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Elachee Board of Trustees host ribbon cutting to dedicate the Nature Center's newest museum attraction, the Mike and Robbie McCormac Pollinator Pass Exhibit that shows honey bees in action.

January 18, 2017 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center today dedicated its newest permanent exhibit, The Pollinator Pass. The organization’s Board of Trustees hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor long-time Elachee supporters Mike and Robbie McCormac, whose generosity and vision have added a dynamic dimension to the visitor experience. Robbie McCormac cuts the ribbon on the Mike and Robbie McCormac Pollinator Pass permanent museum exhibit at Elachee Nature Science Center, dedicated January 18, 2017 by the Elachee Board of Trustees.

“As an avid gardener, I appreciate the role that honeybees play in our world, and I am acutely aware of the need to protect and nurture these beneficial insects,” explains Robbie, a Master Gardener, an Elachee Advisory Board Member, stellar volunteer at and seasonal plant and tree sale co-chair for the Nature Center. “We wanted to show adults and children alike that bees are not to be feared, but appreciated for their tireless work.”

“Mike and I feel privileged to be able to support Elachee and the efforts the Nature Center has taken to make our community greener and protected for the future,” she shares. “The Nature Center, Elachee Nature Academy, the school programs and community involvement at Elachee are examples of what can be accomplished when education, inspiration and fun are combined.”  

The Mike and Robbie McCormac Pollinator Pass exhibit feature demonstration bee hives and interpretive panels to explain the importance of honey bees in the ecosystem.Just as the fragile ecosystem is intertwined, so are the elements of The Pollinator Pass. The exhibit features two demonstration bee hives that allow visitors to view these incredible workers in action. The bees travel in and out of the hives through pipes that open to a pollinator garden and viewing area.

Stunning 3-dimensional interpretive panels provide the backdrop surrounding the hives. Visitors have the opportunity to better understand the complex nature of honey bees, their roles in the ecosystem and how to ensure their success and survival.

The exhibit is situated in the connecting corridor between the Elachee’s visitor center lobby and Platt Exhibit Hall. Its prime location guarantees all visitors have the chance to see the bees in action. The bees are also a favorite for students visiting on field trips and for children enrolled in Elachee Nature Academy’s Preschool and Kindergarten-1st Grade programs. Students view honey bees in action at Elachee's new museum exhibition, Pollinator Pass.

Elachee tapped Dale Brubaker of Brubaker Designs, Inc., in Atlanta, and David Tunkel of David Tunkel Custom Furniture, in Flowery Branch, to bring the McCormac’s vision to life. Long-time volunteer and Gainesville resident Garry McGlaun shares beekeeping duties with Peter Gordon, Elachee’s Director of Education.

Visitors may experience The Pollinator Pass for the general admission fee of $5 per adult and $3 per child (age 2 to 12 years). Elachee members may visit for free. Plan your visit by checking seasonal hours of operation at elachee.org.

About Elachee

Elachee Nature Science Center, in north Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 38 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee engages tens of thousands of visitors annually with quality nature programming through K-12 school field trips and outreachspecial events and unique environmental education experiences for children, families and nature lovers. The campus is also home to 12 miles of pristine hiking trails and Elachee Nature Academy, the first SACS-accredited Nature Preschool and Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade programs in the Southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donationscorporate sponsorshipsplanned gifts, grants and fundraising events to fund operations. Visit www.Elachee.org.

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