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February's Brown Bag meets on Wednesday, Febraury 11th.

Pack a lunch, invite a friend and join us for what should be a fascinating and encouraging presentation for any Birds of Prey aficionados. Doors open at 12:30 PM; Jim’s presentation begins at 1:00 PM.  A $10 donation to support Elachee’s education and conservation work will be appreciated.

Join Georgia DNR Biologist Jim Ozier as he presents on “Eagle Conservation in Georgia.”  Jim will describe DNR’s efforts to grow populations of both Bald and Golden Eagles across the state.

For more information, please call us at (770) 535-1976.  See you in February!

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 offerred.

February 28th- 5:30-7:30 PM- “Stars Over Elachee”- Program for Brownies- $11.00 per participant (includes a planetarium program and learning to use a telescope)
Pre-registration required

March 14th- 10:00 AM-2:00- “Raptor Fest” – This is a public program featuring owls, hawks and other birds of prey. Cost is $5 per participant.
Pre-Registration is NOT required.

 ​April 11th-10 a.m.-Noon- "Wildflower Bouquet"- Program is for Daisies. $11.00 per participant- April is the perfect time to discover and explore the amazing, beautiful and fascinating array of spring wildflowers at Elachee.
Pre-Registration is required.

May 16th- 10:00-1:00- “Lake Lanier Aquatic Study” –Program is for Cadette & Seniors. Cost is $14.50 (meets at Aqualand Marina and includes boat tour on Lake Lanier)
Pre-registration is required

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.

Winter Hours Have Begun!

Winter hours will be as follows: Monday – Friday  10-3 for museum/visitor center (till March 2015).

The Visitor Center/museum will be closed Wednesday, December 24th- January 4th, 2015 for the Christmas holiday, so our staff can enjoy time with their families.

The Administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday and January 1st and 2nd for New Year's.

Our trails are open every day of the year 8 am – dusk - Please use caution in icy/snowy weather.

Guided Bird Hike: Febraury 14, 2015- 8 -11 a.m.

Come join Elachee for a guided hike on February 14th. We’ll be checking out all of the birds along the trail for the Great backyard Bird Count! The hike begins at 8 am and concludes around 11 a.m. This walk is open to adults and children, 10 and older. Meet at the Chicopee Lake Parking area located at 2080 Calvary Church road, Gainesville, GA. We hope to see a variety of ducks including Mallards, American Black Ducks, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Wood Ducks and other possibilities. In addition, we will look for resident birds and winter migrants in the adjoining forests that would include White-throated Sparrows, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Hermit Thrush. We look forward to seeing you!

Come and "Soar" with the birds at RAPTOR FEST! Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Raptor Fest on Saturday, March 14th, from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Monteen McCord will be here with owls and hawks giving a presentation on rehabing of birds of prey. Check out the GA Art League exhibit It's sure to be enjoyable! SOAR will have 2 flight programs as well as birds on display for visitors to view.

Buster Brown will present on how to get involved in Falconry and also have birds on display. Kris Kazell will present on the Berry College Eagle Cam. Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail will be here and have a Barn owl and Screech owl on display as well.

There will be some great activities for the kids . Find out how to determine what kind of owl it is by the owl pellets you see. There will be a feathers activity to discern which feather belongs to which raptor, a wing measurement activity as well as a “Bird Hole” game. All of these activities will be ongoing throughout the event.

There will be Animal room tours as well the opportunity to use binoculars to do some bird watching. Food vendors will be here too, in case you get hungry, so plan to get lunch while you're here!

Tickets are: $5.00 per person. Elachee members get in free. Tickets are available for purchase at the event. Any questions, call 770-535-1976.

2015 Trillium Trek Trail Run: March 29th, 2015 at Elachee! -5K Run/Walk, 10K, & 1/2 Marathon


The Chicopee Woods Preserve in the spring means 1,400 acres of emerging wildflowers, the return of migratory birds, budding trees, and everything else the beauty of the springtime offers! Race on single track trails that lead you through the forest, across beautiful creeks & up/down steep to moderate hills. ranks Chicopee's trails as the best in Georgia, with a perfect 5 star rating! Come see for yourself.

Your participation supports Elachee Nature Science Center's educational programs, hands-on learning experiences for children, and conservation projects in the Chicopee Woods.All proceeds benefit Elachee Nature Science Center, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) that provides quality environmental educational programming and preserves the beautiful
1,400-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.

Check out or 770-535-1976 for more information.


  • 5k
    • Through March 18-$25
    • March 19 – March 28-$30 (LATE)
    • Race Day Registration-$35
  • 10k
    • Through March 18-$35
    • March 19 – March 28-$40 (LATE)
    • Race Day Registration-$45
  • ½ Marathon
    • Through March 18-$45
    • March 19 – March 28 -$50 (LATE)
    • Race Day Registration-$55

Camp Elachee

****Camp Elachee 2015 is Coming! Elachee is pleased to announce that this year's summer camp will begin the first week of June and run through the end of July. Camp registration forms and all the information will be available on our Camp Elachee page here at as of February 1st, 2015. Please check back with us then!!!

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.

Nature Shop

Check out Elachee's giftshop Booth at the Master Gardener's Fall Garden Expo- April 3rd and 4th (8:30a.m.-5p.m.) 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

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






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