Educational Program information
Wildlife Identification & Rehabilitation
Explore our animal rehabilitation sanctuary, Georgia's largest mountain lion breeding facility and "Home of America's Most Endangered Mammal." Students will see first hand what it takes to rehabilitate orphaned and injured animals and how these animals are prepared for release. Students observe and study a myriad of wildlife, both common and uncommon: squirrel, deer, raccoon, red wolf, the great American Bald Eagle, black bear, the Eastern & Western Cougar and many others. Students will also learn how to save wildlife habitats.
Aquatic Plant Animal Studies
Delve into the wonders and mysteries of the aquatic world the swamps, streams and lake here at Ellijay Wildlife Rehab Sanctuary. Learn about the plants and animals of the water, their life cycles, survival techniques and how they differ from terrestrial species. Students will also examine the importance of water to us, animals and the entire cycle of life.
Native American Lifestyle and Authentic Village
Through a visit to an authentic Indian Village based on their "old way" and by oral presentations, students will grasp an understanding and appreciation of our Native Americans' heritage. Students will learn about native medicine, crafts and specialized skills which were necessary for survival as well as enabling them to thrive. These classes are inspired by and can be taught by our on-staff Native American brothers. See H.O.M.E.
This class offers an in-depth study of trees by following a forest from secondary succession to its climax. Students will learn how trees are an important key in earth's air, water and nutritional recycling plan. Using Project Learning Tree Activities, students will also learn the importance of trees in our local, state and national economies.
Edible Plant Recognition
This class will examine indigenous plants and discover nutritional values, medicinal uses, plant morphology and natural history of recognition and local species. An emphasis is placed on recognition and identification of roots, flowers, berries and leaves by sight, smell and location. Special importance will also be placed on conservation and ecology.