Everyone is required to wear face coverings indoors when social distancing is not possible. If your group has additional COVID-19 requirements, please discuss with the registrar at the time of booking.
*When in Elachee’s portable planetarium, Starlab, all participants are required to wear face coverings.
Elachee’s innovative curricula addresses grade-appropriate life, earth and physical science and English Language Arts concepts.
This supplemental instruction enables children and youth to interact with the natural world, while supporting social-emotional learning and the needs of the whole child.
All Elachee PreK-12 programs align with Georgia Standards for Excellence (GSE) and Gwinnett County Public Schools Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS).
During an Elachee field trip, students will explore, discover and learn about the plants, animals and natural systems of the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.
Most field trips to Elachee Nature Science Center have two elements. We combine a classroom presentation with an interpretive hike in the Chicopee Woods, or other complementary outdoor activities. However, some programs are entirely outdoors.
Cognitive Benefits, Student Engagement and STEAM Career Interest
Students climb aboard the LLALC floating classroom, Chota Princess II, for a hands-on exploration of the history, ecology and challenges facing Lake Sidney Lanier. On shore, Elachee instructors engage students in related watershed activities.
Many grade-specific school field trip programs allow students to conduct pond and wetland studies on the shores of Chicopee Lake. This secluded spot also works well for smaller groups to enjoy an Elachee field trip experience. The site features a spacious lake boardwalk and covered teaching pavilion, with restroom access (during scheduled programs). This area is also a favorite site for birders.
PROGRAM LOCATION: Chicopee Lake, 2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507
Situated across the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve from Elachee Nature Science Center, access to Chicopee Lake requires a 2.5 mile hike from the Visitor Center through the Nature Preserve or a 10-minute drive around its perimeter.
If you are unable to make the trip to south Hall County, Georgia, Elachee’s travel-tested instructors will bring exciting environmental education curriculum to you.
Transform your media center, gymnasium, classroom or an outdoor classroom with one of Elachee’s popular outreach programs.
Elachee has packaged a selection of its field trip and outreach classes into an interactive, online format.
Each 50-minute program combines video instruction and live virtual interaction with an Elachee instructor.
Elachee Nature Science Center is the first and only SACS/Cognia-accredited nature center in the southeastern United States.
A must-do for any home study program, home school association, school system’s online school or community youth programs. Benefit from STEAM-based PreK-12 environmental curriculum by choosing among Elachee’s accredited, grade-specific field trip options available year-round.
Students will participate in a themed classroom lesson and guided hike with an Elachee teaching naturalist.
Register your student for one or more classes. Per class pre-registration required by 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the scheduled class date.
Each class session has a 15-student maximum and 7-student minimum. Held from 10 a.m. to noon, classes take place at Elachee Nature Science Center.
Earth and Space Science