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School Field Trip Programs
Group programs must be scheduled a minimum of 2 weeks in advance.
 

General Coffee State ParkAs a teacher or group leader, you have the opportunity to utilize every aspect of your state park. Whether it is on your own or alongside the park staff, during the day or throughout a weekend, feel free to navigate the nature trail, paddle on the pond or behold the burrows of the protected gopher tortoise.

The park is named for General John Coffee, a respected planter, military leader and congressman. Throughout the park's 1,511 acres various habitats are home to a multitude of threatened and endangered species. The park also offers our award winning Heritage Farm, where Southeast Georgia's agricultural history is illustrated. Ranger-led school programs are available on request. All school programs are correlated to the Georgia Performance Standards.

School children can hike the park's 4.5 miles of trails and/or explore the park’s Heritage Farm, ponds and outdoor classroom. Group trips may be conducted on a self-guided basis or you may learn more about Georgia’s plant and animal life by participating in one of our ranger-led school programs.

The park has 7 picnic shelters and 1 enclosed shelter for picnics as well as 6 cottages and a group lodge available for overnight rental.


SCHOOL PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT GENERAL COFFEE:

   Georgia Reptiles
Grades Pre-K –1
Meet Ali the alligator and her friends in a program designed to introduce students to the basic groups of reptiles found in our state. Live animals will be used including a snake, alligator, turtles and a tortoise.
SKL1, SKL2, S1L1


   Can you Smell That?
Pre-K – 1st Grade
This program is all about sensory perception. Students will play a matching game in which they try to match plant samples with plants growing in the herb garden. (Weather conditions may affect availability).
SKL1, SKCS6, S1CS6, S1CS7


   Ponds, Puddles and Pollywogs
Grades 2-7
This water study program includes collecting, live specimens from the pond or river at the park. Students will use identification guides to identify the insects, mussels, worms, tadpoles or fish they catch.
S2CS7, S3L1, S4L1, S5L1, S7L1, S7L4c


   Gopher It!
Grades 3-4
General Coffee State Park is home to the protected Gopher Tortoise. Your group will learn about the adaptations of this amazing keystone species and explore the longleaf pine ecosystem where the tortoise lives. Students will take a short hay ride to reach the trailhead in the park’s Sandhill Management area. Tecahers will receive a previsit Powerpoint to introduce students to the Gopher Tortoise.
S3L1, S4L2


   Meet the Farm Animals
Grades Pre-K – 1
Students are introduced to the different types of farm animals kept at the Heritage Farm through an active feeding session with the animals. Students will be allowed to touch and feed the farm animals which include pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens and ducks.
SKCS4, SKL1, SKL2, S1L1


   A Day On The Farm
Grade 2
Students will experience some of the everyday activities that took place on a farm in the late 1800’s. Teachers can choose up to three of the following activities per visit: soap making, open hearth cooking, gardening (seasonal), animal care, quilting, or woodworking tools. Additional fees may apply if you want the students to complete a take home project.
SS2H1b


   Farm Tours
Grades 2-8
Students will be taken on a ranger-led tour of the Heritage Farm which includes an 1830’s cabin, smokehouse, blacksmith shop, outhouse, tobacco barn, corn crib, a small museum/nature center and garden areas. Descriptions of the uses of the buildings, exhibits and tools will be provided during the tour.
SS2H1b, SS8H5c, SS8H7


   Activity Central
All Grade Levels
A selection of age appropriate activity tables will be set up in the museum for students to explore at their own pace. Activities will be chosen by park staff based on availability of materials and supplies. Activities may be organized around a theme based on teachers request in order to enhance classroom studies.


   CUSTOMIZE A PROGRAM
All Grade Levels
If you do not see a program on this list to fit the needs of your class we will be happy to customize a program for your group. Call the park’ s Interpretive Ranger for more information.

Note: Programs are also available for special education students on request. The Interpretive Staff will work with each teacher to design a program to allow the students to have a fun and fulfilling experience at the park.
 


HOW TO SCHEDULE A FIELD TRIP AT GENERAL COFFEE:
 
Call:  912-384-1581
Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 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. There are no charges for teachers and chaperones.
Minimum group size: 20
Maximum group size: 100

Reserving Picnic Shelters: Picnic shelters are available on a first come first serve bases or you may reserve a shelter for lunch by calling the reservation service at 1-800-864-7275. ($30 fee per shelter for reservations)



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