BLOG: Nature Mixed In

July 6th, 2021
Water was at the forefront at Camp Elachee 2021, June 28-July 2, during the Elementary camp as the Middle School campers delved into what different paths environmental careers can offer.
July 2nd, 2021
The week of June 21-25, 2021 gave campers a hands-on introduction to the relationship between growing plants and the creatures in differing ecosystems that need that vegetation to survive.
July 2nd, 2021
Walking through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve after a rain is a good time to spot a great variety of fungi.
June 22nd, 2021
Campers had their sights set on reaching for the stars while Going Galactic at Camp Elachee June 14-18, 2021!
June 14th, 2021
Campers put into practice the week’s Forest Forensics theme, learning how to look at nature through examination and using critical thought.
June 10th, 2021
Is there any better way to launch the 2021 summer break than at Camp Elachee? Not according to our campers!
April 5th, 2021
View Tom’s previously recorded Trilliums of Georgia presentation, available for a limited time, from April 5-11, 2021.
March 30th, 2021
Discover these woodland plants that make spring in north Georgia such a popular season!
March 30th, 2021
Expect the Brood X cicadas, or the Great Easter Brood, to emerge from their 17-year underground hiatus once ground temperatures reach the mid-60° range.
February 5th, 2021
Calling young artists to enter the 2021 Bird Art Contest at Elachee Nature Science Center to coincide with the Great Backyard Bird Count experience.
February 4th, 2021
Calling all birding and photography enthusiasts!
February 2nd, 2021
You can provide a great habitat for Georgia’s resident birds and migratory species, just by planting a few native plants!
February 1st, 2021
You do not need to break the bank with a fancy set of binoculars or have 10 birdfeeders in your yard. All you need is some time to sit still and keep your eyes and ears open!
December 11th, 2020
Check out the ways to contribute to Elachee this giving season and into 2021.
December 1st, 2020
A hiker who recently completed her Hiking for Health 150-mile Chicopee Challenge, shares how the Elachee hiking trails allowed her to cope during the 2020 pandemic.
November 10th, 2020
Love your yard? Why not imitate nature and leave your leaves where they fall? Plants and animals around you will appreciate it!
October 12th, 2020
The week of October 12, 2020, flooding in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve has made the 8-mile hiking trail system slick and in some areas inaccessible.
September 30th, 2020
A flood-prone stretch of the Chicopee Woods Lake Loop hiking trail has a new 30-foot boardwalk thanks to the Elachee Volunteer Trail Crew and grant funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation.
September 30th, 2020
The 2020 Joro population explosion would appear to indicate that our local ecology has not yet adjusted to the new resident.
September 30th, 2020
Fall Gardening Tip: Planting Native Trees Helps Nature in so Many Ways
September 23rd, 2020
The Chicopee Woods Hiking Trail System and Elachee Visitor Center will be closed on October 3 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the 10th Annual Trillium Trek Trail Run and Walk.
August 31st, 2020
When you see Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea), an elegant late summer wildflower, blooming along the roadside and in rural areas, that means Fall will soon arrive!
July 30th, 2020
Imagine splashing around in the shallows during a Camp Elachee creek day, when just beneath the water’s surface sits an arrowhead.
June 30th, 2020
Preschoolers new to Elachee Nature Academy are getting the chance this summer to meet and learn with their lead teacher in an informal type of orientation.
June 30th, 2020
“Our hikes on Elachee’s beautiful trails have been, for us, the silver lining in this pandemic cloud,” writes Olivia Skey. She and husband, Fred, completed the Hiking for Health 150-mile Chicopee Challenge May 1, seven months ahead of their goal.
June 29th, 2020
Ever wonder what separates the 8-mile hiking trail system in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and the 21-mile mountain bike trail system in the Chicopee Woods Conservation Area?
June 2nd, 2020
Elachee offers these tips for making the most of your experience – and that of your fellow hiker!
March 2nd, 2020
For Elachee’s 41st year, educational naturalists gathered for semi-annual training on Georgia curriculum standards and teaching techniques/best practicies prior to a busy spring season!
February 11th, 2020
The “Hi” tree is only one natural phenomenon hikers will encounter in these woods, thanks to diligent work from Elachee’s Volunteer Trail Crew.
February 1st, 2020
Learn what experiences made Elachee Education Program Specialist Wes Hatch say, “I knew I’d found what I wanted to do.”
January 16th, 2020
This independent program provides a framework to stretch your legs and the incentive to get out in the woods to hike on a regular basis.
December 20th, 2019
Elachee’s monthly astronomy program teaches people how to use a telescope and find their way around the night sky.
November 22nd, 2019
Have you hiked across this newly constructed pedestrian bridge in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve?
November 22nd, 2019
Chair of the 2020 Flights of Fancy Benefit & Auction, this volunteer’s goal is to introduce as many new people as possible to Elachee “so that they can also benefit from this incredible resource.”
October 15th, 2019
Squirrels, deer and chipmunks would not think of eating meet, would they? More and more evidence says they would, and do, regularly.
October 1st, 2019
As you plan a hike along the trails in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve or elsewhere in Georgia this fall, you may need to spend more time in planning your outing.
September 30th, 2019
Are they here yet? Perhaps you have already spotted the beautiful Monarch butterfly caterpillar or even seen these butterflies in your yard. If not, then look for them any day!
September 30th, 2019
Elachee’s iconic American chestnut tree serves both as a reminder of an ecological fiasco in U.S. history and a sign of hope for regrowth and renewal.
September 9th, 2019
A UNG-Gainesville biology team is collaborating with Elachee to research the Joro spider in its new habitat.
August 20th, 2019
Thanks to skilled efforts from our dedicated Volunteer Trail Crew, Elachee has completed a comprehensive signage and mapping overhaul for the 8-mile hiking trail system in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
August 19th, 2019
Happenstance describes how a hike in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve turned into an ‘ah ha’ moment for Dr. Katayoun Mobasher that will ultimately lead to discovery and insight that will shape perceptions of the geologic history of region.
August 5th, 2019
The Elachee Nature Academy teachers are excited to begin an adventure with young students ready to learn, grow and explore the Chicopee Woods.
July 26th, 2019
Elachee’s Live Animal Exhibit showcases the special qualities of many Georgia species.
July 19th, 2019
Creature Feature week at Camp Elachee 2019 was a crash course in exposure to wildlife and more domesticated animals – all of which are outside the realm of dogs, cats and goldfish.
July 16th, 2019
Turtles are probably the most approachable reptile we have in the southeast - because of their lack of speed, ferocity (with a few exceptions) or venom.
July 12th, 2019
Campers REALLY got experiential during Mad Science Mayhem week!
July 5th, 2019
This mighty group spent their days learning how early inhabitants of Georgia used their five senses to survive and live purely off the land.
June 28th, 2019
Ice chalk, mud royalty, erosion in a bottle, the Jellyfish song and spray bottle hikes were among the AWESOME activities that campers loved during this damp and crazy week!
June 21st, 2019
Space week at Camp Elachee was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Cheesy, but true.
June 14th, 2019
The concept of ‘feathering my nest’ gained meaning for campers after an AWESOME ‘Habitat Haven’ week at Camp Elachee!
June 7th, 2019
Campers had a WILD time as we welcomed June!
May 31st, 2019
Summer at Camp Elachee 2019 started off with a wave of enthusiasm from kiddos ready for adventure!
May 3rd, 2019
With most of the “Pardon our Progress” barriers removed, visitors now have even more reasons to plan a trip to Elachee.
May 3rd, 2019
Elachee Nature Science Center has been a natural fit and he feels the organization’s future success depends on public awareness for all that’s positive about supporting a concern for nature and how that correlates to enriching children’s lives.
April 1st, 2019
Be on the lookout for the many beautiful neotropical migrants returning to the Chicopee Woods in March, April and May.
April 1st, 2019
When hiking the Trail System at Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve you will soon find that the signage and mapping system has been comprehensively revamped to greatly enhance hiker navigation and reflect changes made as part of Elachee’s conservation efforts within the Nature Preserve.
March 5th, 2019
From Space Week to Habitat Haven and from Wet & Wild to Mad Science Mayhem, Camp Elachee has it all! Registration for 2019 is now open.
March 5th, 2019
Volunteer work days in February gave Elachee volunteers and staff the opportunity to begin getting the Nature Center ready for spring.
February 2nd, 2019
Avoid unwanted hitchhikers! Be prepared before heading into the woods this spring and summer.
January 15th, 2019
The first hiking trail mileage marker and mapping system updated is taking place in six years thanks to Elachee volunteer David Scobey.
January 14th, 2019
Visit Chicopee Lake early morning or just before sunset and you may see otters frolicking.
November 30th, 2018
The Elachee Volunteer Trail Crew’s current projects include trail signage changes, trail relocation and trail maintenance.
November 30th, 2018
Can you believe it? Elachee is turning 40 in 2019.
November 2nd, 2018
Witnessing the circle of life, in late October the Elachee family had to bid adieu to a couple of towering trees that stood tall as greeters to the Nature Center.
October 23rd, 2018
A Red-breasted Nuthatch irruption brings unexpected visitors to northeast Georgia this fall.
October 1st, 2018
At Elachee, a variety of native, berry-bearing shrubs and trees become favorite food stops for certain species of migrating birds who depend on berries to fuel their return trips to their tropical homes.
October 1st, 2018
Elachee Nature Science Center kicked off the fall festival season with its 26th Annual Snake Day on September 8, 2018.
September 14th, 2018
There is a particularly enchanted section of Elachee’s Geiger Trail, referred to as the Storybook Trail, where visitors may leisurely stroll from kiosk to kiosk and lose themselves in a good book.
August 17th, 2018
Pollinator meadows and demonstration hives make for fascinating studies of bees and other winged creatures.
August 3rd, 2018
Elachee Donor Profile: Dave and Faye Westfall
August 3rd, 2018
Each summer numerous campers, who may not otherwise have the opportunity, are able to take part in Camp Elachee thanks to the generosity of Elachee donors.
July 30th, 2018
In the spirit of reliving highlights from the previous eight Camp Elachee themed activities, we brought back some old favorites for Pre-K and Elementary campers, as middle school campers had a creature care experience they’ll always remember!
July 23rd, 2018
Always one of the biggest adventures of the summer, Green Acres has nothing on the ‘Elachee Ranch,’ the place to be for this week’s animal spectacular!
July 18th, 2018
Experiments, experiments and EVEN MORE experiments defined this week, indisputably proving that learning is fun!
July 9th, 2018
How did we bring the night sky to our day camp? Well, here at Camp Elachee we make the impossible, possible.
July 6th, 2018
Camp Elachee’s Wet and Wild week is always a summer favorite for campers, and this year did not disappoint.
June 28th, 2018
Over hills, in creeks and through woods… there was no limit to Camp Elachee explorations this week!
June 18th, 2018
Younger campers were inspired with a sense of wonder as older campers learned basic wilderness survival skills.
June 8th, 2018
Live birds of prey demonstrations and a virtual trip around the globe introduced campers to creatures near and far.
June 1st, 2018
Rain, rain came to stay. Week one of Camp Elachee was fun, anyway!
April 10th, 2018
Like well-tuned clocks, migrating hummingbirds return to north Georgia each year around the first of April.
March 1st, 2018
Here in north Georgia, the beautiful eruption of spring ephemeral wildflowers is a primary reason this is a popular season.
January 15th, 2018
Elachee collaborates with corporate partners to create a workday experience that matches the timing and interests that best suit their employees’ needs.
January 15th, 2018
Will this spring blooming season differ from last year since winter temperatures are dramatically colder?
January 15th, 2018
Among the most interesting wildlife that might turn up in your backyard are an array of short-term, short-range winter migrating birds.
November 30th, 2017
Winter brings some of the best stargazing of the calendar year for those adventurous enough to step outside on a cold night.
November 30th, 2017
Has your resident taxidermy worn out its welcome? If you get a wild hair to spring clean early, Elachee needs your taxidermy!
October 5th, 2017
Thanks to the herculean efforts of Elachee’s volunteer trail crew who removed storm debris and downed trees, the hiking trails of Chicopee Woods are now open to the public.
October 4th, 2017
Elachee is honored to have been chosen for a Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County Done in a Day Project grant. This project provided funding and volunteer efforts to support Elachee’s school programs’ taxidermy collection and to refurbish the classroom housing this collection at the Nature Center.
August 29th, 2017
Elachee teams with professional arborists to protect and maintain the trees of the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
August 9th, 2017
We at Elachee have been fielding phone calls and emails from individuals posing questions about the upcoming Solar Eclipse, and we thought it would be helpful to share these tips from Robert Webb, Elachee senior naturalist and astronomer
August 4th, 2017
How ‘bout those webworms? Seasonal changes are typically subtle, except for the perceived blight of these larvae defoliators.
July 6th, 2017
Elachee friend and photographer Joe Berry recently posted a Facebook series of nature photos he shot while documenting a nesting Hummingbird, a story he shares with us!
July 5th, 2017
The summer of 2017 has Mother Nature in rare form, revealing her secrets to one and all.
July 3rd, 2017
Whether you routinely walk in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve or find snakes in your yard, it’s a good idea to have handy a way to identify venomous versus non-venomous reptiles.
July 3rd, 2017
One of the most interesting trees in the northeast Georgia forest is the Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum), for its popularity with bees and ancient Native Americans.
July 3rd, 2017
Camp Elachee had three age-appropriate, diverse themes providing unique experiences for campers that ranged from exploring their senses and learning basic wilderness survival skills to archaeological adventures.
June 21st, 2017
Campers literally got a taste of pioneer life, exploring how children of yore lived.
June 9th, 2017
What’s the best way to start off a kid’s summer vacation? Water Week at Camp Elachee!
June 2nd, 2017
Elachee's annual fundraiser was great fun and a resounding success to further the Nature Center's ability to reach and teach individuals in this community.
June 2nd, 2017
Week in and week out, Elachee’s Volunteer Trail Crew works diligently to keep the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve hiking trail network safe and sound.
June 2nd, 2017
Make sure your children and/or you are prepared for whatever outdoor influences come your way.
June 1st, 2017
Often the first clue that you have a reptile sharing you space is the disquieting discovery of a snake skin festooning a garden shed, basement or attic.
May 31st, 2017
During the Camp Elachee's nine weeks of themed summer day camps, children unplug and learn where nature is the adventure – outside!
May 4th, 2017
Elachee President/CEO Andrea Timpone asks for the community's input as the Nature Center begins developing a 3-5 year strategic plan.
May 1st, 2017
Elachee kicks off the 2017 Annual Fund Campaign to support and sustain this remarkable north Georgia treasure that is nestled in one of the State’s largest protected green spaces, the 1,440 acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
April 3rd, 2017
Spring is bursting forth in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and the participants in the 2017 Georgia Master Naturalist Course were first-hand witnesses to this miracle of rebirth.
April 3rd, 2017
Race through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve at the Trillium Trek Trail Run & Walk on April 22, 2017.
April 3rd, 2017
Avian visitors are arriving in Georgia for one of the most anticipated events in nature: spring bird migration. Is your garden a main attraction?
April 3rd, 2017
Elachee's Spring Plant Sale will help you introduce color and variety to your yard with a diverse selection of 'native' plants, not always available at local nurseries.
March 31st, 2017
Elachee offers a two-for-one special at the Spring Garden Expo with eclectic garden and nature-related items from the Nature Shop, and tips from an expert birder on ways to lure migrating birds to your backyard.
March 13th, 2017
Elachee Nature Academy students welcomed cartoonist, comic strip columnist and author Paige Braddock to visit their classroom and read her newly published children’s graphic novel Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror!
February 28th, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Sylwester Ratowt, Elachee Nature Science Center 2017 Volunteer of the Year.
February 28th, 2017
Each year, the Elachee staff watch eagerly for the first blooms in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and a late February hike revealed several surprises!
February 28th, 2017
Elachee educators conduct Stream Life studies, sharing best practices to prepare for the nearly 20,000 children that will visit the Nature Center on school field trips March through May.
February 14th, 2017
Voted '2017 Best of Hall' Summer Camp, we blend traditional outdoor camp activities with unique, inquiry-based learning opportunities to get children unplugged and outdoors during school breaks.
February 1st, 2017
Elachee's many open-air and indoor facility rental options are a great fit for memorable occasions.
February 1st, 2017
Become an Elachee Annual Corporate Sponsor and leverage your marketing and community relations’ budget with a single investment.
January 16th, 2017
Georgia Gwinnett College taps Elachee Nature Science Center to help with a regional air quality study.
December 5th, 2016
Learn how Elachee puts to use donor support for the benefit children, families and nature lovers.
November 8th, 2016
Elachee is pleased to offer an exciting line-up of guest speakers for its seasonal Brown Bag Lecture Series, part of the Nature Center's acclaimed Life-Long Learning programming.
November 1st, 2016
Elachee Nature Center recently held its inaugural North Georgia Tree Festival, a celebration of the season and the silent leafy giants that populate our forests.
November 1st, 2016
Starlab, Elachee’s portable planetarium, is the stellar ‘sidekick’ equipment our skilled educators have been using for over 30 years to reveal the wonders of the night sky to children in our community.
October 3rd, 2016
Elachee's many open-air and indoor facility rental options are a great fit for special gatherings large or small.
October 3rd, 2016
The Tree Party fall gathering puts a different spin on supporting Elachee while communing with nature and visiting with friends.
September 29th, 2016
Witness the miracle of a Black Rat snake hatching from it's egg.
August 24th, 2016
Tucked behind the highway and under plenty of shady trees, I took a tour of Elachee earlier this week.
August 5th, 2016
There are fruiting PawPaw trees along the Dodd Trail!
August 2nd, 2016
The last week of Camp Elachee 2016 featured an encore of camper favorites from previous weeks' activities.
August 1st, 2016
Campers ventured far and wide getting to know the creeks of Chicopee Woods.
July 28th, 2016
Elachee Education Director Peter Gordon Presents on Outdoor Safety to Georgia Power Employees
July 15th, 2016
Campers learn wilderness survival skills, while honing teamwork through friendly (and wacky) competition.
July 12th, 2016
No doubt, the highlight of the week was the Extreme Obstacle Course that ‘exposed’ campers to simulated extreme types of weather condition one camper likened to "American Ninja Warrior," the popular reality TV endurance competition.
July 6th, 2016
Creativity and engineering prowess commandeered this water-themed week at Camp Elachee.
June 28th, 2016
Hikers walking over Elachee Creek, near the intersection of the Dodd Trail and Elachee Creek Trail, will cross more safely thanks to a newly constructed bridge.
June 28th, 2016
Campers discovered how people and plants get and use energy to move.
June 20th, 2016
The perfect place to find an ideal hostess gift or unique children's birthday presents.
June 17th, 2016
Building Espirit de Corps Among Campers
June 10th, 2016
Turning the camp experience upside down and out of this world!
June 3rd, 2016
Campers watched pigs fly, hugged an Alpaca, met a celebrity Guinea (pig) Chicken and more!
May 25th, 2016
Oh, what a night! Little did we know that at its conclusion we’d be collectively thinking, “Did that just happen?”
May 25th, 2016
As children have been enjoying their last days of school, Camp Elachee counselors have been preparing for summer to begin!
May 23rd, 2016
Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is front and center as part of two national wildlife studies.
May 20th, 2016
Brides rejoice when they discover they can celebrate their special day at Elachee and still feel as though they’re miles from home.
May 12th, 2016
You can easily attract these fascinating little winged jewels to your backyard by hanging a feeder or two.
May 11th, 2016
Make a tax-deductible donation to Elachee's annual fund today. Every dollar counts!
May 7th, 2016
Elachee Nature Science Center will expand its accredited Nature-based Preschool learning environment to offer a Kindergarten-1st Grade program, starting in August 2016.
May 2nd, 2016
Have you heard the buzz? Elachee’s demonstration bee hives are hard at work allowing students and visitors to see the wonder of the hives in action.
May 1st, 2016
After a 20-year hiatus, renowned ornithologist Dr. Alison Styring returns to Elachee to visit one of her "favorite places on earth."
April 12th, 2016
Spring break campers got a taste of what summer day camp will be like...TONS of fun!
April 11th, 2016
Students are giving Elachee’s various astronomy programs 'out of this world' reviews.
April 5th, 2016
Alyssa met Elachee's resident Gopher Tortoise while on a summer vacation visit. A decade later, Alyssa returned with her family and recreated a photo op with Gopher Boy!
April 1st, 2016
Each class in the 11-session course includes a presentation and field study.
March 22nd, 2016
Sixteen years ago, Elachee Nature Science Center formed a partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to create a new educational program, an example of connecting research and best practice.
March 10th, 2016
This crazy March weather has brought out the haiku in us.
March 9th, 2016
When international firm Soliant Consulting contacted Elachee about a volunteer project to coincide with their company conference at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, we had just the activity.
March 7th, 2016
Elachee Nature Science Center to Offer Telescope Workshop Events this spring
March 7th, 2016
Understanding the ecological importance of bats and dispelling the mysteries that have surrounded them for centuries.
February 19th, 2016
Elachee Nature Science Center welcomed the community to share a heartwarming 2016 Arbor Day celebration in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
February 11th, 2016
Registration for the 2016-17 school year is now OPEN! There are a limited number of spaces available for full and part time enrollment.
February 11th, 2016
With the end in sight, a member of Elachee's Volunteer Trail Crew shares details about the relocation of this popular trail near the suspension bridge in Chicopee Woods.
February 11th, 2016
An interesting trend is emerging as many brides and grooms are considering Elachee for their weddings because they remember visiting as children.
February 5th, 2016
Shrouded in myth and legend as well as associated with vampires and dark superheroes, bats have come to symbolize all that humans fear. But their true purpose and value has long been overlooked.
February 3rd, 2016
One of the best things about working at Elachee is that we get the opportunity to share our love of nature and the outdoors with school children, like when Chattahoochee Elementary came for a field trip.
January 30th, 2016
Seven species of bats dwell around Lanier, which dishes up swarms of aquatic bugs for them to eat, especially in warm months. The rarely-seen predators are important dark-side characters in Lanier’s ecology as each can consume nearly its entire body weight – thousands of insects – in a summer night’s hunt.
January 21st, 2016
While the spring flowers have yet to be seen, and ice pockets can still be found in the crevices of our mountains, there is still a lot happening in our own North Georgia backyard. One surprise is our wintering hummingbirds.
January 20th, 2016
The barren months of winter bring their own special beauty. Views obscured by leaves are now visible during the coolest months, and hikers are free to enjoy the scenery without the threat of mosquitos, ticks, snakes and other adorable critters. Seeing the beauty of the delicate colors and patterns of branches, along with the depth of the evergreens, is an acquired taste. For those who prefer the riot of spring colors, there is a way to bring spring early.
January 19th, 2016
Who doesn’t love the taste of golden, sweet honey? Honey is a treasure chest of hidden nutritional and medicinal value. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties have been noted since the early days of the Egyptian pharaohs. Locally produced honey is purported to alleviate allergies by acting as a natural vaccine. Honey is loaded with antioxidants which may boost memory and aid in absorption of calcium in older folks. It has long been used as a cough suppressant and to soothe a sore throat.
January 18th, 2016
Summer is a wonderful season to explore the outdoors. Wildlife is most active early in the morning or just before dusk. These are great times of day to take a walk to not only see more wildlife but to enjoy cooler temperatures.
January 17th, 2016
Droughts aside, Northeast Georgia is blessed with an abundance of water. Our area averages nearly 50 inches of rain each year. Of that total, 35 inches evaporate, 6 inches infiltrate the Earth to become groundwater and almost 9 inches become run-off.
January 16th, 2016
We all have memories of playing outside as kids: exploring the neighborhood, looking for frogs, splashing in the creek, playing hide ‘n seek and the glorious freedom in getting dirty.  Summer is a great time to explore nature with your children.
January 15th, 2016
Nature journaling. Sounds relaxing. It is! Don’t worry if you cannot draw well or if writing isn’t really your thing. And you don’t need a fancy journal. A simple lined notebook will do.