Last updated: December 15, 2018
-To schedule a field trip please call (478) 752-8257 ext. 222 between 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily. We ask that you call at least two weeks in advance. Availability for field trips is based on staff, special events, and weather. Even if you do not require a program when you visit we still require a reservation so we can properly manage the number of students in the building at one time.
-Before you call, please have: a few visit date options, the number of students and their grade level(s), the teacher contact information (name, phone number, email), and which of the following activities you would like to do during your visit (orientation, film, museum, Earth Lodge, trails, picnic; please see descriptions below). School groups usually spend between two and three hours here. If your school comes in a standard school bus you cannot drive to the mounds due to the historic railroad tunnel that has a 8 foot clearance.
Inside the Visitor Center:
-Orientation: The Park Ranger can give a 15 minute orientation to the school group with the information adjusted to the grade level.
-Film: Our 17 minute film talks about the history of the park. It is recommended for 2nd grade and up. The film only fits 50 people at a time, so larger groups will have to split up and do rotations with the activities. This is explained below.
-Museum: While inside the Visitor Center doing the orientation and film, our Education staff will let you know when you can walk around the exhibits with your students. The museum holds 2000 original objects from the site dating back from 10,000 BCE through the 1800s.
Outside the Visitor Center:
Due to our small Interpretation and Education staff, all outside activities will be led entirely by teachers and chaperones. Information about the sites is included in the reservation email we send the main teacher contact and can also be found on signs along the trails.
-Earth Lodge: Even if you can't spend a lot of time at the park, going up to the Earth Lodge and going inside the mound will give your students a good idea of the architecture used during the Mississippian time period. It is the council chamber with a rebuilt roof and the original one thousand year old floor. It is a two minute walk up a hill from the Visitor Center and is not wheelchair-accessible. Only 25 students can fit inside at a time, so
-Trails: We have six miles of trails but most groups stick to the one mile round trip path to the Great Temple Mound. This trail goes by the Earth Lodge, over the railroad cut, and past the site of the 1690 Trading Post. The Great Temple Mound is a five story structure and the top is accessible by stairs. From the top you can see the Funeral Mound and downtown Macon.
-Picnic: We have outdoor picnic tables across the parking lot from the Visitor Center. The area is on a first come, first serve basis and can seat between 50 and 75 people. The picnic area is not covered and there is no indoor space for picnics, so in inclement weather you will have to eat on the buses or return to school.
-Clay for sale: We do sell 25 pound bags of clay that you are welcome to purchase for $15.00 (any form of payment is acceptable; if you purchase it tax exempt we must have a letter with the school's tax ID number) and we include a pottery guide. Clay must be taken back to school. We do not have the space or staff to allow you to make pottery here. One 25 pound bag will make pots for 25 students. If you would like to purchase clay, please let us know in advance.
Details about schedules, number of restrooms, and the museum store can be found in the reservation email sent to the main teacher contact.
To explore the park on your own we have a teacher walking guide available for you to download.
Teacher's self guided walking tour
Teachers: here is basic information on the history of the Middle Georgia before your field trip. History of Middle Georgia