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UGA Cooperative Extension: Georgia 4-H

Burton 4-H Center:
Environmental Education

About Environmental Education

The Burton 4-H Center Environmental Education Program is administered by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. The 4-H Center is located on 6 acres of Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee Island itself is very small (3 miles x .5 mile) and extremely populated. We use the entire island for our classes.

We offer teachers and their students a varied combination of both natural and equipment resources to aid in the learning process. The Environmental Education Program is customized per specific objectives requested by the visiting school.

The objectives of the Environmental Education Program are to:

  • Develop an awareness, knowledge and appreciation for the natural environment.
  • Cultivate curiosity, critical reasoning and evaluation skills.
  • Develop positive relationships between students and their teachers.
  • Make the school program more meaningful by applying knowledge and skills required in the classroom to real-life situations.
  • Provide experiences in scientific processes, such as observing, measuring, classifying, etc.
  • Develop self-confidence and physical fitness.
  • Develop an appreciation for the local and natural history of an area.

Click here to see a short video of our program in action.

 
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Environmental Education Programs children on dock

3-Day/2-Night Field Study - $106 per person

This is our traditional program involving 5 day classes and 2 evening classes taught by the Burton 4-H Center staff.

4-Day/3-Night Field Study - $140 per person

To experience even more of what we have to offer, arrive on Sunday and stay until Wednesday. This includes an extra class, extra breakfast and extra night of lodging.

Day Program - $10 per person for first class, $6 per person per each additional class.

This program involves two hours of class and is ideal for schools within an hour's drive of Tybee Island. You can arrange it so you take one hour of programming, eat your sack lunch on our grounds, followed by another one hour of programming. Many class choices are available and classes take advantage of the Burton 4-H Center's resources as well as the barrier island environment.

Typical schedule (these are just sample classes. Other popular class choices are March ecology, surf sleuth (seining in ocean), Invertebrate studies):

10:15 – 11:15 Reptiles Class

11:15-12:00 Eat lunch outside. Bathroom break. Some free time outside.

12:00-1:15 Beach Ecology Class

We can also provide transportation to and from your school for $3 per person (when our buses are available and for Chatham County only).

Call for seasonal specials!

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3-Day Teacher Trip Planner

The Teacher Trip Planner (TTP) helps the lead teacher prepare for their 3-day/2-night field study here at the 4-H Center. It contains many items that the lead teacher will need to return to the 4-H Center at various times before their scheduled trip.

Each section of the planner has been put into a separate file on our download page so that you can print out the specific information or form that you need.

A staff member can also visit your school to give a presentation for your students' parents. Also available is a short video. Just give us a call, and we will be glad to make arrangements for your school.

Teacher Trip Planner

Trip Forms to Download

Optional Forms You Can Use

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Booking a Field Study

Because programs and dates are scheduled on a first come, first served basis, early reservations are advised. The Burton 4-H Center books one year in advance. Spring dates begin booking in January. Fall dates begin booking in September. For example, reservations for Spring 2015 can be made beginning January 2014.

Please call for the specific dates when you can start reserving. For new schools, reservations can be made the 3rd Wednesday of January.

Reservation Procedure

Once a request has been made to be placed on the reservations calendar, Burton 4-H Center will send a contract to be signed and mailed back along with a non-refundable deposit. A response is expected within 30 days of receiving the contract. Reservations are not confirmed until the signed contract and deposit have been received.

Contact

David Weber
Burton 4-H Center
9 Lewis Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Phone: (912) 786-5534
Fax: (912) 786-9814
E-mail: dweber@uga.edu

When contacting the Burton 4-H Center about a Field Study, please have the following information available:

  • Your name
  • Name of school
  • School phone number and address
  • Three possible dates you would like to attend
  • Estimated number of students
  • County in which your school is located
  • A fax number and e-mail address, if available
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Georgia Performance Standards

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South Carolina Academic Standards

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Journal Questions

Teachers may request answers to Journal Questions from David Weber, Program Coordinator, (912) 786-5534.
Note: files are in the form of a .doc file.

Astronomy, 3rd-5th Grade
Astronomy, 6th-8th Grade

Beach Ecology, 3rd-5th Grade
Beach Ecology, 6th-8th Grade

Beach Wave Study, 6th-8th Grade

Choosies

Crabs & Critters, 3rd-5th Grade
Crabs & Critters, 6th-8th Grade

Fort Pulaski, 3rd-5th Grade                    Fort Pulaski, 6th-8th Grade

Invertebrate Studies, 3rd-5th Grade
Invertebrate Studies, 6th-8th Grade

Maritime Forest, 3rd-5th Grade
Maritime Forest, 6th-8th Grade

Marsh Ecology, 3rd-5th Grade
Marsh Ecology, 6th-8th Grade

Nightwalk, 3rd-5th Grade
Nightwalk, 6th-8th Grade

Orienteering, 3rd-5th Grade
Orienteering, 6th-8th Grade

Pollution Solution, 3rd-5th Grade
Pollution Solution, 6th-8th Grade

Reptiles, 3rd-5th Grade
Reptiles, 6th-8th Grade

Sea Turtles, 3rd-5th Grade
Sea Turtles, 6th-8th Grade

Shark Dissection

Squid Dissection, 3rd-5th Grade
Squid Dissection, 6th-8th Grade

Surf Sleuth, 3rd-5th Grade
Surf Sleuth, 6th-8th Grade

Wetland Monitoring, 3rd-5th Grade
Wetland Monitoring, 6th-8th Grade

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Burton Kids Corner

Beautiful turtle card received from Lauren, Grace, and Madeleine of Casa Montessori.

drawing of turtle

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