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Birds of Prey Program

Join us for Georgia’s only daily, free-flighted birds of prey program! Learn about the unique role these feathered creatures play in the environment as they zoom over your head.  Hawks, owls, falcons, and even vultures will demonstrate natural behaviors and adaptations while our experienced trainers educate you about these amazing raptors!

  • Maximum group size: 125
  • Cost: None

GSE: S3L1 b & c, S4L1 b, c & d; S5L1 a; S5L2; S5L4; S7L4 a, c; S7L5 b

 

Bird Sleuth 101

Gain a new appreciation for our local songbirds, waterfowl, woodpeckers, and even birds of prey. Through the use of taxidermy specimens, biofacts, and other hands-on tools, students will receive a brief introduction on how to use binoculars and ways to identify common birds. The program will wrap up with one of our experienced educators leading a short walk where we put our live bird-watching skills to the test!

  • Maximum group size: 30
  • Cost: $85
  • Binoculars will be provided.

GSE: SKL2 c; S2L1 c; S3L1 b & c; S5L1 a; S5L2; S7L1

 

Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl Trail Walk (Blooms in March & early April)

Stroll among 40 acres of native woodlands. Cultivated azaleas bloom in early Spring.  Asphalt surface trails allow easy access to the Mirror Pond and connect to the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel.

  • Maximum group size: 175
  • Cost: None

GSE: S5L1 b; S7L1

 

Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center

Over 1000 tropical butterflies call this tropical conservatory “home.” The indoor rainforest habitat and adjacent 3-acre outdoor butterfly garden provide a walk-through classroom atmosphere where students can learn about the butterfly life cycle and how these winged wonders interact with their environment.

  • Maximum group size: 100
  • Cost: None

GSE: S2L1; S3L1 c; S5L1 a; S7L1

 

Habitats of Georgia Trail Walk

This shaded and mulched trail is a tranquil spot for a walk for discovering the different plant communities of Georgia. You will encounter plants from the Appalachains, the Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain. (Distance: 0.75 miles)

  • Maximum group size: 75
  • Cost: None

GSE: SKL1 a & b; S3E1 b & c; S3L1 a; S4L1 a & c; S7L4 a, b, d

 

Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel

This small, beautiful Chapel overlooks Lake Ida. Its peaceful setting, Moeller pipe organ, and gorgeous stained-glass windows provide a sense of serenity away from the busy bustle of the Gardens.

  • Maximum group size: 60
  • Cost: None

GSE: None

 

It’s a Bug’s Life (New!)

Learn about the wonderful creepie crawlies help keep our world free from pests. Students will play bug-related games, discuss what makes an insect and insect, and even meet live insects at the end of the program!

  • Maximum group size: 50
  • Cost: $100

GSE: S2L1; S3L1 c; S5L1 a; S7L1

 

Living Food Chain

Reptiles, raptors, and mammals, oh my! Students have an opportunity to meet the living parts of the food chain; learn what characteristics these animals share; and discover how energy flows through an ecosystem. Our educational mammal and reptile are available for the students to touch at the end of the program!

  • Maximum group size: 100
  • Cost: $125

GSE: SKL1; SKL2 a & b; S1L1; S2L1 a & c, d; S3L1 b & c; S4L1; S5L1 a & b; S5L4; S7L1; S7L4 a, c

 

Owl Pellets: The Science Behind Them

Discover what’s on the menu for our nighttime predators during this hands-on dissection activity! Students become nature detectives as they work individually or in teams to identify the bones of owl prey items. If they’re lucky, they may be able to piece together a whole skeleton!

  • Maximum group size: 60
  • Cost: $100, plus $3.60/pellet

GSE: S2L1; S4L1 a & b; S5L2; S7L4 a

 

Pioneer Log Cabin

Built in the mid-1800s, this cabin constructed of Longleaf Pine provides students with a peek into the past. Pioneer-era artifacts, a kitchen garden, and the covered well are just a few of the educational opportunities this historical site has to offer.

  • Maximum group size: 30
  • Cost: None

GSE: None

 

Plant Parts and You!

Join us on a fun-filled exploration of some of the foods we eat, beginning in the garden and ending on the dinner table. Discover how important plants are to us and what parts of the plant produce our favorite foods. Students will review the basic parts of a plant parts and the plant life cycle.

  • Maximum group size: 40
  • Cost: $55

GSE: S1L1; S2L1; S5L1 b; S7L1

 

 

 

Skins, Scales, and Turtle Shells (New!)

There is great diversity in the Animal Kingdom. Through the use of pelts, taxidermy specimens, and skeletons explore the things that distinguish one critter from another. Do they fly, swim, walk, or hop? Is their body covered with fur, scales….or something else? How do they regulate their body temperature? Learn the answers to all of these questions in this 30-minute program. You might even meet a live critter at the end!

  • Maximum group size: 75
  • Cost: $75

GSE: SKL2; S3L1; S5L1; S7L1

 

Storytime with Cedar

Listen to a story regaling the antics of an owl with our mascot, Cedar the Owl. After this interactive reading session, participants will have their photo taken with our friendly owl mascot!

  • Maximum group size: 50
  • Cost: $55

GSE: CCKRL4; CCKRL7; CC2RL5

 

Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center

This LEED-certified building provides educational and art displays across its 35,000 sq.-foot expanse. Explore the Discovery Room in the Education Wing with its mounted animal specimens and interpretive displays. For those interested in art, the Exhibit Hall displays the works of famous nature artist, Athos Menaboni. Live turtles and fish can be observed from the Discovery Bridge, and the pollinator garden is abuzz with insects in the Spring and Summer.

  • Maximum group size: 175
  • Cost: None

GSE: S2E3; S3L2 b

 

Woodland Critters

Get to meet three woodland critter that live in the forests of the Southeast. A rabbit, a turtle, and a raptor all make a guest appearance during this interactive program.

  • Maximum group size: 60
  • Cost: $100, plus $3.60/pellet

GSE: SKL2 a; S2L1 a; S3L1 b & c; S5L1 a; S5L2; S7L1

 

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Explore All of Callaway

Beach & Water Sports

Swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing on Robin Lake

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TreeTop Adventure

Climb and zip through the trees on this fun forest course

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Butterfly Center

Meet over 1,000 colorful butterflies face-to-face

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Birds of Prey Shows

Discover the strength, speed, and beauty of these magnificent creatures

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Hiking & Biking Trails

Explore Callaway’s 2,500 acres by foot or by bicycle

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The Gardens

Drink in the beauty of azaleas, hydrangeas, and other woodland wonders

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Fantasy In Lights

One of National Geographic’s Top 10 Holiday Light Displays

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Summer Family Adventure

An authentic Georgia outdoor family getaway like no other

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Dining

Enjoy mouthwatering, chef-prepared cuisine at an array of restaurants

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Balloon Festival

Watch beautiful balloons aglow or enjoy your own tethered balloon ride

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Symphony on the Sand

A night beneath the stars with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

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Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard

Tournament for the greatest athletes in competitive watersports

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Fishing

Some of the best lake fishing in the southeastern United States

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