Field Trips

Second Grade

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, scroll down to see all of our field trips.

$50 deposit required at registration. One hour programs are a minimum charge of $100 (covers up to 12 students) / $8.00 per student after the minimum; one-and-a-half hour programs are a minimum charge of $125 (covers up to 12 students) / $10.00 per student after the minimum.

To book your field trip, call the program office at 770-394-3322, or email

Insectigation Station (60 min)

How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Do all ants look alike? Here’s an opportunity for your students to become “field entomologists” as they learn to identify insect body parts, life stages, and basic needs. Each child will collect and observe an insect, and then discuss their findings with the rest of the class.

Meets GSE S2L1

Metamorphosis Magic (60 min)

Did you know that butterflies and frogs begin their lives as eggs?  Learning the stages of butterfly and frog metamorphosis is a perfect introduction to learning about life cycles.  Students will enjoy a discovery based nature hike as they visit a pollinator garden and a tadpole pond.  Most importantly the students will learn how these little creatures survive in Georgia.

Meets GSE S2L1

Tree Cycles (60 min)

Students will explore the living and non-living things found throughout the various habitats of Dunwoody Park. By participating in a variety of activities such as a tree life cycle scavenger hunt and a plant survival game, students will experience how and why trees change during the seasons of the year.

Meets GSE S2L1, SS2G1

Native American Life (60 min)

Students step back in time, becoming various Native American groups that lived in Georgia hundreds and thousands of years ago. They will learn several survival skills such as fire making, shelter building, hunting and gathering.

Meets GSE SS2H2


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 $100 for the one hour program and $125 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 Loscavio, Program Director, 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.

To book your field trip, call the program office at 770-394-3322, or email