PRE-K on-site field studies and outreach programs
Come explore the Chattahoochee Nature Center with your class for fun, educational experiences your students won’t ever forget! Can’t make the trip to visit us? No problem, book an Outreach Program and we will bring the learning into your classroom. Either way, a CNC Naturalist will lead your class in exploration. School programs include hands-on activities and a Teacher’s Guide with additional curriculum.
On-site Field Studies
All on-site programs are conducted at CNC and are suggested as a 2 hour and 30 minute experience. Each program includes a guided forest hike with one of our Naturalists and an up-close animal encounter with one of our non-releasable wildlife (1 hour 15 minutes). The remaining time can be spent with a guided tour of Watershed Gallery in the Discovery Center, plus self-guided time in our picnic areas, gardens, and Wildlife Walk.
Young children receive an introduction to nature. As they use their senses to explore the natural world around them, they discover what is and what is not a part of nature.
Plants and Trees
Students discover how plants and trees grow, and learn about the relationships between humans, plants, and animals.
On-site Programs – Schedule & Reservations
>> Reservations are taken year-round by email at firstname.lastname@example.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
>> $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.
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.
Help bring nature to life to younger children even if you can’t come to CNC! A Naturalist will bring fun and engaging activities, along with bio-facts and a non-releasable animal. Choose from several programs below. Programs can be booked Monday through Sunday, mornings, afternoons, and evenings, year-round. Spaces are limited during spring and fall due to high demand. All programs must be booked a minimum of three weeks prior to the program date. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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.
Apples and Honey
(Pre-K Children Age 3)
Explore the wonders of pollinators with this engaging 30-minute program! Program includes an animal demonstration.
This interactive 30-minute program will provide children with an awareness and early understanding of nature. Young children will practice observation skills to encourage 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.
This 45-minute, hands-on program will engage young minds in the wonders of the natural world. Children will explore what is 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 and 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. A perfect addition to any plant or tree unit!
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.
Outreach Programs – Schedule & Reservations
>> Reservations are taken year-round by email at email@example.com 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
>> 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.