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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

Journey Through the Stars: Adult Planetarium Program

    From: January 31, 2015 - January 31, 2015
The Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services will present "Journey through the Stars for Adults" on Saturday, January 31 from 3:... View Details

Nature's Trading Post

    From: February 07, 2015 - February 07, 2015
Have you found an object in nature that peaks your curiosity? Check out our Nature's Trading Post. People can create an account, collect points, and ... View Details

Critter Tales

    From: February 14, 2015 - February 14, 2015
The Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services will present "Critter Tales" on Saturdays, January 10 and February 14 from 2:30 - 3... View Details

7th Annual Cottage 5K and 1/4 Marathon

    From: March 29, 2015 - March 29, 2015
7th Annual Cottage 5K and new this year 1/4 Marathon (6.55 Miles). Both races will start at the Sandy Creek Nature Center and the courses will be ru... View Details


    From: April 25, 2015 - April 25, 2015
Participate in this first BioBlitz! Join experts in search of reptiles and amphibians on the property. Participate in programs about these animals th... View Details