Gainesville's Natural Playground

Elachee is a regional environmental education center and recreation destination to unplug, reconnect with nature and learn.

Educating for Today

As the only SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center in the Southeastern U.S., Elachee provides a dynamic backdrop for students, adults and families to encounter and learn about the Earth’s magic.
  • School Programs and Field Trips
    Elachee’s quality STEM-based, PreK-12 environmental education classes parallel Georgia Performance Standards. LEARN MORE
  • Elachee Nature Academy
    With a discovery-based curriculum and low teacher/student ratios, students in Pre-K, Kindergarten-1st Grade spend 50 percent of their day in outdoor exploration. LEARN MORE
  • Camp Elachee
    School break camp adventures get children Pre-K through middle school outdoors to make cherished memories! LEARN MORE
  • Public Programs 
    Elachee’s captivating life-long learning opportunities and family-friendly special events highlight the wonders of science and nature. LEARN MORE 

Preserving for Tomorrow

For nearly four decades, Elachee and its devoted community partners have worked tirelessly to build a sustainable legacy for future generations to enjoy. 
  • Trustee in Perpetuity
    Elachee is legally responsible for protecting and preserving over 1,900 acres within the Chicopee Woods Area Park. READ MORE
  • Conservation 
    Ongoing conservation projects in the Nature Preserve are joint efforts with Elachee volunteers and the community to protect its ecosystem and to promote environmental stewardship. LEARN MORE
  • Important Designations
    Elachee has secured key designations such as the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve’s status as an Audubon Important Bird Area and as part of the national Old-Growth Forest Network. MORE
  • Sustainability
    Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donations, planned gifts, grants and fundraising events to fund operations. (Taxpayer ID# 58-1643768) WAYS TO HELP