Education at Blue Heron

Our Philosophy

We strive to provide enriching opportunities to engage visitors with the natural world. All our programs and classes are small and uniquely designed to provide an intimate experience with nature. Our programming is geared to facilitate direct contact experiences with nature, especially for children. Current research indicates that many nature centers that provide educational programming are missing an opportunity with lecture only format programming. We are unique in connecting people as closely to nature as we can. If connection to nature facilitates empathy and stewardship, how will the next generation take care of the earth if they don’t care about it?

We invite you to join us for a nature experience at the Preserve. Our small dedicated staff of educators and naturalists looks forward to seeing you soon!

Program Pricing and Registration

For currently scheduled programs, please check our calendar to register. 

All our regular programs are $10 per student, unless otherwise noted. Groups with five students or fewer will be priced at an hourly fee of $37.50 to cover our teaching expenses. All classes are 90 minutes, with a tour and program. View our scheduled programs on our calendar and register there. Registration must be done at least 24 hours before the event.

Please pay online or mail your check to:

Blue Heron Nature Preserve
4055 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30342

Blue Heron reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum enrollment (refunds will be made).

Would you like to create your own event like a birthday party or scout program at Blue Heron? Fill out the inquiry form here and one of our staff members will get back to you shortly.


The Burrow
Blue Heron’s educational lab, The Burrow, was opened to the public for the first time in 2011. A room in our building was renovated with the help of a grant from Nickelodeon to create a learning space for visitors. The grant funding allowed us to create an especially inviting environment with concrete painted floors, track lighting and new warm colors of paint for the walls. Real wooden vines and branches from the Preserve adorn the space with a host of natural objects to see and discover. 
In the Burrow, we host special events, one day workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers, tours and programs for scouts and regular classes in art, nature and science for all ages.

The Nest

In a December 2016 addition to the Blue Heron space, we added an indoor classroom on the second floor of the building. With windows overlooking the pond and a great cozy loft for activities, the space allows school break camps, afterschool groups and other educational programming to spread out and enjoy a great view of the Preserve.


Children’s Garden


Outdoor Classroom


Field Education Centers