Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Elachee Nature Science Center

2125 Elachee Dr.
Gainesville, GA 30504

770-535-1976
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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

    Activities

    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

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    85, 985

    Special Tags

    Eco-Friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Brown Bag Lecture Series Kicks Off with Dr. Leslie Edwards

    Brown Bag Lecture Series Kicks Off with Dr. Leslie Edwards

    01/19/2017 - 01/19/2017

    Dr. Leslie Edwards will discuss in detail some of the fascinating plants found in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. Bring a lunch and join us for this guest lecture that ties together natural history, environmental policy and areas of interest regarding the natural world.

    Program Topic: Unique Plants of the Chicopee Woods
    Program Fee: Requested $5-$10 Donation Per Person, Per Lecture
    Reservations: Call 770-535-1976
    Location: Elachee Nature Science Center, Mundy Edu... read more

  • Brown Bag Lecture Series Kicks Off with Ken Riddleberger

    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