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


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