Elachee Nature Center plans the following upcoming events:
•First Wednesday Home School Program — Wednesday, April 1, 1:30-4 p.m., at Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. The theme is animal and plant adaptations. "Students will ‘meet’ a variety of Georgia animals and learn of amazing ways these creatures survive in their habitats," organizers state. "Bringing those concepts to life through a visit to Elachee’s Live Animal Exhibit and a hike in Chicopee Woods, students will have many opportunities to explore specific characteristics of both plants and animals found in our diverse northeast Georgia forest habitat." For more information, visit https://www.elachee.org/fm/events/detail/id/627/ or call 770-535-1976.
•Master Naturalist Program Series — Thursdays, April 2-June 4, 1-5:30 p.m. (plus Saturday May 2, all day), at Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. Explore local habitats and ecosystems in this interactive 11-program course that combines indoor lectures with outdoor field experiences. Elachee tailors the Georgia Master Naturalist course for the local environment, within the framework developed by the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Course participants receive a certificate of completion. For more information, visit https://secure.elachee.org/np/clients/elachee/eventRegistration.jsp?forwardedFromSecureDomain=1&event=860 or call 770-535-1976.
•Stars Over Elachee — Saturday, April 4, 7:45-9:45 p.m. at Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. Learn to set up and use a telescope, then embark on a guided tour of the night sky to see the first quarter moon and bright seasonal stars. Most meaningful for adults and children ages 8 and older, organizers state. Program begins at dusk. Attendees should bring a flashlight and pencil. Planet visible this month: Venus. For more information, visit https://www.elachee.org/fm/events/detail/id/536/ or call 770-535-1976.
•Elachee Science Night — Tuesday, April 14, 5:30-8 p.m., at The Loft at Scott’s Downtown, 131 Bradford St., NW, Gainesville. The program will cover pocket prairies with guest speaker Jennifer Ceska, State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia. Prairies are one of our state’s most endangered habitats, organizers state. Learn from one of Georgia’s most renowned conservationist how small backyard and urban renditions can help restore this important ecosystem. Pre-registration is required. For information, visit https://www.elachee.org/fm/events/detail/id/622/ or call 770-535-1976.
•Trillium Trek Trail Run and Walk — Saturday, April 18, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. "Race along the trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve," organizers state. "With multiple courses, Elachee Nature Science Center’s 10th Annual Trillium Trek Trail Run and Walk will be a great adventure for advanced racers and beginners alike, and the perfect opportunity to experience the great outdoors within Georgia’s only National Dedicated Old-Growth Forest." Race options include 5K and half-marathon courses. For more information, visit https://www.elachee.org/fm/events/detail/id/556/ or call 770-535-1976.