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Earth Day 2014: April 19, 2014

Elachee Nature Science Center will be having our annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 19th from 9 3:00 pm. Rob Stuart, the Natural Resources Manager at Elachee will be heading up the Family Earth Day Service Project from 9 a.m.-Noon in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, helping visitors to experience this unique greenspace in a hands on amazing way.  The other Earth Day activities will begin at Noon
Come on out and tour Elachee’s new E-house, an energy-efficient demonstration cottage that contains an impressive array of energy-saving technology and building techniques led by building expert, Tim Bala of Lanier Technical College.  There will be a Geo-Caching hunt through the Nature Preserve focusing on “Leave No Trace” camping and hiking techniques.  Gardening experts will be here too with information on how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your backyard gardens. 

Parents will be able to register their kids for the amazing Camp Elachee and Camp Director, Callie Stevens will be available for a question and answer session on all things camp related. Visitors can also attend an Open House of Elachee’s newly opened Nature Preschool.   Also, Elachee staff will be conducting tours and answering questions about the curriculum and experiences, that the nature preschool has to offer. Kids can have a ball with the arts and crafts activities too.  Don’t miss taking in the museum and also visiting with the animals in our Live Animal room and the hawks that live at Elachee!  There will  also be hikes focusing on birding and wildflowers.  Lots of choices for everyone in the family!

Admission Fees: Members, Children 2 and under and participants in the morning service project- Free. Non-members: Adults $5 and Children $3.

FLIGHTS OF FANCY- 2014 Springtime Benefit Auction
May 2, 2014, 6:30-9:00p.m.

Join us for our annual "Flights of Fancy" as Elachee celebrates spring with a fun-filled evening to benefit Elachee, children, nature education and conservation.

Enjoy "Flights"/samplings of craft brews and a complimentary wine bar along with light dinner fare and cookout. Select from an amazing array of whimsical, unique and practical treasures in both the silent and live auctions. You'll find garden and
nature-oriented art for your home, porch, patio, outdoor entertaining spot or that perfect Mother's Day gift. Spend time with friends and business associates at this casual outdoor event under the stars.

Individual tickets- $45. Sponsorships available. To purchase tickets, click here:

For more information, please call 770-535-1976 or

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.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project at Elachee

Raised Garden Beds were installed at Elachee as part of this project. Check out the attached brochure to learn How To "Raise" your own beds at home.

View/Print Gold Award Brochure

Educating for Today . . . Preserving for Tomorrow

Nature Shop

Check out Elachee's giftshop Booth at the Master Gardener's Garden Expo-
April 4th and 5th 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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