Students will discover the wonders of nature right in the heart of Atlanta! Our hands-on programs include an educationally themed hike through Atlanta’s favorite park as well as unforgettable science experiments and activities that are sure to captivate students of all ages. Our programs follow Georgia Standards of Excellence and are adaptable based on requests. There are endless opportunities to learn here at Piedmont Park. Looking for a specific program? Ask us to create the perfect program for your group!

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

Did you know Piedmont Park Conservancy offers STEM Field Trip Programs? We are integrating technology and engineering practices with the GSE-driven science and math curricula. Click on the titles below to learn more about each program!

Babies to Big Ones – Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

Does a young frog look like its parent? How do plants grow? Compare growing up as a human to growing up in the wild. See differences between plants and animals. GSE: SKL1, SKL2, S1L1, S2L1

Needs, Seeds, and Nature – 1st to 2nd Grade

Find out what every animal and plant needs to survive, and how they get these basic needs. Take an exploratory hike through Piedmont Park and investigate the plant life cycle! GSE: S1L1, S2L1

Habitat Hunt – 3rd and 4th Grade

Discover all the different habitats that Piedmont Park provides for wildlife on an adventure hike around Lake Clara Meer! Participate in hands-on activities that teach all about what each habitat has to offer, food web interactions, and adaptation. GSE: S3L1, S3L2, S4L1

ExCELLent Adventures – 5th Grade and 7th Grade

Step into the lab and become a scientist! Through an interactive microscope lab and hands-on collaborative activities, students get a close up of the building blocks of life and learn the differences between plant and animal cells. GSE: S5L3, S7L2a

It’s Lonely at the Top – 7th and 8th Grade

Students will learn, first hand, how energy flows through natural systems as they investigate Piedmont Park’s ecosystems. Through hands-on activities, students will learn how scientist characterize organisms according to their energy source and how organisms affect one another via different trophic interactions. Students will apply their knowledge of food webs to understand how an addition, elimination, or disturbance has far-reaching effects within the food web. GSE: S7L4, S8P2

Buzz on Bees (Primary) – Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

Explore our teaching apiary and learn all about the characteristics, life-cycle, and importance of honey bees. Through hands-on activities, students will explore the process of plant pollination and how bees make honey. Students will be able to identify the structure of a beehive by designing and engineering a honeycomb of hexagons. Furthermore, the program will explain what keeps a beekeeper busy as well as why we should “bee” aware around stinging insects. GSE:, SKL1, SKL2a,c, MGSEK.CC.4-6, MGSEK.NBT.1, MGSEK.G1-6, S1L1(c), MGSE1.G.1-2, MGSE1.NBT.2, MGSE1.NBT.2, S2L1a,c,d ,S2E3, MGSE2.NBT.2, MGSE2.NBT.5, MGSE2.G.1

Erosion 101 – Kindergarten to 5th Grade

Conduct a hands-on investigation of wind and water erosion, and how these processes slowly shape Earth’s changing surface. Students, as small group scientists and engineers, will carry out a cause and effect investigation, analyze data, use math skills to measure/record changes, and construct an argument based on evidence. Students engineer their own solutions to determine, as a whole group, the best methods for controlling erosion. GSE: SKE2, MGSEK: OA.1-3, MGSEK.MD.1-2, MGSE1.OA.3-5, MGSE1.MD.1-2, MGSE1.MD.4, S2E3, S2P1a,b, MGSE2.MD.1-5, MGSE2.MD.9-10, S3E1c,  MGSE3.MD.3, MGSE4.MC.1, S5E1, MGSE5.MD.1

Buzz on Bees (Intermediate) – 3rd to 5th Grade

Explore our teaching apiary and learn all about the characteristics, life-cycle, and importance of honey bees. Through hands-on activities, students will explore the process of plant pollination and how bees make honey. Students will be able to identify the structure of a beehive by designing and engineering a honeycomb of hexagons. Furthermore, the program will explain what keeps a beekeeper busy as well as why we should “bee” aware around stinging insects. GSE: S3L1, S3L2, MGSE3.NBT.1, MGSE3.G.1, S4L1, MGSE4.NBT.3, MGSE4.NBT.3-4, S5L1a, S5L2

Pond Water Web – 3rd to 5th Grade

Join us at Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer where students will investigate the trophic interactions in freshwater systems and how environmental changes affect a habitat. Identify macroinvertebrates and learn about their importance in a balanced ecosystem. GSE: S3L1, S3L2, S4L1, S5L1a, S5L4

Fabulous Fibonacci – 6th to 8th Grade

Fibonacci’s nifty numbers are an interesting mathematical idea. The prevalence of their appearance in nature makes them an excellent principle to study on the grounds of Piedmont Park. Students will be introduced to Fibonacci numbers, their sequence, and historical origin. Students will explore and identify Fibonacci numbers in nature on a Fibonacci scavenger hunt and hike. We will discuss the relevance of the Fibonacci numbers to science, math, and engineering by designing and constructing Golden Rectangle spiral artwork using the Golden Ratio geometric concepts. GSE: MGSE6.RP.1, MGSE6.RP.3(a), MGSE6.EE.6, MGSE6.G.1, MGSE6.G.3-4, MGSE6.SP.4, MGSE7.RP.1, MGSE7.RP.3, MGSE7.NS.3, MGSE7.EE.4, MGSE7.G.1, MGSE7.G.3, MGSE7.G.6, MGSE7.SP.3-4, MGSE8.EE.5-6, MGSE8.F.5, MGSE8.G.1-2, MGSE8.G.5, MGSE8.SP.4

Population Density and Biomass Study – 6th to 8th Grade

Science Research Introduction

Students use the quadrat method, a plot used in ecology, to isolate a standard unit of area for study of the distribution of a species. This will allow them to determine the population density and calculated biomass of an organism found here in Piedmont Park. In addition, students will consider how the stored energy in that studied biomass is related to the surrounding trophic levels, by applying the ecological rule of thumb equation and constructing a biomass pyramid. Further scientific observations will enable students to develop awareness of how populations are connected within Piedmont Park’s ecosystem. GPS: MGSE6.NS.1-3, MGSE6.EE.6-7, MGSE6.EE.9, MGSE6.SP.1-5, S7L4, MGSE7.NS.1-3, MGSE7.EE.4, MGSE7.SP.1-8, S8P2a,b,c

Fabulous Fibonacci – 9th to 12th Grade

Fibonacci’s nifty numbers are an interesting mathematical idea. Students will be exposed to the Fibonacci sequence numerically, algebraically, and geometrically. The lesson will allow students to understand how the Fibonacci sequence is expressed in nature and students will explore and identify Fibonacci numbers on a Fibonacci scavenger hunt and hike throughout Piedmont Park. We will discuss the relevance of the Fibonacci numbers to science, math, and engineering by designing and constructing Golden Rectangle spiral artwork using the Golden Ratio geometric concepts, allowing students to gain a greater appreciation for math.

Green into Goldberg – 9th to 12th Grade

Using hands-on techniques, students integrate life science and physical science to address several essential questions: How do the inputs/outputs in a living system affect it’s functioning? How do energy and matter flow in living systems? How can an engineered physical system, with manipulated designed inputs, inform and model how energy moves through natural systems? Students first use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. Students, inspired by the notion of Rube Goldberg machines, design, construct, and refine (via trial and error problem-solving) a device that converts one form of energy into another.

Don’t see the perfect program for your group? Contact us to create a custom program just for you!

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Availability & Times

  • Weekdays starting from 10 am
  • Reservations are accepted based on availability
  • $5-$7 per student based on program; inquire about rates
  • One adult per 10 children is required; required adults are free
  • $2 per additional adult
  • To request a field trip, download the Field Trip Request Form and email completed form to fieldtrips@piedmontpark.org
  • For more information, contact fieldtrips@piedmontpark.org or call the Field Trips Team at 404.875.7275 x325

Check out our Scout Programs and Summer Camp for more ways to have fun and learn about nature in Piedmont Park!