2017-2018 Experience UGA Field Trips and Programs


These trips are hosted for every student enrolled in the Clarke County School District at their respective grade level.

Pre-K – State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Pre-K students learn about the natural world through their senses as they act out the life cycle of a tree, observe insects in nature, and engage in other exploratory activities.

Kindergarten – College of Education

Kindergarten students take a walking tour of campus led by Early Childhood Education majors and discuss shapes they see in buildings and surroundings. Students then draw pictures of what they saw on their tour.

1st Grade – College of Pharmacy/Forestry

Accidental poisonings are the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 5—As participants in this trip, 1st grade students will learn about personal safety with regard to medicines, plants, animals, and the forest. Students will also learn basic information about plants and animals as they explore the Trial Gardens and Ecology Turtle Pond.

2nd Grade – College of Public Health

2nd grade students participate in a health fair led by UGA public health students and engage in physical activities, learn about nutrition through sampling healthy food, and explore other healthy habits.

3rd Grade – Department of Theater & Film Studies

Students attend a performance of an original play incorporating dramatic media and written by UGA students specifically for elementary school children.  3rd graders then use sock puppets, for which they are provided the materials beforehand, to participate in skits on stage in front of a Green Screen to show how special effects are used in film.

4th Grade – College of Engineering   

During National Engineering Week, the College of Engineering engages 4th graders as they use handmade catapults to practice estimating and measuring. 4th graders will also build spaghetti towers, and learn about careers in engineering and the many fields of study available in the discipline.

5th Grade – Georgia Museum of Art & Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Students take part in an interactive gallery tour and an art activity at the Georgia Museum of Art. Afterwards, they participate in several music based activities hosted by students in the Music Therapy program in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

6th Grade – Geography – Under Development

This proposed trip is currently under development and will have a focus on Geography, which is a focus standard for this grade level.

7th Grade – UGArden & State Botanical Garden of Georgia

7th grade students learn about urban farming through composting and bee keeping activities, and participate in vegetable taste tests at the UGArden, UGA’s student-led organic garden. Then, they conduct science experiments to explore forest ecosystems as they hike through the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

8th Grade – Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library – Expanding This Year

Students explore Georgia history as they tour the exhibits and view a short documentary at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. Students will also learn more about the history of higher education, and will participate in an interactive research project on UGA’s historic North campus.  

9th Grade – Biological Sciences – New This Year

Students will participate in a screening of the film “Chasing Coral,” to explore science in the area of climate change, attend a science fair with different projects by various science-based campus partners, and engage in discussions about financing research opportunities through higher education.

10th Grade – College of Environment and Design – New This Year

10th Grade students will reflect on “their place in the world” through their interactions in their daily environments during this interdisciplinary trip. They will explore the use of science and art to influence various designs structures such as buildings and landscape environments and gain practice with technical skills used in environmental and design work.

11th Grade – Civil Rights and Human Rights

Students visit the Law School, School of Public and International Affairs, and Terry College of Business. They also participate in a Teach-in, during which they learn about how the civil rights movement took shape in Athens, GA, and will have the unique opportunity to view archival footage from the Special Collections Library.

12th Grade – Life 101

Students will engage with a variety of professionals and faculty from across campus on a broad range of topics including: personal finance, managing personal and professional relationships, and what it means to be over 18. They will also have the opportunity to engage with Career Counselors on topics of professionalism and preparing for life and careers after graduation.



These trips are hosted for students who attend smaller high schools in Athens-Clarke County such as Classic City High School and the Clarke County Career Academy, which focuses on career skills and early college, or connected to specific specialty high school courses.

10th-12th Grade – Student Affairs     

Selected high school students become “college students for a day” through activities such as touring residence halls, leadership development with UGA student leaders, and discussions with admissions and financial aid representatives. This trip is sponsored by UGA’s division of Student Affairs.

9th-12th Grade – Ramsey Student Center

Selected high school students rotate through fitness activities such as group classes, intramural sports, and a high ropes courses and learn leadership and fitness skills. This trip is sponsored by the Ramsey Student Center.

9th-12th Grade – Department of Management Information Systems, Terry College of Business

Students from the Career Academy participate in an “App Day,” during which they use tablets to create software applications and learn about software programming. This trip is sponsored by “Women in Science” at the University of Georgia.



This program provides an opportunity to engage in a more in-depth opportunity to serve the schools and students of the Clarke County School District.

Experience UGA Ambassadors

The Experience UGA Ambassadors will serve as ambassadors for the University of Georgia to the Clarke County School District. They will create a presence in the community through their participation in Experience UGA trips and events, as well as volunteering with community and district events. Furthermore, they will examine issues surrounding education, the educational institutions present in the community, and the history of education in Athens-Clarke County in order to better understand the perceptions and stigmas surrounding higher education. Experience UGA Ambassadors will work to promote positive perceptions of higher education for Clarke County students through their involvement with the facilitation of Experience UGA educational field trips. While Clarke County students will participate in field trips where ambassadors will assist in facilitation, the Clarke County students who participate in Experience UGA trips are underneath the guardianship of their teachers and chaperones from Clarke County. This program is also approved to meet UGA student academic requirements as part of the Experiential Learning Transcript.