1979: 4-H begins the Environmental Education program

Diane Davies, state specialist, begins the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.

Georgia 4-H State Leader Tom Rodgers gave Diane Davies $300 and six months to create an environmental education program for children. She turned that $300 into a nationally recognized program that has served over 1 million children in Georgia's public schools, private schools and home-schooled students.

From the mountains to the sea, Georgia’s five 4-H centers provide learning opportunities for K-12 students. Since its inception in 1979, the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program has served participants through standards-based, relevant and hands-on learning experiences presented in real-world environments.

The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program serves public and private schools, home schools and many other organized educational groups. The program offers field studies ranging from one hour to one week in length. Teachers, administrators and supervising adults can select classes that focuses on science, but also complements history, language arts and math.

Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton boasts 1,428 acres of lake, streams and forests. A hike to the Rock Eagle effigy, canoeing, lake ecology and ropes courses are a few of the highlights of an EE experience at Rock Eagle.

Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega is situated in a valley of the rich Chattahoochee National Forest around Ward Creek, the stream that flows through the center of the grounds. A short hike to a waterfall, ropes courses and panning for gold are a few of the highlights of an EE experience at Wahsega.

Jekyll 4-H Center is surrounded by the pristine beaches, marshes and maritime forests of “Georgia’s jewel.” A hike to the grandfather live oak tree, a visit to boneyard beach and a drive through the millionaires’ village are a few of the highlights of an EE experience at Jekyll.

Fortson 4-H Center, dubbed “Atlanta’s outdoor classroom,” features the nature and grandeur of Georgia’s Piedmont region. Seventy-seven acres of forested land, ropes courses, a miniature farm and classes focusing on science and living history are a few of the highlights of an EE experience at Fortson.

Burton 4-H Center, located on Tybee Island, is situated on the intercostal salt marshes and is a short walk or drive to the beach. Pulling a net through the surf, hiking through the salt marsh and learning about invertebrates are a few of the highlights of an EE experience at Burton.