Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Elachee Nature Science Center

2125 Elachee Dr
Gainesville, GA 30504


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

    Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway

    85, 985

    Special Tags


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Wildflower Bouquet

    Wildflower Bouquet

    04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015

    April is the perfect time to discover and explore the amazing, beautiful and fascinating array of spring wildflowers at Elachee. "Wildflower Bouquet" will be held April 11, from 10 a.m. to Noon. The program is for Daisies, and the cost is $11.00 per participant. Pre-Registration is required.

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  • Lake Lanier Aquatic Study

    Lake Lanier Aquatic Study

    05/16/2015 - 05/16/2015

    Join us at the Lake Lanier Aquatic Study on May 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is for cadette and seniors. The cost is $14.50 (meets at Aqualand Marina, and a boat tour on Lake Lanier is included). Pre-registration is required.

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  • Snake Day

    Snake Day

    09/12/2015 - 09/12/2015

    Join us for "Snake Day" on September 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a public program featuring all kinds of reptiles, hikes, crafts and face painting. Cost is $5 per participant. Pre-registration is not required.

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  • Tremendous Trees

    Tremendous Trees

    11/07/2015 - 11/07/2015

    Join us on November 7, from 10 a.m. to Noon for "Tremendous Trees" - a program for Juniors. You're invited into the woods to learn how to use a dichotomous tree key to help identify the diverse tree life in the Chicopee Woods. The cost is $11 per participant. Pre-Registration is required.

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