Fernbank Field Trip Planner 2019-20

Fernbank

2019-2020

FIELD TRIP PLANNER

Make Atlanta’s science and nature

experience part of your lesson plan!


INTRODUCTION

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

native wildlife.

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

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PERMANENT EXHIBITS

NEW!

FANTASTIC FORCES

Discover the forces that shape our planet through hands-on STEM

explorations investigating plate tectonics, centripetal force, gravity,

simple machines, weather, aerodynamics and more.

NATUREQUEST

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

FROM GEORGIA

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

and shapes.

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SPECIAL EXHIBITS

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES

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

Foundation.

WINTER WONDERLAND

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.

WILDWOODS

Permanent Feature

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).

FERNBANK FOREST

Permanent Feature

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).

OUR SENSES

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.

WOODLAND SPIRITS

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.

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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

ecosystems.

THE FIRES of CREATION

IN ASSOCIATION

NARRATED

AN SK FILMS RELEASE OF A DIGITAL CROSSING FILMS PRODUCTION ‘VOLCANOES 3D’ WITH THE GIANT DOME THEATER CONSORTIUM FEATURING CARSTEN PETER BY ROSS HUGUET

ORIGINAL

SOUND

SOUND

VISUAL EFFECTS

WRITTEN

MUSIC BY DANIEL SADOWSKI DESIGN BY GEORGE FLORES MIX BY BRIAN EIMER SUPERVISOR JAIME JASSO BY KAREN GORDON, MICHAEL DALTON-SMITH & WENDY MACKEIGAN

EXECUTIVE

DIRECTED, FILMED

PRODUCERS JONATHAN BARKER, MICHAEL DALTON-SMITH & WENDY MACKEIGAN & EDITED BY MICHAEL DALTON-SMITH

DIGITAL CROSSING

FILMS

PANDAS 3D

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

China.

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.

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SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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

Weather Wonders

Earth Science

Explosive Earth

Investigation: Geology

Life Stories:

Plants & Animals

Amazing Animals

Fernbank Forest Tour

Life Science

Investigation:

Forest Habitats

Georgia’s Natural Regions

Creature Features

Investigation: Zoology

Investigation: Ecology

Social Studies

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

of animals.

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

events.

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

(K-2nd grade)

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.

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SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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

forests.

Investigation: Geology (3rd-5th grade)

Discover the processes that form rocks,

minerals and Earth’s landscape in this hands-on

station-rotation.

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

habitats.

Investigation: Zoology (3rd-5th grade)

Investigate mystery organisms in this handson,

station-rotation exploration of the tree

of life and the significant adaptations which

define animals.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS | 10 TO 30 STUDENTS PER SESSION

Guided Fernbank Forest Tours

(3rd-12th grade)

Gain a better understanding of the

interconnected Piedmont forest ecosystem

and the importance of biodiversity in this

interpretive tour of Fernbank Forest.

Creature Features

(K-12th grade)

Learn about the incredible adaptations and life

histories of Fernbank’s live teaching animals in

a close encounter.

SCHOLARSHIP-BASED PROGRAMS

URBANWATCH

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

call 404.929.6320.

• 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.

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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*

Estimated

Time**

Museum

(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

the plaza.

HOW TO BOOK

Make a reservation online or call Fernbank’s Field Trip Team at 404.929.6320.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

EDUCATOR PERKS

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.

MUSEUM STORE

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

today.

Educator Memberships

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.

Connect with Us

Get educator-focused information delivered directly to your inbox.

Fernbank’s Field Trips newsletter features exhibit and movie

announcements, special offers, educator events and more.

Sign up today!

HOMESCHOOL

OPPORTUNITIES

Homeschools are

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

404.929.6320.

LUNCH

School groups are invited to eat lunch

picnic-style on the front lawn, the

Dinosaur Plaza or on the floor in the

Great Hall.

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

plus tax.

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767 CLIFTON ROAD, NE

ATLANTA, GA 30307

404.929.6320

FERNBANK MUSEUM IS GRATEFUL FOR

ITS EDUCATION PARTNERS.

Dante Stephensen

Lettie Pate Evans Foundation

The Rich Foundation, Inc.

The F.T. Stent Family Foundation

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

The Imlay Foundation

Isdell Family Foundation

ATK Foundation

Kauffman Family Foundation

Livingston 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

UCB

The Frances Wood Wilson Foundation

The Zeist Foundation

The Capital Group Companies

Karen Cash

Mark S. Fogas

The Home Depot

Harriett McDaniel Marshall Trust

Nissan Foundation

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.

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