Park Programs / Field Trips

• Education Migration

• Overnight Programs

• Georgia Performance Standards

Animal Presentations

Groups may schedule a presentation between the hours of any day of the week during normal zoo hours 9:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Animal Presentations will take place in the Wildlife Theater and are $75 per program (for up 100 people); this price does not include park and zoo admission. Our amphitheater seats approximately 100 people. See the registration sheet for booking and pricing information. The available programs are listed below.

Animal Presentations

Grade Level



First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade
High School Biology

High School Environmental Science

Georgia Performance Standards

S1CS1, S1CS5 & S1L1
S1CS1, S1SC5 & S1L1
S1CS1, S1CS5 & S1L1
S2CS1, S2CS5 & S2L1
S2SC1 & S2L1
S3CS1 & S3L2
S3CS1, S3L1 & S3L2
S3SC1 & S3L1
S4CS1 & S4L2
S4CS1, S4CS4, S4L1 & S4L2
S4CS1, S4L1 & S4L2
S4SC1, S4E1 & S4L2
S5CS1, S5CL1 & S5L2
S5SC1, S5L1, S5L2 & S5L4
S6CS1 & S6E6
S6CS1 & S6E6
S7C71, S7CS9, S7L4 & S7L5
S7CS1 & S7L4
S7SC1, S7L3, S7L4 & S7L5
S8CS1 & S8P2
SCSh1, SB3 & SB5
SCSh1, SEV3 & SEV5
SCSh1, SB2, SB3, SB4 &SB5
SCSh1, SEV1 & SEV2
SCSh1, SEV1, SEV2 & SEV5
SCSh1, SB4 & SB5

Education Migrations

The zoo comes to you! Please see the registration form for pricing and booking information. The available programs are listed below.

Many of the programs delivered on Chehaw’s grounds can be presented at another location. The programs are designed to enhance teacher’s curricula by presenting the material with hands-on animal and biofact encounters. All Programs are based around Georgia’s state learning standards (GPS), therefore are easily incorporated into teacher’s curricula. Many of the programs easily fit into the curricula for multiple grade levels and are presented in a manner that is appropriate for your classes’ age, grade level, and GPS. You can download a Registration Form here. Below are Chehaw’s program offerings, a brief description, grade level recommendations, and Georgia Performance Standards covered by the Georgia Department of Education.

Animal ABC's

This program is an introduction to animals and their basic needs as a living organism. Children will use their five senses to compare and contrast different types of animals and their life cycles. This Program is recommended for:

  • K: SKCS1, SKCS2, SKL1, SKL2 & SKP1
  • 1st Grade: S1CS1, S1CS5, & S1L1
  • 2nd Grade: S2CS1, S2CS5, & S2L1

Georgia Woods

This program focuses on the many diverse animals native to Georgia and how humans have impacted them. Students will learn about animals’ habitats and the adaptations they use for survival. This program is recommended for:

  • K: SKL1, SKL2, SKCS1, & SKCS2
  • 3rd: S3CS1, S3L1, & S3L2

Food Chain

This program examines the flow of energy through an ecosystem. Students will compare the different methods plants and animals use to obtain energy, what different animals eat (including predator/prey relationships), and the connection between animals and their environment. We will also explore how the predator/prey relationships and animal adaptations contribute to natural selection and gene flow. This program is recommended for:

  • 4th: S4CS1, S4CS4, S4L1 & S4L2
  • 6th: S6CS1 & S6E6 7th: S7C71, S7CS9, S7L4, & S7L5
  • 8th: S8CS1 & S8P2 H.S. Bio: SCSh1, SB4 & SB5
  • H.S. En. Science: SCSh1, SEV1 & SEV2

Nocturnal Animals

Students will learn about the animals that come out at night. We will discuss the reasons some animals are nocturnal and the adaptations they use to help them survive. We will also compare nocturnal animals with their diurnal counterparts. This program is recommended for:

  • K: SKCS1, SKL1 & SKL2
  • 1st: S1CS1, S1SC5 & S1L1
  • 3rd: S3CS1 & S3L2
  • 4th: S4CS1 & S4L2

Vertebrate Comparison

During this program we will discuss differences in the anatomy and reproduction of invertebrates and vertebrates. The primary goal of this program is to allow students to compare and contrast the five main groups of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds). This program is recommended for:

  • 5th: S5CS1, S5CL1 & S5L2
  • High School Bio: SCSh1, SB3 & SB5

Animals around the World

People of all ages enjoy learning from hands-on animal interactions. This program is perfect for any group, young or young at heart. Book this program for the opportunity to learn about the amazing things animals do!

  • 1st: S1CS1, S1CS5, S1L1

Man vs. Nature

As the human population grows, humans have a larger effect on the earth and in turn the earth has a larger effect on society. This program focuses on three major environmental issues (1) invasive species and their effect on local ecosystems, (2) how humans are controlling pest species populations, and (3) the effect humans have on the earth (like pollution, extinction, and spread of disease). This program is recommended for:

  • 4th: S4CS1, S4L1 & S4L2
  • 7th: S7CS1 & S7L4
  • H.S. Biology: SCSh1, SEV3 & SEV5
  • H.S. En. Science: SCSh1, SEV1, SEV2 & SEV5

Pets vs. Wild Animals

Animals can be so wonderful and amazing, but not all animals make great pets. There are reasons we don’t all have lions, monkeys, or raccoons at home. Students will learn the reasons that some animals make great pets and why other animals are best left in the wild. This program is recommended for:

  • K: SKCS1 & SKL2
  • 1st: S1CS1, S1CS5, S1L1

GNATS Overnight Program

Good Nights At The Swamp (GNATS) gives children the chance to do things they never thought possible like SPENDING THE NIGHT IN THE ZOO! When the lights go out, Chehaw comes to life. We start the evening by taking a night hike around the zoo. After seeing some of Chehaw’s native night time creatures, you will get the opportunity to meet some nocturnal animals during hands-on animal encounters. We conclude the evening fireside with stories and smores. In the morning you will wake to an energizing breakfast, and then we go to the zoo where you get to help the zoo keepers “wake” the animals in an exclusive behind the scenes tour! This program is perfect for schools, scout troops, birthday parties, and any group looking for some fun! Not only is this program fun, but it is based around the GPS, so it easy to incorporate into any teacher’s curricula. We have two themes: nocturnal animals and endangered species. This program is only $40 per participant with a minimum of 15 participants. Please see the registration sheet for pricing and more information. This program is recommended for grades:

  • 2nd: S2SC1 & S2L1
  • 3rd: S3SC1 & S3L1
  • 4th: S4SC1, S4E1 & S4L2
  • 5th: S5SC1, S5L1, S5L2 & S5L4
  • 7th: S7SC1, S7L3, S7L4, S7L5
  • H.S. Bio: SCSh1, SB2, SB3, SB4, SB5
  • H.S. Bio: SCSh1, SEV1, SEV2, SEV5

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