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Field Trips

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General Information About Field Trips

All field trip programs are by reservation only. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for an exciting and educational outdoor experience. Indoor accommodations MAY be available in the event of inclement weather during your field trip. Restrooms, water fountains, and vending machines are available on site. Picnics & sack lunches are welcome, but the Ecology Pavilion must be reserved for your lunch group.  If you would like to have your lunch catered by GSU Catering please contact them at 912-478-8681.

Most importantly, please be punctual!  Please be aware of travel time too and from your school.  We want your students to enjoy their field trip to the Center for Wildlife Education, and we want them to experience everything possible while they’re here. If you are late it may be necessary to eliminate a rotation or shorten the time of your field trip to accommodate your trip back to school.

All of our programs do reflect the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for each grade level. The Common Core GPS has also been included for math. Specific or a combination of modules can be selected for your field trip. Please see the standards below:

 

Wildlife in Life Science GPS

- K-2nd – Wild Animals of Georgia: SKL1b, SKL2a, S1L1b,d, S2L1a
- 3rd – Habitats and Wildlife of Georgia: S3L1, S3L2
- 4th – Food Chain: S4L1, S4L2
- 5th – Classification of Animals: S5L1a
- 7th – Energy Flow in an Ecosystem: S7L4a,b,c,d, S7L5a

Wildlife in Math CCGPS

- K-1st – Measurement: MKM1a, M1M1, K.MD, 1.MD.1
- 2-3rd – Measurements, Process Standards, Operations & Algebraic Thinking: M2M1b,c, M2P2a,b, M2P4c, 2.MD, M3N4a, M3N2c, M3P4c, 3.OA
- 4-5th – Numbers, Operations, Process Standards and Algebraic Thinking: M4N3, M4N4, M4P4c, 4.OA, 4NBT, 5.OS, 5.NF, M5N3b, M5P3, M5P4c
- 6-8th – Measurements, Process Standards, Expressions & Equations: M6M2a,b, M6P1, M6P3, M6P4, 6.EE, M7P1,M7P3, M7P4, 7.RP, 7.EE, M8P1,M8P3, M8P4

Wildlife in Earth Science GPS

- K – Physical attributes of rocks and soil: SKE2c
- 2nd – Changes caused by weather: S2E3a
- 3rd – Physical attributes of rocks and soil: S3E1c
- 4th – Water cycle: S4E3d
- 5th – Human intervention in constructive & destructive processes: S5E1c
- 6th – Changes in the earth’s surface: S6E5c

 

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 Wildlife Center Field Trips

 

Fledglings’ Field Trip  

Overview:

- Age Group: Pre-K only
- Up to 90 students (10 MIN – 90 MAX)
- Mondays are reserved for Fledgling field trips
- Program time (excluding lunch): 1 Hour
- If you would like to reserve the Ecology Pavilion for your lunch that will extend your visit by at least 30 minutes and it will be scheduled at the end of your field trip.

Description:

The Fledglings’ field trip Program is designed for the very young (Pre-K). During the 1 hour wildlife program, children are introduced to the concept of habitats, and particular emphasis is placed on NOT handling wildlife without adult assistance. Three, 20 minute rotations are included in this field trip – Down to Earth, Wildlife Program, and Raptor Walkway. The Flight Show is NOT a part of this field trip due to the students’ short attention spans and the potential for safety hazards. Lunch may be scheduled by reserving the Ecology Pavilion for a picnic. If you would like to have your lunch catered by GSU Catering please contact them at 912-478-8681. The cost of the Fledglings’ field trip is $2.50 per attendee, including teachers, parents and chaperones. Bus drivers are not charged.

To register for the Fledglings’ field trip please click on the links below. This field trip is not available in June, July or August.

Click HERE to check availability. Mondays that are unavailable are indicated by the word “busy”.

Click HERE to print out a PDF registration form.  Complete the form and fax to 912-478-1779
OR
Click HERE to register online.

You will be contacted via email once we’ve received your registration form and you have been scheduled.

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Native Habitats and Wildlife

Overview:

- Age/Grade Group: Grades K-12th
- Up to 120 students (10 MIN – 120 MAX)
- Program time (excluding lunch): 2.5 hours
- If you would like to reserve the Ecology Pavilion for your lunch that will extend your visit by at least 30 minutes, and it will be scheduled at the end of your field trip.

Description:

The Native Habitats’ and Wildlife field trip is the most popular choice of programs offered at the Wildlife Center. Groups visit four venues (Raptor Walkway, Down-to-Earth Encounter, Wildlife Program, and Discovery Trail) in two hours, and then enjoy a Flight Show of our Birds of Prey in the Center’s amphitheater. This tour is an excellent introduction to the habitats and wildlife of our region and around the world. It is an interactive tour with considerable time spent interacting with a variety of wildlife. Lunch may be scheduled by reserving the Ecology Pavilion for a picnic. If you would like to have your lunch catered by GSU Catering please contact them at 912-478-8681. The cost of the Native Habitats and Wildlife field trip is $5 per attendee, including teachers, parents and chaperones. Bus drivers are not charged.

To register for the Native Habitat & Wildlife field trip please click on the links below. This field trip is not available in June, July or August.

Click HERE to check availability. Days that are unavailable are indicated by the word “busy”.

Click HERE to print out a PDF registration form.  Complete the form and fax to 912-478-1779
OR
Click HERE to register online.

You will be contacted via email once we’ve received your registration form and you have been scheduled. If you have not heard from us within 7-10 business days after you submit your registration please call us at 912-478-0831.

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Wild About Wildlife

Overview:

- Age/Grade Group: K-12th and adults
- Up to 120 students (10 MIN – 120 MAX)
- Program time (excluding lunch): 1 Hour
- If you would like to reserve the Ecology Pavilion for your lunch that will extend your visit by at least 30 minutes, and it will be scheduled at the end of your field trip.

Description:

The Wild about Wildlife field trip is for grades K-12th, as well as individual groups, organizations, and clubs. It is an abbreviated version of our Native Habitat field trip. One hour in length, the field trip consists of a 30-minute wildlife presentation and a 30-minute flight show of our Birds of Prey in the Center’s amphitheater. Lunch or a snack time may be scheduled by reserving the Ecology Pavilion for a picnic. If you would like to have your lunch catered by GSU Catering please contact them at 912-478-8681. The cost of the Wild about Wildlife field trip is $3 per attendee, including teachers, parents and chaperones. Bus drivers are not charged.

To register for the Wild About Wildlife field trip please click on the links below.

Click HERE to check availability. Days that are unavailable are indicated by the word “busy”.

Click HERE to print out a PDF registration form.  Complete the form and fax to 912-478-1779
OR
Click HERE to register online.

You will be contacted via email once we’ve received your registration form and you have been scheduled. If you have not heard from us within 7-10 business days after you submit your registration please call us at 912-478-0831.

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The Wildlife Connection: Past, Present and Future

Overview:

- Age Group: Adults, High School or College
- Up to 120 participants, 10 is the minimum
- Program time (excluding lunch): 2 Hours
- If you would like to reserve the Ecology Pavilion for your lunch that will extend your visit by at least 30 minutes, and it will be scheduled at the end of your field trip.

Description:

There is something for everyone at the Center for Wildlife Education. The Wildlife Connection: Past, Present and Future is a field trip specifically designed for the adult audience. Adult groups, organizations, clubs, church groups, etc. scheduling this two-hour field trip will be treated to discussion, a tour of the Center, and animal interactions (including the flight show), all presented by the Center’s director, Steve Hein.

Discussions will focus on man’s relationship with nature throughout the years, and the impact this relationship has on the future of wildlife and the natural world around us. The cost of The Wildlife Connection: Past, Present and Future field trip is $5.00 per person.

To register for the Wildlife Connections field trip please click on the links below.

Click HERE to check availability.  Days that are unavailable are indicated by the word “busy”.

Click HERE to print out a PDF registration form.  Complete the form and fax to 912-478-1779
OR
Click HERE to register online.

You will be contacted via email once we’ve received your registration form and you have been scheduled. If you have not heard from us within 7-10 business days after you submit your registration please call us at 912-478-0831.

 


 

Program Features:

Down-To-Earth Encounter:DownToEarthThumb

This is a hands-on experience highlighting three important Georgia ecosystems.  Groups will explore, locate and identify, more than 50 different species of wildlife.


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Guided Habitat Walkway Tour:

Your group will enjoy a walking tour of 8 habitat stations with live birds of prey on exhibit.  The ecosystems and the ecology of the birds themselves are discussed and explained.



IMG_4193Flighted Raptor Demonstration:

Raptors are brought before the audience in the amphitheater on the fist and then presented in a flight demonstration.  Hawks, owls, and falcons are all a part of the cast, but working with animals is an adventure, so the script changes daily.


Ecology Pavilion:100_2181

The open air pavilion seats 120 visitors for lunch or for educational programs.  The Pavilion must be reserved in advance.  Bring your sack lunches or call GSU Catering at 912-478-8681 for a tasty picnic lunch.


SkunkChildren’s Discovery Trail:

This winding adventure trail will take groups past interesting stations with all manner of natural artifacts.  Snake skins, turtle shells and deer antlers, as well as frog and snake skeletons, owl pellets, birds’ nests, and turtle eggs are on display.  Also on display is an opossum and skunk exhibit, along with a kid’s eagle nest.

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Wildlife Center • P.O. Box 8058, Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0831