School Program Offerings

Roots'n'Shoots

Our popular program on the life cycle of plants has been updated to current State of Georgia Standards for science in kindergarten through 6th grade. During a 30-minute classroom presentation, students will take a journey as a seed, learning about germination, systems of a plant, photosynthesis and basic plant reproduction. Curriculum is modified, as needed, for each grade level introducing appropriate vocabulary and science standards. We end the session with a guided 20-minute outdoor walk that reinforces concepts introduced in the classroom.

Roots'n'Shoots is offered during the months of February, March, April and May. Register your school group early: space is limited to 50 students per daily program. You must have a minimum of 10 students to register (homeschool families must organize a group of at least 10). Choose to have your program on any day Monday through Thursday. An approximate hour-long program starts at 10 am.

This program's cost is $5/child. One adult teacher/chaperone is required for every 10 students.


The Water Cycle

This new program is appropriate for children in grades 4, 5 and 6. Students will take a nature walk to our Water Garden where they will learn about the water cycle, Georgia watersheds, water conservation and the plants and animals that live in the water garden and nearby lake. We may even look at pond water on slides under a microscope if time and weather allows.

The Water Cycle is offered during the months of March, April, and May. You must have a minimum of 10 students to register (homeschool families must organize a group of at least 10). Choose to have your program on any day Monday through Thursday. A program starts at 10 am. Register your school groups early: space is limited to 50 students per daily program. Schedule your program on any day Monday through Thursday. An approximate hour-long program begins at 10 am.

This program's cost is $5/child. One adult teacher/chaperone is required for every 10 students.


Pollination Station

Another new offering, the Pollination Station program provides students the opportunity to learn about pollinators. Discover pollinator roles in plant production, the parts of plants and the reasons for recent declines in pollinator numbers. Using microscopes and digital media, students will view and examine, up close, the world of these fascinating creatures. This program concludes with a 20-minute nature walk visiting our pollinator-friendly garden beds.

Pollination Station is offered is offered during the months of March, April and May. You must have a minimum of 10 students to register (homeschool families must organize a group of at least 10). Choose to have your program on any day Monday through Thursday. A program starts at 10 am. Register your school groups early: space is limited to 50 students per daily program. Schedule your program on any day Monday through Thursday. An approximate hour-long program begins at 10 am. The later in spring you plan your program, there is greater likelihood of seeing pollinators outdoors during the nature walk activity.

This program's cost is $5/child. One adult teacher/chaperone is required for every 10 students.


Poetry in the Garden

Perfect for students in grades 4 through 8, Poetry in the Garden aims to tap into creative expression in prose and improving basic writing skills.We will start this class session in the garden reading various types of poetry related to nature including the sonnet, free-form and haiku. Students will journal about what they think the poems mean and talk about the different poetry forms. We will then take a nature walk and students will finish the session by writing their own poems.

Poetry in the Garden is offered is offered during the months of February, March, April and May. You must have a minimum of 10 students to register (homeschool families must organize a group of at least 10). Choose to have your program on any day Monday through Thursday. Register your school groups early: space is limited to 50 students per daily program. Schedule your program on any day Monday through Thursday. An approximate hour-long program starts at 10 am.

This program's cost is $8/child and includes the journal-writing book. One adult teacher/chaperone is required for every 10 students.


Dragons & Damsels

Our first program for the little ones (Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade), we’ll take a walk to the Water Garden and read a story about dragonflies and damselflies. Students can search for these winged dragons and damsels after the story. We'll then walk back to the classroom for an art project creating our own dragonflies to take home.

Dragons and Damsels is offered during the month of May. You must have a minimum of 10 students to register (homeschool families must organize a group of at least 10). Choose to have your program on any day Monday through Thursday. A program starts at 10 am. Register your school groups early: space is limited to 50 students per daily program. Schedule your program on any day Monday through Thursday. An approximate hour-long program starts at 10 am.

This program's cost is $5/child. One adult teacher/chaperone is required for every 10 students.


Nature Walks

Experience jungle-like bamboo groves. Explore the banana grove where fruit hands develop among massive leaves. Visit the Trustees Garden and the blackberry field. See catfish and turtles at the lakes. Volunteer docents or CGBG staff lead the walks for students to learn about plants, food and the greater environment.

This program is offered during the months of March, April and May. You must have a minimum of 10 students to register (homeschool families must organize a group of at least 10). Choose to have your program on any day Monday through Thursday. A program starts at 10 am. Register your school groups early: space is limited to 50 students per daily program. Schedule your program on any day Monday through Thursday. An approximate hour-long program starts at 10 am.

Home School/Scouts

Please contact us if you have a group you would like to bring for special programs. We continue to work with Home School groups to provide enrichment programs for students in grades K through 12.

We also can accommodate most Scouts' badge requirements and have worked with Eagle Scout candidates on projects to earn an Eagle Scout rank.
Testimonials from Kids and Teachers
Thank you for letting us plant our own green beans. I enjoyed learning how plants grow and getting to see the rain stick.
Alston,

3rd grader

Roots and Shoots was wonderful and matched our standards exactly. Great presentation and positive interactions with students!
M. Lanier

2nd grade teacher, Godley Station Elementary School

...I enjoyed learning about running bamboo. There is some bamboo growing in my yard...I hope I can come back.
Lucas

3rd grader

Roots and Shoots was a fantastic trip! My students were very eager and excited. This trip is on my list to become a yearly trip!
Susan Powell

2nd grade teacher, Godley Station Elementary School