Elachee Welcomes Newest Trustee

Chris Romberg Joins the Elachee Nature Science Center Leadership Team

March 31, 2022 (Gainesville, Ga.) – The Elachee Nature Science Center Board of Trustees has seated Chris Romberg, owner of Gainesville’s City Garden Supply, as its newest member.

“We are excited to welcome Chris as an Elachee Trustee,” says Jason Everett, Chair of the Elachee Board of Trustees. “Chris is a sixth generation Gainesville native and a big supporter of the local community. His love for the outdoors, as well as business and board experience make him a great addition to Elachee’s leadership team.”

In serving the Elachee organization and helping fulfill the mission to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation, Chris joins the following Elachee Trustees: Jason Everett (Chair), Rick Boyd (Vice Chair), Anna Guzman (Secretary), Nick Bruner (Treasurer), Emily Bagwell (Immediate Past Chair) Phil Bonelli, Maria Calkins, Lance Gardner, Richard Oates, Al Trembley, Dixie Trulove, Kelvin Whisenhunt, Mandi Whiting and Trey Wood.

Elachee President and CEO Sarah Bell comments, “Chris’ love for the outdoors and long history of participation in area organizations with similar missions will bring tremendous value to our Board of Trustees.”

Discover, Learn, Play

Elachee Nature Science Center is busy year-round welcoming visitors to discover, learn and play as they delight in quality nature experiences. These range from K-12 children’s programs, Camp Elachee summer day camps, seasonal public nature encounters and events, adult learning programs and self-guided interpretive ecology and live animal exhibits.

A robust volunteer corps partners with Elachee in conservation initiatives. These efforts support and maintain the 12.24-mile hiking trail system in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, enjoyed by hikers from around north Georgia. This 1,440-acre woodland is one of Georgia’s largest protected and most ecologically diverse green spaces.

The Nature Center campus is also home to Elachee Nature Academy, an accredited and licensed school managed by Elachee, offering Preschool and Primary Grade level programs.

Elachee relies on earned income, donations, grants, corporate partnerships and sponsorships, and the annual Flights of Fancy event to fund operations and to offer quality nature programs and ecology events on campus and in the Nature Preserve.

Learn more at www.elachee.org or call 770-535-1976.