Bring the EHC to your school! The EHC 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 teachers with the convenience of a field study in their own classroom.
Program length- 1 hour
SCIENCE OUTREACH PROGRAMS
The Land Down Under – Decomposers At Work!
The soil below is teeming with life and with critters that do a very dirty and important job – Decomposition! Let the 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 our hands “dirty” in this program and can’t wait for you to join us!
What Is Weather?
Weather is a tricky phenomenon that even the professionals have a difficult time predicting. During this program, students 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!
Georgia Animals In My Backyard Through hands-on investigation with the EHC’s skins and skulls collection, students uncover physical and behavioral differences of some of Georgia’s local forest friends. Interactive games, a take home craft, and a playful visit with our resident turtle help students understand animal needs and appreciate the role each of them play in protecting our native animal friends.
Exploring Plants, Animals, Rocks & Soil
Through investigative plant and animal activities, a hands-on exploration of animal skins, and a take home tree cookie craft, students develop an understanding of the relationship between plants, animals, rocks, and soil.
Water: A Precious Natural Resource
Students engage in water conservation activities and are reminded just how precious this resource is to all living things, including THEM! Carlos the Fish goes on an imaginary journey with the students. As he heads downstream on an adventure, he discovers many water pollutants along the way. A take home tree cookie craft reinforces that plants also need water.
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, learning activities, and a take home craft, students discover the benefits this insect has for their world and how environmental changes impact the honeybee’s life cycle.
Follow a single raindrop’s journey and discover the many places water can be found. Through an interactive game and a powerful demonstration, students gain a sense of just how limited our most precious resource is and that every drops DOES count! A take home craft reinforces the message to be water savers, not water wasters.
Ecosystems & Animal Adaptations
Alligators survived for millions of years and dinosaurs didn’t because they put their coats on when it got cold!! Students discover the importance of animal adaptations for survival during this non-stop adventure including a migration survival flight and an interactive experience with skins, skulls, and scat discovery tables! A take home craft reinforces the differences between our daytime and night time forest friends.
Harmful & Beneficial Microbes
Through microscopic study and an interactive game, students explore a variety of beneficial and harmful microbes and the impact these microbes have on human health and the environment.
FOURTH & SIXTH GRADE
Through the Discovery Dome film Force Five, students learn how meteorologists and hydrologists work together to predict tornadoes and hurricanes as well as how they prepare people ahead of time for these natural disasters. Using a variety of scientific instruments, students also collect meteorological data and make their own predictions for future weather patterns.
SOCIAL STUDIES OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Frederick Douglass: Inspirational Leader
Students examine the life of Frederick Douglass and learn how he promoted the abolition of slavery and led the efforts for the inclusion of African Americans in the Civil War. Through the use of music and the construction of a station for the Underground Railroad, students gain an appreciation for Douglass and his character traits.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Overcoming Obstacles
Students explore the challenges of the 1930s through analyzing the character traits of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). Discover how he managed to conquer physical challenges, jump start the economy, and establish a legacy for the American people. Examine artifacts and listen to a Fireside Chat to understand how daily life differed from today. Recognize FDR’s robust feelings of patriotism that led to the success of the United States through a hands-on art project.
The War At Home
World War II required tremendous resources. Meeting the war’s needs for material and manpower was a huge challenge. Students learn the four ways that American’s at home overcame shortages of materials by food production, substitution, rationing and recycling. Additionally, students examine actual World War II ration books and civil defense materials as they learn how manpower shortages brought about new roles and new opportunities for women and African Americans.
Turbulent Times In Georgia: The Civil War & Reconstruction
Students investigate how the Civil War impacted Georgia through exploration into music, medicine, and communication. Meet a soldier who speaks of daily life and how the war affected the homefront in his absence. Participate in mock drills and examine the lives of spies for both the Confederate and Union forces.
A Soldier’s Life & The War at Home
Students discover the impact of the Civil War on the Gwinnett community by learning about the daily life of a soldier and examine the impact of disease during the war. This program also looks at communication through the use of primary sources such as letters written by local soldiers.
The cost of a science outreach program is $9 per student for 30 to 89 students. Science programs can be scheduled for classes of less than 30 students for $270. For groups of 90 students or more, the rate is discounted to $6 per student. Additionally, travel charges may apply to out of county locations.
The cost of a history outreach program is $6 per student for 30 to 89 students. History programs can be scheduled for classes of less than 30 students for $180. For groups of 90 students or more, the rate is discounted to $4 per student. Additionally, travel charges may apply to out of county sites.
$20 out of county travel fee for programs within 10 miles of the GEHC.
$30 out of county travel fee for programs within 11-20 miles of the GEHC.
$40 out of county travel fee for programs within 21-30 miles of the GEHC.
$50 out of county travel fee for programs within 31-40 miles of the GEHC.
For reservations, contact the GEHC Registrar at 678-765-4680
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) maintains a partnership with the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) through its ongoing support of educational programs designed to advance student achievement in science and history. The GCPS Directors of Science and Social Studies, along with GEHC staff, coordinate the educational content of the programs offered.
For questions concerning curriculum content, please contact: Education Liaison Gayle Adkinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org