Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
  Sweetwater Creek State Park
School Field Trip Programs

Sweetwater Creek State ParkSweetwater Creek State Park is 2,549 acres of beautiful wilderness only 15 miles west of Atlanta near Lithia Springs. It is best known for the ruins of the Civil War era New Manchester textile mill and the mile-long stretch of whitewater rapids along the creek Our park also offers school children a chance to bring their classroom studies to life. All Ranger-led school programs are correlated with the Georgia Performance Standards.

School children can hike the park's 12 miles of trails, explore the park’s Interpretive Center 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.

The park has 8 picnic shelters and an Interpretive Center.
   Life Along Sweetwater Creek
Grades 2-8
Explore the human history of the Sweetwater Creek valley as you take a short, one- mile Ranger-led hike along the Creek. Along the way students will identify plants and animals that were used as food and medicine by early residents of the valley. The program includes a visit to the Civil War era New Manchester mill ruins.
SS2H2, SS5H1, SS8H1, SS8H6

   Sweetwater “Rocks”
Grades 5-8
Learn about the geology of Sweetwater Creek State Park on this1.5-mile hike. Students will classify and identify the types of rock that make up the Sweetwater Creek valley and learn about the forces that created and continue to shape the area. A hike along the creek allows students to see faulted and folded rock created as a result of plate tectonic events.
S5E1, S6E5, SES2h8

   All About Birds
Grades 3-7
Is it a bluebird or a blue jay, a duck or a goose? Using their observation skills students will learn how to identify common birds of Sweetwater Creek State Park and discuss adaptations of songbirds, wading birds, birds of prey and waterfowl. The program includes a one-mile hike through different habitats to look for and identify birds.
S3L1 S4L1, S4L2, S7L4

   Green Building Tour
Grades 10-12
Tour Sweetwater Creek State Park’s Interpretive Center/Visitor Center and see how technology has been used to create Georgia’s most environmentally responsible (greenest) building. Students will learn about green buildings, sustainability, alternative energy, conservation and recycling.

Call:  770-732-5871
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Be ready to provide the following information when you call:
   • Teacher’s Name and Contact Information
   • Name and address of school
   • Number and grade level of students

Teachers and chaperones are expected to participate and assist program staff as needed.

Fees: $3 per student, teacher and chaperone.

Minimum group size: 15
Maximum group size: 60

No parking fee for school buses.
$5 ParkPass fee for cars and vans.

Our 8 picnic shelters can be rented by calling 1-800-864-7275.

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