Education

As stated in Mr. Grassmann’s 1965 Vision Statement and as evidenced by both our current Mission and Vision Statements, Education is a major focus at the Arboretum.  Our current education initiatives fall into several categories covering numerous topics including trees, woody ornamentals, geology, water ecology and soil science.

Lockerly’s Education Director Greg Eilers and his student staff teach 4,000 to 5,000 students every year. Sometimes the groups are as large as 100 children, and other times as small as 10-12 students. Greg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Education with a focus in Environmental Education from Georgia College & State University.

An average of 4,000-5,000 Public, Private and Home School Students from seven surrounding counties visit the Arboretum and participate in grade-specific programs that satisfy Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) each year.  Groups participating in a field trip go through 4 to 5 stations, 30-45 minutes each, with hands-on science or history based activities corresponding with their curriculum standards.

Our education staff also offers programs designed for scouting organizations, daycare/pre-K groups, after-school programs, and other youth clubs at both Lockerly and our Worley Center. In addition, we can bring programs to your site, school, office or facility.

To schedule field trips and programs contact Greg at gregeilers@lockerly.org or call 478.452.2112.

Adult Programs and Education:  While school age children are our primary focus, we continue to work with and offer a variety of adult education programs and opportunities. Lectures, workshops, and symposia are conducted on horticultural topics throughout the year. Please check our calendar for upcoming events. If you have a specific topic you would like to learn more about, please let us know.

The centerpiece of our outdoor education program at the Arboretum is the Woods Museum, located in a former tenant house on the property. The Woods Museum features an enormous cross-cut slab of a 300-year-old Taxodium distichum as well as a comprehensive permanent exhibit showcasing 13 hardwood trees.  For each species, the display includes a 16″ cut of tree trunk, with a large wedge removed to show the grain and growth rings of the tree.  Hanging on the wall above each specimen is a framed, color poster showing where the tree grows in the USA, a sketch of its leaf and fruit, and a thorough description of the tree in its natural habitat.  The other half of the exhibition area features a wide range of rotating exhibits (photography in the arboretum, pollinators in the arboretum, wildlife in the arboretum, etc.).