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The annual spring plant sale at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is about to get a little bigger.

This year’s three-day native plant celebration will culminate with Chattanooga’s first Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Guests can start their day off with the Brow Beater Trail Race from Rock/Creek, then check out our popular annual Native Plant Sale. The new lineup of four-wheel drive vehicle is from Kelly Subaru.


Stick around for lunch and Chattanooga Brewing Co. beer, then go explore the rest of the property with SUP, mountain bike, and fly fishing demos.

In the evening, sip on a little Chattanooga Whiskey and enjoy live music from Slim Pickens Band.

Weather permitting, there will be a hot air balloon, with tethered rides offered for a fee. Stick around all night and camp in one of the tents provided by The North Face (or bring your own) and enjoy s’mores by the fire. Bring the entire family and plan to stick around all day.

RSVP on EventBrite.

If you’d like to volunteer to help out with either the Spring Native Plant Sale or the Earth Day Festival, sign up here.

Rock/Creek Brow Beater Trail Race

The Rock/Creek Brow Beater Trail Race, presented by The North Face is sure to become a Southeastern classic. This event boasts 2 courses (3 and 7 miles) and utilizes the beautiful trail system within the 317-acre property of Chattanooga’s own Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Sign up here.

Guided Moonlight Paddling
Paddle Lookout Creek guided by moonlight and a Reflection Riding naturalist. Over the course of 5 miles, soak in the nocturnal calls of the creek while learning about native wildlife and local history. This is an extremely small event (17 attendees) so there is advanced registration only. Sign up here.

Native Plant Sale
One of the best ways to go “green”? Plant native plants. They’ve evolved to thrive in Chattanooga’s unique environment and climate and help to rebuild the biodiversity we’ve lost with the growth and development of this region. There will be a member preview Thursday and public sale Friday and Saturday during the Earth Day Festival. Learn more about the plant sale here.

Full Earth Day Festival schedule

7:02 am Sunrise.

10am-7pm Native Plant Sale

Rock/Creek Brow Beater Trail Race

10am Chris Mahoney “Spring Ephemerals”

11am-6pm Food Trucks

11am-1pm Author Mark Warren at Barnes & Noble Booth

11am-1pm Guided Paddling Trip on Lookout Creek

11:45am-12pm Feed the Endangered Red Wolf

1pm-2pm Chris Mahoney “Why Native Plants?”

2pm-3pm Michael Green Spring Ephemeral Tour

2pm-4pm Author JD Harper at Barnes & Noble Booth

2pm-3pm Hike With a Hawk

4pm-5pm Tree ID Walk with Taylor Berry

5pm-6pm Fly Fishing 101

~5pm-6pm Hot Air Balloons (Weather Dependent)

6:30pm-7:30pm Birds of Prey Presentation

6:30pm-7:30pm Slim Pickens Bluegrass Band

7:30pm-10pm Paddling by Moonlight

8:19 Sunset

8:30 Red Wolf Revival Film

8pm-until Camping and Fire