• Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc.
  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

Supporting the Nature Center since 1973

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About Us

Sandy Creek Nature Center was founded in 1973 by a group of 11 concerned citizens. In 1981, this group deeded the Nature Center to Athens-Clarke County which, to this day, operates the center. Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, continues to work in conjunction with ACC to fund special projects, property improvements and programs.

News: Restroom Upgrade

Thanks to a generous $68,000 grant awarded by Riverview Foundation, the restroom located behind the main Education & Visitor Center, will be getting a make-over. This project will begin shortly after construction of the adjacent Nature Playscape. The restroom serves the Oconee Rivers Greenway in addition to Nature Center users and is currently open 24 hours.  Upgrades will include an expanded space, new fixtures, energy-efficient features and improved ADA access.


Membership is great way to tangibly express your support for Sandy Creek Nature Center, and memberships are available at a variety of levels.  Members can enjoy benefits and the pride of supporting one of NE Georgia's premier outdoor education facilities. Memberships are tax-deductible and support special projects, property improvements and programs.

Drive By Pie 
Held March 14

Thanks to our many friends and supporters who swung by for some pie and to participate in our drive-by annual meeting. If you missed it, click the link below to enjoy some lively music, our annual report and messages from our Board President and Facility Supervisor.  

The Nature Playscape

After several years of planning, and nearly a year of construction, the Nature Playscape is open to the public. We hope the community enjoys this long-awaited project. Bring your sense of adventure and perhaps a snack but leave dogs at home and bicycles/scooters in the provided racks. Hours are sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. A restroom is located nearby.

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The Frog Pond Gift Shop is now open! Stop by for nature-themed clothing, local products, books and educational toys.  Drinks and snacks are also available in the lobby.

Frog Pond Gift Shop is Open
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.