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School Programs

Enhance your students’ Fernbank experience with a school program. Fernbank educators use active discussion, fun visuals, live specimens and unique artifacts to engage students. All programs are correlated with Georgia Standards of Excellence and last 30 to 90 minutes.

Auditorium Programs (min 25, max 150 per session)

Science comes alive with discussion, demonstrations, and exciting visuals in our auditorium style programs! Discover the amazing, dynamic processes of Earth and Life Sciences. Each program lasts 45 minutes and is designed to accommodate large groups. 

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Investigations (min 15, max 60 students per session)

Sharpen your science skills in our inquiry-based investigations. Observe and explore the worlds of Earth and Life Sciences through hands-on activities and experiments. Each investigation lasts 45 minutes. Note: Some investigations are designed for outdoor exploration; please review program summaries for details.

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Creature Feature (min 10, max 30 students per session)

Meet our live teaching animals up close in an animal encounter. Learn about the incredible adaptations and life histories of our charismatic critters. Each encounter is scheduled for a 30-minute block and includes three animals from our collection of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.

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Guided Fernbank Forest Tours (min 10, max 30 students per session)

Gain a better understanding of the interconnected Piedmont forest ecosystem and the importance of biodiversity during this 90-minute interpretive tour of Fernbank Forest. Participants will explore the ecology and characteristics of an old-growth forest while developing a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

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Make a reservation online or contact the Field Trip Team at 404.929.6320 or