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GMREC: Community Council

Youth Programs

The Community Council's Education Committee provides educational programs to students in Fannin, Towns and Union Counties in Georgia, and Cherokee and Clay Counties in North Carolina. These programs are offered to children in public, private and home schools. Described below are some of the programs offered.

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny AppleseedIn the fall, a Johnny Appleseed program is offered for kindergarten students in the Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina Mountain area. The field experience takes place at the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center. A team of 40 volunteers conducts a 5-stage rotation program during three days of operation.

The Johnny Appleseed objectives are:

  • To explain how apples grow
  • To explain the importance of the apple industry to the North Georgia Mountains
  • To provide an opportunity for children to travel through an apple orchard and learn about Johnny Appleseed

To see a video about the Johnny Appleseed program clink on this link:Johnny Appleseed on You Tube

Birds Program

Image:  Birding program"Our Feathered Friends" is a program for first graders, presented in the local schools.

This program features three 20-minute rotating study sessions on:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Bird identification
  • Making a bird feeder

Water, Water Everywhere

second graders learn about the water cycleThis in-school program is designed for second graders. Various water topics are covered in five 20-minute mini-sessions. All topics include a lab activity and student interaction. Students make a rain gauge to take home. They also construct a moveable model of a frog going through metamorphosis.

Topics covered are:

  • Water conservation
  • Water cycle
  • Tools to measure water
  • Animals that live in the water

The Appalachian Trail

Fourth Graders learn about the Appalachian Trail that begins in their neighborhood.

Topics include:

  • What to bring on a Day Hike
  • Demonstration Camp Site
  • Surviving Being Lost
  • Leave No Trace
  • Overnight Hike

All About Trees

Image:  All About Trees programThis full day program allows students to rotate through seven 20-minute classes. This field experience is unique in that it meets 10 of the Georgia Performances for Grade 4, and several North Carolina Essential Standards for Grade 3.

Topics are:

  • Tree competition
  • Georgia native tree identification
  • Tree parts
  • Uses of the forest
  • Forest ecology
  • Indian trail trees
  • Habitats and limiting factors
  • The American Chestnut tree


Environmental Day

Students learn about predator/prey relationships by This field day provides 4th grade North Carolina and 5th grade Georgia students hands-on learning with environmental issues and teaches ways to take better care of the environment.

Students rotate through eight 20-minutes classes of:

  • Pollinators
  • Fire prevention
  • Firearm Safety
  • Bat ecology
  • Predator/prey relationships
  • Recycling
  • Leave No Trace
  • Watersheds

The Education Committee projects are staffed by volunteers. For more information on our Youth programs, or to volunteer, please contact Clare Johnston at (706) 745-2655 or email Please fill out one of these UGA Volunteer Agreement forms before volunteering.

If you are a homeschool parent, and would like email invitations to our programs for children, please email Clare Johnston.