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


  • "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.

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  • Nightfall at Elachee

    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

  • 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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  • Elachee's Annual

    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.

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