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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

Guided Trail Hikes

    From: March 04, 2015 - May 06, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Wednesday
Join staff of SCNC, Inc. and naturalists from our community for a guided walk on the trails at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Stay after for coffee! Child... View Details

Naturalist’s Walk

    From: March 07, 2015 - May 02, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
Join naturalists as they discover the beauty of spring! Bring binoculars, a camera, and a sense of adventure. Children under 13 years old must be acco... View Details

Nature’s Trading Post

    From: March 07, 2015 - May 02, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
The trading post is open! Trade one or two objects that have been found in nature for points or other natural objects in the collection. Children unde... View Details

Critter Tales

    From: May 09, 2015 - May 09, 2015
Listen to a story about nature , and then we’ll bring it to life by visiting a critter or going outdoors for an activity. A different tale is re... View Details

Journey Through the Stars: Family Planetarium Program

    From: May 09, 2015 - May 09, 2015
Join Sandy Creek for their popular planetarium program! In May, guests will hear the “Legend of Ursa Major” and discover the journey ... 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