Education at Lockerly
August 2, 2016

Washington EMC presents a check to Lockerly board members.

Washington EMC presents a check to Lockerly board members.

Bill Durden from WEMC and Greg Eilers, Education Director.

Bill Durden from Washington EMC and Greg Eilers, Education Director.




Lockerly’s Education Program Director Greg Eilers and his student staff teach over 4,000 students every year. Sometimes the groups are as large as 100 children, and other times as small as 10-12 students.

If you’ve ever been in the classroom building you’ve probably seen microscopes, plant samples, lots of hands-on teaching tools, and maybe Tito (she lives in the aquarium near the classroom). What you haven’t seen in the classroom is a sink! Greg has managed to do incredible science projects without a drop of running water in his building.

With the help of a $1000 grant from Washington EMC and $2500 in private donations, we plan to add three sinks to a small room just off the main classroom. The estimate for this project is $3,500 from start to finish. These sinks will allow Greg to readily do experiments that require water for any stage of the project (currently he has to use buckets). An added bonus is that the classroom could be used for art classes and other creative workshop offerings that require access to water as well, so the addition of sinks will have benefits beyond Greg’s program.

If you would like to support future improvements to our Education classroom, please make a donation online and choose Education Programs so we know where to direct your contribution. If you prefer to donate by sending a check, please use the education donation form and include it with your donation. Forms and checks should be sent to:

Lockerly Arboretum
P O Box 310
Milledgeville, GA 31059

We are very proud of the work Greg and his staff do for every participant in Lockerly’s Education Program.


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Outdoor Education at Lockerly and the Worley Center


Lockerly’s outdoor education program is led by Greg Eilers. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Education with a focus in Environmental Education from Georgia College & State University. Greg’s programs are tailored for every age and include lots of hands-on activities. Education programs at Lockerly encompass horticulture, geology, life sciences, and environmental studies in compliance with the Georgia Performance Standards.

Through a generous gift from Col. and Mrs. Oliver Worley, we also have an outdoor education facility  in Putnam County, the Oliver N. Worley Outdoor Education Center. Nestled on a beautiful 200 acre tract of land, intersected by Rooty Creek, the Center features woods, ponds, and steams, with locations to study water ecology, life sciences, ecology, and forestry.  The Worley Center also has indoor classroom and lab space. All of our field studies are customized to meet the needs of teachers and students. The Center is home to Lockerly’s summer outdoor day camp, and is also used by Boy Scouts for activities. The Worley Property Policy and Usage Guidelines details usage of the Center.

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Field trip opportunities for public, private, and home school groups provide hands-on learning  experiences.Our education staff also offers programs designed for scouting organizations,  daycare/pre-K groups, after-school programs, and other youth clubs. We can also bring programs to  your site or facility.

Lectures, workshops, and symposia are conducted on horticultural topics throughout the year for adults. Please check our calendar for upcoming events. If you have a specific topic you would like to  learn more about, please let us know.


You can learn more about our education programs by contacting Greg at or by calling 478.452.2112.