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largest protected green space, the mature     	 Another of Hall County’s lovely natural             Elachee Nature Science Center                                                        CULTURE & LEISURE
woodland habitat surrounding Elachee is       areas is the Atlanta Botanical Garden,
home to a variety of native plant and animal  Gainesville, a 168-acre facility of the      Charles and Lessie Smithgall of Gainesville
species. Privately owned and operated,        Atlanta Botanical Garden, where collections  donated the land to the garden in 2000.
more than 65,000 visitors come to Elachee     of trees and shrubs are grown and studied.   Used to expand the Atlanta Botanical
year-round to unplug, reconnect with                                                       Garden’s current native plant and/or
nature and learn.                                                                          endangered plant conservation program,
	 The main campus features a visitor
center complex, live animal exhibit,
nature shop and 12 miles of hiking trails
that connect to Elachee’s Aquatic Studies
Center at Chicopee Lake. The only SACS/
AdvancEd-accredited nature center in
the Southeastern U.S., Elachee promotes
environmental understanding and
conservation through diverse programming
such as PreK-12 school field trips and
outreach programs, the Elachee Nature
Preschool, Camp Elachee summer day
camps, family-friendly public events, life-
long learning and volunteer opportunities.
Elachee is also a popular site for weddings
and corporate retreats. 2125 Elachee Drive,
Gainesville, GA 30504, 770-535-1976.

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