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Serving approximately 5000 children and adults each year, Lockerly’s education programs are tailored for every age and embrace hands-on activities. Programs for students are in compliance with the Georgia Performance Standards as well as requirements for Eagle Scout badges and Master Gardener certifications. Lectures and workshops are conducted throughout the year for adults including participants from the Life Enrichment Center, a program for adults with intellectual disabilities living in and around Baldwin County. The Foundation also owns a beautiful 200 acre tract in Putnam County known as the Oliver N. Worley Outdoor Education Center. It features locations to study water ecology, life sciences, ecology, and forestry. Indoor classroom and lab space is also available there.
E.J. Grassmann envisioned a diverse collection of plants and trees in the Arboretum and our plantings are made with that vision in mind. Today, Lockerly boasts 50 acres of gardens, walking trails, and a pond. Our plantings feature flowering shrubs such as camellias and azaleas, and a variety of trees including oaks and magnolias as well as perennials and annuals. A 1 mile nature trail is home to many mature hardwoods, ferns and wildflowers, including a Tall Stewartia (Stewartia monadelpha), a small leaf Vibernum and a Cedar Elm, all Georgia State Champion trees.