Snake Day, an Elachee Tradition

August 24, 2016 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center invites the public to see live reptiles at Snake Day 2017, sponsored by Tipton Construction Company. This seasonal public nature education program is Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bring the entire family to this 25th annual festival featuring a record number of regional herpetology experts who will delight audiences with live demonstrations and workshops showcasing native and exotic species of snakes, alligators, lizards, turtles, tortoises, toads and frogs. 

Expert herpetology experts delight crowds at Elachee's Snake Day.“Interest in reptiles seems to never peak,” says Peter Gordon, Elachee’s Director of Education. “It’s easily the most popular natural history topic in this community, based on the size and diversity of the crowds visiting Elachee for Snake Day.”

Snake Day 2017 takes place on Elachee’s main campus at 2125 Elachee Drive in Gainesville (off Atlanta Highway, near the Chicopee Woods Golf Course).

Admission is $5 per person, ages 2 years and older. Pay at the gate. Elachee Members get in free. Complementary shuttles, courtesy of Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Gainesville, will run to/from all designated parking areas.

Thanks to the support of Snake Day 2017 event sponsor Tipton Construction Company, Elachee is pleased to bring these exciting exhibitors to this annual celebration of all things reptilian:

  • The Georgia Herpetological Society
  • Georgia Reptile Society
  • University of Georgia Herp Society
  • Local Herp Enthusiasts

“Snake Day is the most favorite Elachee public seasonal festival of the year for our exhibitors, our staff and guests who come from near and far to the Nature Center,” confides Gordon. Snake Day offers once in a lifetime experiences for nature lovers of every age.

At this action packed nature festival you can touch a snake, enjoy reptile programs, participate in live animal demonstrations, take guided hikes in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, visit Elachee’s live animal exhibits, make cool reptile-related crafts, get your face painted, purchase and eat yummy food from local vendors, and more! Browse Elachee’s Nature Shop for a souvenir, where you can also snag a Snake Day t-shirt for everyone in the family. 

Visit for directions to Elachee Nature Science Center, and for details about Elachee’s Snake Day 2017, or call 770-535-1976.

About Elachee Nature Science Center

Touch a reptile at Elachee's Snake Day 2017.Elachee Nature Science Center, nestled in one of Georgia’s largest protected greenspaces, the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For nearly 40 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited north Georgia nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee serves tens of thousands of visitors annually through STEAM-based environmental education classes and quality nature education field trip experiences for PreK-12 school age children, interactive natural history and live animal exhibits, 12 miles of pristine hiking trailsCamp Elachee and special nature education programs for the public. The campus is also home to Elachee Nature Academy offering a nature-based State-licensed and SACS-accredited Preschool and Kindergarten-1st Grade. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donations, corporate sponsorships, planned gifts, grants and the annual Flights of Fancy Benefit and Auction to fund operations. Visit

Elachee Nature Science Center Media Contacts:

Peter Gordon, Director of Education, 770-535-1976
Kim Marks, Director of Development & Communications, 770-535-1976

Photos available upon request.