June 2010 Volume 7

A Trip to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Dr. Glen Laman
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Some 200 students from Woodland Middle School in East Point, Georgia, recently went on a field trip to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History which is located just east of downtown Atlanta.

The Atlanta Chapter of the Kingston College Old Boys Association which has partnered with Woodland on science projects previously, contributed a portion of the funds to defray the costs of the field trip.

The students were accompanied on the trip by 25 teachers and parents. Several buses were contracted to transport the group to and from Fernbank. The trip included lunch outside on the front lawn of the Museum.

One of the highlights of the trip was the IMAX movie presentation, “A walk through time in Georgia” which tells the two-fold story of Georgia's natural history and the development of our planet. Sixteen galleries combine with theaters and dioramas to explain this complex and fascinating story.

A series of realistic dioramas capture the sights and sounds of the state's main geographic regions such as the Piedmont, the region in Georgia with the oldest rocks, and the Coast and Barrier Islands, Georgia's youngest region. There is amazing array of animals and plants to view. But the towering dinosaurs are sure to be remembered for the sheer size of these terrestrial vertebrates.

Class trips and Field Trips introduce young people to a world of experiences that can open new avenues of learning that carries throughout their lives. Students learn in different ways—through hearing, seeing, touching, talking, or doing. A museum adventure, such as the Fernbank Museum class trip provides unique educational opportunities.

KCOBA Atlanta is proud to support education at Kingston College in Jamaica and to contribute locally in the Atlanta Metro area.

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