Aquatic Studies Field Trip Programs

Many of Elachee’s STEM-based environmental education programs have an aquatic studies component. For select classes, we extend your school field trip experience to these 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 with a Chota Princess II cruise.

The Lake Lanier Aquatic Study Program is sponsored by Elachee Nature Science Center in partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Aqualand Marina 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: This program takes place at Aqualand Marina, 6800 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, aqualandmarina.com, 770-967-6811. DIRECTIONS/MAP  GOOGLE MAP

Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake

Many field trip programs allow students to conduct pond and wetland studies at Elachee’s outdoor classroom on the shores of Chicopee Lake.

  • The Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center features a lake boardwalk and covered teaching pavilion.
  • 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 30504. DIRECTIONS/MAP  GOOGLE MAP


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