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Year-round programs for all ages are offered including shooting sports, wildlife conservation, fishing, plant identification and more.

Most public programs are free, but pre-registration may be required since space is limited. For a list of current classes, visit www.georgiawildlife.com and select the Event Calendar.

Bird of Prey Program at Charlie Elliott Wildlife CenterFor more information on any of the following programs or to schedule an educational program, call 770-784-3059.

Educational Programs
Kids Fishing Events (2nd - 6th grade)
Kids Fishing Events provide children the opportunity to get "hooked" on fishing! Staff provide basic fishing instruction, gear, bait and a special event pond (catch and release only). One adult chaperone for every five children is required for ages eight and up and for every three children under age eight. These events are free, but pre-registration is required (50 student maximum/day). Cost: These events are free (max. 50 students/day) unless combined with a Discovery Center program (in which Discovery Center fees apply).

Classroom Programs (3rd - 5th grade)
Live animals in the classroom are a wonderful way to introduce students to Georgia's wildlife diversity and cover State required Quality Core Curriculum/Georgia Performance Standards (QCC/GPS) topics. Five outreach programs are available to schools within a 90-minute drive from the Center, which includes the Atlanta, Athens and Macon area. Each one-hour program consists of a slide show and live animals. Staff can visit up to five classes per day (max. 35 students/class). Available programs include: Vertebrates, Aquatic Ecology, Birds of Prey, Endangered Species and Reptiles and Amphibians. Program scheduling begins in early August for the following school year - so call early!

Classroom Programs are available to schools within a 90-minute drive from the Center. Staff can visit up to five classes (35 students/class maximum) per day. Call for cost.
On-Site Day Programs (K - 7th Grade)
Children playing in creek at Charlie Elliott Wildlife CenterThe Brooke Ager Discovery Area offers a hands-on and multi-disciplinary approach to wildlife education where students use science, social studies, math, and reading comprehension skills while exploring nature in a fun and rewarding way. This two-part field trip covers required GPS topics for up to 50 students at a time.

For Students in K - 2nd Grade:
Students are introduced to Georgia wildlife and what they need to survive. Programs include an indoor lesson involving taxidermy, mounts, hands-on activities, and stories. Part two of the field trip includes one of the following outdoor explorations:

For Students in 3rd - 7th Grade:
Students are introduced to Georgia wildlife in the Discovery Room where they rotate through 10 stations in small groups. Using live animals, field guides, taxidermy mounts, study specimens, and other tools, students learn about native plants, animals and their adaptations.

Part two of the field trip includes an outdoor exploration. Teachers can choose from the following on-site overnight programs below.
On-Site Overnight Programs (5th-7th Grade)
The Conference Center is available for residential wildlife education programs and can accommodate up to 80 people. There are classrooms and a spacious dining room - not to mention 6,400 acres of available outdoor resources!

Visitor Center at Charlie Elliott Wildlife CenterA wide range of classes are available that use wildlife and natural resources to encourage students interest across the curriculum. Classes are multi-disciplinary and emphasize hands-on projects that involve collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. Students contribute to area monitoring and research projects using equipment and techniques typical of a field researcher. Group leaders either select four lessons for a three-day, two-night stay OR customize a program to fit group needs. Lessons cover required QCC/GPS topics and include:

BulletEarth Science - map/compass, state geology, weather, biomes, biodiversity
BulletBotany/Forestry - basics, parts of a forest and forest ecology
BulletWildlife Ecology & Management - invertebrates, vertebrates, birds, ecology, field techniques, characteristics and adaptations, etc.
BulletAquatics - watersheds, pond study, fish populations and management, stream survey, aquatic habitats
BulletEnvironmental Science & Stewardship - human/environmental interactions, stewardship projects, human history of Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
BulletNature Journaling - journaling, nature and outdoor writing
BulletOutdoor Skills - archery, fishing, wilderness survival, owl pellet dissection

Cost: These programs, which combine classroom and outdoor learning activities with an overnight stay at the lodge, are $90 per child.

Custom programs also are available. Please contact us and we will create an engaging program that suits your needs.
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Registration at a Glance
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- Brooke Ager Discovery Area can accommodate up to 50 students per day.

BulletProgram Time - K - 2nd grade at 9:30-12 and 3rd - 7th grade at 9:30-1:30

For cost and more information or to register for a program, contact Karen Hoydick at 770-784-3059.

Telephone: 770-784-3059 - Address: 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield georgia 30055

Directions from Mansfield: GA Hwy 11 S for 2.7 miles; left on Marben Farms Rd. (Co. Rd. 229), follow signs.
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