Elachee Nature Science Center
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
Under age 2 $0.00
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
Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year 'Round
Near Interstate Highway
Suitable for Ages
"Historical Hikes" Series
10/08/2015 - 10/29/2015
Join us for the "Historical Hikes" Series: Experiencing Nature Through the Eyes and Words of Early American Naturalists, held each Thursday in October, beginning Oct. 8 and ending Oct. 29, from 1-4 p.m. This new innovative program and hike through time with historical figures that helped shape the American perspective on nature will be led by historian Dr. Sylwester Ratowt. Cost for the series is $60. Call 770-535-1976 for more information and to register.
Nightfall at Elachee
10/17/2015 - 10/17/2015
Elachee is pleased to announce that our popular family fall festival will again be an evening event. Don your favorite costume, and come enter the nighttime forest for a fun, non-scary adventure!
We'll take off on a trick-or-treat trek on the trail where we will meet animal-costumed Elachee staff members with lots of treats and stories to share. Also, storyteller Toni Hurst will spin funny and not-too-scary tales by the light of an October moon. Other features of the evening will inclu...read more
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.read more
Elachee's Annual "Starlight Adventure" Benefit Dinner & Auction
11/11/2015 - 11/11/2015
Elachee's Annual "Starlight Adventure" Benefit Dinner & Auction will take place at Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 6 p.m. Enjoy a casual evening of cocktails, low country boil dinner, jazz music, and live and silent auctions featuring unique artwork, trips, entertainment activities and items donated by local merchants and friends of Elachee. This year's live auction will feature a year-long lease of a hybrid car courtesy of Milton Martin Honda. Event...read more
"Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture" Series
11/12/2015 - 02/11/2016
"Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture" Series will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month from November through February. Bring a sack lunch and join us for a series of four presentations by guest experts who will share their knowledge in natural history and other areas of interest regarding the world around us. Topics TBA. Cost is $5 per program per person. Call 770-535-1976 for information and/or to reserve seating.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m., Lecture: 1 - 2 p.m. Session 1: Nov. 12.read more