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Historical Hikes: Experiencing Nature through the Eyes and Words of
Early American Naturalists


Join us at Elachee for Historical Hikes , a new and innovative program and hike through time with the historical figures that shaped the American perspective on nature. Explore the texts, images and reflections of William Bartram, John Muir, George Little and others under the guidance of historian and course instructor Dr. Sylwester Ratowt before embarking on a hike in the Chicopee Woods with the historical naturalists as our guides.
You are invited to join us for special introductory Historical Hike program and covered dish supper at no charge on August 28 at 5:30 PM.  Bring a dish and walking shoes and then enjoy a trek back in natural history.
Please call Elachee at (770) 535-1976 to RSVP and to let us know what dish you will be bringing.
The Historical Hikes Series will be held each Thursday in October at Elachee. The classes will begin at 1:00 PM and last until 4:00 PM.  Here is the tentative schedule:

  • October 2    - William Bartram
  • October 9   – George Little
  • October 16 -  John Muir
  • October 23 – Contemporary perspectives

The cost for the series is $60.00.  Please call (770) 535-1976 for more information or to register.

Enrollment will be limited to 15 participants.          

NightFall again to be held on the "dark side" on Saturday, October 18th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm.


Elachee is pleased to announce that our popular family fall festival will again be an evening event this coming Saturday, October 18th. The event begins at 5pm and runs until 8 p.m.

Don your favorite costume if you so desire, and come enter the nighttime forest for a fun, non-scary adventure!

We'll take off on a Trick or Treat trek on the trail where we will meet animal-costumed Elachee staff members with lots of treats and stories to share. Also, storyteller Toni Hurst will spin funny and not-too-scary tales by the light of an October moon.

Other features of the evening will include a telescope tour of the night sky with Elachee astronomers, face painting, crafts, and concessions.

If by chance the forecast calls for clouds and rain, don't let that keep you away...we will have an alternate plan for indoor fun!

General admission fee is $5 per person. Elachee members and children under 2 get in free.
For more information, please call Elachee at 770/535/1976, and then join us on Saturday when the sun goes down at NightFall!


PUmpkin Trick or Trek Trail race Logo

Registration is NOW OPEN for 2014 Trick or Trek Trail Run

5K, 10K, & 1/2 Marathon- November 1st, 2014
Race begins at 10 a.m

Join Elachee Nature Science Center for a trail race in the Chicopee Woods. Run in costume, collect some treats, & win a prize for best costume as you race through the forest, across creeks and up and down hills in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. Click here to register or for more information:


Elachee Nature Preschool Introduces "Tales on the Trail" for Summer and Fall 2014!

The Elachee Nature Preschool introduces the "Tales on the Trail" class series this year on Wednesday, June 11th. The "Tales" will run from June 11th through October 22, 2014. Each class will be from 10:30a.m.-11:45a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Children ages 2-4 are welcome with a parent or guardian to accompany them on the trail. Cost is $10 which includes one parent and one child.

Tales on the Trail is designed for 2-4 year old children. Each class provides opportunities for children to engage in language and literacy activities and social interactions, all while enjoying the trails of the Chicopee Nature Preserve.

Call 770-535-1976, or conatct Rhonda Bailey, Nature Preschool Director at to reserve a spot for the "Tales on the Trail!"

Calling all HOMESCHOOLERS!!! Registration is NOW OPEN!

2014-2015 Homeschool Program Schedule- August 13, 2014- June 3, 2015 (1:30-3:30 p.m.). Sessions will be the first Wednesday of each month.

Elachee will be kicking off our First Wednesday Homeschool program this year on Wednesday, August 13th 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Come on out and see all that Elachee will offer for the Homeschoolers at the preview party.  We will be having a great group of guest speaker and presenter here for the event.    Mandy Pitchford from Jr. Master Gardeners will be giving us a lesson in the farm to table movement while she builds a salad and discusses the various plant parts and their importance to us.   There will be a tour of the nature center campus as well as a tour of the E-house, which educates visitors about various ways to make your home more efficient.  Additionally, there will be an animal presentation in the animal room. 

September 3rd- Steve Mulin, a meteorologist will be doing a presentation on weather vs. climate. 

Other topics that will be included in this year’s series are:  Farm to Table, Decomposers, Technology and the Great Outdoors with REI, Creek Hike, Astronomy, Elachee Rocks, GA Natural History, cool pant adaptations, Exploring the animal kingdom, and Habitats and adaptations.  Register Online

Elachee Joins the Alternative Energy Movement with the debut of the "E-House"

The Elachee E-House video was produced by Carter Cagle and the Elachee Nature Science Center.

We celebrated the opening of the “E House”, a teaching facility that demonstrates sustainable building practices and alternative energy options. The 12-foot x 20-foot one-room building is a feature of Elachee's new "All About Energy" program for students. Included in its design are solar panels, high r-value insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, a “green roofing” system, and specialized landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water. The debut took place on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

Our thanks to the many partners who helped construct and support Elachee’s “E-House” especially Rick Foote from Hall County EnviroShare project.  This unique “house” demonstrates alternative energy and sustainable building practices.  Take a minute view this quick video about the project produced by Carter Cagle of Johnson High School.

Check out other "green" activities and options in our local Hall County area.

Educating for Today . . . Preserving for Tomorrow

Nature Shop

Check out Elachee's giftshop Booth at the Master Gardener's Fall Garden Expo- September 26 & 27th, 2014 at the Chicopee Woods Ag Center!

You can also shop Elachee's Nature Giftshop online!

Share the Joy of Discovering Nature!

Does your child collect rocks? Love insects? Enjoy science experiments? How about imaginative play with puppets? The Nature Shop has all kinds of treasures sure to delight. The Nature Shop also has great gifts for teachers, gardeners and nature lovers. Members receive 10% discount- use coupon code memberdiscount.

We now have a selection of gifts available Online

Looking for Fun, Family Activities Outdoors?

1st Saturday Hikes

The first Saturday of every month except January and August, 10-11:30am.
If you are interested in learning about local native plants and animals, this monthly hike is a great way to explore the Chicopee Woods with an experienced guide. A great opportunity for small scout groups to work on badge requirements. Includes admission to the museum exhibitions.
Program Fee: Adults, $5; Ages  2-12, $3; Under age 2 & Members free. Check the Calendar for dates

Stars Over Elachee

Monthly Spring through Fall. Fridays, Saturdays, and/or Sundays at dusk. Learn to use a telescope and star chart to view stars, planets and constellations in the night sky. Programs begin just before dark so bring a flashlight and pencil. This program is most meaningful for adults and children 8 years and older. Pre-registration is required due to limited availability so call to reserve one of our telescopes and for exact program times and locations. View/print current monthly Star Chart
Program Fee: Adults, $10; Children through age 12, $5; Members, Free.
Call for information and to register.   Check the Calendar for dates
This event takes place at Elachee's Aquatic Studies Center. View Map

Volunteer Trail Crew Work Days

Saturdays Monthly.
Join us as we work to improve Elachee's Trails!
The work we do varies: digging new trail, building bridges & steps, repairing eroded trails – but we always have fun!  Tools & training provided.  Bring water, lunch, & gloves. Children 8-18 yrs old are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. This is a great way for families to volunteer and help maintain Elachee's Trails! Meeting locations vary- Call for information and to register.  
Check the Calendar for dates

Box TurtleI found a baby bird, a baby squirrel, a turtle crossing the road, a snake in my yard...What do I do?

Elachee is not licensed by the Dept. of Natural Resources to handle animal rehabilitation and cannot accept injured or orphaned wildlife.

View a List of Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities & Resources
Check out Frequently Asked Questions about Animals
View Wild Rabbit Information






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