Outreach Programs

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center offers a variety of outreach programs in both science and social studies. These outreach programs provide students with high quality, high interest instruction and provide the teachers with the convenience of a field study in their own classroom.

Science Outreach-Click here to register for Science Out Reach Program


The Land Down Under

The soil below is teeming with life and with critters that do a very dirty and important job – Decomposition! Let the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center share information about some of its favorite decomposers and show how they do their part in making rich, fertile soil. We’re getting “dirty” in this program and can’t wait for you to join us!

Georgia Animals In My Backyard

No matter where you live, there are an abundance of critters that crawl on the ground, bound through the trees, and timidly emerge when night falls. Join us to learn about squirrels, hawks, owls, opossums, deer and other animals that you might find right in your own backyard. We will play games to learn about the interconnection of species in a habitat as well as make a fun craft.

What is Weather?

Weather is a tricky phenomenon that even the professionals have a difficult time predicting. During this program, students will make a fun, low-tech meteorology tool as well as interact with equipment that real life meteorologists use to study weather patterns. Weather is what it is all about in this interactive outreach program!

1st Grade

Water: A Precious Natural Resource

Students engage in water conservation activities and learn ways to protect this precious resource. Students also follow Carlos the Fish as he travels downstream and encounters pollutants and other threats to his habitat.

GPS: 1SC1,7; 1SE2; 1SL1
AKS: 1SC-1,2,5,6,8,9,12

2nd Grade

Diversity of Life

Students investigate life cycles and the diversity of life through the honeybee, an important pollinator that supports agricultural and natural systems. Through exploration centers and learning activities, students explore the benefits this insect has for their world and how environmental changes can impact the honeybee’s life cycle.

GPS: 2SC1,3,7; 2SE3; 2SL1
AKS: 2SC-1,2,5,6,9,13

4th Grade

Ecosystems and Animal Adaptations

Wild animals and plants have amazing physical and behavioral adaptations to help them survive in Georgia. Students gain a better understanding of predator-prey relationships through a study of animal skulls and interpretive learning of bird and alligator adaptations.

GPS: 4SC1,8; 4SL1,2;
AKS: 4SC-1,2,15,16

5th Grade

Harmful and Beneficial Microbes

Through field and microscopy studies, students explore a variety of beneficial and harmful microbes and the impact these microbes have on human health and the environment. This program is recommended for accelerated fifth grade science.

GPS: 5SC1,3,5,8; 5SL3,4
AKS: 5SC-1,2,4,5,6,12,13,15