Nature Division

 

Nature Division Office
Memorial Park, 293 Gran Ellen
Athens, GA 30606

Memorial Park
293 Gran Ellen Dr
Athens, GA 30606

706-613-3580



Administration 

Memorial Park
293 Gran Ellen Drive
Athens, GA 30606

Athens, GA 30601


Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Booker, Phyllis Administrative Assistant 706-613-3801
Bond, Alex Nature Division Administrator 706-613-3580

Bear Hollow Zoo 
Directions

293 Gran Ellen Dr.
Athens, GA 30606

706-613-3580


Link: www.accgov.com/bearhollow

Reopening Monday, June 29 at 9:00 AM

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall: Daily 9:00 AM-4:45 PM

Admission: Free
Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Garrison, Kelly Zoo Coordinator 706-613-3580
Hong, Megan Program Specialist 706-613-3580

Ben Burton Park 
Directions

615 Mitchell Bridge Rd
Athens, GA 30606

706-613-3620


Link: https://www.accgov.com/benburton

 Hours of Operation:
 Daily: Sunrise - Sunset

Memorial Park 
Directions

293 Gran Ellen Dr
Athens, GA 30606

706-613-3580


Link: https://www.accgov.com/memorial

Hours of Operation:
Park Hours: Daily: 8:00 AM - Sunset.
Administrative Office Hours: Monday - Friday : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Staff
Name Title Email Phone
McKinney, John Facility Supervisor 706-613-3580
Vinson, Alyssa Program Leader 706-613-3580

Sandy Creek Nature Center 
Directions

205 Old Commerce Rd.
Athens, GA 30607

706-613-3615


Link: https://www.accgov.com/sandycreeknaturecenter

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Trails are open sunrise to sunset daily.

Admission:  Free
Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Smith, Randy Facility Supervisor 706-613-3615, ext. 7737
Cash, Michelle Naturalist 706-613-3615, ext. 7730
Mowbray, Kate Naturalist 706-613-3615, ext. 7733
Garrison, Wes Program Leader 706-613-3615 ext. 7729
Collins, Carla Recreation Assistant 706-613-3615, ext. 7726

Sandy Creek Park 
Directions

400 Bob Holman Rd
Athens, GA 30607

706-613-3631


Link: www.accgov.com/sandycreekpark

Hours of Operation: 
Current Hours:7:00 AM- 9:00 PM
CLOSED MONDAYS

Entrance Gate closes 30 minutes prior to the Exit Gate. 
Exit Gate is locked promptly at the posted closing time.

Admission Fee:
 
No Cash
Ages 4-64: $2 per person
Under 4 / 65 & older: Free
Disc golf: extra $1 per person
Staff
Name Title Email Phone
Betz, Bob Facility Supervisor 706-613-3631
McFay, Hannah Program Leader 706-613-3631
White, Connor Recreation Assistant 706-613-3631

Trails and Open Space 

Link: www.accgov.com/trails

Provides management and oversight for all trails and undeveloped park areas, including Ben Burton Park, Boulevard Woods Park, and Dudley Park. Conducts recreation and nature based programming across Leisure Service’s facilities.  Key functions include ongoing site and trail inspections, garbage and litter pickup routes, trail maintenance, greenspace resource management operations in conjunction with the County’s Environmental Coordinator, and coordination with volunteer organizations such as SORBA, the Weed Warriors, and the Boulevard Woods Neighborhood Association. 
Staff
Name Title Email Phone
West, Rose Trails & Open Space Supervisor 706-613-3620
Moore, Lawson Program Leader 706-613-3620