Daytime Classes

Here is a general overview of the daytime classes and programs offered at Blue Ridge; however, each class can be tailored to fit your particular goals and needs, i.e. to cover material for a scouting merit badge, or to teach a specific curriculum requirement.

Our classes conform to many of Georgia’s Performance Standards at all grade levels.


Animal Ecology

Students learn about how scientists classify groups of animals and what makes different groups unique. Students will learn about animal adaptations with hands-on activities and exploration in and around our nature center. Students will get to meet and interact with our wide array of live animals!

Topics include: classification, adaptations, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, conservation.

Nature Center

Appalachian Geology Hike

How did these mountains get here? What makes this region of Georgia unique? We are situated where the Piedmont and the Blue Ridge regions overlap which makes for a fascinating mix of species and landscapes. This introduction to our area answers these and many other questions on a hike up and over a ridge with views to the southwest.

Topics include: geology, physiographic regions, and succession.

Appalachian Geography Hike

Aquatic Ecology

Students get an intimate look at our beautiful wetland and a pristine mountain stream including an up-close look at some stream inhabitants. After observing the aquatic habitats and features, the students sample the water for dissolved oxygen content, pH, and temperature. The students then conduct a biological survey. After analyzing the results of the chemical and biological testing students will be able to determine the health of each aquatic habitat.

Topics include: water characteristics, habitats, aquatic plants and animals, chemical testing,
biological indicators, and macro-invertebrates.

aquatic ecology

Burma Bridge

Students learn how to build a unique rope bridge!

This bridge will be constructed by students during class where they will learn scientific concepts such as horizontal and vertical forces, simple machines, and mechanical advantage. Students will also learn knots and hitches.

Support is another critical concept for this class as students will learn how the separate ropes combine to make a bridge as ropes are tied together as well as students supporting one another by spotting while each student gets to cross the bridge they just built!

Topics include: support, force, gravity forces, simple machines, mechanical advantage, hard skills (knots and hitches), critical thinking.

Burma Bridge

Cherokee Culture

Learn about the Cherokee that lived in these woods. This class explores the history of the Cherokee in this area as well as different games and activities of the Cherokee. This class also includes learning about the use of bow and arrows.

Topics include: arts and crafts, how the Cherokee lived, the history of the Cherokee People.

cherokee culture

Forest Ecology

While walking with a staff naturalist on one of our many hiking trails, students see how the soils, plants, and animals are all interconnected in an intricate web.

Our mixed deciduous forest provides the perfect lab for examining how organic and inorganic components depend upon one another to survive. Everyone can see how our lives too, are connected to the forest.

Topics include: producers, consumers, decomposers, forest life cycles, layers of the soil, vegetation investigation.



While working together in groups, students learn hitches and lashings while creating a self-supporting geodesic dome frame. Not only does this class help study geometric shapes, students practice communication skills and team work by building the structure and by studying how the structure is able to stay self-supported after being built.

Topics include: geometric shapes, hitches, lashings, team work, communication, support.


Land Navigation

Blue Ridge has Garmin eTrex H series GPS units and offers two tracks for this class. On the GPS track students learn how to use the latest technology to navigate our geocaching course. On the map & compass track students learn to use a compass and read maps and combine these skills to find their way through an orienteering course.

Students do not just learn about land navigation, they actually DO it! Selected waypoints will require students to demonstrate mastery of various interdisciplinary performance standards before they discover the treasure that awaits successful completion!

Topics include: maps, topography, compass, GPS.


Outdoor Living Skills

Do you know how to make a fire? What about a shelter in the woods? Do you know what Leave No Trace is? Students will learn these hard skills and get a chance to practice these skills in a supervised setting.

Topics include: Leave No Trace, basic survival skills, hard skills (fire building, shelter building)



This large group simulation is way for students to see the dynamics of the food web in action! Students represent various levels of the food web actively seeking the food, water, and shelter they need to survive…without becoming food for a predator themselves!

Topics include: habitat, survival needs, trophic levels, interdependence, parasites, biomagnification

Predator Prey

Sustainability // Updated for Fall 2017

Where does our food and water come from? What is the true cost of driving to school or turning on a light? Students will explore the concept of sustainability as it relates to humans’ impact on the environment. Through a combination of group activities, student discussions, and hands-on activities, students will gain an understanding of how we affect our surroundings and what we can do to lead more sustainable lives.

Topics include: recycling, water conservation, sustainable harvesting and agriculture, energy.


Team Building / Group Initiatives

Students tackle a variety of unique physical and mental challenges while learning to work together. The lessons learned will be valuable in building a sense of community and problem solving skills during your visit, back at school, and for the rest of your students’ lives.

Topics include: effective communication, cooperation, trust, respect, and problem solving.

Team Building / Group Initiatives


Best suited for students fifth grade and older…including adults, too! Trek is a creative problem-solving adventure which combines a hike with team building elements. Participants work together to overcome a series of challenges that culminate in a final “rescue.” Challenges include a cable traverse of Little Toccoa Creek!

Overcoming the obstacles encountered requires teamwork, imagination, and critical thinking. Trek! usually requires 3-4 hours to complete..


Waterfall Hike

Students hike up and over a ridge line to a 20 foot waterfall. Along the way, they will push their physical limits while exploring the natural world.

Topics include: nature poetry, visual arts, sensory exploration, and/or nature philosophy.


Who Gets This Land?

Students will study land on camp property by basic survey and decide how the land could be developed in order to have a minimal impact on the environment and ecosystems that currently depend on this land.

Students participate in a “town hall meeting” and learn more about how town issues are discussed and how decisions are made. This class will provide more environmental awareness and invoke critical thinking and imagination.

Topics include: preservation, protection, creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, basics of land development and survey