Field Trips in the Atlanta Area

Georgia's living history museum in Tifton, Georgia, consists of four distinct areas: traditional farm community of the 1870's, progressive farmstead of the 1890's, industrial sites complex, and a rural town. Costumed interpreters are on location daily to explain and demonstrate the lifestyle and activities of the period. (912) 386-3344
The Alliance Children's Theatre presents dramas for school-age children each season. Website includes information about the theater and its performances including those for children. (404)733-4690.
Take a virtual tour or get information about guided tours of this Atlanta museum, an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. In addition to more than 2,000 books, the Museum features a remarkable collection of over 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines, and manuscripts. (404)894-5700
The African-American Panoramic Experience Museum features a permanent collection of exhibits that depict the cultural heritage of African Americans and recognize their contributions and achievements. Tells the story of Atlanta's African-American community and brings in traveling exhibits by local and national African-American artists. (404)521-2739
Garden facilities, calendar and programs, including a traveling plantmobile that visits schools to teach children about plant adaptations. Includes Children's Garden with interactive exhibits for children aged 4 to 11. (404)876-5859
Exhibitions depicting the history of Atlanta and the South. Also features the Swan House, a 1928 mansion; Tullie Smith Farm, an 1845 plantation-plain house and outbuildings; and 32 acres of gardens and nature trails. (404)814-4000
The Atlanta Preservation Center reaches into Atlanta’s schools to provide special tours
and classroom materials which help children explore their architectural heritage and learn the need for preserving their history. (404)876-2041

  • Atlanta State Farmers Market,2096,38902732_49143903,00.html At 146 acres, the Atlanta State Farmers Market is considered one of the largest of its kind in the world. It features terminal, a garden center, wholesale and retail activities, and is a major marketing hub and distribution point for fresh produce in the Southeast and throughout the country.
(404) 675-1782

The ASO presents Discovery concerts for elementary students. Teaching materials are provided. Website includes schedule, ticket information, educational out reach and other information about the orchestra. (404)733-4871
  • Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center In Alpharetta, 46 acres of ravine forest and historic plantation. The nature preserve's 1.5 miles of hiking trails wind past a scenic creek with rocky shoals, numerous spring seeps, picturesque cliffs, mature trees, wildflowers, native plants, considerable animal life and old cotton plantation buildings from the late 1800's. (770)664-0660
The museum in Cartersville features exhibits of life in northwest Georgia from the time of the Cherokee through the 1950s. From pioneer life and the Civil War to the Depression and World War II, hands-on exhibits make the learning fun. (770)382-3818.
Located in the BellSouth Center on West Peachtree Street in Atlanta, the museum exhibits depict the history of telecommunications. Includes a replica of Alexander Graham Bell's laboratory, early operator switchboards, and various modern transmission systems. (404)529-0971.
Near Canton, Georgia, the dairy calls itself an "educational resource farm" specializing in tours for school children. (770)704-5713
The 14,000-acre gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, include a butterfly center, discovery center, horticultural center, vegetable garden, pioneer log cabin and more.

Includes personal memorabilia of the former first family as well as a video, "If I Were President." The Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library provides a glimpse of the American Presidency, from life in the White House to complex decisions made in the Oval Office. Several exhibits focus on important twentieth century events such as war and peace, disarmament, and the economy. Website includes basic information, holdings, museum exhibits, and directions. (404)331-3942
An interactive museum and educational facility where people can learn about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health and about the benefits of prevention to their own lives. Includes interactive exhibits for children. (404) 639-0830
The largest organization in the United States devoted to the art of puppetry. Includes a museum with an interactive puppetry experience and performances for children. Website offers information about performances, the center's museum, and education programs. (404)873-3089
CEWC offers program to school-age children on a day use basis. Programs topics
include wildlife fishing, aquatics, map and compose. They also offer teacher workshops
ranging from one day to one week in length. Topics include Project Wild, Wildlife, aquatic
and other activities.

Located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Georgia, the center features nature trails, wildlife and workshops with programs specifically designed for school groups. Website offers information about guided tours, exhibits, field trips, special events, and more. (770)992-2055
A center for performing arts operated by the Clayton County School System. Website includes a schedule of events, seating chart, group information, and more. (770) 473-2875
Studio tours guide visitors through an insider's view of CNN, Headline News, and CNN International to see how breaking news is reported. Website includes scheduling information, hours, directions and more information about the tour. (404)827-2300
The museum uses role-playing to involve children in the learning experience. Two guided tours of the museum are conducted each school day for elementary, middle school, and junior high classes. During the two guided tours, docents dressed in period costumes lead the tours, involving the children in self-expression through role-playing and lively discussion. Children move through numerous settings and exhibit areas in the museum, participating in an unfolding narrative of selected historic and cultural interest. Several children are chosen to dress in authentic costumes and act out a brief skit at each setting along the tour, bringing history alive in story fashion, much to the delight of their classmates. (770) 427-2563
Located in Columbus, Georgia, the space science center offers a variety of exhibits and hands-on activities for school groups, as well as staff development and summer camps for kids. See the web site for details. (706) 649-1470
The Cyclorama, a painting-in-the-round, depicting the 1864 Battle of Atlanta. Includes three-dimensional figures, sound and light effects, narration and a rotating seating platform. A steam locomotive is also housed in the building. (404)658-7625
A private, non-profit nature center and environmental education center providing wildlife programs (by reservation only) for area schools. Basic description and contact information is included on website. (770) 775-6798
"Classes move through the meadow and trails of Dunwoody Park for hands-on environmental learning with DNC educators. Field trips are academically-based and curriculum materials are correlated with the Quality Core Curriculum." (from the DNC web site) (770)394-3322
Located in Gainesville, Georgia, Elachee is the first nature center in the Southeast to be accredited by SACS. Extensive trails (a .3-mile loop to a 6.6-mile trail) and a museum with hands-on displays, high-tech touch screens and exhibits. (770) 535-1976
An environmental education program offering overnight trips and emphasizing hands-on, experiential learning in real world settings which utilize the outdoors as a living laboratory to teach interdisciplinary academic classes. Includes locations at Camp Wahsega (706/864-2050), Jekyll Island (912/635-4117), Rock Eagle (706/485-2831), and Tybee Island (912/786-5534).
Explains the history of money and the U.S. banking system. Includes rare coins, uncut money and a gold bar. (404)521-8267.

The largest natural history museum in the Southeast includes state-of-the-art exhibits and galleries including a children's discovery section. Website offers information about the museum, current exhibits, IMAX theater, and other attractions. (404)370-0960

Offers exhibits on natural history including dinosaurs and volcanoes, a planetarium, and an Apollo 6 space capsule. Website has information about the center's resources and about the various programs it offers. (404)378-4314

On the campus of Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia, the center features an extensive collection of exhibits on Native American life. Includes a 50-foot replica of an Iroquois longhouse, Native American arts, crafts, and interactive displays, as well as a large collection of pioneer era tools. (770)720-5969

A 43,000 sq. ft. museum in Macon, Georgia, featuring an extravaganza of music, lights, and laser videos celebrating the music of Georgia. Includes the Music Factory with interactive and educational exhibits for kids. (912)750-8555

Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits objects to interpret the natural and cultural history of Georgia, its people, and its resources. Website includes information about the Capitol building and museum, including tour information as well as online information about the state, its history and symbols. (404)656-2844

An organization with fifteen regional centers across the state which provide staff development workshops and programs for teachers as well as assemblies, activities and camps for students.

The official home of Governor Roy Barnes and his wife, First Lady Marie Dobbs Barnes, completed in January 1968, in the Greek Revival style. Website features virtual tour. (404)261-1776

Atlanta's "flagship" art museum with a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, decorative arts, and folk art. Website has information about exhibitions and films, education programs, and teacher information. (404) 733-4400

Located in Flovilla, Georgia, Indian Springs is considered one of the oldest state parks in the United States. The Creek Indians used the springs for centuries to heal the sick and impart extra vigor to the well. During the 1800s, the area was a bustling resort town. Today, visitors can still sample the spring water. Includes Creek Indian museum. (770)504-2277

A historic Georgia plantation in Juliette, Georgia, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and consisting of 20 buildings dating between 1847 and 1945. It has one of the largest and most complete collections of original family artifacts from this time period in Georgia. (912)986-5172

Housed in a former cotton gin in the town of Kennesaw, the museum exhibits a collection of wartime artifacts and memorabilia. The most famous relic at the museum is the Civil War locomotive called "The General," which was stolen by Union troops and involved in what became known as "The Great Locomotive Chase." (770)427-2117

A 2,884 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign complete with original earthworks. The visitor center and museum provide introductory information about the park and the battle. (770)427-4686

A replica of a nineteenth century Georgia farming village. Includes eight historical cabins and lots of barnyard animals. (770)426-2601

A two-block area in downtown Atlanta commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Atlanta's African-American experience. Includes the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ebenezer Baptist Church, his gravesite, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and the APEX Museum (African American Panoramic Experience). (404)331-6922

Located on the Emory University campus, the museum houses collections which emphasize the art and archaeology of ancient civilizations. Website features museum information, collections, exhibits, programs and events. (404)727-4282

Located in Macon, the museum houses art exhibits, science attractions including live animals and a planetarium, as well as traveling exhibits. (912) 477-3232

A 32-acre project, complete with walking trail and boardwalk through the wetlands, an interpretative center housing exhibit/learning lab area, 60-seat auditorium, conference/meeting room and offices, two full-time interpreters and a picnic area. (770)603-5606

An animal rehabilitation center in Locust Grove that cares for for abused, unwanted, and orphaned animals. Includes nature trails where students can see animals and a collection of wildlife, exotic, and domestic farm animals. (770)957-0888

Near Macon, Georgia, Ocmulgee preserves a continuous record of human life in the southeast from the earliest times to the present. A memorial to the antiquity of man in this corner of the North American continent. From Ice-Age hunters to the Creeks of historic times, there is evidence here of 12,000 years of human habitation. (912)752-8257

A state park in Stockbridge created to protect a 100-acre granite monadnock (mountain) often compared to Stone Mountain near Atlanta. Panola Mountain shelters rare plants and animals of the Piedmont region. Visitors may explore nature on their own or they may join park staff for nature programs and guided hikes into the conservation area. Facilities, activities, and events. (770)389-7801

Reynolds Nature Preserve contains 130 acres of forests, lakes, ponds, and streams. Tours focus on features of the preserve's ecosystems. (770)603-4188

Located 20 miles south of Macon, the museum includes exhibits featuring major collections of aviation memorabilia dating back to World War I and range from a WW II British Airfield to modern fighters such as the F-15 Eagle. Take a walk in time with Rosie the
Riveter; the Hump Pilots exploits in China-Burma-India in WW II; America's Black Eagles; German Luftwaffe items; avionics systems moving into the Twenty-First Century. (912)926-5558

The science and technology museum of Atlanta is a laboratory of learning by doing. Houses more than 150 permanent interactive exhibits allowing visitors to explore science, math and technology. Website details hours, group rates and reservations, calendar of events, and information about exhibits and live science shows. (404)522-5500

On the campus of Clayton College and State University, Spivey Hall annually provides more than 20,000 school students (grades K-12) with performances and workshops which expand the student’s musical awareness by interaction and participation with world-class and regional artists who perform with a wide range of musical styles. Website describes calendar of events, concert information and more. (770)961-3683

Built in 1839 and restored by Historical Jonesboro, Inc., this Greek Revival plantation home stands among authentic outbuildings. A costumed guide will shows visitors through Stately Oaks, a one-room schoolhouse, a country store, and the original log kitchen. (770)473-0197

Home to the largest exposed piece of granite in the world, Stone Mountain Park includes 3,200 acres of lakes and woodlands, mountaintop skylift, scenic railroad, paddlewheel riverboat, wildlife preserve and petting zoo, antebellum plantation, and antique car museum. Website gives general information, attractions, special events, group activities, and more. (770)498-5690

Two museums operated by the Fulton County School System to offer participatory exhibits coordinated with school curriculum to encourage students to feel and to learn from the past as it relates to the present. When time is available, the museums serve other metro Atlanta area schools and private schools. Exhibits include a courtroom, log cabin, decade room, Georgia history room, American Presidents, and the legislative branch. Website includes information about programs, reservations, and more. (770) 552-6339

The largest Jewish museum in the Southeast with exhibits on Atlanta Jewish history and a special interactive exhibit on the Holocaust. (404)870-1861

Follow the history of the world's most famous soft drink through hundreds of artifacts, exhibits, and videos. Exhibits include Coke memorabilia, commercials and a representation of the bottling process. (404)676-5151

The home of author Georgia author and journalist Joel Chandler Harris and a National Historic Landmark, featuring elaborate Victorian wallpapers, carpets, and curtains. (404)753-7735

Located near Stone Mountain, the facilities include a mile-long trail on 24 wooded acres and encounter over six hundred highly sociable birds and animals indigenous to The State of Georgia. White-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears and a bevy of new-born animals to be fed, admired, and petted. Website describes hours, features and fees. (770)972-6643

A zoological park housing animals with naturalistic environments simulating their native
homes. The zoo's collection consists of nearly 1,000 specimens, representing 250 species of animals from all over the world, living in natural environments. Website relates what's new at the zoo, exhibits, visitor information, and information and activities for kids. (404)624-5600

This environmental center has educational programs designed to enhance classroom curriculum through hands-on discovery and exploration of the natural world. Their programs are designed to promote awareness and appreciation of the environment. Location- 20 minutes south of Atlanta.
This center is a high-tech cultural center known for hands- on science exhibitsand quality educational programming, that inspires vistors to become better stewards of our environment. The center’s purpose is to transform the concepts of science and history into interarctive, learn by doing experiences that will encourage a visitor’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder about themselves and the world around them. Located in Buford, Georgia.
The aquarium showcases both freshwater and saltwater fish and mammals. It promises to be one of the nation’s largest fish tanks. The aim of their programs are to be an extension of the classroom.. They offer the Learning Loop Educational Experience, Aqua Adventures, and Titanic Aquatic Educational Add-on Program.
  • Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta-
This museum has four major learning zones: Fundamentally Food, Let Your Creativity Flow, Tools for Solutions, and Leaping into Learning.

  • McDaniel Farm Park- This is a restored farm in Gwinnett County typical of the 1930’s. Students can experience life on a farm. Designed to be educational, historical, and recreational, the park offers guided tours. Self-guide tours are free.
  • Aurora Theatre-
This theater in Gwinnett County provides children’s performances at group rates.

SOURCE: Henry County Schools