DAYCARE | Educational Programs

Summer Daycare

Daycare operators have the opportunity to schedule field trips to the Pettit Environmental Preserve for a fun field trip for ages 4-7 & 8-12. Programs are offered Mondays-Fridays beginning in June and July.

Ages 4-7: "The Place We Live"
Children will enjoy learning about our local habitats while they hike a .65 mile trail in the beautiful Pettit Preserve. Their trip will focus on animals native to Georgia and interesting facts about these animals through a unique animal rescue and poem activity. At the Learning Shed, they will participate in a variety of crafts to enhance what they’ve learned at the Preserve. The hike includes crossing the swinging bridge; always a highlight for visitors.
Program length: 1.5 – 2 hours

Ages 8-12: "What is that? - The Wild Places Around Us"
On this 1.7 mile hike, children will observe the gorgeous environment of the Pettit Preserve. We will discuss what it means to be a nature preserve, and the importance of our role in our local community. The children will be able to use the tree identification stations to learn the characteristics of different trees, their economic value, and their importance for wildlife. We will look for evidence of wildlife and discuss the types of animals that live in our habitat. Back at the Learning Shed, the children will participate in an educational, fun craft to take home with them
Program length: 2.5 – 3 hours


You should reserve your time at the Preserve as soon as possible. A $25 deposit is required to hold your reservation. Your field trip is not reserved until you have submitted the Reservation Form and deposit and received a confirmation email from the Preserve. All groups should arrive by 9:30 am & plan to depart no later 1:00 pm.

Summer groups are limited to a maximum of 25 children per group. See Summer Daycare Reservation form (button at right) for current pricing.

Cancellation Policy: Groups that cancel with 72 hours or less notice will forfeit their deposit.

Recommended Clothing: Outerwear suitable for weather; closed shoes (NO sandals/flip flops).

Medication: Students who have emergency medication prescribed by a physician for life threatening allergies are required to bring meds to camp for safety reasons!

Restrooms: While the Preserve does have a restroom at the Learning Shed, groups should encourage members to use restroom facilities before coming to the Preserve to avoid long lines & lengthy waits, which take time away from the educational experience.

Water: If your group plans to hike the 1.6 mi trail please plan to bring water bottles (preferably reusable ones!)

Inclement Weather: All appointments for field trips are kept unless the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning, in which case Preserve staff will contact you, Our trails are designed so that rain the day before an event will NOT hamper your visit. Please remember that weather conditions at the Preserve may not be the same as at your group’s origination point. If you have any questions the week before you visit, please contact the Education Coordinator.

Snack/Lunch: If your reserved time falls during lunch, you are welcome to picnic at the Preserve. Please notify staff in advance if you plan to do so.

Payment is expected no later than the day of your trip; you may pay as soon as you arrive the day of your trip. If parents/chaperones decide at the last minute to come with their child, they must pay cash with exact change & you should identify them to staff.

Staff Contact: Mary Ann Pawlowski is the Preserve Educator. If you have any questions about logistics or educational goals for your trip, contact her at 678-446-5611 or

Please inform parents/chaperones that are driving separate from the group that we are NOT affiliated with Pettit Creek Farms – we have occasionally had parents miss their child’s trip due to this confusion!

Nature Teacher in Class

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