PUBLIC PROGRAM: Raptor Fest 2019

Date & Time
March 16th, 2019 10:00 AM


Raptor Fest is a seasonal Elachee public nature program with live bird and animal encounters giving children, families and nature lovers the chance to learn more about wild birds of prey. The 5th annual Elachee Raptor Fest 2019 is presented by annual sponsor Northside Hospital and event sponsor Milton Martin Toyota.

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Elachee Visitor Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville, GA 30504 DIRECTIONS 

ADMISSION: Pay at the Gate

  • $10 Per Person (ages 2 and older) 
  • Elachee Members, $5 Per Person

PARKING: FREE shuttles to/from designated parking areas

Participating Experts and Birding Activities

  • Wings to Soar – Dale Kernahan
  • Georgia Mountain Falconry – Buster Brown
  • Thomson Raptors – Beth Thomson
  • Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge – ​Heather Abercrombie
  • Chattahoochee Nature Center – ​Kim Hakimian and Nicole Thurston
  • Wildlife Wonders
  • Special Guest, The “One Man Band” – David Court
  • Special Guest, Mark Warren – Primitive Naturalist and Author
  • Special Guest, Nigel the Nighthawk – University of North Georgia Mascot 
  • Bird Hike – Guided by Peter Gordon (Elachee to provide binoculars)
  • Elachee Live Animal Exhibit “Exploration” offers guests the chance to learn about some organisms that birds eat.

Family-Friendly Activities

  • Face Painting – get cheeky with a masterpiece on your mug.
  • Scavenger Hunt – find out what’s screeching and chirping around the Nature Center.
  • Get Crafty – make a Bird Feeder, Toilet Paper Binoculars or a Paper Plate Bird
  • “Angry Birds!” – engage in dialogue about the challenges and threats birds encounter through this fun, goofy activity based on the popular digital game.
  • Fill-the-Bill – become acquainted with different kinds of beaks in this fun activity.
  • Wing It – compare your “wingspan” with that of many different birds.

Eat and Shop

  • Hot Dog Ninja – food and beverages
  • Frozen Frenzee – snow cones
  • Elachee Nature Shop – buy souvenirs, children’s toys and plush animals, nature-themed gifts for friends, home and garden PLUS Elachee Annual Members get a discount on the entire purchase!

Share the Fun

At the event, use Elachee’s Snapchat filter and an Instagram hashtag to post your Raptor Fest 2019 photos online.