Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
  Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area
School Field Trip Programs

Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation AreaProvidence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area is a 1,008 acre park near Lumpkin, Georgia. Its claim to fame is that it is one of the Seven Wonders of Georgia, and is known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon. Our park also offers school children a chance to bring their classroom studies to life.

School children can hike the park’s three-mile trail and go into the canyons themselves to get a close up view of the beautiful canyon walls. They may also watch the 13-minute video that explains the history of the canyon, and explore the park’s museum which shows the plants and animals of the area. These activities are available on a self-guided basis or learn more about Georgia’s plant and animal life by participating in one of our ranger-led school programs. All school programs are correlated with the Georgia Performance Standards.

State Parks are protected; therefore, it is illegal to collect any natural item.

The park has two picnic shelters, two playgrounds and a group shelter for larger groups.


   Explore Providence Canyon
Grade K-3
Learn about living and nonliving things that can be found in Providence Canyon. On a 1.5 mile Ranger-led hike students will observe and compare the leaves and flowers of trees and shrubs, as well as touch and smell other common plants found along the trail. They will look for signs of wildlife that live in the park, see how water affects the canyon, and compare the texture and density of different soils found there.

   The Providence Canyon Ecosystem
Grades 4-8
Learn about the forces of nature and the influence of people on the creation of Providence Canyon. From the soil composition to the plant community students will explore the make-up of the canyon ecosystem. They will observe the effects of wind and water on the canyon, learn about adaptations of plants that live there and see how invasive plants have effected the ecosystem.
S4L1d, S5E1, S7L4c, S8CS1, S8CS2

   Safety Tips for your Program:
  • On the hike down into the canyons, no one is to hike in front of the ranger.
  • While hiking out of the canyons, no one is to be behind the ranger.
  • Wear shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet and/or muddy.
  • Those with allergies MUST have their medication with them in order to go on the hike.
  • Those who are asthmatic must have their inhaler with them in order to go on the hike.
  • The floor of the canyons is often wet and/or muddy so hikers should wear shoes and clothing that they don’t mind getting muddy.

Call:  229-838-4706

Fees: $5 per person

Minimum group size: NA
Maximum group size: 75 students plus teachers/chaperones. There must be at least one adult chaperone for every fifteen students.

Reserving Picnic Shelters: $40.00

Be ready to provide the following information when you call:
   • Name/Address/Phone Number of School
   • Teacher’s Name and Contact Information
   • Number of Students and Grades
   • Time of Program
   • Type of Program Requested

Teacher involvement: Students should be divided into groups of 10 to 15 per group, with at least one chaperone per group. Chaperones are responsible for group behavior

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