Burton 4-H Center:
- About Environmental Education
- Programs and Prices
- 3-Day Teacher Trip Planner
- Booking a Field Study
- Georgia Performance Standards
- South Carolina Academic Standards
- Journal Questions
- Burton Kids Corner
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.
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!
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
- Burton 4-H Center Slideshow (pdf)
- Introduction to Burton 4-H Center
- Reservation Planning
- Ideal Field Study Itinerary
- Trip Preparation Checklist
- Descriptions of Classes and Suggestions for Group Led Activities
- Outgoing Field Trips
- What to Bring (and not to bring) Checklist
- Rules and Regulations
- Dormitory Rules and Cleanup Procedures
- Emergency Procedures
- Chaperone Meeting Discussion Topics
- Directions to Burton 4-H Center
Trip Forms to Download
- Online form for class selection, dietary restrictions and attendance.
- Class Selection Form (.doc)
- Field Study Update Form (.doc)
- ES-237 Form (.pdf)
Optional Forms You Can Use
- Parent Meeting Notice (.pdf)
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.
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.
Burton 4-H Center
9 Lewis Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328
Phone: (912) 786-5534
Fax: (912) 786-9814
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
- GPS Correlations (Grades K-2) pdf
- GPS Correlations (Grades 3-5) pdf
- GPS Correlations (Grades 6-8) pdf
- GPS Correlations (Grades 9-12) pdf
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.
Beautiful turtle card received from Lauren, Grace, and Madeleine of Casa Montessori.