Jackson EMC Foundation Awards Elachee $15,000 Grant for Student Science Education

Funding will enable Elachee Nature Science Center to serve even more K-12 students in the cooperative’s 10-county service area through STEM-based field trips and outreach programs.

September 27, 2016 (Gainesville, GA) – Elachee Nature Science Center will have the opportunity to provide quality science education experiences for even more school-age children the next 12 months thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation, funded by contributions from the cooperative’s members. Elachee is extending special program rates to Title One schools in the cooperative’s 10-county service area for its innovative STEM-based K-12 field trip and outreach programs.Jackson EMC Foundation awards Elachee Nature Science Center a $15,000 grant for K-12 Student Science Education Programs, funded by contributions from the cooperative's members.  

While funds last, educators can take advantage of discounted rates for the diverse selection of grade-specific environmental education Field Trip Programs held at Elachee Nature Science Center and for the highly-touted Elachee in Your Classroom Outreach Programs.  

“We are very pleased to extend our ‘hands on, brains on’ science education for students, made possible by this grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation,” says Andrea Timpone, Elachee President and CEO. “Elachee will provide unique instruction for thousands of students who might not otherwise get this learning opportunity without this crucial support.”

Special program rates are available for designated Title One K-12 schools in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties and exclude Elachee’s Lake Lanier Aquatic Studies programming. Scheduling is first come, first serve based on availability and allocated funding, for programs booked October 2016 through mid-September 2017.

“We are grateful for this support of Elachee’s mission to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation, expanding programming options to meet the needs of additional schools in throughout the region,” comments Peter Gordon, Elachee Director of Education.

Scheduling for Elachee’s Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 school programs is in full swing. These dates are filling up very quickly. However, the months of December, January, February and March present unique opportunities for innovative nature education programs at Elachee or for taking Elachee programs on the road and into individual schools. August and early September are also months when program availability is greater.

“Interested teachers from eligible schools need to contact us as soon as possible to schedule the Elachee field trip or outreach program of their choice,” urges Gordon.  

Elachee is an ideal option for north Georgia educators seeking greater access to supplemental science education for their K-12 students. The Nature Center’s SACS/AdvanceED-accredited and standards-based curriculum is a strong complement to teachers’ science classroom instruction. Teachers can always count on Elachee’s skilled instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic, engaging students in unique classroom and interpretive nature-related activities.

See detailed descriptions of Elachee’s School Programs by grade level. Or, download Elachee’s 2016-17 School Programs Guide.

For more information regarding this time-sensitive opportunity, call Elachee at 770-535-1976.

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 37 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 outreach, special 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 and only state-licensed and SACS-accredited Nature Preschool and Nature Kindergarten-1st Grade programs in the Southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donations, corporate sponsorships, planned gifts, grants and fundraising events to fund operations. Visit www.Elachee.org.

Media Contacts: 770-535-1976

Peter Gordon, Director of Education

Kim Marks, Director of Development & Communications