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Sandy Creek Nature Center

Featuring 225 acres of woodlands and wetlands, the Sandy Creek Nature Center is a gateway to outdoor exploration. More than 4 miles of trails and an ADA interpretive trail are available with connections to the North Oconee River Greenway and Cook's Trail.

The SPLOST-funded Education and Visitor Center includes live reptiles, amphibians, marine and freshwater aquariums, interactive natural history exhibits, and an incredible resource library all housed in an eco-friendly building. There is also a circa 1815 Log House and several wildlife observation areas on site.

Come and explore their small planetarium and newly expanded exhibit hall with interactive learning centers that feature the wetlands, coastal, woodlands, agriculatural and  urban environments of Northeast Georgia. The Frog Pond Shop with its variety of nature-based gifts is popular with all ages. The shop is open during nature center hours.

Sandy Creek Nature Center, nestled among 250 acres of woodland, fields, and marshland, provides a secluded, tranquil setting for a meeting, conference, or retreat. The Education and Visitor Center is a multi-use building featuring live animal exhibits, meeting rooms, and an earth-friendly, energy-saving design. The Walker Hall Complex, a quiet retreat in the woods, includes meeting rooms, outdoor decks, nearby trails, and exhibits.

Meeting Features:
•Picnic and recreational areas along the Greenway riverwalk
•Exhibit galleries

Nature’s Trading Post

    From: September 05, 2015 - November 07, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
  The trading post is open! The community is invited to trade the one or two objects they have found in nature for points or other nature obj... View Details

Fred Birchmore Memorial 5K and Fun Run

    From: September 13, 2015 - September 13, 2015
Athens native Fred Birchmore was always ready to begin his next adventure! Fred , who passed away in April 2012 at age 100, was a world traveler, adve... View Details

Naturalist's Walk

    From: October 03, 2015 - November 03, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 3rd day
  Sandy Creek Nature Center Naturalists will lead a hike around the property in search of seasonal happenings. Participants are encouraged to ... View Details

Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K and Fun Run

    From: November 01, 2015 - November 01, 2015
  Come out to the Sandy Creek Nature Center for the 15th Annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K and 1 Mile Goblin Fun Run. The course will be an out and... View Details