Life-Long Learning Programs at Elachee

Gain the skills and knowledge to become more engaged environmental stewards by participating in Elachee’s adult education programs.

Historical Hikes Program Series

Elachee is pleased to welcome Sylwester Ratowt, Elachee Historian and part time faculty at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville’s Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis to lead the 2017 Historical Hikes’ 5-session lecture and hike series.

“Moving away from history of ideas, we will focus on what role each of our senses plays in how we perceive the nature around us and our efforts to conserve it,” says Ratowt. “As with so many things in history, so many of those interactions that we take for granted have interesting histories and had alternative paths not taken.”

Program Fee: $100 Per Person – Pre-Registration Required REGISTER NOW or call 770-535-1976 to reserve your space. Elachee Members receive a discount at registration.
Program Location: Elachee Nature Science Center
NOTE: Enrollment is limited to 20 registered participants.


  • Monday, October 2, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.
    Session 1: Sight When we enter into the woods, do we see the trees for the first time, or have the images of nature in books and films already shaped how we will perceive the forest?
  • Monday, October 9, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.
    Session 2: Hearing What is the soundscape of wilderness? Should sounds be included in our conservation efforts?
  • Monday, October 16, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.
    Session 3: Taste How have our tastes for food changed with our changing concerns about the environmental impacts of food production?
  • Monday, October 23, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.
    Session 4: Touch We feel the outdoors through the soles of our shoes and the rain gear we carry. How has our interaction with nature changed with the rise of the outdoor consumer goods industry?
  • Monday, October 30, 2017 from 1-4 p.m.
    Session 5: Smell From all the senses, our smell, is most often overlooked, yet we speak of stopping to smell the roses and are repulsed by an overflowing sewer line. Can we separate our experience of nature, from our olfactory perception of it?

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Bring a lunch and join us the third Thursday, November-February, for a guest lecture series on natural history, environmental policy and areas of interest regarding the natural world. 
Program Fee: $5 Per Person, Per Lecture – Pay at the Door 
(FREE Admission for Elachee Members)
Reservations: Call 770-535-1976
Location: Elachee Nature Science Center, Mundy Education Hall
2017-2018 Program Dates: Sessions are from 12:30-2 p.m.

  • November 16, 2017
  • December 21, 2017
  • January 18, 2018
  • February 15, 2018

Georgia Master Naturalist Series  

Explore local habitats and ecosystems in this interactive 11-program course that combines indoor lectures with outdoor field experiences. Elachee tailors the Georgia Master Naturalist course for the local environment, within the framework developed by The University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Course participants receive a certificate of completion.
2018 Schedule: Details Coming - Check Back Soon!
NOTE: Enrollment is limited to 20 registered participants.