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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

Coffee and Nature Trivia

    From: February 28, 2015 - February 28, 2015
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department presents "Coffee and Nature Trivia" program on Saturday, February 28 from 3:00 - 5:00 ... View Details

Journey Through the Stars

    From: February 28, 2015 - February 28, 2015
Join us for this popular planetarium program featuring "Day of the Dawn" in February. Children 4 years and older, please! View Details

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

River Rendezvous

    From: March 11, 2015 - March 11, 2015
Help the Upper Oconee Watershed Network give our streams a check-up. No experience needed. Dress to get wet and dirty. Children’s activities wil... View Details

Froggie Spring Fling

    From: March 20, 2015 - March 20, 2015
Join us for an evening of amphibian hunting. We will provide a quick introduction inside about the amphibians we can find here and then search the nat... View Details

Open House: Log House

    From: March 21, 2015 - March 21, 2015
Join us as we open the doors to the Log House and explore life in earlier times. Special activities include music, rafts, cooking and games. Children ... View Details

The Hunt for Sasquatch

    From: March 27, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Calling lovers of Bigfoot! Join us as we explore our woods looking for Bigfoot. Make traps, hear calls and have fun trying to find Bigfoot at Sandy Cr... 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

Critter Tales

    From: April 01, 2015 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st
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

    From: April 01, 2015 - May 01, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st
Join us for our popular planetarium program! In March, we will learn about Leo the Lion as we explore spring from “The March of the Lion”.... 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