Hold an Event

At Elachee Nature Science Center

Natural Setting for Memorable Occasions

Why Elachee?

For Your Special Gathering


Elachee’s shaded woodland trails, native foliage and birdsong are backdrops for your event (gatherings of up to 200 guests).

This natural setting saves you the time and expense of putting up elaborate decorations.

You handle catering or bring your own food, and create your event’s design and set-up.

Elachee is near I-985 and I-85, close to accommodations in downtown Gainesville, Oakwood, Braselton, and nearby Dahlonega and Gwinnett County.

Tell us about your upcoming event.


Allowed Rentals*

  • Weekday Business Meetings
  • Weddings and Receptions
  • Bridal Showers
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Corporate Parties
  • Children’s Birthday Parties
  • Private Parties

Prohibited Rentals

Prohibited rentals include, but are not limited to:

  • Proms
  • Teen Dances or Teen Birthday Parties
  • Fundraising Events
  • Concerts
  • Ticketed Events
  • Political Events

Facility Rental



Elachee Nature Science Center facilities are available for rental when not in use for scheduled education programming. Elachee does not alter programming schedules, nor close any portion of the Visitor Center or hiking trails to accommodate rentals.

*NOTE: The Board of Trustees of Elachee Nature Science Center reserves the right to review rental requests, and approve or deny the request of any group. The Board of Trustees and employee staff of Elachee retain the right to access the Elachee facilities during the time of rental.


An Idyllic Spot to Say, “I Do!”

Voted Best of Hall 2021 Place to Hold a Wedding by the readers of The Gainesville Times.

Elachee’s natural charm allows couples to capture memories by staging photos along shaded woodland trails, by gurgling streams, native foliage, interesting architecture and more.


Dunlap/Armstrong Visitor Center Patio

Situated on the woodland side of the Elachee Visitor Center, this scenic patio is the most popular choice and largest space for weddings and receptions. Rental includes use of the upper balcony.

Geiger Pavilion

Exchange vows in this beautiful open air structure overlooking the Chicopee Woods. Adjacent to the Elachee Visitor Center, the Pavilion is suitable for smaller ceremonies and/or wedding receptions.

The Knoll

This rustic outdoor amphitheater offers an intimate wedding ceremony option, set against grandeur of the Chicopee Woods.

Mundy Education Hall

Ideal for smaller wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, this indoor gathering space also features a covered porch and balcony with unfettered views of the Chicopee Woods, an adjacent catering kitchen and entry plaza.

Children’s Birthdays

For Ages 4 to 12

Nature-Themed Party Packages

Elachee Birthdays

Fun Nature Encounters


An Elachee Naturalist will lead a themed program for the Birthday Child and child guests, designed for the outdoors or under cover outside, then a guided visit to the Live Animal Exhibit. Your party will conclude in a reserved space for friends and family to celebrate with the Birthday Child.


Nature Party Themes

​Amazing Amphibians and Radical Reptiles
Explore their world and meet a snake or tortoise up close!

Discovering Dinosaurs
Go back in time to investigate dinosaurs and examine real fossils.

Scavenger Hunt
Become a nature detective and look for clues nature will leave behind. Discover animal tracks and solve the mystery!

Stream Life
Bring your water shoes! Take a short hike into Chicopee Woods to learn about water and the creatures that live in the Walnut and Elachee Creeks.

Wilderness Survival
Try your hand at building a shelter and fire building. Learn the basics of what it takes to survive in the wilderness.

Nature Party Packages
  • Three (3) hour outdoor pavilion or indoor classroom rental (with tables and chairs, and access to a catering kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave).
  • Themed nature program and activity led by an Elachee Naturalist.
  • Free admission for the Birthday Child, 12 Child Guests (ages 4-12) and one adult per child guest to Elachee’s Visitor Center and Exhibits. All other guests will be charged Elachee admission.
  • An Elachee present for the birthday child and party favors for the birthday guests
  • Elachee birthday invitations
  • 13 Chicopee Woods Conservation Area daily parking passes distributed at the CWAPC Parking Station on Elachee Drive.

You Provide

  • Food/Beverages
  • Birthday Cake
  • Tableware
  • Decorations (NO balloons or confetti allowed)

Party Timeline

  • 1:30-2 p.m. … Host Family Arrival and Set-up
    Check-in at the Elachee Visitor Center/Nature Shop
  • 2-3:30 p.m. … Naturalist-led Themed Party Program
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. … Private Celebration in Reserved Location
  • 4:30-4:45 p.m. … Guest Departure
    All party guests, supplies and trash must be cleared from the space. Host Family to check-out at the Elachee Visitor Center/Nature Shop.
Nature Party Times

Elachee offers children’s birthday parties one Saturday a month, March through November. Call 770-535-1976 to check availability.

Nature Party Cost

Party Package Cost  = $195.00 ($20 Discount for Elachee Members)

  • Includes Birthday Child plus 12 Child Guests (and one free adult admission per child)
  • Add $20 per additional child guest, over the 12 included in the Party Package.
  • Your birthday party is reserved upon receipt of a 50% deposit. The remaining balance is due 15 days before the party date. When received, we will confirm the reservation.

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