and knowledgeable river guides take you down river to see the sights and sounds of this river in the summer. Discover the plants and animals that call this area home and explore the river's backwaters as you re-imagine the river through a canoeing experience. CNC provides all equipment for participants. These trips are suitable for both beginning and ... read more

  • Butterfly Encounter

    Butterfly Encounter

    06/06/2016 - 07/31/2016

    The year's most popular exhibit is back for this summer! Join us for this special outdoor exhibit open daily until 4:30 p.m. from June 6 to July 31, 2016! Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera! Special visiting opportunities include CNC Members Only hours, Breakfast with Butterflies, and special evening hours at Sunset Sips.

    read more

  • Sundays on the River Concert: Joe Gransden and his Jazz Quintet

    Sundays on the River Concert: Joe Gransden and his Jazz Quintet

    06/12/2016 - 06/12/2016

    Joe Gransden and his talented jazz quintet will perform music that ranges from classic Frank Sinatra tunes to the music of Georgia's own Johnny Mercer. Johnny Mercer, one of America's most prolific and beloved songwriters, composed and co-wrote more than 1,500 songs, received 19 Academy Award nominations and co founded Capitol Records. Joe Gransden's classic old soul voice and trumpet solos will bring #GeorgiaMusic alive with clas... read more

  • Sunset Sips - Crooked Wits

    Sunset Sips - Crooked Wits

    06/23/2016 - 06/23/2016

    June's performer is Crooked Wits. The members of Crooked Wits originally met in Clinton, South Carolina at Presbyterian College. Stevie was a quarterback, Maggie was a soccer star, and Spencer…well, he sang in the choir.  While we all came from different backgrounds, we quickly bonded over our love for music. They played together for anyone who'd listen and during the summers we all lived in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It was there, in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where Cro... read more

  • Sunset Sips - Garrett Douglas

    Sunset Sips - Garrett Douglas

    07/14/2016 - 07/14/2016

    July's performer is solo performer Garrett Douglas. Garrett's young talent is striking as he expertly delivers originals and covers of bands of today and yesterday. Favorites include everything from Hall & Oates and The Beatles to The White Stripes and Jack Johnson. Garrett's voice and guitar strumming covers so many genera – he's bound to strike a chord with you. Check him out at read more

  • Water Day

    Water Day

    08/07/2016 - 08/07/2016

    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 - City Mouse

    Sunset Sips - City Mouse

    08/25/2016 - 08/25/2016

    August's performing band is City Mouse. City Mouse is the collective spirit of Atlanta-based talent, Brian Revels, Jenna Mobley, and Michael Hudgins. Born in the latter part of 2012, City Mouse is a spawn of too many nostalgic nights of conversations about a shared sense of appeal for the Americana movement. This young Atlanta folk band will make sure you have a great time, every time. With a mixture of instruments from this trio including the banjo, guitar, standup bass, and fiddle, they are... read more

  • Outdoor Skills Day

    Outdoor Skills Day

    09/18/2016 - 09/18/2016

    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 - Old Chattanooga

    Sunset Sips - Old Chattanooga

    09/22/2016 - 09/22/2016

    September's performing group is Old Chattanooga. Just like the band's name, Old Chattanooga has the old sound of traditional folk music. The band features the talented Micah Spence on fiddle, and his sound will take you back in time to the days of foot stompin' and front porch sittin'. Get ready to kick up your heels, strut and spin, and get back to the roots of music with this timeless band. Check them out at: ... read more

  • Halloween Hikes

    Halloween Hikes

    10/21/2016 - 10/22/2016

    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!

    Enjoy world music, festival fun, camp fire, and a guided night hike lasting approximately 45 minutes, stopping to meet costumed characters. Concessions will be available for purchase. read more

  • Halloween Hikes

    Halloween Hikes

    10/28/2016 - 10/29/2016

    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 veryimportant fundraiser for CNC! This is a family event you won't want to miss!

    Enjoy world music, festival fun, camp fire, and a guided night hike lasting approximately 45 minutes, stopping to meet costumed characters.... read more

  • Reindeer Day

    Reindeer Day

    12/11/2016 - 12/11/2016

    The 6th 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. All Ages.

    Live Reindeer

    Crafts & Face Painting

    Food Truck

    Marshmallow Roasting with Camp Kingfisher

    Trail Hikes

    Creature Feature

    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