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

2015-16 Brown Bag Lecture Series at Elachee Nature Science Center

12:30 – 2:00 PM

* December 10 - Bill Witherspoon and Leslie Edwards – “ The Geology and Natural Communities of Georgia’s Coastal Plain”

* January 14 - Dr. Chris Jenkins, the Orianne Society – “Rattlesnake Conservation in Georgia”

* February 11- Tom Patrick, State Botanist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – “Trilliums of Georgia”

For more information, please call 770-535-1976. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

Starlight 2015 was a huge success. Meet our sponsors...



Calling all Naturalists: If you are a fan of nature or just want to learn more about all things "nature", here is your chance! Register today for Elachee's terrific Spring 2016 Master Naturalist Class Series. Sessions are from 1:00-5:30 p.m. on the dates listed below, unless otherwise specified.

Check out all the informative and educational topics!

March  31    Intro to Ecology and Tools of the Trade – Peter Gordon and Lee
Irminger, Elachee Nature Science Center

April      7      Spring Bird Migration - Peter Gordon, Elachee Nature Science CTR

April     14    Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers – Jennifer Ceska, UGA Bot Garden

April     21     Stream Ecology – Lee Irminger, Elachee Nature Science CTR

April     28     Geology of Georgia- Dr. Ed Schrader, Brenau University

May       5      Lake Lanier and the Upper Chattahoochee Watershed – Peter Gordon and Jason Ulseth – Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

May     12*   Stars Over Elachee with Robert Webb, Elachee Nature Science Center

May     14** Mountain Ecology Field Trip with botanist Steve Bowling.

May     19     Trees of Georgia – Bill Lott, UGA Arboretum

May     26     Butterflies of Georgia with Master Naturalists Rosalie Jensen and                         Mike Saunders
June      2     Reptiles of Georgia – John Jensen, DNR State Herpetologist

*Evening Program -
** Note that the date is a Saturday. This is an all-day event

The Fees for this series are: $220 for members and $275 for non-members

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Holiday/Winter Hours for Gift Shop/Visitor Center:

Hours of operation beginning Monday, November 23, 2015 will be: Open 10-3, Monday – Friday

Facility will be Closed Thursday, November 26th– Sunday, November 29th for Thanksgiving.

Additional closure dates are: Thursday, December 24th – Sunday, January 3rd.

The Facility will be closed all weekends starting Thanksgiving through February except for the first Saturday of each month from 10 – 5.

Facility wil resume Saturday hours starting March 5th.

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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