For generations, Georgia’s children have enjoyed learning at our state parks and historic sites. We make field trips memorable and fun. Our rangers and historians are dedicated to teaching about their sites, and many of our parks and historic sites provide educational material that can be used at home or in the classroom.
Below are educational resources that parents and educators can use in teaching about Georgia’s rich history, culture and environment.
Children can have fun learning in the outdoors, experiencing nature first-hand, exploring Georgia's fascinating history and enjoy outdoor recreational activities.
School Programs Correlated with Georgia Performance Standards (GPS)
Many of our State Parks and Historic Sites offer school programs correlated with the Georgia Department of Education’s science and social science standards. Georgia's State Parks and Historic Sites provide unique settings that bring your classroom studies to life. From Civil War sites and historic homes to longleaf pine forests and salt marshes we have the cultural and natural resources that will make science and social science studies real for your students. Most sites offer school programs, and many have correlated their programs with the Department of Education's Georgia Performance Standards. Several Parks and Historic sites have museums or interpretive centers as well as videos about their sites. A few sites do not have the staff to conduct group programs but they do welcome field trips provided you have your own leaders. For added convenience, picnic areas, restrooms, bus parking and vending machines are often available.
Get Outdoors (GO) Georgia” Field Trip Grant – New in 2019!
The Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Division is pleased to offer field trip grants to Georgia educators and their students. This grant program, sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation (GNRF) is designed to distribute funds to public, private, parochial, or home school educators interested in taking students on field trips to a Georgia State park or historic site. Field trips can engage students in learning about Georgia’s forest, wildlife, or natural habitats and their conservation, or about Georgia’s history and cultural resources as they relate to Georgia State Parks or Historic Sites. These learning experiences should support science, social studies and other academic concepts being taught in the classroom. Grants will enable educators to provide real-world and hands on learning experiences beyond the classroom.
Any educator in a school or school district in Georgia from kindergarten to grade 12 may apply for the grant. Educators in home school groups are also eligible. Each grant request shall be for one specific trip or combination of multiple visits to a Georgia state park or historic site, and must include an experience with park staff at that site (hike, talk or other scheduled program.) The maximum grant award is $1,000 per application, regardless of the number of grades and students included in the application. For more information or to apply, download field trip grant application.
Suggestions For A Successful Visit
Make reservations well in advance and confirm the day before. Winter is the easiest time to schedule field trips since spring and fall are exceptionally busy. Rates and programs are subject to change, so ask questions and be specific about your group's needs when making reservations. Ask if all facilities you intend to use are available at that time. If you are planning a recreational outing note that some activities such as mini-golf and canoe rental are seasonal, and some amenities may be closed for renovations.
To ensure a quality visit for all guests, please clean up after your group. This is especially important in picnicking and group camping areas.
To make reservations for group programs and group camps, call the sites directly. Our sites can tailor their programs to meet your standards. State parks and historic sites are operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Additional educational programs are offered by the DNR's Wildlife Resources Division, 770-918-6400; Coastal Resources Division, 912-264-7218; and Environmental Protection Division, 404-657-1638. We look forward to seeing you. Call us today!
An informative e-book, Georgia Parks and Natural Resources: A Guide For Educators, by Dr. Chris Greer, is now available as a free download.