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“Indoor Exhibit & Outdoor Trails + Classes & Camps” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandy Creek Nature Center

Sandy Creek Nature Center
205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607
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Ranked #4 of 59 things to do in Athens
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Owner description: The nature center is a facility of the Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services and partners with Sandy Creek Nature Center Inc., a non-profit support group. This 225- acre wildlife sanctuary includes over 4 miles of nature trails, providing access to a variety of habitats typical of the Georgia piedmont: river floodplains, wetlands, upland pine and hardwood forests, fields, ponds, and streams. In 2012, Sandy Creek Nature Center completed a major expansion funded by SPLOST and community partnership dollars. Over 4,000 square feet were added to the Education & Visitor Center, including new exhibits and a planetarium. Sandy Creek Nature Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Property and trails are open sunrise to sunset daily.
Jefferson, GA
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“Indoor Exhibit & Outdoor Trails + Classes & Camps”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Learn about the plants and animals of Georgia through programs and interactive displays in the new exhibit hall. Live animals are on display and there is a small planetarium. There is even an active observation beehive that can be viewed from inside the building. Trails meander through woods and swamp and provide easy short hikes. For a longer hike take Cook's Trail to Sandy Creek Park (4.1 mile) and enjoy their 10+ miles of trails, including an newly completed loop around Lake Chapman. There is a short boardwalk trail from the nature center to the creek that is wheelchair accessible and all of the indoor activities are accessible. Enjoy the gift shop where they have a lot of nature-based gifts!

Visited June 2013
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