Aquatic Studies Field Trip Programs

Many of Elachee’s STEAM-based environmental education field trip programs have an aquatic studies component. For select classes, we extend your school field trip experience to alternate locations. 

All Aboard…Lake Lanier Aquatic Studies Program

Students climb aboard the floating classroom, Chota Princess II, for a hands-on exploration of the history, ecology and challenges facing Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia’s most important reservoir. Students will sample plankton, collect lake sediments, measure turbidity and determine pH and dissolved oxygen levels. 

  • On shore, Elachee instructors engage students in complementary watershed activities including topographical map studies, storm water runoff demonstrations and water treatment plant simulations. 
  • Extra program options include a tour of the nearby Lakeside Water Treatment Facility or you can combine a study of your community watershed at your school along with a Chota Princess II cruise.

The Lake Lanier Aquatic Study Program is sponsored by Elachee Nature Science Center in partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Title One schools are eligible for Lake Lanier Aquatic Studies program scholarships courtesy of Elachee's program partner Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Call Elachee at 770-535-1976 for details. 

NOTE: Elachee will provide driving directions to the bus drop-off location(s) for the Lake Lanier program site during the field trip registration confirmation process.

Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake

Many grade-level field trip programs allow students to conduct pond and wetland studies at this Elachee outdoor classroom, located on the shores of Chicopee Lake. 

Chicopee Lake is a secluded spot also ideal for smaller group programs at Elachee. We will work with you to customize a grade-specific water study or evening telescope program

  • The Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center features a spacious lake boardwalk and covered teaching pavilion, with restroom access.
  • This area is also a favorite site for birders.
  • Situated across the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve from Elachee Nature Science Center, access to the Aquatic Studies Center requires a 2.5 mile hike from the Visitor Center through the Nature Preserve or a 10-minute drive around its perimeter. 

NOTE: If driving to Chicopee Lake, the address is 2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507. DIRECTIONS/MAP  GOOGLE MAP


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