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Just a reminder: Admission fees still apply during the re-modeling.

Have you checked out Elachee's Blog??? If not, please check out our latest posts about our upcoming collabrative 3 in 1 Lunar event with UNG Gainesville.



Historical Hikes: Experiencing Nature through the Eyes and Words of Influential Explorers, Conservationists and Naturalists -
Every Thursday in October
(8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th)

Join us at Elachee in October for another series of Historical Hikes, our new innovative program and hike through time with the historical figures connected to our region that shaped the American perspective on nature. Explore the texts, images and reflections of naturalists, scientists, explorers 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.

The Historical Hikes Series will be held each Thursday in October, beginning October 8. The classes will begin at 1:00 PM and last until 4:00 PM. Schedule is as follows:

October 8 - Hernando de Soto (1496-1542) was a Spanish conquistadore and explorer who was the first European to travel through much of the southeast U.S.

October 15 - Anna Rosina Gambold (1762 – 1821) was a Moravian missionary who worked with the Cherokee Indians in northwest Georgia from 1805 until her death in 1821.

October 22 – Gifford Pinchot (1865 – 1946) was the first head of the U.S. Forest Service and later a governor of Pennsylvania who revolutionized forestry management in the U.S. by emphasizing conservation and managed use.

October 29– Marie Mellinger (1914 – 2006) was a botanist, teacher, conservationist and author who played a vital role in protecting the southern Appalachian region of northeast Georgia

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.

Don't Miss Out on Nightfall!

Experience the magic and excitement of autumn in the Chicopee Woods with Elachee Nature Science Center for this years’ Nightfall.  Load up the kids and come to Elachee for a fun and educational evening - a non-scary, natural alternative to traditional Halloween events scheduled for Saturday, October 17th from 4:00-8:00pm.  Don your best costume and join us for a night of excitement and fun that will include:  A Trick or Treat trek through the woods where you will meet costumed naturalists with treats and stories to share.  A storyteller will spin funny and not-too scary stories by the light of an October moon.  Another feature of the evening will be a telescope tour of the night sky with Elachee astronomers.  We will also have free face painting, crafts, and more!  The Elachee Nature Shop will be open with a variety of nature-oriented gifts.  Guests are invited to wear their favorite costume.   Admission: Elachee members admitted free; Non-members, $5.00 per person. Children 2 admitted free.  Reservations not required.  Call 770/535-1976 or go to for more information.

Three Moons In One Night:

On Sunday, September 27th from 7:30-11:30 p.m., bring your lawn chair, blankets, and personal telescopes if you want to see the amazing 3 in 1 Lunar event!  Unlike a Total Solar Eclipse, it is totally safe to view the entire event with your unprotected eyes. A group viewing is being sponsored by, Elachee Nature Science Center and the University of North Georgia-Gainesville at the UNG campus just off Mundy Mill Road. Elachee’s astronomer, Robert Webb, will bring out the giant 12” telescope and some of Elachee’s smaller Newtonian telescopes to see not only the Moon, but also the stars and the planet Saturn. We will set up at the lake in front of the University of North Georgia Gainesville to view the lunar eclipse. 

This will be the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox, known as the Harvest Moon.  It’s also the closest Full Moon of the year and it’s 14% larger, so it is known as the Super Moon.  At 9:07 p.m., the Moon will begin to enter our Earth’s umbral shadow, the beginning of a Total Lunar Eclipse. By 10:11 the Moon will be totally in the dark shadow and it will stay there for 72 minutes. You don’t want to miss such an awesome opportunity, since the next Total Lunar Eclipse will not be seen in our area until 2019.  This event is FREE and open to everyone. So, bring lawn chairs or blankets and clear skies and come check out the moon!  


Do you shop at Kroger and are looking for an easy way to Support Elachee??? Elachee is a member of Kroger's Community Rewards Program. As a member, we benefit when our supporters shop for their groceries and other items at Kroger. Kroger gives Elachee a percentage of the purchase total for each supporter who has designated Elachee as their non-profit of choice on their Kroger Plus Card. Need to select Elachee on your rewards card, just click this link and follow the instructions:

Girl Scouts


Elachee is thrilled to announce that we are partnering with the Girl Scouts for a
series of programs that contribute to completion of a badge. The cost for the program
series (based on level of scouting) is below with the topics being offered.
September 12th-10:00-3:00- “Snake Day"- This is a public program featuring all kinds
of reptiles, hikes, crafts, face painting. Cost is $5 per participant.
Pre-registration is NOT required            

November 7th- 10a.m.-Noon- ​"Tremendous Trees" - Program is for Juniors.- $11
per participant. You’re invited into the woods to learn how to use a dichotomous tree
key to help identify the diverse tree life in the Chicopee Woods.
Pre-Registration is required.

NOTE: Cost of badge not included in prices listed above. 

To register a child- click here.

To register an Adult, click here.

Elachee Joins the Alternative Energy Movement with
The "E-House"

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

We are thrilled to have 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.

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.

Nature Shop

Check out Elachee's giftshop onlilne!!!

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
member discount.

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 Fall through Spring, starting in late August. 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 ismost 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

Usually held the first Saturday 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.  

Please Check the Calendar for dates (as some months they do vary from the first Saturday)!

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

2014 Annual Progress Report

Look what we....Elachee and YOU...have achieved!

A quick scan of the Annual Progress Report shows all the accomplishments made
possible with the help of Elachee's generous friends and supporters. Your support
truly does make a difference.



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