Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

2020 Conference Field Trips

  • 01 Jan 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11 Feb 2020
  • 11:30 PM
  • Columbus, GA


  • Tour the Water Treatment Plant and see the chemistry behind water treatment.
  • 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!
  • Learn about the different STEAM LABS available. Participants will take part in the popular lab, Hop to It! During this lab, participants will learn about invasive species and will engineer a solution for preserving native species.The trip will include animal presentations, as well as a scenic walk on the TreeTop Canopy Trail. Suspended 35 feet above the ground, and linked to three platforms surrounding magnificent oaks, hickories, and sweet gum trees, the Canopy Trail offers views of diverse flora, and creatures native to our region.
  • Tour the new water quality testing lab to see state of the art equipment.
  • A driving tour of Columbus including Flat Rock Park, whitewater course in downtown Columbus, and other locations. Participants will be provided with an overview of local 600 million-year-old metamorphic and igneous rocks exposed in Lindsay Creek that formed at the "roots" of the ancient Appalachian Mountains, as well as overlying 100 million year old Cretaceous sediment and paleosol (ancient soil) that formed on top of that deeply eroded mountain range following the "birth" of the Atlantic Ocean. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Field trip participants will learn about the available STEAM LABS for older students. They will take part In the Cleaning up an Oil Spill LAB, participants will learn about how humans impact the environment and will design a tool to clean up an oil spill. The trip will include animal presentations, as well as a scenic walk on the TreeTop Canopy Trail. Suspended 35 feet above the ground, and linked to three platforms surrounding magnificent oaks, hickories, and sweet gum trees, the Canopy Trail offers views of diverse flora, and creatures native to our region.
  • A half-day trip to FDR State Park and a proposed impact crater (the "Woodbury" structure or "Cove") near Woodbury, GA. The trip will cover the geology of the region around FDR State Park, including the origin of the rocks that hold up Pine and Oak Mountain ridges. After a stop at the park, participants will then travel to Woodbury, GA to discuss a circular topographic structure that has been alternatively referred to as the Cove dome or Woodbury Impact Structure. While there, we will examine two competing models for the structure - a large fold in the local rock layers vs. an asteroid impact crater - in the context of the geology of the region and try to understand why different geologists looking at the same data often come to differing conclusions. Bring lunch money, we will get lunch in Manchester, GA on the return trip. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • During this field trip, participants will examine how art and science are related. Participants will imagine new teaching-learning possibilities as they problem-solve, hypothesize, and experiment their way through the collection, building critical thinking and visual literacy skills along the way.

    Founded in 1953, The Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, and temporary exhibitions.

    The Columbus Museum offers a variety of educational programs, tours and workshops for students of all ages. Specially designed gallery tours make clear connections to learning standards and can be customized upon request. No matter the subject area that you teach, a visit to The Columbus Museum will support your teaching objectives and deepen your students’ learning.
  • 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 online with Callaway or 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


2020 GSTA Conference Field Trips

Field trips to unique local destinations can fulfill your own scientific  curiosity, help you learn about career opportunities for your students, and expose you to authentic phenomena that can connect your students' learning to the real world.  Register early to be sure you don't miss out!  If you would like to register for multiple trips, you will need to complete the registration form separately for each trip.  All trips meet at the bottom of the stairs in the main atrium at the conference.

 Destination Schedule   Cost
Columbus Water Works Thursday, 9:30 - 11:45am  $20
The Civil War Naval Museum  Thursday, 9:45 - 12:15pm  $25
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center
Thursday, 12:30 - 3:30pm  $30
Columbus Water Works
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30pm  $20
Geology of the Columbus Region  Thursday, 2:00 - 4:30  $10
Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center
Friday, 8:30 - 11:30am  $30
Walking Geology Tour of Columbus Friday, 10:30 - 12:00pm  $10
FDR State Park and the Cove  Friday, 8:30 - 12:45pm  $10
The Columbus Museum Friday, 9:30 - 10:30am  $20
Callaway Gardens Friday, 10:00 - 3:00pm  $40
Coca Cola Space Science Center Friday, 12:45 - 3:00pm  $0


  • All field trips must have a minimum of 10 participants or they will be cancelled - in this case a full refund will be issued.
  • No refunds can be given unless GSTA cancels the trip.
  • Tickets can also be purchased during the conference at the GSTA store in the Exhibit Hall (Booths 61-63).

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