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.


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.

CCSD Science Grant

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.

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.

Annual Meeting (Pie Day)
Sunday, September 27
The Nature Playscape

Imagine children clamoring 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 will be located in our current garden area and will be constucted in our current garden area.

Gift Shop Spotlight

Give the perfect gift AND give back to the Nature Center: purchase gift certificates in any amounts and give them to friends and family. The recipient can choose from nature inspired books, puzzles, toys, games and more. Gift certificates never expire; however, a membership discount is not available on purchases of Gift certificates (the membership discount is available on purchases using a gift certificate as payment).The Gift Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30-5:30 p.m.