One of the nation’s original 13 colonies, Georgia holds an integral role in our nation’s history! In a 2, 3, or 4 day tour, your students will be taken through Georgia’s history and geography and will become a more informed citizen. Some of our favorite sites along Georgia include:
- Andersonville POW Museum and Civil War Site
- Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville
- Student Militia Program at Old Fort Jackson
- Shopping and free time along River Street
- Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum and WWII Tour
- Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum or Center for Civil and Human Rights
- Tybee Island Pier and beach
- Okefenokee Swamp Park
- Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Center
- St. Simons Lighthouse
Ask us about putting together a customized trip through Georgia just for you. As our most popular trip, this is
a trip that every 8th grader studying Georgia should take! For 15 years, we have been an industry leader in
Georgia Studies trips and would love to show you why!!
HOW WEST GEORGIA HAS SHAPED THE CIVIL WAR, WWII, AND THE PRESIDENCY
With this trip across West Georgia, students will gain a broad perspective of generations of influence that West Georgia has had on state and national policies and events. Students will have the opportunity to tour three distinct state parks that each held a significant role in both Georgia, and American, history. Students will be able to learn the role that West Georgia played in the American Civil War, during and following World War II, and even up to current executive policies enacted by President Jimmy Carter. This single day trip exposes students to invaluable contributions West Georgia has made over the previous 150 years!
*Each site on this day trip directly connect with state and national standards for Social Studies and English Language Arts*
FDR’s Little White House Historic Site and Memorial Museum
Warm Springs, Georgia
Students will begin their tour in Warm Springs where they will visit Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Little White House, one of Georgia’s most popular historic sites. FDR built the Little White House in 1932 while still acting as Governor of New York. President Roosevelt visited his vacation home almost every summer from its purchase until his death. During FDR’s presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs based upon his experiences in this small town. Roosevelt suffered a stroke while posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945. He died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is still housed in the museum. The museum showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Students will tour Roosevelt’s home, which has been carefully preserved as he left it, the servants anFlush Cached guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs.
Tour of Jimmy Carter’s boyhood farm, high school and museum
Jimmy Carter, our Nation’s 39th President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is the only President to have been born in Georgia. On this stop, students will learn of the significance rural Georgia had on both the state and national landscape. Students will visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site which includes the farm where he spent his boyhood, the Plains High School he attended, and the train depot that served as headquarters for his 1976 presidential campaign. During this stop on the tour, students will learn of the impact that this rural south Georgia town had on the region and the national landscape as well as how this way of life influenced Carter’s presidential campaign and tenure.
Andersonville National Historic Site (Andersonville State Prison/Camp Sumter)
On the final stop of the trip, students will take a tour of Andersonville Prison, A Confederate Prisoner-Of-War camp during the final 12 months of the Civil War. This is a powerful site for students, as Andersonville is an iconic reminder of the horrors of the Civil War. Andersonville was overcrowded by almost four times its capacity and nearly one quarter of all Union soldiers captured and housed in Andersonville Prison died while held. During this tour, students will see the prison grounds, tour the museum and visit the cemetery where Union prisoners were buried. During their time at Andersonville, students will learn about the conditions that led to the creation of large prisons in the Civil War, as well as examine the challenges faced by prisoners at Andersonville. This tour provides an opportunity for students to explore some of the controversies surrounding Civil War prisons.
*As always, any itinerary can be adjusted to meet your needs*
From NASA Spaceships to high spee coasters, Juan Ponce De Leon could have never imagined the engineering and technology that would one day call Florida home! There are countless ways for your students to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics while touring Florida. Here are a few of our favorites!
- Disney Youth Educational Series (YES) Programs
Options include: Magic Kingdom and Physics, EPCOT Global Business and Technology, Animal Kingdom Animal Care and Conservation
- Universal Studios’ STEAM App Series:
Options include: Transformers ROLL out, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Mummy Dig Site Detective, Jurassic Paleobotany, Kongtrol Panel
- Kennedy Space Center
- Florida Keys field study and airboat ride through the Everglades
- Crystal River Manatees field study
- Wakulla County Science adventure including a guided river tour, and gulf specimen marine lab
- Cumberland Island environmentalist led nature walk through the maritime forest Science trip to
Georgia’s Barrier Islands and North Florida
- Seaworld Student Programs
- Orlando Science Center
- Jacksonville Museum of Science and History
On October 27, 1828, Benjamin Parks was taking a stroll through the mountains outside of Dahlonega when he kicked a rock. Although there is nothing spectacular about kicking a rock -this rock was different. He stopped to notice the rock was pure gold! Five different people have claimed to make the original discovery, but the result was the same… thousands of miners rushed to the mountains of north Georgia to mark the start of the Gold Rush! The gold rush brought with it triumph and wealth, but not without great tragedy and suffering, as the gold rush was a major reason for the removal of the Cherokee people from this area in 1838. Spend a day learning about north Georgia’s place in history, and if you are lucky you may also take home a nugget of gold for yourself!
Amicalola Falls State Park
Spectacular scenery and natural beauty await students on their first stop of the day. At 729 feet tall, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. The morning hike begins at the top of the falls with a personal guide that will take your group on the trail through the cool, streamlined paths that lead down the falls. Students will hear from their guide about the history of the area and how the falls became known as Amicalola Falls. The hike will take students from the top of the cascading falls to the natural pools where the falls culminate.
Birds of Prey Class
Georgia is home to some of the most amazing predatory birds on Earth. In this Birds of Prey class, you will be taken up close and personal with multiple species of owls, hawks and falcons. These animals, each with their unbelievable visual acuity, quick thinking and precision accuracy, will fascinate and captivate you as you listen to expert handlers discuss the special qualities of each unique species.
Lunch at the Smith House
Since 1899, The Smith House has had its doors open and ready to provide healthy portions and plenty of southern hospitality to patrons! After leaving the Birds of Prey class, students will have the opportunity to visit one of the most decorated and celebrated restaurants south of the Mason-Dixon line. Students will get to eat in the restaurant and see the Dahlonega Village.
Shopping in the Village
After a delicious lunch at the Smith House, students and teachers will have some time to see the Dahlonega village and peruse the shops. Whether finishing off lunch with a sweet treat from the Dahlonega Fudge Factory, or picking up a gift for Mom at the glassblowing shop, students will surely enjoy some leisure time between stops!
Tour of Consolidated Gold Mine
In this interactive lesson, students get to learn about the North Georgia Gold Rush – a period that both brought wealth to many miners from all over the Country, and is partially responsible for the removal of the Cherokee people from this area in 1838. Students will even learn about the process of panning for gold, and will be given the opportunity to mine for gold or gems and will take home whatever they are able to pan!
BLAST OFF TO THE ROCKET CITY!
Huntsville, Alabama is the Nation’s biggest technology hub, and is consistently hiring more college STEM graduates than any other city in the United States (even more than Silicon Valley!). The city is nicknamed “The Rocket City” for its close history with U.S. space missions. Huntsville has been important in developing space technology since the 1950s.
US Space and Rocket Center
Students will spend an in depth, 6 hour study, at the US Space and Rocket Center. This educational center predates NASA, and is an in-depth study of mathematics, engineering and technology. During the visit, students will gain entrance to the US Space and Rocket Center and will take a tour of both the Shuttle Park and Rocket Park. Students will experience public museum simulators, and then will go through a hands-on laboratory with a Center instructor, witness a live presentation and enjoy an IMAX Movie experience. Lunch and dinner will be provided during the trip, and trip can be catered to 6th or 7th grade GSE standards.
*This field trip is experienced as a day trip for Atlanta schools; however, ask about an overnight trip to Huntsville to add the Hudson-Alpha Institute and the University of Alabama, Huntsville to deepen student learning and understanding of GSE standards.*
Students will travel to Lookout Mountain, Georgia for an awesome adventure of discovery! Just south of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lookout Mountain holds a wealth of teaching points that connect directly to the grade level science standards.
Lookout Mountain, GA
Students will begin their day trip to Lookout Mountain by riding the Incline Railway to the top of the mountain. This railway is an amazing 73.4% grade (almost straight up!). Once at the top of the mountain, students will take a guided tour of Rock City.
Lookout Mountain, GA
“See Rock City” signs were once painted on Barns across America as a brilliant marketing campaign to bring tourists to Lookout Mountain. The distinct signs swept the nation from Michigan to Texas. Nowadays, the unimaginable beauty of Rock City, and impressive findings, make it a household name. Once students reach Rock City, they will investigate geological findings and will learn to describe observations while investigating the various types of rock and plant life. After lunch at the Big Rock Grill, students will take a guided tour of Ruby Falls cave.
Ruby Falls Cave
Lookout Mountain, GA
Before departing for home, students will have the chance to travel back in time while they go deep inside Lookout Mountain to Ruby Falls cave. This cave was formed over 200 million years ago, and is home to the 145 foot high Ruby Falls. Students will get an unforgettable look at how the Earth was formed hundreds of millions of years ago. During this exploration, students will have the chance to see how stalactites, stalagmites and various minerals found in underground caves are formed and will discover how water is present in all of Earth’s processes.
OKEFENOKEE SWAMP PARK
This is one of the most popular stops for students in the Southeast! The Okefenokee Swamp Park is a convenient entry point and a perfect window into the “Land of the Trembling Earth”. Surrounded by jungles and lakes, and the animal inhabitants of both, students often forget they are only 4 hours outside of Atlanta. Boat tours on original Indian waterways, walkways through the Okefenokee wilderness, Pioneer Island, and native animals in their own habitat all combine to weave a spell of pioneer American life. Students will tour the waterways on boat, take a train ride around the Swamp, ride along the railway, hear a lecture on the cultural history of the Okefenokee, take themselves on a self-guided nature walk, and will sit for a highly interactive wildlife show where they will learn all about the diversity of these swamp’s inhabitants and how evolution has played an almost magical role in the development of these creatures. This is a must see park for 7th grade science students in Georgia!
Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the best destinations in the South. It has even been named the “Best Town Ever.” TWICE! In fact, the New York Times named Chattanooga one of the “Top 45 Places to go” in the World. And it’s no wonder. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s most breathtaking cities. There’s a world of outdoor adventure, amazing restaurants, live events, art and world-class attractions waiting for your students here.
CHOOSE FROM ANY COMBINATION OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
While spending time at Fernbank, students will get to deepen their understanding of grade level GSE for science. Students will receive student-centered instruction to become better equipped to think about, and investigate, their knowledge of the natural world. Students will witness a screen presentation, self-guided tour and interactive show pertaining to your choice of Extreme Earth, Weather Wonders, or Reflections of Culture.
High Museum of Art
Students will take a STEAM-based program of study while at the HIGH. During this STEAM program, students will understand how creative problem solving is imperative for success in all STEAM subjects, using the High’s collection of artwork as a foundation. Students will make connections between how artists use creative problem solving to create their works and then will use their own creative problem-solving techniques to solve a group design challenge. This highly collaborative real world based project will be a fun, highly interactive lesson in how all STEAM subjects connect.
While visiting Zoo Atlanta, students will receive an interactive, instructor-led program that is paired with up-close animal encounters and fun educational activities that will take student learning to another level! Students will gain a better understanding of GSE standards as they learn about animals, classifications systems, and how environments play a critical role in animal adaptation.
Students will begin their exploration of the inhabitants of the Georgia Aquarium with an instructor led program. During this program, students will become better equipped to use research to solve essential questions regarding marine life and will become better equipped scientists. Following The program, students will have time to explore the Aquarium and use their newly acquired knowledge. Before departing, students will be able to witness the live dolphin show.
College Football Hall of Fame
Opened in August of 2014, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience is a highly interactive museum devoted to the people, and teams who have made college football what it is today. During this museum tour, students will discover far more than the traditions and enthusiasm of the sport. The Hall of Fame works with teachers to ensure student groups take away valuable lessons about the importance of leadership and hard work while incorporating STEM based curriculum.
World of Coca-Cola
While touring inside the World of Coca-Cola, your students will discover how Coca-cola has become the world’s most recognized product. Students will take a trip around the world through a breathtaking 4-D theatre experience, discover the intrigue behind Coca-Cola’s most closely guarded secrets while visiting the Vault of the Secret Formula, and explore more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts.
Here, students will get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the world headquarters of CNN. Students will take a 50 minute, guided walking tour through the halls of the CNN Center and get a look at how a live broadcast is produced and sent to viewers all over the world. Students will also get a closer look at the operations of the world’s largest news organization. From the historic first newscast to the now living legacy, students will see how CNN became the worldwide leader in news!
Atlanta History Center
The Atlanta History Center is a history museum and research center located in Atlanta, Georgia. Here, students will have the opportunity to tour award-winning exhibitions, handle historic artifacts from the collection, and will be given the opportunity to experience the Georgia Standards of Excellence first-hand.
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum
During this docent-led tour, your students will be taken through Europe during the hostility that led to WWII, and will see how America’s involvement in WWII shifted the power on the world stage. This tour will cover the German aggression following WWI, European challenges and WWII, and changes in America following our involvement in the War. Following the tour, students will hear powerful testimony from one of the area’s Holocaust survivors.
Center for Civil and Human Rights
During this self-guided tour, your students will explore the fundamental rights of all human beings. During this tour, students will bear witness to exhibits that will provide them with a feeling of empowerment in the universal fight for Human Rights. Specifically relevant to the 8th grade GSE, the “Flows Like Water” exhibit takes students through the Civil Rights Era in Georgia, and introduces them to the significant contributions made by Georgians.
Sherman’s “March to the Sea” is one of the most storied campaigns during the Civil War. Kennesaw Mountain played a major role in Georgia’s capture by Union forces. Your day in Kennesaw, where over 67,000 soldiers died during this campaign, will pay homage to the Civil War and help us to better understand this important period of our Nation’s history.
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
The day starts at The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, for a deep investigation into the causes and
consequences of our divided nation during the Civil War. Your students will experience galleries of original weapons, civilian items, uniforms, and much more as they learn about the life of a Civil War soldier and witness a live musket demonstration.
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield
Your students will travel to one of the most important battlegrounds in Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. While at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, your students will be given the opportunity for an enriching study into the program of your choice (life as a Civil War soldier, hygiene during the Civil War, or life as a child during the Civil War).
West Georgia’s ecological diversity lends itself perfectly to an outdoor adventure for your students! A STEM trip to West Georgia can include any of your choices of the following:
Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari
The Wild Animal Safari is an experience your students won’t soon forget! While taking a fully guided, on bus tour, your students will travel through a 3.5-mile drive while viewing hundreds of animals. Get up close and personal like no other animal adventure. Many animals will come right up to your vehicle for a greeting. Come face-to-face with a camel, a watusi, a zebra or hand feed an American bison. Your students will experience elk, water buffalo, giraffes and more roaming free. With over 75 species of animals, your students are guaranteed to have a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a member of the animal kingdom that they never knew existed!
Callaway Gardens Day Butterfly Center, Discovery Center and Birds of Prey Program
While at Callaway Gardens, your students will be taken through one of North America’s largest, tropical butterfly exhibits. Your tour will conclude with a live Birds of Prey show, where your students will gain a better understanding of man’s impact on raptors and other forms of wildlife.
Providence Canyon: Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon”
Considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia, Providence Canyon was partially formed because of erosion due to poor farming practices in the 19th century. A hike through the Canyon, and ranger led talk, will give your students a better understanding of the geographic diversity of our state.
The Flint RiverQuarium is a 54,000 sq ft aquarium that follows the journey of the Flint River, and highlights the ecosystems of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River basins. A guided tour and program here will teach your students about how the involvement of Rivers in the global ecosystem.
Tellus Science Center
At the Tellus Science Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, teachers will have their choice of program that aligns with GSE standards. Program options are: Fossiliferous, Let’s Rock and Roll, Mineral Testing, and CSI: Classroom Soil Investigation. Students will be taken through a 4 station rotation to include a laboratory experience, an activity, a self-guided tour of the appropriate exhibit, and a self-guided tour of the museum store.
Vulcan Materials company Tour
On this tour of the Vulcan materials company, your students will tour an actively mined rock quarry, and will learn about man’s impact on, and relationship with, our earth.
The American Village in Montevallo, Alabama
The American village in Montevallo, Alabama promises to be one of the best experiences you can give your students! This campus was designed by a former teacher and a prominent, local architect to depict life in Colonial America. Programs at The American Village fully immerse your students and will give them a deeper, more rich understanding of our Nation’s founding. Liberty, the premier educational program at the American village, tells the story of how and why America is free. Students are fully engaged with six vignettes featuring critical moments in the struggle for American independence. Students will express their position as patriots during the Stamp Act Rally, they will vote on the Virginia Resolves as delegates to the Virginia Convention, and represent their states at the Constitutional Convention. They will respond to the call of the Continental Army and muster with Washington’s troops. They may even encounter a Redcoat on their way to deliver a secret message to Paul Revere. This is an experience your students will not soon forget!
There are several sites in Northwest Georgia that can help your students to deepen their learning of Georgia’s earliest American cultures. Choose from the following sites, or combine each of the trips for an extended day program.
The Booth Western Art Museum
At this Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, students will learn through an interactive exploration of American Indian art and artifacts. Your students will explore a map to determine the movement pattern of American Indians over the course of time and will compare and contrast the various environmental strengths and challenges. Through economic principles of trade and voluntary exchange, students will learn how American Indians continue to contribute to American culture and life.
New Echota and The Etowah Indian Mounds
A 54-acre archaeological site inhabited as early as 1000 A.D. by the ancestors of Etowah Indians. Your students will gain a better understanding of the history of the Etowah Indians, as Park Rangers take them through a walking tour of the Etowah Indian Mounds. Discover the daily lives, including the traditions and hardships faced by this proud people, during your visit.
Funk Heritage Museum
On the campus of Reinhardt University, the Funk Heritage Museum is an excellent venue for students studying North Georgia and early American history. This docent-led tour will teach how American Indians used the environment to obtain food, clothing, and shelter.
There is no better way to understand our nation’s history than to experience it in our capital! Whether you prefer a focus on each of our three Federal branches of Government, or wish to have more of your time spent discovering the rich history of Washington, DC, there is a perfect tour of DC for everyone! Let us work to customize the perfect plan for your group!
As one of the oldest, most history rich cities in the United States, Charleston will introduce your students to generations of America. The oldest museum in America, Charleston museum, is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. This museum will offer your students a tour of one of the most extensive collections of Civil War artifacts. Fort Sumter is a must see attraction – as your students will have the chance to stand where the first shots of the Civil War broke out. Your students can visit the U.S.S. Yorktown – our Nation’s 2nd aircraft. You may opt to include a Historic District walking tour, a visit to Boone Hall Plantation, a Barrier Island Ecological Program, or shopping along Historic City Market while in Charleston. This is a trip that your students are sure to love!
Civil Rights Tour
Your students could spend a lifetime in Alabama studying the Civil Rights Movement; however, in this 2 or 3 day trip, they are sure to experience enough of the historic time period to deepen their understanding of both the Civil Rights Movement, as well as the bigger fight for the fundamental rights of all human beings. This trip begins in Montgomery and your students will get to bear witness to many of the most important sites of the time period. A quick stop in Selma will allow your students to see, firsthand, two iconic locations, including the site of “Bloody Sunday”. Day two engulfs your students in Birmingham’s role in the fight for Civil, and human, rights. This is a very fast moving, tightly packed trip; however, because of the amount of history packed in, we think every stop is essential!
There is plenty to study (and enjoy) while in Orlando. Both Disney World and Universal Studios have worked
to create lasting educational experiences for their visiting students. Below are just a sample of some of the most popular experiences:
- Your Classroom in Motion: A STEAM App Series
- Business Learning Series
- Marketing is Universal
- Food for Thought
- The Science Behind The Seeds
- The Science of Disney Imagineering
- Discovering the American Spirit
- Discovering Marine Life Conservation
- Disney Leadership Strategies
- Everyday Chemistry
- Exploring Careers in the Marine Sciences
- Exploring Careers in the Zoological Sciences
- Introduction to Global Citizenship
- The Evolution Of Technology
During Universal Studios annual graduation celebrations, your students have the chance to be the star of the show as they celebrate with their friends one last time!! Universal Studios closes the park and your students will have the park to themselves as they dance to live DJ’s, enjoy a variety of food options, and of course enjoy their favorites rides!
Because of the limited availability of dates, please reach out to us early if you are interested in a Spring