In the late 1980’s, a small group of local residents with a shared passion for the environment believed they could strengthen their Atlanta Southern Crescent community through environmental education and conservation. Together, they secured a 45-year lease on approximately 50 acres of privately-owned land adjacent to Cochran Mill Park, an 800-acre nature preserve owned and managed by Fulton County. This property has become the home of Cochran Mill Nature Center, a private, non-profit organization providing environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation services.
The ongoing support and commitment of the community has made it possible for the Nature Center to provide year-round educational programming since 1991.
Inspired by the Nature Center’s mission and goals, volunteers worked with staff and board members to expand the capacity and reach of the Nature Center. Together, they built a 6,000 square-foot lodge, the Nature Center’s first permanent facility, and a one-acre wildlife pond. The new lodge, complete with new exhibits and programming, opened to the public in 1994.
In addition to the construction of the lodge, volunteers and donors have generously aided CMNC in the building of a handicapped-accessible boardwalk and dock, a pavilion and the Helen Selman memorial garden.
After more than 15 years of service, the Nature Center is now recognized as Atlanta's Southern Crescent Region’s premier environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation
Cochran Mill Nature Center
6300 Cochran Mill Road Palmetto, GA 30268
Phone: (770)306-0914 Fax (770) 306-8463