Elachee Welcomes Newest Trustee

Steven Smith Tapped for Elachee Board of Trustees

October 28, 2022 (Gainesville, Ga.) – The Elachee Nature Science Center Board of Trustees has seated University of North Georgia (UNG) Vice President Regional Campuses Steven Smith, Ph.D., as the newest member of the organization’s leadership team.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Smith to the Elachee family,” shares Sarah Bell, Elachee President and CEO. “His wealth of personal and professional experiences will be a tremendous asset to our team!”

“Elachee is a vital partner with UNG as it provides great opportunities for research and service learning for our students and faculty,” says Smith.

Bell reiterates stating, “UNG is one of our key partners, and we deeply appreciate Dr. Smith’s viewpoints and expertise.”

In serving the Elachee organization and helping fulfill the mission to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation, Smith joins the following Elachee Trustees: Jason Everett (Chair), Rick Boyd (Vice Chair), Anna Guzman (Secretary), Nick Bruner (Treasurer), Emily Bagwell (Immediate Past Chair) Brad Abernathy, 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 programsCamp 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.