Raptor Fest 2018

Is a Hawk a buzzard or a vulture? Learn this and more at Elachee's 4th Annual Raptor Fest.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 ... Rain or Shine

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special thanks to the Elachee 2018 Raptor Fest sponsors Cargill and Tipton Construction Company

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

WHAT is Raptor Fest? 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.

ADMISSION: Pay at the Gate

PARKING: FREE shuttles to/from designated parking areas


  • Amicalola Falls Bird of Prey Program
  • Nature’s Echo Live Bird Program
  • Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Bird Artifacts Display
  • Raptor Educator Beth Thomson/Thomson Raptors Live Bird Program
  • Plus others!

Food Vendors

  • Frozen Frenzee (cold and hot beverages)
  • Hot Dog Ninja

Other Activities for Children and Families

  • Entry to Elachee Natural History and Live Animal Exhibits
  • Flying High Fun and Games
    • Falcon Quest Scavenger Hunt
    • Bird Hurdles Obstacle Course
    • Birding and Binoculars Observation Station
    • Wingspans Games
    • Eagle Eye Bean Bag Toss
  • Crafts
  • Face Painting

Become a Raptor Fest Sponsor

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