Elachee Update: March 14-April 12, 2020

Updated March 25, 2020 (Gainesville, Ga.) To protect the children, families and nature lovers we serve, Elachee Nature Science Center will close its public facilities through Sunday, April 12, 2020, suspending all events and programs during this time. We will re-evaluate the situation the week of April 6, and make an announcement regarding a tentative resumption of business.

HIKING TRAILS ARE OPEN: The hiking trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve will remain open to the public daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. There are no restroom facilities available. For your safety, please review the Tips for Trail Use before venturing along this 8-mile hiking trail system. Be aware of the posted animal restrictions, the “Leave No Trace” policy and other important details to make your time in the forest an enjoyable experience. 

Regional Public Program Update (as of March 25, 2020)

School Programs Update

Elachee Nature Science Center has adopted and is following the protocols and practices related to COVID-19, as set forth by the Hall County School District. Visit https://www.hallco.org/ for updated information. The Elachee Education Team is actively working with Georgia school districts, individual schools and their teachers to reschedule environmental education field trips and Elachee in Your Classroom outreach programs impacted by school closings.

The Elachee Director of Education will contact participants registered in the April 2020 First Wednesday Home School Program for next steps.

Camp Elachee Spring Break Camp Update

In an abundance of caution, the Elachee organization has cancelled the upcoming Spring Break Day Camp (scheduled for April 6th-10th). While this saddens us all, we believe that it is important and necessary to take this precaution. The Camp Elachee Director is communicating directly with those families who have active registrations for this camp experience.

Camp Elachee registration is open for the nine, themed, weekly summer day camps scheduled for June 1 through July 31, 2020. Check out the exciting camp options for Pre-K, Elementary and Middle School ages, as well as the Counselors-in-Training Leadership Program for rising 9-12 graders.

Elachee’s Public Facilities Closure Update

Elachee’s Visitor Center, interpretive and live animal exhibits and Nature Shop will be closed through Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Elachee Nature Academy ‘School from Home’ Update

Students in Elachee Nature Academy’s Preschool and Kindergarten-1st Grade classes will ‘school from home’ March 16- April 3, 2020. Families have received specific instructions from the Director of Schools and their teachers regarding the respective Elachee Nature Academy classroom communication plans.

Elachee’s Annual Fundraising Event

The Elachee Board of Trustees invites the public to participate in the 20th Annual Flights of Fancy VIRTUAL Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 25, 2020 starting at 6 p.m. Event login and mobile bidding app link coming in early April. Meet the Flights of Fancy 2020 sponsors and learn more about this ground-breaking virtual experience among Elachee friends and supporters!

The Elachee organization apologizes for any inconvenience. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep our visitors, students, the community and Nature Center staff safe.