Interpretive Programs at Panola Mountain

Available Outreach Programs

LichenOutreach Programs can be scheduled within a 20-mile radius of the park. If you can't make the trip to the park, we will bring a little piece of the park to you. The cost is $150.00 per program for a group (30 students or less), and $5.00 for each additional participant. The following outreach programs are available. Please call 770-389-7801 for more information or to schedule an outreach program.

The Virtual Panola Mountain Tour

We will take a virtual hike on Panola Mountain via a slide show and various show and tell items found at the park. This program can be curtailed to different age levels and areas of study including geology, ecology, forestry, and zoology. (Can be suitable for 3rd–6th grade)

The Owl's Pellet

A park ranger will bring supplies including owl pellets (1 pellet good for two students), a chart identifying bones found in the pellet, and paper plates and toothpicks for dissection of the pellets. Students will learn about food webs, construct a simple food chain, and infer the owl's role in the environment.

Reptile Wild!

A park ranger will bring out various types of live reptiles found at Panola Mountain. Students will learn what a reptile is, what role reptiles play in our environment, diversity of reptiles, and what to do if you come face to face with a possibly venomous snakes. After the program, participants will get a chance to interact with real live native Georgia snakes.

Additional Information

  • Covered picnic shelters and grills are available to reserve at Panola Mountain State Park. Advance reservations are $70.00. Advanced reservations can be made online or by calling 800-864-7275. Shelters can be rented first come first serve if not already reserved.
  • Teachers and group leaders must fill out and submit a Group Contract—Educational Request Form located on the park's page.
  • Teachers and group leaders will be responsible for the behavior of their students at all times. Groups larger than 50 will have to be divided between the ranger led activity and free time.
  • Please be on time for your scheduled program. If running late, call to let us know. We try to keep on schedule so that you may return to school on time. Occasionally we have groups scheduled back-to-back and late arrivals may either shorten or possibly forfeit their program.
  • Rain dates are available. We still present the program indoor as well as outdoors in misty rain or cold weather, so please have your students dress accordingly.
  • If you have any questions regarding field trip reservations, please call the park office at 770-389-7801.

Teachers and Group Leaders

Classroom LearningTeachers and group leaders have the opportunity to experience Panola Mountain State Park on a self-guided basis, or schedule a ranger-led tour. Panola Mountain State Park offers three different public nature trails, and an Interpretive Center that has geology displays, live and static animal displays and information about the park. The cost is now $3 per student with a minimum cost of $60. 20 students or less is $60. More than 20 students is $3 per student. Parking is free for official school vehicles (school bus/van etc.). Any personal vehicles must display park pass. Parking fees for all non-ranger led field trips and field trips other than with an accredited school field trip are:
  • $5.00 for vehicles with less than 13 passengers
  • $30.00 for vehicles with 13–30 passengers
  • $70.00 for vehicles that hold 30 or more passengers
  • Fees for our Tree Climbing Program are $170.00 for the first 10 participants and $17 for each additional participant.
  • Required Forms for Tree Climbing include a Group Contract for Tree Climbing and a Photo Release which are both located on the park's page.