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Fortson 4-H Center

Environmental Education

General Information

Every year, thousands of students from all across the state enjoy our day and overnight Environmental Education Program! Our classes are engaging and hands-on, immersing the student in the natural environment to actively apply concepts learned in the classroom. All groups are welcome including public, private, home-based, religious and Montessori schools, as well as clubs and scouting groups. Our calendar is now open for reservations for the 2015-2016 school year. We hope to see you at Fortson 4-H Center very soon!

First time visitor? Wanting to get students and parents excited about an upcoming trip? The Fortson Information Book is here to help: PDF version

Video: The Story of Georgia 4-H Environmental Education
Video: Environmental Education at Fortson 4-H Center


On this page you will find:

Environmental Education Goals

  • To develop an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation for the natural environment.
  • To cultivate curiosity, critical reasoning, and evaluation skills.
  • To develop positive relationships among students and their teachers.
  • To make the school program more meaningful by applying knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to real-life situations.
  • To provide experiences in using scientific processes, such as observing, measuring, classifying, etc.
  • To develop self-confidence and physical fitness.
  • To develop an appreciation for the local and natural history of the area.

Are you one of the million?

All of our classes in our Environmental Education Program offer hands-on learning experiences that enhance skills taught in the classroom through a curriculum that is aligned with the Georgia Department of Education curriculum standards. We offer day classes as well as overnight trips to students ranging from Pre-K through 12th grade. Join us for a fun-filled educational experience that your students will be talking about all year! Our environmental education program works cooperatively with the University of Georgia in an effort to provide a research-based education at our facility.



We are now accepting reservations for the 2015-2016 school year!canoe at fortson

Operated by the University of Georgia, the center is open to Environmental Education programs August-May. Please contact Lauren Nys at (770) 946-3276 or for booking, more information and available dates. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Trip Planner for Teachers


Trip Planner for Parents


Fortson Homeschool Club

This Fall Fortson 4-H Center is offering its Environmental Education Program designedStudents with mud on face from native american studies site specifically for homeschool families! Learn more!

Registration for our Fall Homeschool Club is now open, please click here!



Fortson Farm & Adoption Program

Fortson 4-H Center is proud to introduce its NEW Adopt-an-Animal Program! Come visit the farm and meet our animals!


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