Guidelines for Outdoor Programming

Here are a few helpful tips for exploring the great outdoors with Fernbank Museum!

For All Outdoor Programs

  • Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required and long pants and hats are recommended.
  • All guests are encouraged to apply sunscreen and insect repellent prior to the start of the program.
  • The forest is home to stinging insects, poison ivy and snakes. Guests will be required to stay on the trails, as guided by Fernbank Museum staff.
  • Please inform us of any insect or plant allergies that would require immediate care in the event of contact.
  • Please stay with the group at all times.

For Fernbank Forest Guided Tours, Fernbank Forest Night Walks and Fernbank Forest Bird Walks

  • These are ticketed programs. Advance reservations are required.
  • Guests should check-in for these programs at the Museum Box Office.
  • Programs will depart the Museum promptly at event start time. Groups will then walk from the Museum to the Fernbank Forest entrance located on Clifton Road (approximately ½ mile).
  • Due to the nature of these programs, latecomers will not be accepted. You must arrive prior to event start time.
  • There are no restrooms or water fountains in Fernbank Forest, so please plan accordingly.
  • Fernbank Forest Guided Tours, Fernbank Forest Night Walks and Fernbank Forest Bird Walks paths are fully-accessible. Total walking distance is approximately 2 miles, including the walk from the Museum. The use of strollers is discouraged during Fernbank Forest Night Walks.
  • Programs are held rain or shine but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather.
  • Fernbank Forest Guided Tours and Fernbank Forest Night Walks are suitable for ages 8 and up. Fernbank Forest Bird Walks are suitable for all ages.
  • The Museum will provide flashlights with red bulbs for guest to borrow during Fernbank Forest Night Walks.

For Forest Restoration Projects

  • Individuals with severe poison ivy allergies are discouraged from participating in restoration activities.
  • Gloves and necessary tools will be provided to participants.
  • Participants will be required to sign a waiver and release form.
  • Programs are held rain or shine but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather.
  • There may not be restrooms or water fountains near the project site, so please plan accordingly.