Let our highly trained educators bring science to life with hands-on presentations, experiments, and live animal encounters. Programs last approximately 30 minutes and are designed around Georgia’s State Learning Standards (Pre K- 12). Maximize your field trip by booking a visit to Thronateeska on the same day! With science-based activities at both locations, the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska complement each other well. The two locations are also less than 10 minutes apart on foot along the Riverfront Trail. Book a program for your visit to the Flint RiverQuarium or bring the RiverQuarium to your classroom, event space, or gathering. Contact our Education Curator to reserve your desired date and time.
Ashleigh Kelly, Education Curator
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- On-site presentations: $4.50 per person
- Off-site presentations: $100, plus $1 per mile round-trip traveling fees
This class is available for all grades and ages. We take a closer look at the differences between reptiles and amphibians and their importance to our environment, while giving students a close-up experience with some of our residents here at the RiverQuarium.
Pollywogs & Puddles
Designed to align with Pre-K curriculum standards, Pollywogs & Puddles is an introductory, sensory science program with classes offered at both the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center. Two classes are available:
Rides a Raindrop
Learn all about the journey of water as it travels from sky to land and back again.
Talks about Turtles
Discover the fascinating world of turtles, tortoises, and terrapins, oh my!
This lab focuses on a variety of animals, comparing their features, colors, sizes, and habitats.
Needs of Life
Students will learn about the four basic needs of life: water, air, food, and shelter. This class has the option of either focusing on animals in the lab classroom, or on plants in our Golly Gee Garden.
This class explores the life cycles of various animals found at the RiverQuarium through puzzles and activities.
Students will learn about various animals' habitats and how they adapt in their ever-changing environments.
Students will look at the impact of our water footprints and how to conserve water in our everyday lives.
This class focuses on various ecosystems, energy flow, and how all life is connected through the food web.
This class gives students a better understanding of water by taking them on a journey through the water cycle.
This class focuses the classification of vertebrate and invertebrate groups and takes a closer look at animal characteristics, adaptations, and behaviors.
Water Quality Control
Students will perform Adopt-A-Stream standard water quality chemical tests on Flint River water samples and analyze their results.
Students will perform Adopt-A-Stream standard water quality biotic tests on macroinvertebrates found in the Flint River.
What's Up with Water
This lab focuses on the structures and importance of aquifers and watersheds and demonstrates the effects of non-point and point source pollution.
Water Quality Field Day
This option is an all-day, hands-on interpretive experience focusing on the Flint River water quality, watershed, and ecosystems. Contact us for additional information.
Students will dissect and analyze an animal. Choose from a variety of animals, subject to availability. This lab may incur an additional cost. Contact the Education Curator for additional information and scheduling.
Water Wonders - Chemical
Students will take an abiotic (chemical) survey of Flint River water and learn how the happenings in a watershed affect the river flowing through it.
Water Wonders - Biological
Students will take a biotic survey of Flint River waters and learn what macroinvertebrates can tell us about water quality.