Supporting the Nature Center since 1973

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.

Annual Meeting (Pie Day)
Sunday, September 27

Each September our members gather for an afternoon of music, silent auction, bidding, and all-you-can eat pies of every kind, from sweet to savory.  This fun event doubles as our annual meeting and our president traditionally delivers a quick speech thanking our supporters and highlighting our accomplishments.  Please check back September 1 for up-to-date Covid19 information regarding the Annual Meeting.

The Nature Playscape

Imagine children clambering over small boulders….shimmying down a hillside…leaping over tree stumps…building hideouts from logs and limbs…romping with butterflies and birds. 

It’s where kids connect with the outdoors.  Where playtime becomes learning time. Its the Nature Playscape, our next big thing. This playscape is currently under construction in our former garden area behind the Education & Visitor Center.

Clarke County School District elementary, middle and high school science teachers are eligible for the Sandy Creek Nature Center Science Education Grant. In 2020, there will be three grants with awards totaling $1,000. These grants will be administered through the Foundation for Excellence. Please visit their website at for more information and to apply.

Science Education Grant