NEW! Spring Break Camp
Spring Break Days at BHNP
Spend spring break at Blue Heron Nature Preserve! Each day, your children will explore our woods, creek, and wetlands with an experienced environmental educator. Go birdwatching, track mammals, make a seed collection, build forts, and more!
Registration and check can be mailed to BHNP. Call Amy at 678-315-0836 with any questions. Space is limited, sign-up today!
All our regular programs are $10 per student, unless otherwise noted. Groups with five students or less will be priced at an hourly fee of $37.50 to cover our teaching expenses. All classes are 90 minutes with a tour and program.
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Pre-registration is required for all offerings.
Individuals and Families:
Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Blue Heron reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum enrollment (refunds will be made).
We now have beautiful badges to order and purchase for all scouts! This badge fills the requirement of a visit to a nature preserve. Call the office to inquire and Pre-order, 404-345-1008.
Programs for Scouts, School Children and Garden Clubs
The following programs are available for all ages. Call the office to reserve a date and time, 404-345-1008.
Fees: An hour tour with a naturalist $8 per scout or student. An activity can be included with a tour for $10 each which includes all materials.
View and discuss diverse habitats for birds from stream, pond, woods and meadow as we discover the beauty of the Preserve and collect our own materials for a nest making experience.
This program is available for all ages, reserve a date and time. Class time 90 minutes.
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Walk the Preserve on a bird watching adventure and make a bird feeder from a recycled water bottle to either hang at the Preserve or take home.
Learn about owls in a very unique way by dissecting pellets that they regurgitate. Inside this cocoon like sac is an inventory of what owls eat. As you dissect your pellet you will discover very tiny bones of creatures that owls capture and devour. Amazing!
PLANTS AND FUNGI
Tour the Preserve and take a scientist's look at our native mushrooms. Gather materials to create a mushroom habitat and sculpt a mushroom from clay to take home.
Class time, 90 minutes.
Seeds travel in many different ways. Learn about how seeds move through the world as we travel though the Preserve on a discovery walk. Start your very own seed collection in a miniature box to take home.
Learn all about plants and how they grow! Take a nature walk in our meadow areas and touch with your hands many of the different plants that grow at the Preserve. Paint a clay pot and plant seeds of your own to take home.
Enjoy a walk on our trails and pick, smell, and touch flowers along the way. Arrange your flowers in a basket as we walk and then make a daisy chain with your collection.
Explore the Community Garden
Take an in depth tour of Blue Heron's community garden and learn about plants that you can eat! Plant some seeds of your own in a small pot to take home.
Tour the Preserve as we discuss plant and animal life in Georgia. How do animals and plants become extinct or endangered?
How it started
A significant amount of Blue Heron property runs along and underneath the high tension power lines on Roswell Road. Before Blue Heron was here, trees were planted or grew up on their own under the power lines and routinely, Georgia Power would prune them back often severely leaving the trees disfigured. We started our relationship with Georgia Power on a difficult foot when our native grass plantings under the power lines were completely mowed down. Now, a wonderful partnership has formed to remove the old disfigured trees that interrupt the power flow through the lines. They are being replaced with a river of native nectar plants and milkweed targeted to monarchs flowing all along Roswell Road. Georgia Power is supplying seeds, native plants and winter time mowing to facilitate this project. We are also in the process of developing signage and printed materials for the public to help them understand the benefits of our pilot project at the Preserve.
How can you help and get involved?
Contact us if you are interested in a Monarch garden at your site, schedule a workshop, educational programming or speaking event on Monarchs or are interested in citizen science research or need more information.
Go on an insect hunt as we tour the Preserve. Catch and Release a small insect in a carrier to bring inside and study. We will draw and paint our observations on beautiful papers to take home.
Learn all about these fascinating insects with a master beekeeper. Take a tour of the Blue Heron Apiary and experience first hand the wonder of bees. Have a honey inspired snack in the Burrow and mix your own honey paint to create a watercolor painting to take home.
Discover red wriggler worms in the Preserve's compost bin! Learn basic information about worms and composting in a hands on way. Either separate the worm's soil to use for potting seeds or create a worm bin for your classroom.
Tour the Preserve and look for the very special critters that live at Blue Heron Nature Preserve and record your findings in a nature journal to take home.
LAND AND WATER
Come with your water shoes or boots and explore the creek from a bird's eye view!
Learn about the Preserve's history from the time of the Native Americans till now. Be an amateur biologist, geologist and archeologist and examine the natural artifacts along the stream bed as we talk about water quality and conservation.
Class time, 90 minutes.
Discover soils and water in a fun hands on way and mix up a muddy batter to make and decorate your very own mud pie to take home! Students will collect, clay, sand and rich humus soils, feel the texture of each and see where the soils come from as they work on their pies. We will collect nuts, berries, leaves, etc. to decorate our pies.
Collect wood and stick pieces to build a fort at the Preserve. This is an engaging way to learn about the land, decomposition, trees, mushrooms and more as you use problem solving skills to make a fort.
Water and Soils
Focus your study on either soils or water. This tour and discussion will also include landforms and pollution with either water testing or soil sampling. Students will have a sample bottle to take home.
Hiking and History
Kids will travel back in time with a discovery walk along Nancy Creek, which was the lifeblood of Native Americans and early settlers in area. Kids will hunt for ancient artifacts on its banks and build a fishing weir like the Creeks would have used more than 200 years ago.
Let's Collect Rocks
Learn about the geology of the Preserve as we take a walking tour and collect specimens along the way. We will sort our collections in a container to take home to jump start our own rock collection.
Take a scavenger hunt though the Preserve looking for trash! Discover how water and soil can change the composition of materials over time. Talk about why trash dumped in the environment is bad for people and animals. Help clean up the Preserve and take your favorite pieces home!
Call the office to book a tour and find out about pricing and touring options: 404-345-1008.
Think about Blue Heron for your Eagle Scout Project or other Scout Projects. We have available sites for:
Please contact Blue Heron Nature Preserve for more information on how you can be involved. We have a retired scout master that is able and willing to work with Eagle Scout candidates on possible projects. We need projects and would love to have you work with us! Email us for a scout packet, or contact us.
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Have a space to dedicate to nature discovery? Work with an educator and or naturalist from the Preserve to make your outside area hum with educational opportunities for birds, butterflies, plants and investigative play.
Intructors: Blue Heron staff
Sculptural Architecture in Nature
Learn to use the landscape as your medium for sculpture. Building with stones, wood and more offers diverse opportunities for engaging children in the natural world and providing skills and a sense of accomplishment as they work in the bigger environment.
Instructors: Blue Heron staff
Garden Club Events
Speakers are available for garden club presentations on site or a place of your choosing and can include lunch or a tour.
Can't travel for a field trip? We are happy to bring any of our regular programming to you!
Engage your staff in the teaching possibilities of nature and book a professional development experience at the Preserve or at your school. We offer diverse experiences to bring nature into your classrooms and school such as:
Welcome natural materials such as, stones, sticks, leaves, sand and soils into your learning environment. Open ended natural materials offer a wealth of imaginative and investigative thinking opportunities for children.
Instructor: Nancy Jones
Margaret had her birthday in the Burrow this summer and you can too! Theme your party to nature and have a tour, activity and treat at the Preserve and celebrate your special day with nature.
JJ had a fairy home birthday party at the Preserve and you can too! Build and design your own fairy home using natural materials you have gathered yourself at the Preserve.
Parties are available in a range of activities and options. We have a $75 minimum for parties which includes a tour and room rental. A nature or art based activity can be added for an additional fee, call the office for further information 404-345-1008.
Learning about Birds Educator Training - Early Childhood Educators (PreK - K, 1, focus ages 2-6)
Birds capture the imagination of our earliest learners. Join Nikki Belmonte, Atlanta Audubon Educational Coordinator, to learn strategies for engaging young children in birding. Participants will learn about common birds, attracting birds and basic birding tips and techniques that can be translated to the young students.
The workshop will encompass learning activities for the classroom inside, playground or outdoor classroom. Participants will receive educational materials to supplement activities and their own backyard bird knowledge.
Journaling through Collage: a Visual Language
In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to collect, present and record natural materials, found objects and beautiful papers for your students to use in making collages. We will explore the use of composition, color theory and texture as you learn this fun and easy technique by making your own creation. The ability to combine different materials by pasting is the key to this art process.
Learn the language of collage for your pre-adult verbal or adult verbal children and speak to them in a whole new way.
We offer many different types of programming and tours for scouts, garden clubs, schools and businesses:
Scouting: Tours and programs are $6 per scout and can be tailored to meet badge requirements and any area of study in nature, art, ecology, wildlife, birds, recycling, conservation and more.
Garden Clubs/Businesses: A speaking presentation and or tour is available with a requested donation to the Preserve.