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Virtual Learning - SwampLIVE Exploration!

Discover one of the last frontiers of true Georgia wilderness with GPB’s live exploration of the Okefenokee Swamp. Witness the power of the mighty alligator, hear from swamp experts as they answer questions from the audience, and test your knowledge of the Okefenokee with this hour-long program.

There are also lots of great support materials for this recorded virtual field trip!

7 Easy Steps for A Successful Field Trip at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Note: These steps are for a field trip to the Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) near Folkston. 

Step 1- Familiarize Yourself with the Refuge- Review refuge information and maps of the area. Share this information with those involved with the trip. If possible, have a teacher(s) visit the refuge before their field trip to become familiar with the activities and facilities.

Step 2- Schedule Your Field Trip- Contact the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center (912-496-7836) to speak to a staff person to schedule a field trip for your school group. If you would like to have a boat tour, rent canoes/kayaks and/or have lunch prepared for your group, contact Okefenokee Adventures (912-496-7156). For school groups wanting to visit the Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo, you must call the Park office at 912-637-5274 to schedule your trip. You must contact the refuge in advance to be eligible for a fee waiver. 

Step 3- Confirm Your Visit- Confirm with refuge staff any last details about your field trip by contacting the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center. Go over the details including your trip schedule with all of your teachers and chaperones before the field trip.

Step 4- Prepare Your Students- Have each teacher review with their students acceptable behavior and the proper clothing to wear at the refuge. Everyone should plan for the weather and be prepared to be outdoors. Closed-toed shoes, hats, sunscreen and bug spray are all recommended. The refuge does have educational resources and activity sheets available, please contact the visitor center in advance of your visit if you are interested in these resources.

Step 5- Arrive at the Refuge- Make sure that your students will arrive on time at the refuge so that all planned activities can be completed as scheduled. Use the directions from this website and make sure that your bus drivers know that you are going to the Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) near Folkston, not one of the other entrances to the Okefenokee. 

Step 6- Encourage the “Spirit of Wonder”- Help your students discover some of the amazing things that are found at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. While we encourage field trips to be organized and structured, you should also make sure your students have some free time to just observe and explore nature in a contemplative manner.

Step 7- Continue the Learning- Review with the students what they learned on their field trip, and have them study an animal, plant, or natural process they discovered at Okefenokee.