PRE-K on-site field studies and outreach programs

The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) offers a variety of science education programs for all ages and grade levels. Our programs are designed to engage students’ natural curiosity and provide experiential learning opportunities in nature.

On-site Field Studies

All on-site programs are conducted on CNC grounds and include both a guided trail hike and an encounter with one of CNC’s resident animals. Programs last 1 hour and 15 minutes, and additional free time is provided for classes to explore the grounds at their own pace.

Programs must be booked a minimum of 3 weeks in advance.

Discover Nature

Listen for birds, smell the flowers, and feel the bark that can be found in the woods. In this program, students create their own definitions of nature by exploring the forested areas of CNC.

Plants and Trees

How does an acorn become an oak tree? Why are some leaves green while others are brown? With the help of a CNC Naturalist, students will study live plants on CNC’s grounds and hypothesize about how they grow and interact with other forms of life.

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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 (teacher/chaperone): $12/each.

>> One Naturalist is provided to teach 25 students. 

>> Deposit is due 2 weeks from booking date, either $150 or 25% of total program, whichever is greater.  

>> Remaining balance to be paid on day of program to our Scheduling Office from the Lead Teacher only. We cannot accept payment from chaperones. 

>> Inquire about potential scholarship money based on FRL. 

 

Cancellation Policy

When you schedule a program, we reserve a slot in the calendar for your group, and we commit staff and resources to ensure you an exceptional educational experience. Please review the following cancellation policy for the Chattahoochee Nature Center:

>> All programs take place rain or shine (indoor space is available).

>> Reschedule a program up to 4 weeks before scheduled date without penalty. Subject to availability.

>> Cancel a program up to four weeks before scheduled date without penalty.

>> If canceled less than 4 weeks from scheduled date, deposit will not be refunded. 

>> Schools with an unpaid balance will not be able to schedule another program until the balance is paid.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Can’t make it to CNC? Let us come to you! Our science education programs are mobile and can be brought directly to your classroom. Bring nature to life wherever you are with hands-on activities and a close-up encounter with one of CNC’s resident animals. Programs must be booked a minimum of 3 weeks in advance.

Nature’s Wonders

30 minutes | designed for 3-year-old students | 20 participants maximum

Unlock the innate wonder and curiosity in each young learner with a hands-on exploration of the natural world. A CNC Naturalist will bring a variety of natural items for students to examine, and the Naturalist will conclude the program with an animal demonstration.

Apples and Honey

45 minutes | designed for students age 4+ | 25 participants maximum

Celebrate the hard work of pollinators with this engaging program. Help pollinate a tree, become a flower, and harvest your own nectar with hands-on activities. This program includes an animal demonstration.

Discover Nature

45 minutes | designed for students age 4+ | 25 participants maximum

Listen for birds, smell the flowers, and feel the bark that can be found in the woods. In this program, students create their own definitions of nature by studying a variety of natural items. This program also includes an animal demonstration.

Plants and Trees

45 minutes | designed for students age 4+ | 25 participants maximum

How does an acorn become an oak tree? Why are some leaves green while others are brown? With the help of a CNC Naturalist, students will study a variety of plant items, and hypothesize about how plants grow and interact with other forms of life. This program includes an animal demonstrations.

Story Time/Animal Time

30 minutes | designed for students age 3 and younger | 20 participants maximum

Meet one of CNC’s resident animals, and read a story about the wonders of nature. This program is perfect for young learners who are just starting their journey.

Please Note: This program can only be scheduled in conjunction with another outreach program.

Traveling Trunks

Prepackaged curriculum and activities you can rent from CNC to use in your classroom for up to 3 weeks. 

The Skunk Trunk – La Maleta de Mofeta

The Skunk Trunk – La Maleta de Mofeta is a program all about the Five Senses. Using both Spanish and English vocabulary and curriculum, La Maleta de Mofeta is also a celebration of language. Filled with books, puppets, photographs, animal bio-facts, and easy-to-use activities, the trunk will help teachers open doors for all children to have a better understanding of the five senses, while learning about nature.

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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, first-served 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 dates you are looking for.

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

Outreach Program Pricing

Age 3 & Under Story/Animal Time Programs: $90 per program

>> 20 students maximum – 30-minute program

>> May only be scheduled in conjunction with another Outreach Program

Age 3: $205 for first program, $95 for each additional program

>> 20 students maximum – 30-minute program

Ages 4-5: $225 for first program, $110 for each additional program

>> 25 students maximum – 45-minute 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 custom 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 optimal experience for every student/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. 

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