Field Trips

Third 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

From Boulders to Clay (90 min)

Which came first, the boulder or the clay? Through STEM-based experiments and activities, your Junior Geologists can learn the basics of minerals, rocks, and soil types. Students will also examine the effects of erosion and weathering as they explore Dunwoody Park.

Meets GSE S3E1

Plants of the Piedmont (90 min)

What plants are native to the Piedmont region of Georgia? What is an invasive species? How do people and pollution impact plants and the land? Students will use field guides, measuring implements, their senses, and other STEM-based tools to really get to know the plants and trees of their region.

Meets GSE S3L1

Monarch Migration (90 min)

Every year 100 million monarch butterflies make an extraordinary journey, some of them traveling all the way from Canada to Mexico, where they will spend the winter. Students undergo metamorphosis, turning into butterflies as they migrate to their overwintering habitat in Mexico.  They experience firsthand the challenges that Monarch butterflies face journeying south.

Meets GSE S3L1, S3L2

Native American Life (90 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 SS3H1

Pollution Solution (90 min)

Pollution affects the air we breathe, the water in our rivers, and the land all around us. Students will participate in hands-on activities and games learning about these pollutants and their effects on the environment. Most importantly the students will identify ways to reduce pollution and its harmful effects.

Meets GSE S3L2


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