Preschool and Headstart
At the Dunwoody Nature Center, classes move through the meadow and trails of our park led by our highly trained staff of environmental educators for a hands-on learning experience that reinforces and brings to life the STEM concepts that they are taught in the classroom.
Our field trips are correlated to Georgia Standards of Excellence according to grade level and subject area using academically-based curriculum materials. We feature four distinct habitats — meadow, stream, wetlands, and forest — that are ideally suited to enhance the fundamentals of environmental science in a controlled setting. Many of our field trips are available for outreach at your school as well. To learn more, download our field trip brochure or scroll down to see all of our field trips.
$50 deposit required at registration. One hour programs are a minimum charge of $75(covers up to 12 students ) / $6.00 per student after the minimum; one-and-a-half hour programs are a minimum charge of $100 (covers up to 12 students)/ $8.00 per student after the minimum.
Discovering Nature (60 min)
Students explore the trails of the Nature Center, examining how the plants, trees, creek, and even the animals change as the seasons change. Through counting and matching, the students focus on the differences between fall, winter, spring, and summer.
Butterfly Beginnings (60 min)
Did you know that butterflies were caterpillars when they were babies? Learning the stages of butterfly metamorphosis is a perfect introduction to learning about life cycles for young students. Students will enjoy a discovery based nature hike as they visit our pollinator gardens, learn the parts of a butterfly and discover how butterflies survive and reproduce.
Reptile Ramblings (60 min)
What makes turtles and snakes reptiles? How are they different from amphibians or mammals? Students will explore the park observing different reptile habitats and searching for signs of reptiles. Enjoy an encounter with either our resident turtle or corn snake, hear a story and play a game as you learn about the unique characteristics of reptiles.
REGISTRATION POLICY & FAQ
Most frequent questions and answers
A deposit of $50 is required to secure your field trip. The deposit will be applied to the balance due of the field trip. You may pay via credit card when completing the online registration or by phone. You may also mail a check for the deposit. If you need an invoice prior to paying the deposit, call the Nature Center and one will be provided to you. All deposits are non-refundable but may be applied to a future program if you cancel your visit. The balance will be due on the day of the program. For groups of 12 students or less a minimum charge of $75 for the one hour program and $100 for the hour and a half program is required.
Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners, a limited number of scholarships are available for Title 1 funded schools to attend field trips at the Nature Center. This funding provides a discount per student on all field trips. To initiate a Title 1 request, please contact Holly Loveland, Program Manager, or by calling the program office at (770) 394-3322.
We can host up to 160 students per day. We recommend a maximum of 25 per class. If you have questions about your group, please call the Education Office.
Field Trips may be scheduled for Monday through Friday beginning from 9:00 am to 4 pm from mid-August thru mid-May. Sorry, we cannot offer field trip programs during the summer months (June, July, mid-August ) due to our summer camp program.
All teachers and chaperones are FREE – as is parking.
All schedule changes must be made at least 72 hours in advance.
Yes, you may extend your stay at the Nature Center for play/exploration or lunch at no additional cost. We only reserve one field trip per day so the park is yours to explore outside of your field trip time. We have an outside picnic area for your enjoyment, but have limited indoor space to accommodate lunch.
Our programs are designed to be outdoor experiences. Please make sure that students are dressed appropriately for the day’s weather conditions.
Yes, we can customize some programs. Please call the Program Office to discuss at (770) 394-3322.