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Supplemental STEAM-based Environmental Education

PreK-12 Programs

for School Students and Children’s Groups

Covid-19 Preparedness Protocol

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.

Trusted Partner

Bringing Concepts to Life for Young People

 

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.

Our Formats are Flexible

  • Choose a Program Format:
    Elachee Field Trip
    Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach
    Interactive Distance Learning Program

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Our team will help you plan your Elachee experience.

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All Elachee PreK-12 programs align with Georgia Standards for Excellence (GSE) and Gwinnett County Public Schools Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS).

Elachee Field Trips

Exposure to Greenspace Promotes Healthy Lifestyles

 

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.

Environmental Education Improves Academic Achievement

Cognitive Benefits, Student Engagement and STEAM Career Interest

Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center Program

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.

  • PROGRAM LOCATION: River Forks Park, 3500 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504
  • PROGRAM PARTNERSHIP: Elachee Nature Science Center conducts the LLALC program in partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Hall County Parks and Leisure Services.
  • PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Title I schools are eligible for financial aid consideration for the LLALC program courtesy of Elachee’s program partner Chattahoochee River Keeper. Call Elachee for details, 770-535-1976.
Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake

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.

Outreach Programs

Elachee in Your Classroom

 

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.

Distance Learning

Interactive Virtual Options

 

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.

Home School

and Children’s Groups

 

Field trips to Elachee Nature Science Center are a must-do for any home study program, home school association, school system’s online school or community youth programs.

Take advantage of our STEAM-based K-12 environmental curriculum by choosing among Elachee’s accredited, grade-specific field trip options available year-round.

Elachee Nature Science Center is the first and only SACS/Cognia-accredited nature center in the southeastern United States.

Grade Level Topics

Grades: PreK, K, 1

Earth and Space Science

*When in Elachee’s portable planetarium, Starlab, all participants are required to wear face coverings.

    • Seeing Stars: Kindergarten*
      Introduce young students to the sun, moon, day and night with an exciting session in Elachee’s portable planetarium Starlab, combined with hands-on astronomy activities. GSE – SKE1, ELAKL4
      PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom, Interactive Distance Learning

Life Science

  • A Sense of Wonder
    Discover how animals use their senses on this exploratory hike through the Chicopee Woods. GSE – S1L1, ELAKL4
    PROGRAM FORMAT: Elachee Field Trip
  • Green and Growing
    Chicopee Woods is the ideal place to study the needs, parts, life cycles and many uses of plants. GSE – SKL1, SKL2, S1L1, ELA1L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom
  • Wheel of Animals
    Learn remarkable facts about an array of unique Georgia animals while exploring their needs on a discovery-filled hike in the Chicopee Woods. GSE – S1L1, ELAKL4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom, Interactive Distance Learning
Grades: 2 and 3

Earth and Space Science

*When in Elachee’s portable planetarium, Starlab, all participants are required to wear face coverings.

  • Seeing Stars for 2nd Grade*
    Study the size and brightness of stars, constellations, the seasons, moon phases and more through a program in Starlab, Elachee’s portable planetarium. GSE – S2E1, ELA2L4, S2E2
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach, Interactive Distance Learning

Life Science

  • Elachee Rocks!
    Enjoy a jam-packed, hands-on investigation of the rocks and minerals of Georgia. GSE – S3E1, S3E2, ELA3L4; AKS – S3-B
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach
  • Habitat is Home
    Delve into Georgia’s major habitats and the characteristics of the plants and animals that live in each. GSE – S3L1, S3L2, ELA3L4 PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach, Interactive Distance Learning
  • Life Cycles
    Explore the life cycles of frogs, honeybees, butterflies and other animals in the classroom and along the trails of the Chicopee Woods, and see how a variety of woodland plants go through seasonal changes.GSE – S2L1, ELA2L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach
  • Pond Life
    Use nets to collect a variety of aquatic animals at Chicopee Lake, then hike the trails to identify features that allow animals and plants to live in or around this habitat. Both 2-hour and 3-hour program options available. GSE – S2L1, S3L1, S3L2 ELA2L4, ELA3L4
    PROGRAM FORMAT: Elachee Field Trip

Interdisciplinary

  • Lessons from the Cherokee
    Explore the culture, contributions and history of North Georgia’s most influential Native American tribe. GSE – SS2H2, SS2G1, SS2G2, ELA2L4, SS3H1, ELA3L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach, Interactive Distance Learning
Grades: 4 and 5

Aquatic Studies

  • Lake Lanier Aquatic Study
    During this Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program, students will analyze and explore Georgia’s most important lake from the deck of the Chota Princess II floating classroom. GSE – S4L1, S5L4, S5P1, S5E1, ELA4L4, ELA5L4 LEARN MORE
    PROGRAM FORMAT: Lake Lanier Field Trip
  • We All Live Downstream
    Students will experience this dynamic 2-part program that combines a community watershed exploration at your school with our popular Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program. GSE – S4L1, S5L4, S5P1, S5E1, ELA4L4, ELA5L4  LEARN MORE
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom, Interactive Distance Learning

Earth and Space Science

*When in Elachee’s portable planetarium, Starlab, all participants are required to wear face coverings.

  • Seeing Stars for 4th Grade*
    Study the physical attributes of planets and stars, the earth, solar system and moon phases in Starlab, Elachee’s portable planetarium. GSE – S4E1, S4E2, ELA4L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom, Interactive Distance Learning

Life Science

  • Eat or Be Eaten
    Explore behaviors and adaptations of animals and plants that play essential roles as producers, consumers and decomposers in an ecosystem. Discover real world food chains and webs by seeing how energy flows through the Chicopee Woods. GSE – S4L1, ELA4L4 PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom, Interactive Distance Learning
  • Exploring the Animal Kingdom
    Classify vertebrate animals through activities in the classroom and along the trails of the Chicopee Woods. GSE – S5L1a, ELA5L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom
  • Pond Life
    Use nets to sample, identify and classify a variety of Chicopee Lake’s aquatic animals, then enjoy a discovery-filled hike to see how changes in this environment have affected the habitat’s energy flows, food webs and the roles and adaptations of this community’s organisms. Both 2-hour and 3-hour program options available. GSE – S4E3, S4L1, S5E1, S5L1, S5P1, ELA4L4, ELA5L4
    PROGRAM FORMAT: Elachee Field Trip
  • Stream Life
    Catch and classify aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate animals, then conduct chemical tests to evaluate the streams of the Chicopee Woods. Both 2-hour and 3-hour program options available. GSE – S4E3, S4L1, S5E1, S5L1, S5P1 ELA4L4, ELA5L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Interactive Distance Learning
Grades: 6, 7, 8

Aquatic Studies

  • Lake Lanier Aquatic Study
    During this Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program, students will explore and analyze Georgia’s most important lake from the deck of the Chota Princess II floating classroom. GSE – S6E3, S6E6, S7L4, ELA6L4, ELA7L4, ELA8L4 
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Lake Lanier Field Trip
  • Lake Lanier Water Quality Index
    This Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program is ideal for an AP Biology or Environmental Science class. Students conduct nine (9) different tests aboard the Chota Princess II floating classroom to determine the overall water quality of Lake Lanier. Tests include dissolved oxygen, fecal coliform, pH, biochemical oxygen demand, temperature change, total phosphates, nitrates, turbidity and total solids. Limited to 30 students. GSE – S6E3, S6E6, S7L4, ELA6L4, ELA7L4, ELA8L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Lake Lanier Field Trip
  • We All Live Downstream
    This dynamic 2-part program combines a community watershed exploration at your school with our popular Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program. GSE – S6E3, S6E6, S7L4, ELA6L4, ELA7LA, ELA8L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach, Interactive Distance Learning

Earth and Space Science

*When in Elachee’s portable planetarium, Starlab, all participants are required to wear face coverings.

  • Astronomy for Middle Schoolers*
    Determine relative position of planets, the solar system, solar and lunar eclipses, phases of the moon and more through this program in Starlab, Elachee’s portable planetarium. GSE – S6E1, S6E2, ELA6L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach, Interactive Distance Learning
  • Elachee Rocks!
    Study plate tectonics, the rock cycle, rock formations, fossils, erosion, deposition and more. GSE – S6E5, ELA6L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach
  • Telescopes to Go!
    Our expert astronomers will bring up to eight (8) telescopes to your school to conduct an unforgettable celestial tour of the evening sky. GSE – S6E1, S6E2, ELA6L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach

Life Science

  • Habitats and Adaptations
    Study the behavioral and structural ways plants and animals interact with their habitats. GSE – S7L4, ELA7LA
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach, Interactive Distance Learning
  • Stream Life
    Catch and classify aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate animals and then conduct chemical tests in order to evaluate the streams of the Chicopee Woods. Both 2-hour and 3-hour program options available. GSE – S7L1, S7L4, ELA6L4, ELA7L4, ELA8L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Interactive Distance Learning
  • TREE-mendous Trees
    Learn to use a dichotomous key to identify a variety of trees of the Chicopee Woods. GSE – S7L1, S7L4, ELA7L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach

Physical Science

  • All About Energy
    Hands-on explorations, solar ovens, calorie-counting and other irresistible activities help students understand and compare the different forms of energy. GSE – S8P2, ELA8L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach
  • Energy Options
    Students are introduced to sources of energy, energy conservation and technology with the chance to view the sun through a solar telescope, opportunities to see solar-powered machines at work and a tour of Elachee’s E-House. GSE – S6E6, ELA6L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Aquatic Studies

  • Lake Lanier Aquatic Study
    During this Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program, students will explore and analyze Georgia’s most important lake from the deck of the Chota Princess II floating classroom. GSE – SEV1-5, ELA9-12L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Lake Lanier Field Trip
  • Lake Lanier Water Quality Index
    This Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program is ideal for an AP Biology or Environmental Science class. Students conduct nine (9) different tests aboard the Chota Princess II floating classroom to determine the overall water quality of Lake Lanier. Tests include dissolved oxygen, fecal coliform, pH, biochemical oxygen demand, temperature change, total phosphates, nitrates, turbidity and total solids. Limited to 30 students. GSE – SEV1-5, ELA9-12L4
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Lake Lanier Field Trip

Life Science

  • Stream Life
    Catch and classify aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate animals and then conduct chemical tests in order to evaluate the streams of the Chicopee Woods. Both 2-hour and 3-hour program options available. GSE – SEV1-5, ELA9-12L4 
    PROGRAM FORMATS: Elachee Field Trip, Interactive Distance Learning