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Gainesville, GA 30504



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Looking for a great gift for your child for the Holidays?

How about a week of Camp Elachee! Call us now to pre-register your child for Camp Elachee 2015. Camp dates are June 1st thru July 31st and your child will receive a certificate and a surprise for our giftshop to put under the tree! Call us today at 770-535-1976 to reserve today!

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 5th, 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.

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

Calling all HOMESCHOOLERS- Space still available for this year's session!

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






2012 Annual Program Report

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

A quick scan of the Annual Program Reportshows 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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