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Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Homeschool Programs (3rd- 7th grade)

Monthly homeschool programs offered during the school year. The center’s forests, lakes and streams provide an excellent setting for outdoor learning. The indoor classrooms and live animals enhance the experience by providing up-close wildlife encounters.

The drop-off program is designed for the home-schooled student, emphasizing peer cooperation along with individual exploration. Each program covers a different topic, but all programs include hands-on learning, self-discovery, and outdoor fun. Through hikes, experiments, games, and investigation, we will uncover the secrets of Georgia’s wildlife and habitats.

Registration for our curriculum program is at our visitor's center where you will be given paperwork and will be able to make payment. We take our registrations on a first-come, first serve basis upon arrival when the dates of registration open each year. Come early as registration fills up quickly. On that day you will need to bring either an immunization record signed by a doctor, or if you wish to opt out for any reason, fill out this affidavit

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Homeschool Field Days:

This is an amazing opportunity for parents and kids to learn while being outdoors. Four times during the year, Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center offers homeschool field days where parents and kids come to a themed day and get hands-on while being in the outdoors. This is not a drop-off program and comes with variable prices. There is also a limit of 4 children per one adult present (if you have more than four children another adult must be present).  For more information contact Amber Mooney at amber.mooney@dnr.ga.gov.


October: Sweet Science

It is time to use that old Halloween candy for some science. Kids and parents will come together and become “Mad Scientists” and use candy for tons of experimentation that covers multiple science topics. Each participant will have a notebook that they are responsible for keeping track of how their experiments turn out. If they complete a notebook, at the end their maybe a Halloween surprise waiting for them. Minimum age: 6 years old.

December: Gifts from Nature

Prepare for the holidays using nature in mind. We will use natural objects and things found around Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to make several presents that kids can take to their family members as gifts for the holiday season. Presents in the past have included paracord bracelets, handmade jewelry, bird feeders, and cell phone chargers. Minimum age: 8 years old.

February: All about Birds

This gives kids the opportunity to learn more about our feathered friends. Kids get a fun bird based field day with activities that relate to migration, bird anatomy and they can learn their basic birding skills.  Parents will start the morning getting trained in Flying WILD curricula and will become certified educators in the material. This occurs right before the Great Backyard Bird Count so everyone can participate in some citizen science. Afterwards we will have a mini International Migratory Bird Day festival with opportunities where you can have a festival with you co-op, association, or family gathering. Minimum age: 6 years old.

April: Nature Exploration:

Kids will get a chance to explore the woods as Charlie Elliott did in his youth and learn what it is like to become a naturalist and explore the parts of nature that surrounds us during our everyday lives. Parents will be trained in Growing UP WILD curricula and will become certified educators and will be able to use the training for education beyond our field day. Afterwards we will offer a kids fishing event for the new naturalists.*

*If in inclement weather we will have a rain option instead of the kids fishing.

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