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2125 Elachee Drive
Gainesville, GA 30504

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Welcome to Elachee Nature Science Center

Educating for Today . . . Preserving for Tomorrow

Our Mission: To promote environmental understanding
through education and conservation.

Our campus consists of a 1,400 acre forest nature preserve with 10 miles of hiking trails. The preserve serves as a plant and animal sanctuary and an ideal outdoor classroom. Our Center houses an interactive museum that will excite and educate visitors of all ages.

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Exciting Upcoming Events at Elachee



Nightfall- Saturday, October 17th, 4-8 p.m.

Experience the magic and excitement of autumn in the Chicopee Woods with Elachee Nature Science Center for this years’ Nightfall.  Load up the kids and come to Elachee for a fun and educational evening - a non-scary, natural alternative to traditional Halloween events scheduled for Saturday, October 17th from 4:00-8:00pm.  Don your best costume and join us for a night of excitement and fun that will include:  A Trick or Treat trek through the woods where you will meet costumed naturalists with treats and stories to share.  A storyteller will spin funny and not-too scary stories by the light of an October moon.  Another feature of the evening will be a telescope tour of the night sky with Elachee astronomers.  We will also have free face painting, crafts, and more!  The Elachee Nature Shop will be open with a variety of nature-oriented gifts.  Guests are invited to wear their favorite costume.   Admission: Elachee members admitted free; Non-members, $5.00 per person. Children 2 admitted free.  Reservations not required.  Call 770/535-1976 or go to for more information.

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Trick or Trek Trail Run- Sunday, November 1, 2015- 2-4 p.m.

Join us at Elachee Nature Science Center for a 5K walk/run and a 10K trail race in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve on November 1, 2015. Take on our challenging trails as you run (we encourage you to wear your Halloween costume) through the forest and perhaps win a prize for best costume. All proceeds benefit Elachee Nature Science Center, a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution. Elachee is a premier environmental education center that provides a year-round nature-based preschool in addition to serving 35,000 students from more than 22 school systems and 30,000 visitors to the museum and 1,400-acre Preserve every year.Race participants will receive one "Dri-Fit" race shirt per participant! No guarantee of T-Shirt with late or race day registration. 

5K: $20.00 (before 10/20), $ 25 (before 10/31) race day- $30 
10K: $30.00 (before 10/20) , $35 (before 10/31) race day- $40

Packet pickup and race day registration will begin at 1 p.m. Shuttles to starting area will cease at 1:45 p.m. This race is a challenging and serene off-road running experience through the forest with a series of hills and bridged stream crossings. Runners will start at the nature center parking lot and road (required for spacing), and will quickly find themselves immersed in the forest for the rest of the race. We will be providing water, Gatorade, and snacks for runners.

If you have any questions about this race, Call 770-535-1976 or email us at

Starlight is a relaxed, casual party at the Brenau Downtown Center featuring beverage and appetizer bars, live music and festive decorations, low-country boil dinner,and live and silent auctions. Back by popular demand will be the three “mini adventures” with animals and hands-on discovery activities to connect you with nature, just like students and others do when visiting Elachee. Grab a cocktail, a friend and jump into the action! Then choose from unique and locally sourced auction items with something for everyone at all price points: artwork, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, trips, gift baskets, children’s surprises, event tickets, whimsical treasures, and home décor. Our “Stellar Treasure Baskets” were a huge hit last year, so they are coming back packed with more deluxe and sought after goods and services. Use your Stellar Treasure Tickets for your chance to win!

Sponsorships for Starlight are available at the following rates.

Premier Sponsor – $8,000.00- 12 adventure tickets, deluxe seating for 10-12 in front of auction

Tech Sponsor – $6,000.00- 10 adventure tickets, prime seating for 10 near the auctioneer

Platinum Sponsor – $5,000.00- 8 adventure tickets, prime seating for 8 near the auctioneer

Gold Sponsor – $3,000.00- 8 adventure tickets, special up front seating for 8

SIlver Sponsor – $2,000.00- 6 adventure tickets, up front seating for 6

Bronze Sponsor – $1,000.00- 6 adventure tickets, reserved seating for 6

IndIvidual Tickets – Open seating- $70.00 per person or $120 for 2 - one Stellar Treasure Ticket plus nature gift per person

Call today 770/535-1976 to become a sponsor or purchase tickets!

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Need two tickets to Starlight? Click here to purchase our Pair of Tickets Pack:







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