Abernathy Joins Elachee’s Board of Trustees

Elachee Welcomes Brad Abernathy to Its Leadership Team

August 23, 2022 (Gainesville, Ga.) – The Elachee Nature Science Center Board of Trustees has seated Brad Abernathy, Principal Partner of Gainesville-based Abernathy Cochran Real Estate Group, as the newest member of the organization’s leadership team.

“I am beyond grateful to have been asked to serve Elachee Nature Science Center,” shares Abernathy. “Access to Nature, one of Elachee’s taglines, is something near and dear to my heart. Being in the woods, on trails, in fields, near streams is the perfect place to live better. I strive to give that gift to myself and to family and friends. Elachee gives that gift to all of us. I invite you to learn more about this incredible blessing we have here in our community.” 

“We are excited to have Brad Abernathy join the Elachee Board of Trustees,” comments Jason Everett, Chair of the Elachee Board of Trustees. “Brad grew up in this community, raised his kids here and is excited to help continue the great work Elachee provides this community. Welcome Brad, we are honored to have you.”

In serving the Elachee organization and helping fulfill the mission to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation, Abernathy 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, Chris Romberg, Al Trembley, Dixie Trulove, Kelvin Whisenhunt, Mandi Whiting and Trey Wood.

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.