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Elementary

Elementary programs meet and exceed Georgia Standards for Excellence in a variety of subjects, including Science and Visual Arts. Children's exploration of the outdoor world is facilitated by a professional BHNP educator in a small-group setting. Children are encouraged to observe, touch, and describe their discoveries in nature. Our educators help children ask good questions, and provide the tools each child needs to discover their own answers.  

 

Program Details:

  • Length: 90 minutes. 
  • Scheduling: We schedule Field Trips Monday - Sunday. You may choose any 90 minute period between 10 am and 6 pm. 
  • Theme Selection: Pick one of the themes from Plants, Animals, or Land and Water categories (see below). If you don't see what you are looking for, contact us! We will gladly design a program to fit your needs. 
  • Fee: $10/child for groups under 45 students. $8/child for groups of 45 and more. Reduced pricing available for groups with demonstrated financial need. Teachers and Chaperones are free. Parking is free. 
    All field trips have a minimum fee due 2 weeks prior to your trip, that is based on the estimated size of your group. This fee ranges from $75.00 for groups of 15 and fewer, to $325 for groups who estimate their size between 76 and 90 students. Any remainder due will be calculated and charged on the day of your trip. Please contact the office for details.
 

Program Themes:

Earth Science

Rock Discovery Rocks are lively at Blue Heron! Collect rocks along our trails and creek and sort your collection based on color, texture, hardness and more. Notice how rocks and soils are changed in the dynamic environment of Nancy Creek. 

Rock Discovery
Rocks are lively at Blue Heron! Collect rocks along our trails and creek and sort your collection based on color, texture, hardness and more. Notice how rocks and soils are changed in the dynamic environment of Nancy Creek. 

Water Discovery Is the water clean in our creeks? How does the weather impact the water in our creek? We'll explore these questions as we test our water quality using simple methods. 

Water Discovery
Is the water clean in our creeks? How does the weather impact the water in our creek? We'll explore these questions as we test our water quality using simple methods. 

Creek Walk A walk in our creek is the perfect way to learn about rocks, soils, and fossils! We'll seek out information about each as we enjoy the cool water. We'll take along a trash bag and clean up our waterway as we go! 

Creek Walk
A walk in our creek is the perfect way to learn about rocks, soils, and fossils! We'll seek out information about each as we enjoy the cool water. We'll take along a trash bag and clean up our waterway as we go! 

Beavers and Wetlands What role do beavers play in the water cycle? Find out as we explore our Wetland and Woodland Field Education site and discover how beavers and the water cycle shape the land. 

Beavers and Wetlands
What role do beavers play in the water cycle? Find out as we explore our Wetland and Woodland Field Education site and discover how beavers and the water cycle shape the land. 

Soil Discovery Dig in to soil! By getting our hands dirty in different parts of the Preserve, we'll uncover the properties of soils. Children will collect different soil types to observe and describe, and compare the soil of 2 different habitats.

Soil Discovery
Dig in to soil! By getting our hands dirty in different parts of the Preserve, we'll uncover the properties of soils. Children will collect different soil types to observe and describe, and compare the soil of 2 different habitats.

Physical Science

Fort Building Work with your peers to build a shelter made from sticks, rocks, leaves, and vines. Discovering how to build with and balance these natural items can be challenging; good communication is essential. Can you make a fort your entire team can sit in?

Fort Building
Work with your peers to build a shelter made from sticks, rocks, leaves, and vines. Discovering how to build with and balance these natural items can be challenging; good communication is essential. Can you make a fort your entire team can sit in?

Water Discovery Is the water clean in our creeks? How does the weather impact the water in our creek? We'll explore these questions as we test our water quality using simple methods. 

Water Discovery
Is the water clean in our creeks? How does the weather impact the water in our creek? We'll explore these questions as we test our water quality using simple methods. 

Rock Discovery Rocks are lively at Blue Heron! Collect rocks along our trails and creek and sort your collection based on color, texture, hardness and more. Notice how rocks and soils are changed in the dynamic environment of Nancy Creek. 

Rock Discovery
Rocks are lively at Blue Heron! Collect rocks along our trails and creek and sort your collection based on color, texture, hardness and more. Notice how rocks and soils are changed in the dynamic environment of Nancy Creek. 

Beavers and Wetlands What role do beavers play in the water cycle? Find out as we explore our Wetland and Woodland Field Education site and discover how beavers and the water cycle shape the land. 

Beavers and Wetlands
What role do beavers play in the water cycle? Find out as we explore our Wetland and Woodland Field Education site and discover how beavers and the water cycle shape the land. 

Soil Discovery Dig in to soil! By getting our hands dirty in different parts of the Preserve, we'll uncover the properties of soils. Children will collect different soil types to observe and describe, and compare the soil of 2 different habitats.  

Soil Discovery
Dig in to soil! By getting our hands dirty in different parts of the Preserve, we'll uncover the properties of soils. Children will collect different soil types to observe and describe, and compare the soil of 2 different habitats.
 

 

Life Science

Seed Discovery Go seed collecting with us! We'll find seeds in our woods and meadows, start our own collection, and explore how seeds move from place to place. Children can make seed dispersal balls to take home! 

Seed Discovery
Go seed collecting with us! We'll find seeds in our woods and meadows, start our own collection, and explore how seeds move from place to place. Children can make seed dispersal balls to take home! 

Beavers and Wetlands Beavers are a keystone species, and essential to habitat restoration at the Preserve. Walk over beaver dams and look for signs of beavers, as we examine how they benefit our urban ecosystem. 

Beavers and Wetlands
Beavers are a keystone species, and essential to habitat restoration at the Preserve. Walk over beaver dams and look for signs of beavers, as we examine how they benefit our urban ecosystem. 

Plant Discovery The native plants of Blue Heron are abundant in all seasons. We'll touch, smell, and observe plants in two different habitats and build an understanding of how plants grow and reproduce. 

Plant Discovery
The native plants of Blue Heron are abundant in all seasons. We'll touch, smell, and observe plants in two different habitats and build an understanding of how plants grow and reproduce. 

Bird Watching What makes a bird a bird? Let's find out by looking for some of our feathered friends along our trails. We'll learn how to use binoculars, recognize birds by their call, and see if we find different birds in different habitats. 

Bird Watching
What makes a bird a bird? Let's find out by looking for some of our feathered friends along our trails. We'll learn how to use binoculars, recognize birds by their call, and see if we find different birds in different habitats. 

Habitats of the Georgia Piedmont This special program highlights the unique habitat found at each of our 4 Field Education Centers: Wetland, Riparian, Woodland, and Meadow. Explore the unique plants and animals that thrive at one of these habitats, and the adaptations that allow them to survive. Want to explore more than one habitat on your trip? Contact our office to find out how! 

Habitats of the Georgia Piedmont
This special program highlights the unique habitat found at each of our 4 Field Education Centers: Wetland, Riparian, Woodland, and Meadow. Explore the unique plants and animals that thrive at one of these habitats, and the adaptations that allow them to survive. Want to explore more than one habitat on your trip? Contact our office to find out how! 

Flowers Pick a bouquet of spring, summer of fall wildflowers and learn what makes flowers special. We'll take a close look with our magnifying glasses, as we explore the different flowers that grow at the Preserve. 

Flowers
Pick a bouquet of spring, summer of fall wildflowers and learn what makes flowers special. We'll take a close look with our magnifying glasses, as we explore the different flowers that grow at the Preserve. 

Magnificent Mushrooms Go on a mushroom hunt with us! We'll collect natural items to create the ideal environment for a mushroom, and learn about decomposers as we go. Children will create a clay mushroom to take home. 

Magnificent Mushrooms
Go on a mushroom hunt with us! We'll collect natural items to create the ideal environment for a mushroom, and learn about decomposers as we go. Children will create a clay mushroom to take home.