Educational Programs

The Preserve provides on-site Georgia Standards of Excellence aligned environmental education programs for PreK-12th grade emphasizing hands-on learning, as well as our own programs for colleges, scouts, and individuals and families.
Reservations for educational programs are made on a first come, first served basis. You may call to inquire about available dates and to plan your trip with the Preserve.
*If you would like to plan a trip with us, please click the button above and complete the form. Once submitted, we will reach out within 24 hours with customized offers for you.
See options for educational programs below.
Young students with teacher learning from the nature instructor at the Pettit Environmental Preserve


If you have not taken your students to The Pettit Environmental Preserve, you are missing the best field trip of the year! The field trips include educational, hands-on, outdoor-based curricula, designed to teach about local environments and standards-based science concepts. If you are interested in a topic not currently in our Program Guide (can be sent to you upon request), we would be happy to work with you to develop something to suit your needs.


Whether you want to get away from campus for the weekend, knock out a few class requirements, further your education around your degree, or gain hands-on experience with nature, our college program is the answer. Here at the Preserve, we customize your trip to fit your needs, so don’t hesitate to inquire about any interests you may have.
College students learning in the Nature Center at the Pettit Environmental Preserve

Individuals and Families

Come one, or come all! The Pettit Preserve is your local nature center with fun options for the entire family. Whether you’re interested in fishing, hiking, picnicking, or just simply enjoying the outdoors, we are a great destination for all ages and learning abilities. We also offer a membership for individuals called the Big Leaf Magnolia, as well as a membership for families or groups called the Lake Trail Supporters.


Calling all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Eagle Scouts! Are you ready to join us for your next field trip, Scout event, or outdoor activities day? We can customize your visit based on the age group, interests, and dates. The Preserve is also a great place to earn Merit badges, so long as your group has an individual who can officially provide them to each Scout.
group of boy scouts are hiking and learning at Bald Eagle at Pettit Environmental Preserve in Bartow County, Georgia.
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