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UrbanWatch Atlanta

Restoration Field Trips

UrbanWatch is a community outreach program designed to help middle and high school students experience nature and answer the essential question “Why do natural places matter?”

Help your students build a connection with the environment in this unique, hands-on exploration program held on the Fernbank campus.

  • Explore the flora and fauna of Fernbank Forest, an exceptional 65-acre Piedmont old-growth forest
  • Investigate connections and interdependence of living and non-living members of an ecosystem
  • Discover how native biodiversity contributes to healthy environments through ecosystem services

UrbanWatch field trip activities correlate with Georgia Standards of Excellence in Life Science and Earth Science.

UrbanWatch field trips last 3 hours, 10am to 1pm, and do not include Museum admission. Upon arrival, groups will meet their instructors and enter Fernbank Forest for an approximately one-mile walk on moderate trails. After exploring the forest, students will participate in a wrap-up activity in the Kendeda Education Pavilion, designing a forest creature that contributes to an ecosystem service. Trips conclude at 1pm, at which point we invite groups to eat lunch at Dinosaur Plaza in front of the museum before the bus departs at 1:30pm.

Participation and transportation is FREE for Title 1 schools! Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

To coordinate an UrbanWatch trip, contact