Give Us Your Thoughts
A Message from Elachee’s President/CEO
Spring and summer are a fast-paced seasons of energy and changes, both at Elachee Nature Science Center and in our surrounding beautiful, natural world. It certainly ‘takes the village’ for Elachee to function: there are many moving parts and so many people who work together to keep us functioning.
“I often liken Elachee to a giant puzzle with many pieces,” comments Andrea Timpone, Elachee President/CEO. “Each piece contributes work, expertise, financial support and/or wisdom for the shared passion and vision of providing excellent educational experiences and conservation practices in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.”
Although Elachee is busy every season here’s a snapshot of the spring and summer happenings.
- Each spring school day our skilled naturalists delight 200-300 students who are visiting our campus for K-12 school program field trips, while another 60+ students receive innovative instruction upon our floating classroom on Lake Lanier.
- Our Elachee Nature Academy Preschool and K-1 students are on site with us daily – arriving, departing and constantly moving between the classrooms and the hiking trails. Interspersed with all these children are public visitors coming to hike, picnic, tour the Visitor Center, meet, take Master Naturalist or Homeschool classes, or volunteer as trail stewards and gardeners to help keep Elachee’s grounds welcoming.
- Then, Saturdays bring birthday parties, naturalist-led hikes, Scout groups, special festivals and events, wedding rentals and just held in late April, Elachee’s annual fundraiser the Flights of Fancy Benefit and Auction.
- Camp Elachee 2017 kicks off May 30 with nine consecutive weeks of themed summer day camps for middle and elementary school-age children and for preschoolers. Where nature is the adventure, these fun-filled days are designed to get children unplugged and outside during school breaks.
In addition, the administrative behind-the-scenes work for Elachee’s SACS/AdvancED-accredited programming and facility/grounds utilization never ceases: planning, coordinating, choreographing and managing, all the while remaining adaptable to changes and keeping an eye out for the safety of all our students, visitors and staff.
“Although this snapshot doesn’t do justice to or recognize the tremendous energy, dedication and passion of the volunteers and team members who are part of the puzzle, thank you everyone for this important work which makes Elachee be the best we can be,” adds Andrea.
Elachee Nature Science Center is a privately owned and operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located in Gainesville, Ga., dedicated to promoting environmental understanding through education and conservation. LEARN MORE