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Pre-registration is required for all offerings. Please mail your check with your Registration Form (click to open .PDF file) to:
Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Blue Heron reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum enrollment (refunds will be made).
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.
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.
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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 the plants that live at the Preserve and their vital place in the world's ecosystem as you walk the trail. We will gather natural materials to make a terrarium of our own using a recycled container.
Water and Waterways
Explore Nancy Creek and talk about the urban problems of water runoff and pollution in our waterways. Test for turbidity with water sample bottles.
Enjoy a nature walk through the Preserve as we talk about different types of seeds and how they travel. Collect your own seeds and nature artifacts to make a collection to take home.
Extinct and Endangered Species
Tour the Preserve as we discuss plant and animal life in Georgia. How do animals and plants become extinct or endangered?
Habitat Discovery/Nest Making
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Inc.
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.
Don't want to travel? Schedule a time with Naturalist Nancy Jones to visit your school and have an in school program brought to you.
Fees range from $75-$150 per class depending on number of students, and the amount of time. A materials fee may apply.
These Programs are available for school groups, Scouts and more. Call the office at 404-345-1008, to reserve a date and time.
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
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
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.