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Elachee Science Center to host Raptor Fest, star-gazing event March 12
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See the span of an eagle’s wings or view the vastness of the universe as Elachee Nature Science Center hosts two unique events in Gainesville.

Happening first will be Raptor Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at 2125 Elachee Drive.

Visitors can witness see a bald eagle and other birds of prey during the family-friendly program. Nature experts will conduct live birds of prey flight demonstrations — include one a bald eagle. Children activities will also be available.

Admission is $5 per person. Or add $3 to see the center’s bat exhibit. Children 2 and younger may enter for free.

For more information, visit

That same evening, the center will host one of its three spring Stars Over Elachee programs at the Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake, 2080 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville.

The event is a hands-on telescope workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Participants will learn how a telescope works, how to set one up and use one of eight 6-inch Dobsonian telescopes to see the moon, planets, stars and constellations. On this particular evening, the planet Jupiter can be seen. Participants should bring a flashlight and a pencil.

The event is recommended for ages 8 and older, and reservations are required.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12 and free for Elachee members.

For more information, visit or call 770-535-1976.

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