Putting Nature First on Earth Day

Elachee Nature Science Center will help you get your ‘nature fix’ on April 23 with its annual plant sale, supervised volunteer conservation projects and a philosophical environmental discussion.

April 13, 2016 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center invites the public to celebrate Earth Day 2016 by participating in a number of special activities planned for Saturday, April 23. The Nature Center’s annual spring plant sale, supervised volunteer conservation and trail projects, along with an Earth Day symposium are sure to pique the interest of area nature lovers.

Elachee’s spring plant sale will take place rain or shine on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Elachee visitor center, located at 2125 Elachee Drive in Gainesville. Special guest Julie Evans, a partner at The Fockele Garden Company, will be on site to answer gardening and planting questions.

Offering a selection of unique perennials, broad leaf evergreens, wildflowers and ferns, many of the plants for sale are native to Georgia or are native hybrids not available in local garden centers. Procured from regional nurseries, these plants are adapted to grow well in this area and include a number of drought-tolerant selections. All plant sale proceeds benefit Elachee’s environmental education and conservation initiatives.

Volunteer projects are also on the docket for Earth Day at Elachee. Individuals and groups should call Elachee at 770-535-1976 by Friday, April 22 to sign up for this outdoor work day. From spreading mulch, grounds maintenance and helping Elachee’s volunteer trail crew sharpen the Nature Center’s tools, to supervised conservation projects in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, anyone aged 8 years and up may participate. Children/teens under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

As part of the April 23 lineup, Elachee is joining other community partners for a free Earth Day celebration at Rock Creek Park, in Gainesville, from 10 a.m. to noon. A panel discussion led by Dr. Bill Coates and other local personalities will follow short talks from UGA Biological Sciences Chair Dr. Mark Farmer and United Methodist Minister Dr. John Cromartie. Call 770-536-2341 for details. 

In addition to Elachee’s planned activities, Atlanta Highway will also be full of activity April 23 as the multi-use Highlands to Islands Chicopee Woods trail section officially opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m., followed by a 5K run/walk at 2 p.m. To register, visit www.runsignup.com/h2i5k.

Elachee Nature Science Center is open daily Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Through Labor Day members and visitors get to experience the traveling exhibition, Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats, along with the Nature Center’s live animal and permanent exhibits. Elachee’s 12-mile hiking trail system through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. See hours and admission details at www.elachee.org/plan-your-visit or call 770-535-1976.

About Elachee

Elachee Nature Science Center in north Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 35 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee serves tens of thousands of visitors annually through STEM-based environmental education classes for PreK-12 schools, Camp Elachee summer day camps, museum exhibits, 12 miles of pristine hiking trails, other quality nature education experiences, conservation activities and special programs for the public. The campus is also home to Elachee Nature Preschool, the first and only State-licensed and SACS-accredited nature preschool in the southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donations, planned gifts, grants and fund raising events to fund operations. Visit www.Elachee.org.


Media Contacts

Andrea Timpone, President/CEO
Kim Marks, Development Director

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