Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

2020 GSTA Conference Field Trips

You can pre-register for field trips here through February 11.  

Field trip tickets will also be available at the GSTA Store inside the exhibit hall (Booths 61-63).  

All trips will depart from the main entrance to the conference center at the bottom of the stairs. 

Check in at the Field Trip station across from the pre-registration area.

Destination  Schedule  Cost Description
Columbus Water Works

9:30 - 11:45 am


1:00 - 2:30 pm


Morning trip: The staff at Columbus Water Works will show the chemistry behind water treatment.

Afternoon trip: Tour of the new water quality testing lab to show state of the art and new equipment

National Civil War Naval Museum

9:45 - 12:15 pm
 $25 Looking to connect your STEAM program with history?  This is the field trip for you!  This guided tour will take you through the technological advances in Civil War era Naval technology.  See the USS Monitor and CSS Albemarle ironclad warships!
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

12:30 - 3:30 pm


8:30 - 11:30 am


Thursday trip: Hop to It! STEAM Activity, animal presentation, canopy trail

Friday trip: Oil Spills STEAM activity, animal presentation, canopy trail

Geology of the Columbus Region

2:00 - 4:30 pm
 $10 Participants will go to locations in and around the city of Columbus that illustrate the geology of the "Fall Line", which influenced the history of the city, the state, and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard. We'll explore rocks that formed in an ancient Himalayan-sized mountain belt on the north side of the Fall Line and those to the south that formed in a shallow ocean once covering South Georgia. Additionally, we'll discuss the most recent geological research from this region - the discovery of 100 million year old paleovalleys that may be ancestors of the modern Chattahoochee River.

 The Columbus Museum

9:30 - 10:30 pm
 $20 Science Sleuths: the relationship of art and science.
Coca Cola Space Science Center

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12:45 - 3:00 pm
 $0 The Coca Cola Space Science Center offers a premier space science and astronomy hands-on experience.  Visit the Westrock observatory, the Challenger Learning Center, and see more than $17 million in NASA artifacts.
Downtown Columbus Geology Walk

10:30 -12:00 pm
 $10 Join Bill Waggener as he discusses how geology can be experienced everywhere in Georgia even right outside the Columbus Conference Center! This is a walking tour so bring comfy shoes and a jacket!

 FDR State Park and The Cove

8:30 -12:30 pm
$10 Participants will go to locations in and around FDR State Park that illustrate the geology of the Pine Mountain region, including the oldest rocks in the state (ca. 1.1 billion years) and those of a 500 million year old coastline facing an ocean basin older than the Atlantic Ocean. We'll discuss the relationship between these regional rocks and formation of the ancient Appalachians during growth of the supercontinent Pangea. Additionally, we'll visit a proposed impact crater east of Roosevelt's Little White House and discuss the debate over its formation.

 Callaway Gardens


10:00 -3:00 pm
 $45 Escape to Callaway Gardens! Cost includes admission. Travel by bus to Callaway Gardens. Enjoy 2500 acres of gardens, and trails set in the woodlands of Pine Mountain. Visit the Discovery Center, the Butterfly House, and hike the nature trails. For the adventure seeker, visit Treetop Adventure and Ziplines also inside Callaway Gardens. Treetop Adventure is a self-guided, in-air obstacle course. With ten zip lines ranging from 44 to 700 feet in length, and other high-flying challenges deftly woven into the natural forest. TreeTop Adventure is an additional cost of $30.00. Buy ticket on site. Closed-toe, secure footwear is required – no sandals, flip-flops, Crocs, etc. Treetop will do everything possible to honor reserved times, but during peak periods guests may experience waits of up to 30 minutes. The course takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Tickets are non-refundable.

  • All field trips must have a minimum of 10 participants or will be cancelled - in this case a full refund will be issued.
  • No refunds can be given unless GSTA cancels the trip.

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