Since 1997, the Wylde Center has been dedicated to providing outstanding hands-on environmental education experiences for students. Our environmental education field trips bring students to our five greenspaces to explore the science of the natural world. Field trips engage students in first-hand discoveries about topics from agriculture to zoology and everything in between.
Classes are led by highly trained and enthusiastic environmental educators. As students encounter our gardens, streams, and woodlands, they learn to think critically, creatively, and responsibly about the world around them.
All Programs Align with Georgia Performance Standards
We invite you and your class to join us for a unique hands-on environmental education experience this season!
- Classes are available to be taught at any of our four greenspace locations.
- Field trips are generally 1 hour to 1 ½ hours long.
- Programs are aligned current grade level performance standards, which are referenced for each program.
- All programs are interactive, hands-on and taught by trained educators.
- We can modify any of the below described programs or create new programs to best fit your school’s needs.
- There is a $50 minimum charge for field trips.
The Wylde Center has 5 green spaces available as field trip sites:
Oakhurst Community Garden
Edgewood Learning Garden
Sugar Creek Garden
*There is a 25 student maximum at this garden
What will we explore?
Our environmental education field trips cover a wide range of topics – we offer over two dozen field trip lessons, and counting! Click on each of the links below to explore our current field trip opportunities in five subject areas:
Five Senses Walk (SKP1)
Students will explore the garden and woods engaging their senses every step of the way. They will smell herbs, feel fuzzy or smooth leaves, listen to birds and other wildlife, taste garden produce if available, and use their sense of sight to take it all in.
Rocks and Soil (SKE2)
During our rocks and soil program students will examine many different types of rocks and group them based on their physical attributes. We will discuss how soil is formed and get down and dirty as we explore different soil types.
Living vs. Nonliving (SKL1, SKL2)
This program explores living and nonliving features of the garden.We will discover offspring of various plants and animals living in the garden and group them based on their observable characteristics, and discover the nonliving aspects of the garden, which are vital to the survival of the living ones!
Characteristics and Basic Needs of Plants and Animals (S1L1)
We will hike to find the different plants and animals living at the garden and discuss the basic needs of both. We will examine how they move, grow and reproduce, and how they are uniquely adapted to living in their environment.
Scientific Drawing (S1CS5, S1L1)
Students will explore the garden or woods to find objects that they want to learn more about. They will then create a scientific drawing of their object, identifying and labeling its main parts as they observe them.
George Washington Carver (SS1H1)
The garden setting is the perfect place to explore the amazing accomplishments of George Washington Carver. We will take a close look at how he used sweet potatoes and peanuts to transform the practice of farming into what is still considered best practices used today.
Wylde Woods Exploration(S2E3)
We will look for evidence of organisms living in the garden and note any impact that they have had on their surroundings. We will walk in Wylde Woods, amongst the all native plantings and discuss non native species impact on natives.
Life Cycles (S2L1)
This program provides an up-close look at many of the plants and animals living in the garden and examination of these organisms in various stages in their life. We will learn the life cycle of plants by observing seeds and the plants they grow into, learn about the life cycle of chickens by meeting the Wylde Center chickens and observing their eggs, and/or find out how worms and composting help start the life cycle all over again.
Native American History in the Garden(SS2H1)
Students will learn about how the Native American used various plants and animals for food, medicine, and tools and discover their remarkable culture. They will also learn about some of their food cultivation practices that are still in use today, like companion planting methods used in a three sisters garden.
Rocks & Soils (S3E1)
In this hands-on program we will discuss the various types of rock and learn how they are formed. We will then focus on examining different types of soil. Students will conduct an experiment that demonstrates how particle size affects water movement through soil. They will then dig to find their own soil samples and look at the different parts that make up the soil and the organisms working within.
Habitat Exploration (S3L1)
Students will learn about the features that make up a suitable habitat while exploring the woods, stream and garden habitats at the Center and investigating the plants and animals unique to each. We will explore the stream running through the property and students will conduct an experiment to determine the health of the stream.
Walk with us as we explore the interconnectedness of all the organisms living at the Center. We discuss the transfer of energy at each level and the roles of decomposers, producers and consumers, while discovering some fascinating ways that plants and animals have adapted to survive by mimicry, camouflage, and more.
Rocks and Soil (S3E1)
Take a worm’s eye view to learn about rocks, soil composition, and soil health while exploring different rocks and soils around the garden. Students will learn to evaluate soil health using a variety of hands-on methods, as well as explore ideas about why our soil is so important to us.
Water Cycle (S4E3)
Students will use the stream and other natural resources to learn about the water cycle within one of our green spaces. Field trips at our Oakhurst Garden location will be able to get a tour of our rainwater irrigation system which has made that garden 100% watered by rainwater.
Food Web (S4L1, S4L2)
Students will walk through one of our green spaces to identify consumers, producers, and decomposers. We will learn about the interconnectedness of all living things, and discover what happens when equilibrity is thrown off by invasive species, and the merits of native species. Students will also identify factors that affect the survival and extinction of organisms.
Fungus Hunt (S5L1)
Discover the fungus among us at the garden. We will take a close look at the mushrooms, lichens, and soil fungus that inhabit the garden, help create healthy soil, and become key ingredients in our favorite foods.
Plant Classification (S5L1)
Students will explore the plant life on site to learn the part of the plant, plant cell functions, the difference between vascular and nonvascular plants, and the difference between coniferous and deciduous trees.
Vertebrate or Invertebrate? (S5L1)
Students will explore life at the green space and hunt for organisms on land and in the stream. They will learn about the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, and find examples of both.
Stream Study (S5E1)
Students will study the stream at one of our green spaces to learn about erosion, weathering, and natural floodplains, and how these things affect stream health and the ability of the stream to support life.
Microorganisms at Work (S5L4)
Students will learn about how extremely vital microorganisms are to our world. They will go for a microorganism hunt to identify key decomposers, and learn to identify beneficial and harmful organisms in the garden.
Conservation in the Garden (S6E5, S6E3)
Learn what sustainability is and how it helps us keep the earth healthy. Experience some of the ways the Wylde Center promotes sustainability, and find out why conserving natural resources like water and soil directly impacts our personal health. Topics covered: erosion, soil health, soil composition, composting, water conservation.
Genetics (S7L3, S7L5)
This program will explore how organisms have changed over time through natural selection and how humans have breed certain traits over time. We will focus on the chickens and vegetables growing in the gardens. Using our chickens and plants as models we will discuss the role of genes and chromosomes in their production of desirable traits.
Food Web (S7L4)
During this program we will discuss how energy is transferred by examining various ecosystems on site. Students will learn about the different types of relationships among organisms living in the garden.
Decomposition in the Compost Pile (S8P1)
Learn about the chemistry and biology of decomposition as we make our way through the compost pile. Students will learn not only what’s in compost and how it breaks down, but also its value to plants and humans alike.
We do not have set programs for high school students, but are happy to put together programs based on the needs of your class. Please contact Allison Ericson
to find out more.
Field Trip FAQ’s
Where do field trips happen?
We can meet your field trip needs in may different ways and places, whether at one of our four flourishing gardens and greenspaces or at your school. You can choose from one of the following locations:
How many students can I bring for a field trip?
Because we value hands-on experiential learning, we try to keep our classes small. For groups larger than 30 students, we may ask you to divide into smaller groups to maintain small class size, and may ask groups to attend at separate times. Our outdoor learning spaces can accommodate no more than 60 students total at a time.
When can we visit?
Field trips are offered Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. The Wylde Center’s greenspaces arealso open 7 days per week, sunup to sundown, if you would like to explore the gardens on your own.
How do I book a field trip?
Please visit our “Book Your Field Trip Today!” link to the left for more information on booking your field trip.
How do I pay for my field trip?
You will receive an invoice as soon as your field trip is confirmed. Payment is expected before or at the time of your field trip. We accept cash, check, and major credit cards. If you bring more students than projected on your invoice, you will receive an updated invoice at the time of your field trip.
What if I need to cancel my field trip?
If a teacher or group leader cancels a field trip for reasons other than severe weather (see “What if there is bad weather?”), they must do so at least two weeks prior to their scheduled field trip. For cancellations with less than two weeks notice, payment of 50% of the field trip cost is required. For less than seven days notice, the cost of the field trip must be paid in full. To cancel, please contact the Education Program Manager Allison Ericson at[email protected]
Can we eat lunch and/or explore the garden after the field trip?
Yes! We welcome groups to eat and explore the garden after their field trip. We have ample outdoor space for groups who wish to bring and eat lunch in the garden. Indoor space is limited, and typically only used during inclement weather. There are no vending machines or food sale facilities on site, though we do have drinking fountains. Please check with the Education Manager before planning to use the space for eating in order to ensure another group is not using the space. If you would like to guarantee the garden’s availability and exclusive use before or after your field trip, contact the Education Program Manager to rent the space.
Are there bathrooms at your site?
At this time, Sugar Creek, Hawk Hollow, and the Edgewood Community Learning Garden do not yet have bathroom, hand washing, or drinking water facilities, though Edgewood will soon have all three! Oakhurst Garden has ample handwashing stations, but only a single bathroom for students (i.e., if you plan to have students use it, allocate ample time). Mulberry Fields has a portable toilet, but we highly suggest that students use the restroom before coming to the garden to limit use. Please encourage students to use the bathroom before leaving school or at the end of the field trip, not during teaching time.
What should I wear for a field trip?
Because we will be actively learning in an outdoor setting, participants and chaperones should wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get a little bit dirty (and wet, if coming for a stream experience). Visitors to Hawk Hollow must wear long pants and close-toed shoes. While we have indoor classrooms available at Oakhurst Garden in the event of inclement weather, we try to be outdoors for the duration of the field trip. Students and chaperones should arrive prepared for the weather: long pants, warm jackets, and hats/gloves during cold weather; sunscreen, hats, and water bottles if it is warm and sunny.
What if there is bad weather?
The Wylde Center may need to reschedule a field trip due to extreme weather conditions. As soon as a cancellation is decided, the Environmental Educator will contact the primary trip contact to let them know. In the event of such a cancellation, we will do our best to reschedule your trip for a day and time that works for you. Field trips will continue, rain or shine, provided weather is not severe.
Will my child’s photo be taken?
We often take photos to document field trips to the garden. If teachers or parents do not want their students to be photographed, please inform the Education Program Manager and/or Environmental Educator
What do teachers and chaperones have to do during the trip?
Teachers and chaperones are encouraged to participate throughout the field trip and enjoy the visit. While at the Wylde Center, we ask that you
- Maintain a headcount of the students in your group
- Be alert to the potential hazards of the space and help students avoid them
- Notify us in advance if students have any allergies that may impact their experience (insects, plants, foods, latex, etc.)
- Facilitate the proper behavior of students
- Allow students to make discoveries on their own
- Have fun!
Field Trip Pricing
We have many different field trip offerings to meet your class’s learning needs.
- 45 minute trip (recommended for 2 years to K): $4/student
- 1 hour trip (grades K-12): $5/student
- 1 hour & 15 minutes trip (grades K-12): $6/student
- 1 hour & 30 minutes trip (grades K-12): $7/student
- Teachers and chaperones: Free
- Minimum field trip cost: $50