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
Brown Bag Lecture Series Kicks Off with Ken Riddleberger
02/16/2017 - 02/16/2017
Elachee welcomes Donna Shearer of Save Georgia's Hemlocks, guest presenter for the December Brown Bag Lecture.
Program Topic: Saving Georgia's Hemlocks
Donna will discuss her organization's conservation and educational efforts on behalf of the Eastern Hemlock Tree which is under siege from the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, an invasive species of insect.
Bring a lunch and join us for this guest lecture that ties together natural history, environmental policy and areas of in...read more
Raptor Fest 2017
03/18/2017 - 03/18/2017
Is a Hawk a buzzard or a vulture? Learn this and more at Elachee's 3rd Annual Raptor Fest. Take a "selfie" with your favorite bird. See flight demonstrations, birds of prey programs and enjoy other birding activities, crafts, food and more. This event will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Elachee Visitor Center in Gainesville, Ga.read more
2017 Trillium Trek Trail Run
04/22/2017 - 04/22/2017
Lace up for this competitive race and walk along the trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, one of many Earth Day activities taking place at Elachee Nature Science Center. With multiple courses, Trillium Trek Trail Run is a great adventure for advanced racers and beginners alike. Each registered participant receives a Dry-Fit t-shirt, a post-race beverage, and light snack.
Race Day Schedule:
Race Check In/Packet Pick Up: Noon to 1:30 p.m.read more
Kids Fun Run: 1:30 p...