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Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc. 

Celebrating the Past, Protecting the Future

Supporting the Nature Center since 1973

Our beloved Sandy Creek Nature Center celebrates 50 years in 2023,

and this is a time to remember, to celebrate and to look forward to the next 50 years.

Please join us for these special 50th Anniversary Events:

50 Things to do to Celebrate 50 Years Brochure

January 1-December 31, 2023

Location: Sandy Creek Nature Center


Print this free brochure and head to Sandy Creek Nature Center to see how many of these 50 Ways to Celebrate 50 Years you can do over the year. Use your checklist each time you visit and do as many activities as you can. At the end of the year, present your checklist to a staff member for a Certificate of Achievement!

Call for Artwork: 50 Years: Inspired by Nature

50 Years: Inspired by Nature. SCNC will be sponsoring an art exhibit at the Bogue Gallery at the Athen-Clarke County Library, July 9-August 20. If you are an artist that has been “inspired by nature” we would love to have your work included. Rules, regulations and applications will be available here March 1st." 

Art Show 50 Years: Inspired by Nature Opening Reception

Sunday, July 16, 2023

3-5 p.m.

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens GA 30606. Downstairs meeting room.

Free, no registration required.

Art Show Display 50 Years: Inspired by Nature

July 9-August 20, 2023

Location: Athens-Clarke County Library, Bogue Gallery, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens GA 30606.  

Free, no registration required.

Youth Art Contest: Love of Local Herpetology: Amphibians and Reptiles!

January 1-May 1, 2023

Location: Sandy Creek Nature Center


Sandy Creek Nature Center is offering an art contest to encourage an awareness of local amphibians and reptiles in Clarke and surrounding counties. The contest will encourage students to research, observe and interact (within safe situations) with nature. Based off the scientific inquiry, students are encouraged to express their new knowledge through art.

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Volunteer Work Day

Saturday, February 18 (inclement weather date February 25)

1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Location: Sandy Creek Nature Center

Free, registration required by February 17

Join us in carrying on the tradition of environmental stewardship that was laid out by the Nature Center’s original founders 50 years ago. In honor of our 50th Anniversary we have planned volunteer activities for adults and youth, removing invasive plant species and weeding and maintaining the new Nature Playscape. There will also be separate hour long work activities for families with young children ages five and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Participants should plan to bring water and wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothes and closed toed shoes. All tools, including gloves, will be provided. We will have hot cocoa, coffee, and snacks to warm you up when we’re done! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to February 25.

Sandy Creek Nature Center 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, March 18, 2023

1-4 p.m.

Location: Sandy Creek Nature Center

Free, no registration required

Mark your calendars! Help us celebrate 50 years of Sandy Creek Nature Center! There will be special guests and speakers, refreshments, entertainment, activities, and fun! 

5oth Anniversary Trail Hopper Ale Roll Out

Friday, March 24, 2023

Social Hour 6-7 p.m., Trivia Contest 7-9 p.m

Location: Athentic Brewing (108 Park Avenue, Athens)

There’s going to be a new beer in town, with proceeds benefitting Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc.! Come to the Trail Hopper Ale roll out event at Athentic Brewery, 108 Park Avenue, Athens GA, March 24. Check back here for the hours and for more information about activities!

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Writer Janisse Ray

Saturday, May 20,2023

2-4 p.m.

Location: Sandy Creek Nature Center

Free, no registration required

Beloved Georgia nature author, Janisse Ray, will speak at the Sandy Creek Nature Center in honor of our 50 years. She will speak at the picnic pavilion, so bring a blanket or lawn chairs if you’d like. Her talk will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to purchase her books. (more info to come).

50 Books for 50 Years

June 1-June 30, 2023

Share your love of nature by donating a book to the Athens-Clarke County Library.




50th Anniversary Annual Membership Meeting/Pie Day

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Location: Sandy Creek Nature Center

Free for Sandy Creek Nature Center Members



Time Capsule

December 2023

Location: Sandy Creek Nature Center

Join us in preparing a time capsule to be opened in another 50 years!

More information coming soon.

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