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In-School Field Trips , Visiting Speakers & Virtual Field Trips

There are many options for schools who want to offer in-school field trips. Many local community organizations will travel to schools and conduct engaging presentations on site. Some local organizations will send speakers to visit schools. Other organizations will provide teachers with a travel trunk. Travel trunks include lesson plans and props needed to teach a lesson on a specific topic. There are also a variety of online resources that allow students to have a virtual field trip. A summary of local Atlanta resources is listed below.

  • Georgia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Divisions- Classroom Programs
    http://www.georgiawildlife.org/documentdetail.aspx?docid=315&pageid=4&category=education
    Five outreach programs are available. Professionals bring live animals to the classroom in order to introduce students to Georgia's wildlife diversity. Lessons concentrate on Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Each one-hour program consists of a slide show and live animals. Programs include: vertebrates, aquatic ecology, birds of prey, endangered Species and Reptiles and Amphibians. Cost$40 per day for the first program, plus $20 for each additional program per day (not to exceed five programs or $100 per day-meaning the 5th program is FREE.) Staff can visit up to 5 classes (35 students/class maximum) per day.

  • Bio Bus Mobile Instructional Laboratory - Science Education http://www.biobus.gsu.edu The Bio Bus is a self-contained, mobile laboratory which can accomodate up to 15 students at a time. The Bio Bus brings relevant, participatory, and fun science presentations to students. Free of charge.

  • Carlos Museum Discovery Outreach Programs http://www.carlos.emory.edu/student-programs Museum teachers travel in the Mummy Mobile to schools within a 50 mile radious of the museum to bring outreach programs to classrooms in the Atlanta area. (404) 727-0519.

  • The Southern Museum Outreach Program http://www.southernmuseum.org/ed_schooloutreach.htm The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, features exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history. Engage students in local history during a fun, interactive outreach program from the Southern Museum! Recommended for Pre-K to 3rd grade. Fee: $60 - 1st class; $30 - each additional class (Requests for programs outside the local area will be charged an additional fee to cover mileage and staff expenses)

  • Atlanta History Center Travel Trunk Program http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/cms/Traveling+History+Trunks/34.html The Atlanta History Center offers travel trunks. Schools can request to check-out a trunk filled with teaching materials and accompanying lesson plans. Teachers can use the materials for a set period of time, and then return it to the museum. All lessons are developed based on Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Monthly rental is $75 per trunk. (404) 814-4058 or (404)814-4000

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Traveling Trunk Exhibit http://www.nps.gov/malu/forteachers/travellingtrunks.htm It provides provides students with hands-on information about the life of Dr. King and the "Sweet Auburn" Community. This portable exhibit contains photos with captions of historic buildings, background information on the area, videos, speeches made by Dr. King, reading materials and workbooks with classroom exercises. This exhibit is available for a two week loan. The school is responsible for the cost of returning the exhibit. For more information contact our education coordinator. (404) 331-6922 ext. 3606




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  • The Southern Museum Outreach Program http://www.southernmuseum.org/ed_schooloutreach.htm The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, features exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history. Engage students in local history during a fun, interactive outreach program from the Southern Museum! Recommended for Pre-K to 3rd grade. Fee: $60 - 1st class; $30 - each additional class (Requests for programs outside the local area will be charged an additional fee to cover mileage and staff expenses)

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Speakers Bureau http://www.cdc.gov/od/speakers/index.htm The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Speakers Bureau. Scientists will visit local school to educate students abour important public health topics. 404-639-7796

  • The National Museum of Patriotism Speaker’s Bureau http://www.museumofpatriotism.org/Education/speakers_bureau.html The program is comprised of retired Flag Officers in the Atlanta area. Achieving patriotic prominence in both uniformed and civilian life, they not only have a wealth of knowledge to share, but also leave their audiences inspired and motivated about patriotism. (404) 524-0755

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Speaker's Bureau http://atlanta.fbi.gov/communou.htm FBI employees appear as speakers at school and/or community functions. If available, speakers can be arranged for topics covering the FBI's investigative programs. (404) 679-3011

Visits by Authors and Illustrators to School Libraries

book_clip_art.gifInvite a children's book author to visit your school. Find information about planning and scheduling school visits, workshops, and appearances by authors and illustrators of children's books. How to Arrange an Author's School Visit

Learn about the steps you need to take to ensure a successful author visit. This website also provides information about how to locate an author by region. Author Illustrator Source

(Source: http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/visits/School_and_Library_Visits_by_Authors_and_Illustrators.htm )



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  • Windows Into Wonderland- Yellowstone National Park http://www.windowsintowonderland.org/
    The Windows into Wonderland electronic field trips (eTrips) are designed for students in grades 5-8, although younger and older students will also benefit from them. All classes and individuals are encouraged to register free of charge.