FIELD TRIP PLANNER
Make Atlanta’s science and nature
experience part of your lesson plan!
A WORLD OF WOW
Give your students an interactive learning experience that will
inspire curiosity through adventures in science, nature and
human culture. Special exhibits and giant screen movies
change throughout the year, offering more opportunities for
your students to experience a world of WOW.
• Explore 75 acres of nature adventures, including outdoor
exhibits, breathtaking walking trails, a canopy walk and
See more on page 4.
• Travel around the world and back in time as you discover
live animals, amazing places, ancient fossils, prehistoric
cultures and new science discoveries through three floors of
engaging permanent and special exhibits.
See more on pages 3 & 4.
• Choose from an exciting lineup of award-winning, science-based
documentaries made for Giant Screen and IMAX® theaters.
Blockbuster excitement meets real-life science and drama on a
4-story screen. See more on page 5.
• Add an engaging school program, including
investigations, tours and classroom-style programs designed by
Fernbank education specialists. School programs are a perfect
enhancement for any field trip. See more on page 6.
Thank you for making Fernbank a part
of your 2019-2020 lesson plan.
INSIDE THIS GUIDE
Permanent Exhibits....................................................... 3
Special Exhibits............................................................... 4
Outdoor Experiences..................................................... 4
Giant Screen Theater..................................................... 5
School Programs............................................................ 6
Scholarship-Based Opportunities................................ 7
Field Trip Prices.............................................................. 8
How to Book................................................................... 8
Education Perks............................................................. 9
Homeschool Opportunities.......................................... 9
Museum Store & Lunch ................................................ 9
Discover the forces that shape our planet through hands-on STEM
explorations investigating plate tectonics, centripetal force, gravity,
simple machines, weather, aerodynamics and more.
Explore an immersive, nature-inspired environment filled with live
animals, realistic habitats and more than 100 interactive encounters.
GIANTS OF THE MESOZOIC
Step into prehistoric Patagonia among some of the largest dinosaurs
and pterosaurs of the Mesozoic Era.
A WALK THROUGH TIME IN GEORGIA
Explore the diverse regions of Georgia and the story of our planet
through lifelike geographic regions and historic recreations.
REFLECTIONS OF CULTURE
Learn how people around the world communicate about themselves
using personal adornment with an incredible collection of attire, jewelry,
photographs and more.
CONVEYED IN CLAY: STORIES FROM
ST. CATHERINE’S ISLAND
Observe how Native Americans adapted to changes in natural and
cultural conditions through the evolution of their pottery.
DESOTO’S FOOTSTEPS: NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE
Investigate the history of early contact between Native American and
Europeans in Georgia through artifacts including pottery, pipes and
stone tools and more.
WORLD OF SHELLS
Discover intricate details of shells from around the world and the
organisms who made them in this stunning exhibit of colors, textures
Traveling the Silk Road is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org).
TRAVELING THE SILK ROAD
September 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Journey along the world’s oldest international highway
connecting on a voyage that spans six centuries (AD 600 to
1200). Explore Xian, Turfan, Samarkand and Baghdad and
learn about the goods and materials exchanged as well as
technologies, ideas, music, literature and more.
Sponsored by The Isdell Family Foundation and The McClatchey
November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Celebrate holidays, traditions and
cultures from across the globe in
this festive exhibition that features
decorated trees and cultural
displays. Winter Wonderland is
a great fit for classes studying
geography or world cultures.
Support for cultural learning is provided by
The Nissan Foundation. Additional support
provided by Primerica.
Discover the wonder of nature in this all-season
outdoor experience for all ages, featuring
immersive exhibits, including Nature Stories
(Pre-K–3rd) and Adventure Outpost (4th–8th).
Explore a 65-acre “living laboratory,” featuring a
pond, creek, giant trees, wildflowers and oldgrowth
habitats for hundreds of native plant
and animal species.
Our Senses is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org).
February 8, 2020 - May 3, 2020
Explore this immersive exhibit that challenges and engages
the senses to discover how our brains shape the way we
perceive the world. Delve into advancements in engineering
and scientific research that allow humans to extend our
senses with technology.
October 5 - November 17, 2019
Encounter ghostly visitors in this literaryinspired
exhibit from Atlanta artist Laura Lewis.
Sponsored by The Isdell Family Foundation.
All dates and titles are subject to change without notice.
GIANT SCREEN MOVIES
GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST 3D
Closes October 31, 2019
Encounter the legendary spirit bear as you explore one of the most
pristine wilderness environments on earth—the Great Bear Rainforest in
British Columbia, Canada. Sponsored by The Isdell Family Foundation.
APOLLO 11: FIRST STEPS EDITION 2D
Closes December 5, 2019
Celebrate NASA’s triumphant Apollo 11 mission and relive the real-life
moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon.
VOLCANOES: THE FIRES OF CREATION 3D
September 13, 2019 – January 16, 2020
Experience volcanoes from the Earth’s beginnings through modern
day to learn how volcanoes create nutrient-rich soils and diverse
THE FIRES of CREATION
AN SK FILMS RELEASE OF A DIGITAL CROSSING FILMS PRODUCTION ‘VOLCANOES 3D’ WITH THE GIANT DOME THEATER CONSORTIUM FEATURING CARSTEN PETER BY ROSS HUGUET
MUSIC BY DANIEL SADOWSKI DESIGN BY GEORGE FLORES MIX BY BRIAN EIMER SUPERVISOR JAIME JASSO BY KAREN GORDON, MICHAEL DALTON-SMITH & WENDY MACKEIGAN
PRODUCERS JONATHAN BARKER, MICHAEL DALTON-SMITH & WENDY MACKEIGAN & EDITED BY MICHAEL DALTON-SMITH
November 1, 2019 – February 13, 2020
Journey alongside dedicated researchers to reintroduce a Giant Panda
cub into her natural habitat in the mountains of the Sichuan province of
BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D
January 17 – April 30, 2020
Witness real and inspiring conservation stories from across the globe.
Meet the Christmas Island Red Crabs; the Golden Monkey of Yunnan,
China; and California’s Channel Island Fox, the smallest canid in the
world. Sponsored by The Isdell Family Foundation.
HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D
February 14 – June 25, 2020
Travel to the Pacific Ocean’s most beautiful islands and marine national
monuments to discover this region’s many animal inhabitants. Explore
the history of Palmyra, Midway and other atolls and the role they played
during World War II.
AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D
May 31 – August 13, 2020
Travel through parts of the wildest territory on Earth, exploring rich
wetlands and remote rainforests that are home to a diverse array of
creatures, including the giant cassowary, new species of frogs and
Australia’s apex predator, the saltwater crocodile.
All dates and titles are subject to change without notice. Movies average 45 minutes in length.
Enhance your students’ Fernbank experience with a school program. Fernbank educators use active discussion,
fun visuals, live specimens and unique artifacts to engage students. All programs are correlated with Georgia
Standards of Excellence and last 30 to 90 minutes.
Subject K - 2nd 3rd - 8th 9th - 12th
Plants & Animals
Fernbank Forest Tour
Georgia’s Natural Regions
Reflections of Culture
AUDITORIUM PROGRAMS | 25 TO 150 STUDENTS PER SESSION
Amazing Animals (3rd-8th grade)
Discover the wonders of the animal kingdom
with help from Fernbank’s live animal
collection. Students will learn about habitats,
adaptations and the important ecological roles
Explosive Earth (3rd-8th grade)
Witness the awesome power of Earth through
demonstrations that reveal what goes on
beneath the surface to create awe-inspiring
Georgia’s Natural Regions (3rd-8th grade)
Uncover the history and diversity of our state’s
regions and remarkable ecosystems through
discussion and a live animal presentation.
Life Stories: Plants and Animals
Explore the world of plants and animals
through performances, audience participation
and live animal encounters highlighting the
basic needs of living things and their life cycles.
Reflections of Culture (6th-12th grade)
Foster a better understanding of cultural
diversity and how people use personal
adornment to communicate social, political and
economic information about themselves and
the societies in which they live.
Weather Wonders (3rd-8th grade)
Engage in interactive demonstrations to learn
why weather changes, how clouds form and
the innerworkings of extreme weather events.
INVESTIGATIONS | 15 TO 60 STUDENTS PER SESSION
Investigation: Ecology (3rd-8th grade)
Explore habitats and participate in inquirybased
activities in this outdoor program to
discover the unique and important roles
different plants and animals play in Piedmont
Investigation: Geology (3rd-5th grade)
Discover the processes that form rocks,
minerals and Earth’s landscape in this hands-on
Investigation: Forest Habitats (K-2nd grade)
Explore the great outdoors, identify the living
organisms of a Georgia Piedmont forest and
discover the amazing ways they survive in their
Investigation: Zoology (3rd-5th grade)
Investigate mystery organisms in this handson,
station-rotation exploration of the tree
of life and the significant adaptations which
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS | 10 TO 30 STUDENTS PER SESSION
Guided Fernbank Forest Tours
Gain a better understanding of the
interconnected Piedmont forest ecosystem
and the importance of biodiversity in this
interpretive tour of Fernbank Forest.
Learn about the incredible adaptations and life
histories of Fernbank’s live teaching animals in
a close encounter.
UrbanWatch is a community outreach program designed to help middle
school students in the Atlanta area experience nature and answer the
essential question: “Why do natural places matter?”
Help your students build a connection with the environment in this
unique, hands-on exploration program.
MUSEUM ACCESS SCHOLARSHIPS
Limited admission assistance is available for
Public Title 1 schools for field trips. To learn
more about eligibility, please apply online or
• Explore the flora and fauna of Fernbank Forest, an exceptional
65-acre Piedmont old-growth forest
• Investigate the connections and interdependence of living and
non-living members of an ecosystem
• Discover how native biodiversity contributes to healthy
environments through ecosystem services
UrbanWatch field trip activities correlate with Georgia Standards of
Excellence in Life Science and Earth Science.
Participation and bus transportation for UrbanWatch programs are free for Title 1 schools.
UrbanWatch programs can accommodate 20-40 participants and are designed for 5th
through 8th grade students. Space is limited. To inquire about available dates please
contact the School Programs Manager at Eliese.Ronke@FernbankMuseum.org.
FIELD TRIP PRICES & BOOKING
Field trip prices are available to Pre-K-12th grade schools (public and private), daycares, homeschool groups (with a homeschool
letter of intent) and colleges/universities. Adult chaperones are given complimentary admission on a ratio of 1 adult
to 10 students. Additional adults pay the chaperone rate. Please review our deposit policy.
ITINERARIES AND PRICES
Ticket Type Students* Chaperones*
(self-guided exploration of indoor and outdoor experiences at your own pace)
$8 $16 2 - 3 hours
Giant Screen Movie*** $8 $11 50 minutes
Museum & School Program $12 $20 2.5 - 4 hours
Museum & Giant Screen Movie $12 $24 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Museum, Giant Screen Movie & School Program $16 $28 3.5 - 5.5 hours
*Prices do not include tax.
**Please Note: All times are estimates and do not include breaks between activities, lunch, store visits or travel time to/from Fernbank. Add 30 minutes
to 1.5 hours if you wish to tour Fernbank Forest. Program lengths vary by grade level. If your trip will include a lunch break, we suggest you allow an
additional 45 minutes.
*** This ticket grants access to the Giant Screen Theater and the museum store only. It does not include museum admission. Lunch can be enjoyed on
HOW TO BOOK
Make a reservation online or call Fernbank’s Field Trip Team at 404.929.6320.
Educator Preview Days
Available August – May, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm – 5pm
Tour the museum, see a giant screen movie and discover why Fernbank
is Atlanta’s science and nature experience. A field trip team member will
greet you to discuss program offerings, educator resources and answer
questions. Reservations and educator ID are required. Call 404.929.6320.
Stop by the Museum Store for fun and
educational souvenirs. If time is limited,
pre-purchase Nature Packs appropriate
for pre-K through 3rd grade for only $3
per person. Download an order form
Share the adventure of Fernbank with your family. Qualified educators
enjoy special discounts on select levels of one-year memberships.
Learn more and join today.
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invited to enjoy field trip
opportunities at Fernbank.
Options are available for
families or homeschool
groups of 15 or more. For
information on prices and
school programs contact
our field trip team at
School groups are invited to eat lunch
picnic-style on the front lawn, the
Dinosaur Plaza or on the floor in the
Bring your own lunch or pre-order from
the Fernbank Cafe. Download an
order form and return it to our field trip
team at least two weeks prior to your
scheduled visit. Lunches are only $6.50
767 CLIFTON ROAD, NE
ATLANTA, GA 30307
FERNBANK MUSEUM IS GRATEFUL FOR
ITS EDUCATION PARTNERS.
Lettie Pate Evans Foundation
The Rich Foundation, Inc.
The F.T. Stent Family Foundation
Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.
The Imlay Foundation
Isdell Family Foundation
Kauffman Family Foundation
PNC Grow Up Great
The UPS Foundation, Inc.
David, Helen, and Marian Woodward Fund
Fernbank Endowment Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Sherri and Jess Crawford
The John N. Goddard Foundation, Inc.
The Devereaux F. and Dorothy M. McClatchey Foundation
The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation
The Zeist Foundation
The Capital Group Companies
Mark S. Fogas
The Home Depot
Harriett McDaniel Marshall Trust
Ponce City Market
Vulcan Materials Company Foundation
The Edna Wardlaw Charitable Trust
Wells Fargo Foundation
For details on how you or your organization can join this generous group of donors, please contact the
Development Office at 404.929.6336 or Development@FernbankMuseum.org.