Things to Do

at Elachee Nature Science Center

Enjoy interactive exhibits and recreation areas. Or, find a quiet spot to simply watch nature and unwind!

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Tour Elachee’s Visitor Center Campus

 

Ed Dodd Self-Guided Trail
Take a 0.64-mile hike among diverse forest and topography of the Chicopee Wood Nature Preserve.

Live Animal Room
See 25 species of reptiles and amphibians in curated habitats.

Outdoor Aviary
Observe a Great Horned Owl, Bufo virginianus, the largest owl species in our state and also found in every Georgia county. Follow @chewy_the_owl.

Demonstration Beehives*
Witness a pollinator ecosystem at work in this interpretive exhibit.
Not all interactive indoor exhibits are available to the general public. Please call to ask, 770-535-1976.

Storybook Trail
Read a children’s book as you stroll with your little ones along this section of the Geiger Trail, the only paved trail at Elachee.

Garden Trail
Study plants in interpretive exhibits around the Nature Center campus: Green Roof, Pollinator Meadow, Rain, Bee and Children’s Garden.

Trail of Trees
Identify 10 tree species, viewable from the Elachee Visitor Center balcony, with the help of interpretive panels.

Georgia Pollinator Exhibit
See painted murals of winged Georgia pollinators, created by area PreK-12 students, on display around the campus.

No Dogs or Pets Permitted

PER THE CHICOPEE WOODS AREA PARK COMMISSION, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021

Exhibit Availability

Not all interactive indoor exhibits are available to the general public. Please call to ask, 770-535-1976.

Picnic Area

Groups of 10 or more require an Elachee Group Use Permit.
Call 770-535-1976 for details.

Explore Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve

 

Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake
See osprey, beaver, otter and other wildlife from handicap-accessible, lake-front nature observation areas. Parking and portable restroom available. DIRECTIONS TO CHICOPEE LAKE

Chicopee Woods Hiking Trails
Hike the 8-mile pedestrian trail system in the Nature Preserve. Access trail heads at the Elachee Visitor Center and at Chicopee Lake.