Education initiatives at Lockerly fall into several categories covering numerous topics including trees, woody ornamentals, geology, water ecology and soil science. An average of 4,000-5,000 Public, Private and Home School students from 8 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.
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 (Bald Cypress) as well as a comprehensive permanent exhibit showcasing 13 hardwood trees.
To schedule field trips and programs, call our office at 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. Programs are listed under Upcoming Events.
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 Worley Center features woods, ponds, and steams, with locations to study water ecology, life sciences, ecology, and forestry.
Summer is for exploring outside, and Lockerly’s camps do exactly that and more! Sign-up for our all day camp at Camp Oliver Worley in Eatonton, or a half-day camp at Camp Discovery at Lockerly.