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Smithgall Woods Regional Education Center

On-Site Program Choices - 3rd Grade & Older

 Aquatic Activities

Fishing is Fun:  Learn the basics of how to think like a fish, how to tie a fisherman's knot and how to use spin-casting equipment. Bring your own worms, crickets or other bait suitable for bass and bream.

Pond Exploration:  Watch how students' natural curiosity is rekindled as they collect tadpoles and learn about aquatic plants along the edge of a small pond or beaver wetlands.

Rolling Down the River:  Determine how much water is drained from a watershed by quantitatively analyzing a stream's velocity and discharge.

Stream Ecology:  Use a kick-seine to collect and identify benthic macro-invertebrates (aka 'stream critters'). Learn how stream health is related to the presence of certain insect larvae and what it means to "match the hatch."

Water Canaries:  Analyze pond or stream water for pH, phosphorus and nitrates, dissolved oxygen, temperature and bacteria. Find out how human actions impact these physical and chemical characteristics of our water supply.

Habitat Studies

A Walk Through Time:  Learn about how our environment changes over time and how different stages of forest succession influence wildlife. Discuss the impact each of us has on this natural process through both intentional and accidental actions.

Biodiversity Word Walk:  Hike along the  Wetland Loop searching for letters that spell a mystery word.  Participate in activities at each letter station.

Champion Trees:  Hone your basic math skills while applying the measuring methods used to place trees in the National Register of Big Trees. Estimate the height, crown spread and circumference of a tree to see if it qualifies as a "Champion Tree."

How Many Bears?:  Demonstrate the concepts of biological carrying capacity and limiting factors by imitating bears in search of food. Learn about black bear biology and habits.

Oh, Deer!:  Play an active game to illustrate the importance of key habitat components as they relate to survival of our white-tailed deer population.

Plight of the Pitcher PlantExplore the causes of plant endangerment and what can be done to protect them and their ecosystem.  Observe living pitcherplants in their natural habitat.  This seasonal program is only offered in May.

Tree ID:  Learn the basic terminology of tree identification while walking a half-mile trail. Use a "dichotomous key" to name over a dozen trees common to North Georgia.

Navigation and Compass Reading

Basic OrienteeringLearn how to use a compass to "find your bearings." 

Orienteering Math Relay:  Solve a math equation using "order of operations" after navigating a predetermined course to find puzzle parts. 

Ways of the American Indian

Hear about the First Peoples that inhabited our area and how their skills and ingenuity helped them to utilize North Georgia's natural resources.

Archery: Try your hand at the skill of shooting arrows with a bow while learning about how technology has advanced through the ages both as a means to obtain food and as a popular outdoor sport.

Other Programs

Gold in Them Thar Hills:  Pan for gold while reliving some of the excitement of the Gold Rush Days at Dukes Creek.

Mystery Herb Garden:  Use a medicinal guide in a scavenger hunt to find and identify plants that could be used to treat mystery ailments.


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