Aquatic Studies Field Trip Programs

COVID-19 preparedness protocol for all Elachee field trip school programs at Elachee’s Main Campus, Chicopee Lake and at River Forks Park for the LLALC program:

  • Program attendees will be required to wear face coverings to every reasonable extent during their program when indoors.* Visiting Group Leader and/or other chaperones will be responsible for ensuring that this requirement is met.
  • Visiting Group Leader will be required to provide face coverings for all program attendees.
  • Elachee personnel are required to wear face coverings to every reasonable extent during the program when indoors.
  • PLEASE NOTE: *For a Lake Lanier Aquatic Studies Center (LLALC) program at River Forks Park, all program attendees and chaperones, Elachee staff and the Chattahoochee River Keeper boat captain will be required to wear face coverings to every reasonable extent when indoors and onboard the floating classroom.

Many of Elachee’s STEAM-based environmental education field trip programs have an aquatic studies component. For select classes, we extend your school field trip experience to alternate locations. 

Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) Program

Students climb aboard the floating classroom, Chota Princess II, for a hands-on exploration of the history, ecology and challenges facing Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia’s most important reservoir. Students will sample plankton, collect lake sediments, measure turbidity and determine pH and dissolved oxygen levels. 

  • On shore, Elachee instructors engage students in complementary watershed activities including topographical map studies, storm water runoff demonstrations and water treatment plant simulations. 
  • Extra program options include a tour of the nearby Lakeside Water Treatment Facility or you can combine a study of your community watershed at your school along with a Chota Princess II cruise.

The Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLALC) program takes place at River Forks Park in Gainesville, Ga. Elachee Nature Science Center conducts these programs in partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Hall County Parks and Leisure Services. Title One 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.

PROGRAM LOCATION: During the LLALC field trip registration confirmation process, Elachee will provide driving directions to the bus drop-off location inside River Forks Park. If driving to River Forks Park, the address is 3500 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504 (Guard House 770-531-3952) DIRECTIONS

Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake

Many grade-level field trip programs allow students to conduct pond and wetland studies at this Elachee outdoor classroom, located on the shores of Chicopee Lake. 

Sampling of Elachee Field Trips Classes Ideally Suited for this Setting

  • A Sense of Wonder
  • Eat or Be Eaten
  • Exploring the Animal Kingdom
  • Green and Growing
  • Habitats and Adaptations
  • Habitat is Home
  • Life Cycles
  • Pond Life
  • Stream Life

Chicopee Lake is a secluded spot also ideal for smaller groups to enjoy an Elachee field trip experience. We will work with you to customize a grade-specific program.

  • The Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center features a spacious lake boardwalk and covered teaching pavilion, with restroom access.
  • This area is also a favorite site for birders.
  • Situated across the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve from Elachee Nature Science Center, access to the Aquatic Studies Center requires a 2.5 mile hike from the Visitor Center through the Nature Preserve or a 10-minute drive around its perimeter. 

NOTE: If driving to Chicopee Lake, the address is 2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507. DIRECTIONS/MAP  GOOGLE MAP


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