Developing Inclusive Programs at Elachee

Within the past 12 months Elachee implemented two new initiatives: scholarships for camp and a series of programs for underserved communities.

Developing Inclusive Programs at Elachee Nature Science Center is an article published in the Directions Fall 2022 edition, a publication of the Association for Nature Center Administrators (

Excerpt below reprinted with permission.

Elachee Nature Science Center’s mission is to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation. Of course, we know that our mission is only achievable when we see a wide variety of faces and families enjoying the physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits of learning and engaging in the outdoors.

Therefore, like many others in our field, we have been working hard to develop experiences that are more inclusive for our entire community. Located in Gainesville, Ga., Elachee is fortunate to be squarely situated in a area rich with diversity. However, the demographics of our public visitors and camp participants do not always reflect our community. As such Elachee has intentionally sought out funding mechanisms to help us ensure that we are providing opportunities for all: scholarships enabled new campers and by welcoming new visitors through programs. READ FULL ARTICLE Pages 11-14