community programs

Come explore the Chattahoochee Nature Center with your group for fun educational experiences you won’t forget!

Can’t make the trip to visit us? No problem, book an Outreach Program and we will bring the learning to you.

Great for scout meetings, Blue and Gold events, festivals, camps, day camps, day care/learning centers, and science/STEM nights. Any community group would benefit from a unique nature-centric program!

On-site programs

All on-site programs are conducted at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and are a 1 hour and 15 minute experience. Each program includes a guided forest hike, an up-close animal encounter with one of our non-releasable wildlife and use of the Chattahoochee Nature Center grounds.

Discover Nature

Young children receive an introduction to what is and is not a part of nature by using their senses to discover the natural world around them.

Wildlife Discovery

A general introduction to nature and wildlife for younger visitors, students will explore the native plants and animals of the CNC through hands-on exploration and inquisitive observation. GPS: S4L1a,b,c,d; S4L2a programs

 

CNC Wildlife Journey

A guided tour of the Nature Center’s permanent wildlife residents; owls, hawks, snakes, and a beaver are just a few of the animals your group will encounter. GPS: S4L1a,b,c,d; S4L2a

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ON-SITE PROGRAMS – SCHEDULE & RESERVATIONS

>> Reservations are taken year-round by email at scheduling@chattnaturecenter.org or by phone (770.992.2055 ext. 237) on a first-come, first-served basis. Schedule early to ensure the dates of your choice.

>> Please email or call between 8AM – 4PM and plan approximately 10-15 minutes per call. If we are busy or unavailable, please leave a message and we will make every attempt to return your call on the same day.

>> We can accommodate groups as large as 150 per time slot (10AM to 11:15AM or 11:30AM to 12:45PM) for a single program unless otherwise noted.

 

On-Site Program Pricing

Single Program

>> $12/student, 2 adults free per 25 students. Each additional adult: $12/each.

>> $150 minimum per single program.

Double Program

>> $22/student, 2 adults free per 25 students. Each additional adult: $22/each.

> $275 minimum per double program.

Details

>> One naturalist is scheduled to teach 25 guests. 

>> Deposit is due 2 weeks from booking date, either the program minimum or 25% of total program, whichever is greater.  

>> Remaining balance to be paid on day of program to our Scheduling Office.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Let the Chattahoochee Nature Center bring our experienced naturalists to you for a unique program and learning opportunity. There are programs available for small and large groups. Also, check out the unique traveling trunks that you can use for up to 3 weeks with your group.

Programs for Small Groups 

These programs are designed for 30 or fewer participants. Programs include a live animal presentation; biofacts such as bird wings, turtle shells, or animal furs; an activity; and a question & answer session with a CNC naturalist. Unless otherwise stated, these are one hour programs.

Programs for Pre-School Children Ages 3-5

Story Time/Animal Time

Children will hear a story about an animal, then get to meet that animal. This program may only be scheduled in conjunction with another Outreach program.

Nature’s Wonders

This interactive 30-minute program will provide children with an awareness and early understanding of nature. Young children will also practice observation skills to enhance exploration of their own backyards. This program will conclude with a live animal presentation. PLEASE NOTE: This program is designed with the skills, interests, and abilities of 3-year-olds in mind and is not appropriate for children under the age of 3.

Discover Nature

This 45-minute, hands-on program will engage young minds in the wonders of the natural world. Children will explore what is a part of nature and what is not and become budding scientists who use their innate curiosity to examine a variety of nature treasures. PLEASE NOTE: This program is designed with the skills, interests, and abilities of 4- and 5 -year-olds in mind and is not appropriate for children under the age of 4.

Plants & Trees

This program captures the curiosity of young minds through a series of engaging stations that focus on the human–plant relationship. Children will discover the wonders of plants in this hands-on, 45-minute program. This program concludes with a live animal presentation.

Programs for Ages 6-Adult

Nature 101

Participants in this one-hour program will learn all about the basics of the plants and animals found in Georgia. What’s living in your neighborhood will be explored as well as backyard animals, ways to look for wildlife, tracks and even scat!

Reptiles

In this fun-filled program, participants will touch a live snake, learn what makes a reptile a reptile, and which ones you are likely to encounter in your neighborhood. This program will conclude with a live reptile presentation.

Mammals

In this warm and fuzzy program, the naturalist will explain the identifying characteristics of mammals and tell you what species to look for around your home. This program will conclude with an opossum presentation.

Programs for Large Groups 

These programs are ideal for 31 to 150 seated participants. We offer auditorium and festival programs to meet your needs.

STARLAB Programs

Using an inflatable planetarium, a CNC Naturalist will lead guests on a journey through the night sky to view constellations and the solar system. Guests will learn about the brightness and color of stars while viewing the constellations. They will also observe the phases of the moon through a hands-on activity using models.

Please inquire about space limitations when booking the STARLAB as an outreach program.

Hunters in the Sky Auditorium Program

This one-hour educational program focuses on raptors, some of our most fascinating native predators. A CNC naturalist will utilize fun activities with large props and audience involvement to teach participants about these native birds and their impressive abilities. This program will include presentations of an owl and a hawk.

Georgia Wildlife Journey Auditorium Program

This one-hour educational program focuses on animals that make their home in the Georgia Piedmont. This program will include presentations of an opossum, snake, and bird of prey.

On the Road with Reptiles Festival Program

This Information Booth is available for an unlimited mobile audience in a festival setting. With this program, CNC will bring a collection of fascinating reptile information to you. Using biofacts – such as skulls, turtle shells, and snake sheds – and hands-on activities, the Naturalist will share information about the many amazing reptiles found in Georgia. This program includes a live reptile, viewable in an aquarium.

PLEASE NOTE: A six-foot table in a shaded area is required for this program. The program must be held indoors when temperature is less than 60 degrees.

Traveling Trunks

Prepackaged curriculum and activities you can rent from CNC to use with your group for up to 3 weeks. Great for Scout groups, camps and day care centers. 

Bat’s Incredible – The Endangered Gray Bat

This program is a study of one of Georgia’s protected vertebrates in an investigation kit filled with activities, animal biofacts, books, posters, and more! This trunk provides participants with awareness of statewide habitat issues, knowledge of the endangered Gray Bat and its natural history, and opportunities for critical thinking relative to past, present, and future environmental actions.

Our Shared Forests

In partnership with the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, this trunk includes multicultural activities about migratory neotropical bird migration. Great for Family STEM nights!

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OUTREACH PROGRAMS – SCHEDULE & RESERVATIONS

>> Reservations are taken year-round by email at outreach@chattnaturecenter.org or by phone (770.992.2055 ext. 246) on a first-come basis. Schedule early to ensure the dates of your choice.

>> Information to share: name, school, grade, number of students, program you are interested in, and the dates you are looking for.

>> We will make every attempt to return your call or email within 24 hours. 

 

 

OUTREACH PROGRAM PRICING

Age 6-Adult: $250 for first program, $125 for each additional program

>> 30 participants maximum – 60 minutes

Auditorium Programs: 150 participants maximum – 60 minutes

>> 2 Animals: $350 for first program, $250 for each additional program

>> 3 Animals: $430 for first program, $275 for each additional program

Festival Programs: $225 for first hour, $115 for each additional hour

Traveling Trunks: $100 fully refundable deposit, plus $165 rental fee 

Additional Pricing Information: 

>> $55 one-time development fee for customized programming

>> Non-profit rate: 25% off 

Travel Fees: 

>> Programs within 20 miles of CNC: No fee

>> Programs 21-30 miles from CNC: $50 fee

>> Programs 31-40 miles from CNC: $60 fee

>> Programs 41-50 miles from CNC: $70 fee

NOTE: Audience limits are set to ensure an optimal experience for every participant. Audience size may not exceed the published limits without permission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Audiences who do exceed the published limits will incur additional session fees. Please contact us if you have any questions about our policies.