Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Elachee Nature Science Center

2125 Elachee Dr.
Gainesville, GA 30504

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Elachee Nature Science Center is one of the premier environmental education centers in Georgia serving more than 35,000 students from more than 35 school systems and an additional 30,000 visitors to the museum and preserve each year.

Located in the 1,500-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve in North Georgia, Elachee's curriculum is designed to develop a healthy ecological consciousness and includes preschool, elementary, and secondary education programs parallelling the Georgia Performance Standards. Other offerings include teacher education, summer day camp, special public programs, scout and home school programs, children's birthday parties, and facility rentals.

Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve serves as an invaluable outdoor classroom and is being preserved in a wilderness state. Elachee is a private not-for-profit institution supported by program fees, memberships, fundraising events, museum admissions, and donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $5.00

    Children $3.00

    Members $0.00

    Under age 2 $0.00


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site

    Free Parking

    Gift Shop

    Guided Tours / Guide Available

    Maps & Brochures Available

    Meeting Facilities

    Parking on Site

    Party Facilities

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    Public Restrooms

    Rentals Available

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway



    Special Tags


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Fungus Foray

    Fungus Foray

    06/23/2018 - 06/23/2018

    As part of the Nature Center's Life-long Learning programming series, Elachee welcomes UNG Professor and Botanist Dr. Tom Diggs who will lead a hike in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve to explore mushrooms along the Dunlap Trail. This guided hike is open to 25 individuals, ages 12 and older. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring your own water. Program fee is $20 per person (Elachee Members, $15 each). Registration i... read more

  • Snake Day

    Snake Day

    09/08/2018 - 09/08/2018

    Get up close and personal with creatures that slither and crawl at the 26th Annual Snake Day at Elachee. This seasonal nature education festival is a family-friendly favorite that includes live animal exhibitors, crafts, games, face-painting and food trucks.

    Admission is $10 per person, $5 for Elachee members. Tickets will be available at event check-in on the day of the event.

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