Shooting for the Stars

Did you know? Elachee’s accredited astronomy program engages 20 percent of the north Georgia students we serve each year through PreK-12 school field trips and Elachee in Your Classroom outreach programs. Starlab, Elachee’s portable planetarium, is the stellar ‘sidekick’ equipment our skilled educators have been using for over 30 years to reveal the wonders of the night sky to children in our community. Watch video to see Starlab in action.

Quick Facts:

  • Last school year, Seeing Stars/Starlab had 86 bookings from 74 schools in 8 school systems, for 277 presentations.
  • Over 7,000 children experience this nature education program each year.
  • Annually, Elachee educators travel an average of 2,100 miles taking Starlab into schools for outreach programs.
  • Of Elachee’s 52 grade-specific, accredited STEM-based nature education classes that meet Georgia Performance Standards, programs using Starlab account for 16.5 percent of school program revenue.
  • Our Elachee Nature Academy students and many Camp Elachee participants also enjoy this unique educational experience.

Heads Up, Teachers!

Starlab is one of the most popular Elachee in Your Classroom outreach programs teachers request. It's also an ideal way to bring classroom studies to life, particularly during colder winter months.

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation, funded by contributions from the cooperative’s members, Elachee is extending discounted program rates to Title One schools in the cooperative’s 10-county service area for PreK-12 field trip and outreach programs. These special program rates are available for designated Title One schools in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties, and exclude Elachee’s Lake Lanier Aquatic Studies programming.

Scheduling is first come, first serve based on availability and allocated funding for programs booked October 2016 through mid-September 2017. Schedule your program today or call 770-535-1976 to speak with a representative from Elachee's education team.

Special Thanks to Elachee Supporters

We’d like to send out a tremendous thank you to Elachee's Annual Corporate Sponsors and supporters attending the Tree Party Benefit in late October. Attendees collectively pledged over $22,000 to a Fund the Need appeal. Their financial gifts will assist in the purchase of a new Starlab to replace aging equipment, to maintain existing Starlab equipment and for astronomy program support. 

You can make a donation today to support Elachee's nature education and conservation efforts in the community. Or call 770-535-1976 to discuss Elachee's wish list of needs.