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 Performance Standards 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!


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

Babies to Big Ones – Kindergarten

Does a young frog look like its parent? How do plants grow? Compare growing up as a human to growing up in the wild. Learn and play in the Park then plant your very own seed! GPS: SKL1, SKL2(c)

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

Find out what every animal needs to survive during an exploratory hike looking for animals and plants that call Piedmont Park home. Next, take a trip to the garden and orchard where students will identify, examine, and even taste different parts of plants! GPS: S1L1, S2L2

Habitat Hunt – 3rd to 4th Grade

Take an adventure hike and discover the amazing ecosystems and habitats found within the Park. Participate in fun activities that teach about the food web and all about adaptation! GPS: S3L1, S4L1, S4L2

ExCELLent Adventures – 5th Grade/7th Grade

Take a hike and check out the diverse plant life found right here in Piedmont Park. The adventure continues as students learn more about a plant’s cellular structure during an interactive microscope lab. GPS: S5L3, S5L4

It’s Lonely at the Top – 6th to 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. GPS: CS1-9, S6E6, S7L4, S8P2

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

Visit Piedmont Park’s very own apiary; a collection of beehives, and learn about the characteristics, life cycles, 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. GPS: CS1-5, SKL1, SKL2(a), SKL2(c), SKCS6(c), MGSEK.G.4-6, S1L1(c), S1L1(d), S1CS6, S1CS7(d), MGSE1.NBT, S2L1, S2CS6, S2CS7(d), S2E3, MGSE2.NBT, MGSE2.G.1

Erosion 101: Making Claims from Evidence – Kindergarten to 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade and 5th Grade

Come partake in a hands-on investigation to understand 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 will then create and design a solution to determine, as a whole group, the best methods for controlling erosion. GPS: SKCS1-6, SKE2, MGSEK.MD.1-2, S1CS1-7, S1E2, MGSE1.MD.1-2, MGSE1.MD.4, S2CS1-7, S2E3, MGSE2.MD.1-5, MGSE2.MD.9-10, S3CS1-8, S3E1(d), MGSE3.MD.3-4, S5CS1-8, S5E1, MGSE5.MD.1-2

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

Visit Piedmont Park’s very own apiary; a collection of beehives, and learn about the characteristics, life cycle, and importance of honey bees in an ecosystem. Students will explore the process of pollination, be able to identify parts of a flower, and understand how bees make honey. Furthermore, students will be exposed to the concept of math in nature by studying the structure of a beehive; students will understand why a honeycomb’s pattern of repeating hexagons is so highly efficient. The program will explain what keeps a beekeeper busy as well as introduce the idea of environmental impact on genetics and explore the role genes play in the transfer of traits. Additionally, integrating the topic of similarities and differences, within the honey bee populations, into math word problems will allow students to enjoy applying what they learned about honey bees! GPS: CS1-6, S3L1, S3L2, S3CS7, S3CS8(d), MGSE3.NBT, S4L1, S4L2(a-b), S4CS7,S4CS8(d), MGSE4.NBT, S5L1, S5L2, S5L4, S5CS7, S5CS8(d), MGSE5.NBT

Pond Water Web – 3rd to 5th Grade

Join us for a hike around Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer to become familiar with organisms living in fresh water habitats and discover their importance in a balanced food web. The instructor will demonstrate how to design and engineer an underwater viewfinder using recycled materials that will enable students to identify aquatic macroinvertebrates using a unique tool. Students will also investigate how an environmental change affects a habitat. GPS: S3CS1-8, S3L1, S3L2, S4CS1-8, S4L1, S4L2, S5CS1-8, S5L1, S5L4

Fabulous Fibonacci (Middle School) – 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. GPS: CS1-7, S6CS8, S6CS9, S6CS10, MGSE6.RP.1, MGSE6.RP.3(a), MGSE6.NS.6(c), MGSE6.EE.6, MGSE6.G.1, MGSE6.G.3-4, MGSE6.SP.4, S7CS8, S7CS9, S7CS10, 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, S8CS8, S8CS9, S8CS10, MGSE8.EE.5-6, MGSE8.F.5, MGSE8.G.1-2, MGSE8.G.5, MGSE8.SP.4, S8SR1-5

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

Science Research Introduction
Students will use the quadrat method, a plot used in ecology to isolate a standard unit of area for study of the distribution of a species within a measured area, to determine the population density and calculated biomass of an organism. 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: S6CS1-9, S6E6, MGSE6.NS.1-3, MGSE6.EE.9, MGSE6.SP.1-5, S7CS1-9, S7L1, S7L4, MGSE7.NS.1-3, MGSE7.EE.4, MGSE7.SP.1-8, S8CS1-9, S8P2, S8SR1-5

Fabulous Fibonacci (High School) – 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.

Putting Green into Goldberg – 9th to 12th Grade

Using hands-on techniques, students will integrate life science and physical science to address several essential questions: How do the inputs/outputs in a living system affect its 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 will first use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. Students will be inspired by the notion of Rube Goldberg machines to 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!


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
  • For more information, contact 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!