Programs

Our Classes

We offer a variety of classes for teachers to choose from.  All classes correlate with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and National Teaching Standards. Once you know which classes you are taking, you can navigate to each class to find its lesson plan, standards met by the class, and activities for the students to accomplish before and after their experience at Driftwood. 

To find your classes:

Day Classes

Evening Classes

Field Trips

 

Summer Programs for 2020

Driftwood is excited to offer some new summer programs. Please read the list of programs below for more detailed information. Then fill out this registration form to let us know you'd like to join: https://forms.gle/kDJiFPkX4xQVTyE68. We hope to see you soon!

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Driftwood Education Center is a non-profit organization that offers various science and environmental education programs throughout the year. This summer we have expanded our programs to include 3 different Behind-the-Scenes tour options for children looking to learn more about animal husbandry this summer. Both tours will be 3 hours long and will provide opportunities for children to have hands-on experiences with various animals. Please read below to check out specific information about each one and then fill out this form to choose your dates and register: https://forms.gle/kDJiFPkX4xQVTyE68

Reptile Tour – children 8 years and older

Driftwood Education Center has various scaly ambassadors that help teach students all about their unique characteristics and adaptations. Some reptiles we care for include 7 different species of snakes, alligators, 7 different species of turtles, and a bearded dragon. All these animals are used in hands-on teaching throughout the year, so they are used to being handled by people. Before helping with any behind-the-scenes feeding, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about and touch and/or hold an example of each kind of reptile we have.  

Driftwood staff feed and care for these animals when guests are usually not around, but a visitor that chooses this Behind-the-Scenes tour will be able to help with some of this care. Visitors will learn what diets each animal requires and will help prepare the alligators’, turtles’, and lizard’s favorite foods. They will also help weigh the offered food, record that in the animal’s care sheets, and even help feed some of the reptiles. This session will be 3 hours long and can be done with or without a parent/guardian. If no parent/guardian is present, Driftwood staff will offer to take pictures of your child holding animals. Certain safety precautions will be required for both human and animal health, such as wearing gloves, wearing masks at times, and making sure to wash hands many times throughout the session! Only 1 student will be registered per session unless there is more than 1 and up to 3 students from the same household interested in the tour. The charge for this program is $40/child. There is no additional charge for parents/guardians staying with their child.

Reptile Tour + Snake Time – children 13 years and older

This tour includes the above-mentioned activities like animal handling and reptile food prep and feeding. This option, though, also includes the opportunity to learn more about snake care and feeding. Visitors will assist in feeding some of the snakes in Driftwood’s care. Due to the more graphic nature of feeding whole mice to the snakes, we recommend only children that are 13 years or older opt for this tour. This tour can be done with or without a parent/guardian and will also be 3 hours long. While Driftwood will allow pictures of students holding animals, we will not allow pictures of the actual feeding process. Certain safety precautions will be required for both human and animal health, such as wearing gloves, wearing masks at times, and making sure to wash hands many times throughout the session! Only 1 student will be registered per session unless there is more than 1 and up to 3 students from the same household interested in the tour. The charge for this program is $40/child. There is no additional charge for parents/guardians staying with their child.

Ocean Animals Tour – children 8 years and older

Driftwood Education Center has various ocean animal ambassadors that help teach students all about their unique characteristics and adaptations. All our specimens are local species, as we teach visitors about Georgia species. Some animals we care for include various fish species, sea anemones, crabs, and whelks. Before helping with any behind-the-scenes feedings, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about and touch some of these animals. Driftwood has both a dry and wet touch tank that will allow visitors to have a hands-on experience with various animals.

Driftwood staff feed and care for these animals when guests are usually not around, but a visitor that chooses this Behind-the-Scenes tour will be able to help with some of this care. Visitors will learn what diet each animal requires and will help prepare their foods. They will also help weigh the offered food, record that in the animal’s care sheets, and even help feed the saltwater tank animals. This session will be 3 hours long and can be done with or without a parent/guardian. If no parent/guardian is present, Driftwood staff will offer to take pictures of your child holding animals. Certain safety precautions will be required for both human and animal health, such as wearing gloves, wearing masks at times, and making sure to wash hands many times throughout the session! Only 1 student will be registered per session unless there is more than 1 and up to 3 students from the same household interested in the tour. The charge for this program is $40/child. There is no additional charge for parents/guardians staying with their child.

 

Meet us at East Beach!

Who wants to enjoy some time at the beach while learning something too?! Driftwood Education Center is a non-profit organization that offers various science and environmental education programs throughout the year. This summer we have expanded our programs to include a 2-hour beach program at East Beach on St. Simons Island. Visitors will meet Driftwood staff at East Beach and will then spend 2 hours out on the beach doing various educational activities. One of the most exciting activities will be seining in the ocean. This will include using a 15+ foot long seine net to catch ocean animals near the shore. Visitors will help hold the net and will walk out to hip-deep water to bring the net and animals into shore. Once on shore, Driftwood staff will identify the animals caught and will help visitors handle some of them. Along with seining, we will also learn about sea turtles and other beach organisms while doing various activities. All activities can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Social distancing between different family groups and Driftwood staff will be enforced for participants. At least one parent/guardian will be required to participate with their child(ren). The cost per participant is $10. Please fill out this form to choose dates and register: https://forms.gle/kDJiFPkX4xQVTyE68

 

Private Family Classes

Driftwood Education Center has a variety of different coastal-based classes we offer to schools and groups. For this summer, if any family is interested in booking a class or two for their family or children, please fill out this form and we'll contact you for further information: https://forms.gle/kDJiFPkX4xQVTyE68