BLOG: Nature Mixed In

August 29th, 2017
Elachee teams with professional arborists to protect and maintain the trees of the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
August 9th, 2017
We at Elachee have been fielding phone calls and emails from individuals posing questions about the upcoming Solar Eclipse, and we thought it would be helpful to share these tips from Robert Webb, Elachee senior naturalist and astronomer
August 4th, 2017
How ‘bout those webworms? Seasonal changes are typically subtle, except for the perceived blight of these larvae defoliators.
July 6th, 2017
Elachee friend and photographer Joe Berry recently posted a Facebook series of nature photos he shot while documenting a nesting Hummingbird, a story he shares with us!
July 5th, 2017
The summer of 2017 has Mother Nature in rare form, revealing her secrets to one and all.
July 3rd, 2017
Whether you routinely walk in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve or find snakes in your yard, it’s a good idea to have handy a way to identify venomous versus non-venomous reptiles.
July 3rd, 2017
One of the most interesting trees in the northeast Georgia forest is the Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum), for its popularity with bees and ancient Native Americans.
July 3rd, 2017
Camp Elachee had three age-appropriate, diverse themes providing unique experiences for campers that ranged from exploring their senses and learning basic wilderness survival skills to archaeological adventures.
June 21st, 2017
Campers literally got a taste of pioneer life, exploring how children of yore lived.
June 9th, 2017
What’s the best way to start off a kid’s summer vacation? Water Week at Camp Elachee!
June 2nd, 2017
Elachee's annual fundraiser was great fun and a resounding success to further the Nature Center's ability to reach and teach individuals in this community.
June 2nd, 2017
Week in and week out, Elachee’s Volunteer Trail Crew works diligently to keep the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve hiking trail network safe and sound.
June 2nd, 2017
Make sure your children and/or you are prepared for whatever outdoor influences come your way.
June 1st, 2017
Often the first clue that you have a reptile sharing you space is the disquieting discovery of a snake skin festooning a garden shed, basement or attic.
May 31st, 2017
During the Camp Elachee's nine weeks of themed summer day camps, children unplug and learn where nature is the adventure – outside!
May 4th, 2017
Elachee President/CEO Andrea Timpone asks for the community's input as the Nature Center begins developing a 3-5 year strategic plan.
May 1st, 2017
Elachee kicks off the 2017 Annual Fund Campaign to support and sustain this remarkable north Georgia treasure that is nestled in one of the State’s largest protected green spaces, the 1,440 acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
April 3rd, 2017
Spring is bursting forth in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and the participants in the 2017 Georgia Master Naturalist Course were first-hand witnesses to this miracle of rebirth.
April 3rd, 2017
Race through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve at the Trillium Trek Trail Run & Walk on April 22, 2017.
April 3rd, 2017
Avian visitors are arriving in Georgia for one of the most anticipated events in nature: spring bird migration. Is your garden a main attraction?
April 3rd, 2017
Elachee's Spring Plant Sale will help you introduce color and variety to your yard with a diverse selection of 'native' plants, not always available at local nurseries.
March 31st, 2017
Elachee offers a two-for-one special at the Spring Garden Expo with eclectic garden and nature-related items from the Nature Shop, and tips from an expert birder on ways to lure migrating birds to your backyard.
March 13th, 2017
Elachee Nature Academy students welcomed cartoonist, comic strip columnist and author Paige Braddock to visit their classroom and read her newly published children’s graphic novel Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror!
February 28th, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Sylwester Ratowt, Elachee Nature Science Center 2017 Volunteer of the Year.
February 28th, 2017
Each year, the Elachee staff watch eagerly for the first blooms in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and a late February hike revealed several surprises!
February 28th, 2017
Elachee educators conduct Stream Life studies, sharing best practices to prepare for the nearly 20,000 children that will visit the Nature Center on school field trips March through May.
February 14th, 2017
Voted '2017 Best of Hall' Summer Camp, we blend traditional outdoor camp activities with unique, inquiry-based learning opportunities to get children unplugged and outdoors during school breaks.
February 1st, 2017
Elachee's many open-air and indoor facility rental options are a great fit for memorable occasions.
February 1st, 2017
Become an Elachee Annual Corporate Sponsor and leverage your marketing and community relations’ budget with a single investment.
January 16th, 2017
Georgia Gwinnett College taps Elachee Nature Science Center to help with a regional air quality study.
December 5th, 2016
Learn how Elachee puts to use donor support for the benefit children, families and nature lovers.
November 8th, 2016
Elachee is pleased to offer an exciting line-up of guest speakers for its seasonal Brown Bag Lecture Series, part of the Nature Center's acclaimed Life-Long Learning programming.
November 1st, 2016
Elachee Nature Center recently held its inaugural North Georgia Tree Festival, a celebration of the season and the silent leafy giants that populate our forests.
November 1st, 2016
Starlab, Elachee’s portable planetarium, is the stellar ‘sidekick’ equipment our skilled educators have been using for over 30 years to reveal the wonders of the night sky to children in our community.
October 3rd, 2016
Elachee's many open-air and indoor facility rental options are a great fit for special gatherings large or small.
October 3rd, 2016
The Tree Party fall gathering puts a different spin on supporting Elachee while communing with nature and visiting with friends.
September 29th, 2016
Witness the miracle of a Black Rat snake hatching from it's egg.
August 24th, 2016
Tucked behind the highway and under plenty of shady trees, I took a tour of Elachee earlier this week.
August 5th, 2016
There are fruiting PawPaw trees along the Dodd Trail!
August 2nd, 2016
The last week of Camp Elachee 2016 featured an encore of camper favorites from previous weeks' activities.
August 1st, 2016
Campers ventured far and wide getting to know the creeks of Chicopee Woods.
July 28th, 2016
Elachee Education Director Peter Gordon Presents on Outdoor Safety to Georgia Power Employees
July 15th, 2016
Campers learn wilderness survival skills, while honing teamwork through friendly (and wacky) competition.
July 12th, 2016
No doubt, the highlight of the week was the Extreme Obstacle Course that ‘exposed’ campers to simulated extreme types of weather condition one camper likened to "American Ninja Warrior," the popular reality TV endurance competition.
July 6th, 2016
Creativity and engineering prowess commandeered this water-themed week at Camp Elachee.
June 28th, 2016
Hikers walking over Elachee Creek, near the intersection of the Dodd Trail and Elachee Creek Trail, will cross more safely thanks to a newly constructed bridge.
June 28th, 2016
Campers discovered how people and plants get and use energy to move.
June 20th, 2016
The perfect place to find an ideal hostess gift or unique children's birthday presents.
June 17th, 2016
Building Espirit de Corps Among Campers
June 10th, 2016
Turning the camp experience upside down and out of this world!
June 3rd, 2016
Campers watched pigs fly, hugged an Alpaca, met a celebrity Guinea (pig) Chicken and more!
May 25th, 2016
Oh, what a night! Little did we know that at its conclusion we’d be collectively thinking, “Did that just happen?”
May 25th, 2016
As children have been enjoying their last days of school, Camp Elachee counselors have been preparing for summer to begin!
May 23rd, 2016
Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is front and center as part of two national wildlife studies.
May 20th, 2016
Brides rejoice when they discover they can celebrate their special day at Elachee and still feel as though they’re miles from home.
May 12th, 2016
You can easily attract these fascinating little winged jewels to your backyard by hanging a feeder or two.
May 11th, 2016
Make a tax-deductible donation to Elachee's annual fund today. Every dollar counts!
May 7th, 2016
Elachee Nature Science Center will expand its accredited Nature-based Preschool learning environment to offer a Kindergarten-1st Grade program, starting in August 2016.
May 2nd, 2016
Have you heard the buzz? Elachee’s demonstration bee hives are hard at work allowing students and visitors to see the wonder of the hives in action.
May 1st, 2016
After a 20-year hiatus, renowned ornithologist Dr. Alison Styring returns to Elachee to visit one of her "favorite places on earth."
April 12th, 2016
Spring break campers got a taste of what summer day camp will be like...TONS of fun!
April 11th, 2016
Students are giving Elachee’s various astronomy programs 'out of this world' reviews.
April 5th, 2016
Alyssa met Elachee's resident Gopher Tortoise while on a summer vacation visit. A decade later, Alyssa returned with her family and recreated a photo op with Gopher Boy!
April 1st, 2016
Each class in the 11-session course includes a presentation and field study.
March 22nd, 2016
Sixteen years ago, Elachee Nature Science Center formed a partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to create a new educational program, an example of connecting research and best practice.
March 10th, 2016
This crazy March weather has brought out the haiku in us.
March 9th, 2016
When international firm Soliant Consulting contacted Elachee about a volunteer project to coincide with their company conference at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, we had just the activity.
March 7th, 2016
Elachee Nature Science Center to Offer Telescope Workshop Events this spring
March 7th, 2016
Understanding the ecological importance of bats and dispelling the mysteries that have surrounded them for centuries.
February 19th, 2016
Elachee Nature Science Center welcomed the community to share a heartwarming 2016 Arbor Day celebration in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
February 11th, 2016
Registration for the 2016-17 school year is now OPEN! There are a limited number of spaces available for full and part time enrollment.
February 11th, 2016
With the end in sight, a member of Elachee's Volunteer Trail Crew shares details about the relocation of this popular trail near the suspension bridge in Chicopee Woods.
February 11th, 2016
An interesting trend is emerging as many brides and grooms are considering Elachee for their weddings because they remember visiting as children.
February 5th, 2016
Shrouded in myth and legend as well as associated with vampires and dark superheroes, bats have come to symbolize all that humans fear. But their true purpose and value has long been overlooked.
February 3rd, 2016
One of the best things about working at Elachee is that we get the opportunity to share our love of nature and the outdoors with school children, like when Chattahoochee Elementary came for a field trip.
January 30th, 2016
Seven species of bats dwell around Lanier, which dishes up swarms of aquatic bugs for them to eat, especially in warm months. The rarely-seen predators are important dark-side characters in Lanier’s ecology as each can consume nearly its entire body weight – thousands of insects – in a summer night’s hunt.
January 21st, 2016
While the spring flowers have yet to be seen, and ice pockets can still be found in the crevices of our mountains, there is still a lot happening in our own North Georgia backyard. One surprise is our wintering hummingbirds.
January 20th, 2016
The barren months of winter bring their own special beauty. Views obscured by leaves are now visible during the coolest months, and hikers are free to enjoy the scenery without the threat of mosquitos, ticks, snakes and other adorable critters. Seeing the beauty of the delicate colors and patterns of branches, along with the depth of the evergreens, is an acquired taste. For those who prefer the riot of spring colors, there is a way to bring spring early.
January 19th, 2016
Who doesn’t love the taste of golden, sweet honey? Honey is a treasure chest of hidden nutritional and medicinal value. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties have been noted since the early days of the Egyptian pharaohs. Locally produced honey is purported to alleviate allergies by acting as a natural vaccine. Honey is loaded with antioxidants which may boost memory and aid in absorption of calcium in older folks. It has long been used as a cough suppressant and to soothe a sore throat.
January 18th, 2016
Summer is a wonderful season to explore the outdoors. Wildlife is most active early in the morning or just before dusk. These are great times of day to take a walk to not only see more wildlife but to enjoy cooler temperatures.
January 17th, 2016
Droughts aside, Northeast Georgia is blessed with an abundance of water. Our area averages nearly 50 inches of rain each year. Of that total, 35 inches evaporate, 6 inches infiltrate the Earth to become groundwater and almost 9 inches become run-off.
January 16th, 2016
We all have memories of playing outside as kids: exploring the neighborhood, looking for frogs, splashing in the creek, playing hide ‘n seek and the glorious freedom in getting dirty.  Summer is a great time to explore nature with your children.
January 15th, 2016
Nature journaling. Sounds relaxing. It is! Don’t worry if you cannot draw well or if writing isn’t really your thing. And you don’t need a fancy journal. A simple lined notebook will do.