The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center is a unique partnership among the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Foundation (GEHC Foundation), the University of Georgia, and the Gwinnett County Board of Education.
The Center opened in 2006 as a multi-use history, culture, heritage, and environment facility. It is located on a 700 acre campus with green space and walking trails, as well as a 66,000 square foot educational building. The Center was Gwinnett County’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified green building and possesses one of the nation’s largest, sloped, vegetated roofs.
In addition to its environmental emphasis, the Center oversees heritage education programming throughout Gwinnett County, including such sites as the Lawrenceville Female Seminary, McDaniel Farm, the Yellow River Post Office, Freeman’s Mill, the Issac Adair House, and the Chesser-Williams House.
Under the leadership of Steve Cannon, Executive Director, the Center provides an opportunity for over 52,000 students (public, private, and home school) and community members annually to participate in interpretative, hands-on field studies and community based, educational programming.
The Center offers a unique mix of recreational, educational, and rental opportunities. Visitors enjoy an exciting experience in the misty, multi-sensory Blue Planet Theater and wet fun in Discover H2O. Various traveling exhibitions connected to the Center’s mission also provide informative and fun ways to explore both science and heritage programming. In addition, passive recreation opportunities such as bike riding and hiking on the scenic nature trails and greenway corridors abound.
Visitors to the Center can also experience Treetop Quest. This canopy adventure is fun for ages 4 to adult and allows one to learn about protecting the environment while jumping, balancing, swinging and zipping through the pristine canopy cover of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.
For additional information and admission/program pricing, please visit GwinnettEHC.org