Raptor Fest 2020

Is a Hawk a buzzard or a vulture? Learn this and more at Elachee’s 6th Annual Raptor Fest.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 ... Rain or Shine Elachee's 2020 Raptor Fest presenting annual sponsor is Northside Hospital along with event sponsors Liberty Utilities and Whitehead Die Casting.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

WHERE: Elachee Visitor Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504 DIRECTIONS / MAP

WHAT is Raptor Fest? This seasonal Elachee public nature program with live bird and animal encounters offers children, families and nature lovers the chance to learn about wild birds of prey. 

ADMISSION: Pay at the Gate

PARKING: FREE shuttles to/from designated parking areas courtesy of Hayes Automotive-Gainesville.

Exhibitors and Activities

Elachee Nature Science Center welcomes these birding experts to Raptor Fest 2020!

Special Guest Appearances

  • David Court One Man Band (Entertainment)
  • Morgan Swank, Buford, Ga. author of the children’s book Mort (to help children of every age better understand vultures as an endangered species)
  • Nigel the Night Hawk (University of North Georgia Mascot) 


Planned family-friendly and children’s activities will delight, entertain and teach! Enjoy Elachee Naturalist-led hikes, face painting, crafts and other fun, interactive bird-related games!

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!

Want to Participate? 

Become a Raptor Fest Exhibitor: Call 770-535-1976