Elachee Branches Out with New Seasonal Event

Elachee Nature Science Center adds the inaugural North Georgia Tree Festival to its annual line-up of seasonal public nature events.

October 10, 2016 (Gainesville, GA) – Elachee Nature Science Center is branching out with a new seasonal public event, the North Georgia Tree Festival. Promising nature encounters that celebrate the majesty of this region’s foliage, Elachee’s newest festival is the perfect complement to its annual counterparts, Snake Day and Raptor Fest. Planned for Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the new family-friendly environmental education event is possible thanks to our sponsors Murrayville Veterinary Clinic and The Fockele Garden Company.

“We’re bringing together successful elements from other Elachee public events, along with some new twists, for one action-packed day at the Nature Center,” shares Lee Irminger, Elachee Natural Resources Manager. “Visitors will have something fun to do for the day, and gain a better understanding of trees found in our Preserve and their own backyards.”

The North Georgia Tree Festival and Tree Sale will be held on the grounds of Elachee Nature Science Center at 2125 Elachee Drive in Gainesville, off Atlanta Highway. General admission is $5 per person at the gate. Elachee members and children under two get in free. There is no cost to only shop at the Elachee Tree Sale. Find an exciting selection of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs at Elachee's North Georgia Tree Festival and Tree Sale on October 22, 2016 in Gainesville, GA.

For gardening enthusiasts, Elachee’s Tree Sale, held in conjunction with the North Georgia Tree Festival, offers an exciting selection of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, including native azaleas. To help new tree owners find planting and cultivation success, regional experts will facilitate a series of morning and afternoon tree and landscaping workshops. These will bracket the midday keynote workshop by Mark Fockele, partner, The Fockele Garden Company.

 “A tree sale, like Elachee’s, that features native trees is a project that benefits every living thing in our community,” comments Robbie McCormac, Master Gardener and Co-Chair for Elachee’s 2016 Tree Sale. “The wild creatures that we enjoy and try to encourage may not be here in the future if we take away the food they eat and the places they use as homes.”

Area forestry representatives and master gardeners will also be on hand to interact with festival-goers. Elachee welcomes these organizations: Georgia Chapter of the American Chestnut FoundationGeorgia Forestry CommissionHall County Master Gardeners, Georgia Forest WatchSave Georgia Hemlocks, and the UGA College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences-Entomology Department (Pine Beetles). 

Take part in guided tree climbing experiences at Elachee's North Georgia Tree Festival on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Gainesville, GA.Elachee’s nature educators will engage visitors with guided tree identification hikes in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. Ongoing throughout the event, visitors may witness wood artisans at work, dangle high above the crowd, run along the trails or get crafty.

Ascending every 45 minutes, Elachee is pleased to have Dancing With Trees conduct guided tree climbing experiences for ages 8 and up. Participants may register early to secure their time slots at elachee.org. This adventure carries a fee of $30 per person and will require a signed waiver.

The North Georgia Tree Festival will also feature a “Kids Fun Run” for ages 3 to 10, taking place at 11:30 a.m. This combines with other children’s activities ongoing throughout the festival to ensure that young families will have plenty to do and see. Children ages 3 to 10 may enter the Kids Fun Run at Elachee's North Georgia Tree Festival on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Gainesville, GA.

In addition to introducing this public program, Elachee is also starting a new autumn tradition. The Tree Party Benefit is ‘pre-party’ that celebrates the launch of the North Georgia Tree Festival. This ticketed event will take place on Elachee’s magnificent patio overlooking the Chicopee Woods on Friday, October 21 from 6:30-9 p.m.

“After years of successful fundraising events and auctions, we’ve observed that attendees appreciate and value the opportunity to socialize in this beautiful, natural setting,” shares Andrea Timpone, President/CEO. “This new event, Tree Party, provides this opportunity with great food, background music, door prizes and one brief Fund the Need appeal.”

“I’m very glad Elachee is hosting this intimate and relaxed Tree Party fall gathering that puts a different spin on supporting Elachee while communing with nature and visiting with friends,” confides Gale McKibbon, Elachee Trustee and past Committee Chair of the longstanding Starlight (Safari) Adventure Benefit.

The message for Elachee supporters is that after 21 years, Elachee has melded its two semi-annual major fundraisers to one: the spring Flights of Fancy Auction and Benefit, scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017.

“It’s a natural evolution and with the introduction of the North Georgia Tree Festival, the perfect time for a change,” explains McKibbon.

Proceeds from the Tree Party Benefit, North Georgia Tree Festival and Tree Sale directly support Elachee Nature Science Center’s environmental education initiatives and conservation efforts.

About Elachee Nature Science Center

Elachee Nature Science Center, in North Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 37 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee engages tens of thousands of visitors annually with quality nature programming through K-12 school field trips and outreach, special events and unique environmental education experiences for children, families and nature lovers. The campus is also home to 12 miles of pristine hiking trails and Elachee Nature Academy, the first and only state-licensed and SACS-accredited Nature Preschool and Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade programs in the Southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donations, corporate sponsorships, planned gifts, grants and fundraising events to fund operations. Visit www.Elachee.org.

Media Contacts: 770-535-1976

Kim Marks, Director of Development & Communications
Lee Irminger, Natural Resources Manager