Field Trips & OUtreach

Education at Blue Heron focuses on exploratory learning.

Choose your own field trip experience:

Ignite Imagination

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Typical age range pre-k to elementary

Explore and Discover

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Typical Age Range middle school

Engage, Connect and Give Back

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Typical Age Range middle to high school

Email Educationprograms@BHNP.ORG TO SCHEDULE A field trip.


Outreach Programs

bringing the Preserve to you!
your child’s school may already host the Outdoor Explorers program.

Backyard Habitat Hunt

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Search for wildlife hiding in unexpected places!
Discover the life between sidewalk cracks, in nearby plants, and within the sky above.

Urban Birds

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Look, listen, and call for common birds that inhibit the city of Atlanta with binoculars.

Rock Discovery

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Scavenge for and collect hidden treasures in the common rocks of the Georgia Piedmont with microscopes.

2018 OUTREACH Details

Outreach programs focus on environmental education and mostly focus on outdoor time but indoor components can be included.

  • 1 Hour Program:

    • $55.00 for up to 15 participants. Includes one Blue Heron educator, and most materials.

    • For groups with more than 15 participants, a second Blue Heron educator can be added for an additional $30.00 fee.

    • Up to 30 participants maximum.

  • Travel: $.50 per mile round trip from Blue Heron.

  • Additional Materials Fee: Dependent upon program topic. 

Email Educationprograms@BHNP.ORG to schedule a program.


IGNITE IMAGINATION

BLUE HERON EMPHASIZES SENSORY EXPLORATION IN NATURE.

Safely play & learn outside by catching butterflies, building birds's nests, creating rock collections, and more.

PROGRAM TOPICS FOR PRE-K TO ELEMENTARY:

Seeds

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Seeds can be soft, hard, sticky, smooth and many more textures!
Search for seeds in the woodlands and meadows to form a small seed collection.

FLOWERS

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Native flowers and colors are abundant at Blue Heron.
We'll touch, smell, and pick flowers to make a bouquet of colorful blossoms.

PLANTS

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Discover the different shapes and sizes of plants at the Preserve. Create a small plant press or leaf rubbing to take home.

WILDLIFE WALK

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Take a wildlife walk on the trails. Search for and draw plants, animals, and interesting bits of nature.

BIRD WATCHING

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Sketch the birds of the Preserve as they fly, sing, eat, and nest to practice seeing patterns and colors.

NEST MAKING

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Nests are incredible examples of architecture. We'll observe and touch real nests to design and build our own from natural objects.

FORT BUILDING

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Cooperation, gross-motor and fine-motor skills are all developed during this fun nature play program. Children love turning sticks into small homes.

WORMS

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We'll enjoy uncovering worms from under rocks and logs.
We often get to feed them to the Eastern Box Turtles.

INSECTS

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Search the sky, poke at plants, and look under rocks for insects. Children will learn how to make small bug motels.

MUD PIES

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Mud Pies are a classic way to explore soil texture and composition.
Come get muddy and learn why soil is so important.

CREEK WALK

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Wade in the shallows of Nancy Creek! We'll look for wildlife within and around the creek.

*Creek Walks are weather dependent.

ROCK COLLECTING

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Discover the geology of Georgia on a rock collecting hike.
We'll sort our dazzling finds and start our own rock collections to take home.

DETAILS & PRICING

LENGTH: 90 MINUTES

SCHEDULING: YOU MAY CHOOSE ANY 90 MINUTE PERIOD BETWEEN 10AM AND 6PM, MONDAY-SUNDAY.

TOPIC SELECTION: PICK ONE OF THE TOPICS LISTED ABOVE. WANT SOMETHING ELSE? WE WILL GLADLY DESIGN A PROGRAM TO FIT YOUR NEEDS!

PRICING:

  • GROUPS OF 45 OR FEWER: $10 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $75.00.

  • GROUPS OF 46 TO 90: $8 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $150.00.

  • GROUPS OVER 90: LARGER GROUPS NEED TO SCHEDULE MULTIPLE FIELD TRIP DAYS. Please contact us: educationprograms@bhnp.org.

  • TEACHERS, CHAPERONES, AND PARKING: FREE

  • Reduced pricing is available upon request for groups with demonstrated financial need.

READY TO BOOK? HAVE SOME QUESTIONS?
Email us: educationprograms@bhnp.org


EXPLORE & DISCOVER

INTERTWINE SCIENCE AND NATURE THROUGH HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE.

Enhance classroom education by exploring the Preserve with Environmental Educators.

PROGRAM TOPICS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS:

ROCK DISCOVERY

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Collect rocks along the trails and creek. Learn how rocks change in different environments, and sort your discoveries based on color, texture and hardness.

CREEK WALK

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A walk in Nancy Creek is the perfect way to learn about rocks, soils, and fossils.
We'll seek out information about each as we enjoy the water and sand.

SOIL DISCOVERY

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Uncover the properties of different soils by getting dirty and digging in various habitats.
Children will collect soil types to observe, describe and compare.

MAGNIFICENT MUSHROOMS

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Go on a mushroom hunt with us and learn about decomposers. Children collect natural items to create the ideal environment for mushrooms.

BEAVERS IN THEIR WETLANDS

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Beavers are a keystone species and essential to habitat restoration. Explore our Beaver Dam Analogs as we examine how beavers benefit our urban ecosystem.

GEORGIA PIEDMONT habitats

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Explore the plants and animals that adapt and thrive in one of the Preserve habitats: Woodland, Riparian, Meadow, or Wetland. We’ll learn in one of our Field Education Centers.

DETAILS & PRICING:

LENGTH: 90 MINUTES; 2 HOURS; 3 HOURS.

SCHEDULING: WE SCHEDULE FIELD TRIPS MONDAY - SUNDAY; 10 AM - 6 PM.

TOPIC SELECTION: PICK ONE OF THE TOPICS LISTED ABOVE. WANT SOMETHING ELSE? WE WILL GLADLY DESIGN A PROGRAM TO FIT YOUR NEEDS!

PRICING:

  • GROUPS OF 45 OR FEWER:

    • 90 MINUTES: $10 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $75.00

    • 2 HOURS: $12 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $125.00

    • 3 HOURS: $15 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $200.00

  • GROUPS OF 46 TO 90:

    • 90 MINUTES: $8 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $150.00

    • 2 HOURS: $10 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $200.00

    • 3 HOURS: $13 PER CHILD, WITH A MINIMUM OF $300.00

  • GROUPS OVER 90: LARGER GROUPS NEED TO SCHEDULE MULTIPLE FIELD TRIP DAYS. Contact us: educationprograms@bhnp.org.

  • TEACHERS, CHAPERONES, AND PARKING: FREE

Please note, reduced pricing is available upon request for groups with demonstrated financial need.

READY TO BOOK? HAVE SOME QUESTIONS?
Contact us: educationprograms@bhnp.org.


ENGAGE & CONNECT

APPLY CLASSROOM EDUCATION WITH FIELDWORK AT THE PRESERVE.

Older students apply Environmental Science to real-life conservation experiments.

PROGRAM TOPICS FOR MIDDLE TO HIGH SCHOOL:

FIELD BIOLOGY
at the Preserve

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Students collect natural items to use microscopes to study and describe their findings.

WATER QUALITY MONITORING

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Utilize water quality tools to uncover the world that exists within Nancy Creek.

GEORGIA PIEDMONT Habitats

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Explore the plants and animals that adapt and thrive in one of the Preserve habitats: Woodland, Riparian, Meadow, or Wetland. We’ll learn in one of our Field Education Centers.

DETAILS & PRICING:

LENGTH: 90 MINUTES; 2 HOURS; 3 HOURS.

SCHEDULING: WE SCHEDULE FIELD TRIPS MONDAY - SUNDAY; 10 AM - 6 PM.

TOPIC SELECTION: PICK ONE OF THE TOPICS LISTED ABOVE. WANT SOMETHING ELSE? WE WILL GLADLY DESIGN A PROGRAM TO FIT YOUR NEEDS!

PRICING:

  • GROUPS OF 45 OR FEWER:

    • 90 MINUTES: $10 PER STUDENT, WITH A MINIMUM OF $75.00

    • 2 HOURS: $12 PER STUDENT, WITH A MINIMUM OF $125.00

    • 3 HOURS: $15 PER STUDENT, WITH A MINIMUM OF $200.00

  • GROUPS OF 46 TO 90:

    • 90 MINUTES: $8 PER STUDENT, WITH A MINIMUM OF $150.00

    • 2 HOURS: $10 PER STUDENT, WITH A MINIMUM OF $200.00

    • 3 HOURS: $13 PER STUDENT, WITH A MINIMUM OF $300.00

  • GROUPS OVER 90: LARGER GROUPS NEED TO SCHEDULE MULTIPLE FIELD TRIP DAYS. Contact us: educationprograms@bhnp.org.

  • TEACHERS, CHAPERONES, AND PARKING: FREE

Reduced pricing is available upon request for groups with demonstrated financial need.

READY TO BOOK? HAVE SOME QUESTIONS?
Contact us: educationprograms@bhnp.org.