Top Things to Do at Elachee

There’s something for everyone at Elachee – whether experiencing the wonders of our interactive exhibits and recreation areas, or simply finding a quiet spot to watch nature while you relax and breathe! HOURS

Elachee Attractions

Tour the Elachee Visitor Center and Grounds OUR FACILITIES

  • Explore the Exhibit Halls filled with hands-on activities for learning the natural and cultural history of Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. LEARN MORE
  • Meet snakes, turtles and other species in our Live Animal Exhibit. LEARN MORE
  • Observe the regal red tail hawk in the Outdoor Aviary. LEARN MORE
  • Borrow a Discover Nature Pack (English or Spanish – FREE check out) from the Nature Shop to help children in grades K-8 get the most out of their Elachee visit.
  • Enjoy playing with your little ones along the specially-designed Preschool Adventure Trail and the Storybook Trail(on the Geiger Trail).
  • See what’s growing in the Elachee Nature Preschool’s Gardens That Teach.
  • Set out on the 0.75-mile Ed Dodd Self-Guided Trail to see the diverse forest and topography of the Nature Preserve.
  • Explore the E-House, a solar-powered energy conservation demonstration building.
  • Witness Live Bee Hives and study plants in the Certified Pollinator Garden.
  • Examine a Pervious Parking Surface and Rain-water Collection System (overflow lot).
  • Relax in the Picnic Area and the many Pavilions on the Visitor Center grounds.
  • Stop by the Compost Demonstration Site to learn the basics of a home set-up.
  • Pick out a gift at the Nature Shop.

Visit the Elachee Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake to see osprey, beaver, otter and other wildlife from handicap-accessible, lake-front nature observation areas. LEARN MORE

Hike along 12 miles of trails throughout the Nature Preserve. Access trail heads from both the Visitor Center and Chicopee Lake. HIKING TRAILS