The Callaway Education Department is ready to help you plan education programs such as field trips for scout groups, school associations, and daycare facilities. Our Education Team includes horticulturalists, naturalists, and other experts who are well-qualified to deliver an enriching program for your group.
To plan your Educational Visit, please email us at email@example.com, call us directly at 706-663-5155, or fill out the digital form below.Plan Your Educational Visit
Partners in Education
As a Partner in Education with the Harris County School District, Callaway Gardens generously offers Harris County Schools one free Self-guided field trip per class each school year. Items of note:
School Group Programming
School & Group programs must be arranged in advance and are dependent on staff availability.
Come explore Callaway Gardens with your class for fun, educational experiences your students won’t ever forget! Can’t make the trip to visit us? No problem, book an Outreach Program and we will bring the learning into your classroom. Either way, a Callaway Gardens Expert will lead your class in exploration. School programs include hands-on activities and a Teacher’s Guide with additional curriculum.
We offer a diverse selection of programs! Some programs are self-led and other programs are facilitated by one of our Education Experts (i.e. Guided Programs). Your group is able to create a schedule with a combination of both self-led and Guided Programs.
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.
GSE: SKL2 a; S2L1 a; S3L1 b & c; S5L1 a; S5L2; S7L1
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!
GSE: SKL1; SKL2 a & b; S1L1; S2L1 a & c, d; S3L1 b & c; S4L1; S5L1 a & b; S5L4; S7L1; S7L4 a, c
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!
GSE: S3L1 b & c, S4L1 b, c & d; S5L1 a; S5L2; S5L4; S7L4 a, c; S7L5 b
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.
GSE: S2L1; S3L1 c; S5L1 a; S7L1
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.
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!
GSE: SKL2; S3L1; S5L1; S7L1
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.
GSE: S2E3; S3L2 b
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!
GSE: S2L1; S4L1 a & b; S5L2; S7L4 a
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)
GSE: SKL1 a & b; S3E1 b & c; S3L1 a; S4L1 a & c; S7L4 a, b, d
(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.
GSE: S5L1 b; S7L1
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.
Come learn about insects and their vital role to the environment as you walk
through the life-like MEGABUGS! Exhibit. You will get to see the body parts of an
insect and see the Western honey bee, Lady Beetle, Dung Beetle, Fire Millipede and
other arthropods throughout the Exhibit.
GSE: SEN1. a, d., SEN2. d., SEN3. a, b., SEN5. c.
Cancellation Policy (This is new this year)