Field Trips at Okefenokee Swamp Park2021-08-03T16:24:09-04:00

Field Trips

at Okefenokee Swamp Park

Reserve a School Field Trip or Tour:

Reservations for groups of 12 or more must be made by filling out the form below. The Okefenokee Swamp Park Field Trip/Tour form should be used for both school group reservations and private tours.

We consider school groups to be 12 or more paid students/adults. Advance reservations are required and must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the trip date – the sooner the better. Our peak season is March, April, and May, so reservations may need to be made sooner if you are planning your trip for those times. Your registration is NOT complete until you receive a confirmation packet from us via the email that you use to complete the reservation form.

Reservations can be made 5 days a week from 9AM to 5 PM. You will need the following information when completing the School Field Trip form below:

  • Name of School or Group
  • School’s or Group’s address
  • 2 Contact Phone Numbers
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Choice Preferred Dates
  • Time of Arrival
  • Time of departure
  • Total number of classes or groups (up to 25 individuals per class)
  • Approximate number of students, teachers, & parents/chaperones
  • Transportation type
  • If you will be bringing and eating lunch while at the park.
  • Your selection of Field Trip Options. View the current options here: Field Trip Rotation Descriptions

If chaperones/parents will be attending with your group and wish to participate in the field trip or tour, we must have an accurate count prior to your arrival and their payment should be included with your total payment for the trip. Chaperones who arrive at the park who were not included in the total count may not be able to participate in all field trip activities.

Non-Okefenokee RESA Area Special Rates:

General Admission (everything but Boat Tour ) School Field Trip Rate:

    • Guests ages 12 or older are $15.00+8% Sales Tax
    • Guests ages 11 or under are $14.00+8% Sales Tax

20 Minute Boat Tour Package (includes General Admission ) School Field Trip Rate:

    • Guests ages 12 or older are $19.00+8% Sales Tax
    • Guests ages 11 or under are $18.00+8% Sales Tax

Okefenokee RESAOkefenokee RESA Area Special Rates:

General Admission (everything but Boat Tour ) School Field Trip Rate:

    • Students: $9.00
    • Parents/Adults: $12.00 +8% Sales Tax (if collected and paid for by the teacher)
    • Parents/Adults: $13.00 +8% Sales Tax (if paid individually on the day of the trip)

20 Minute Boat Tour Package ( Includes General Admission ) School Field Trip Rate:

    • Students: $15.00
    • Parents/Adults: $15.00 +8% Sales Tax (if collected and paid for by the teacher)
    • Parents/Adults: $16.00 +8% Sales Tax (if paid individually on the day of the trip)

What do we offer?

General admission includes the walking tour which is done “on your own.“ We have exhibit buildings that show the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the swamp. There are animal habitats and boardwalks. The guided railroad tour will take you 1.5 miles on the edge of the wetlands and stops on Pioneer Island.  You may tour the island, view a re-created homestead and the Wilde’s Cabin Museum. Our “Eye on Nature” program is a live show that allows you to get up close and personal with some of the Okefenokee Swamp Park’s wildlife ambassadors.

The boat package includes all the above and a 20 minute water excursion via a boat. These tours are guided and offer the best way to see our ecosystem in action. The guides will point out various plants and give some history of the swamp.

Water excursion availability depends on water level and guide availability.

Simple Guidelines:

If you are bringing a school group or a group of children, we require one chaperon per ten children. Those chaperones will be complimentary. Any chaperones who attend that are not complimentary will need to give their field trip/tour fee to the group leader or organizer ahead of time to include in the total payment. Chaperones who wait to make their payment until they arrive at the park are not guaranteed to complete all field trip activities. Escort and driver are complimentary. Please allow 3 to 4 hours to see and complete all activities at the park. We will create the schedule for you so you’ll know who needs to be where and when. Once you receive your confirmation letter please read it carefully. If something is not correct, contact us as soon as possible. Should you need to cancel, please allow us at least one day advance notice. Please note that we will be contacting you using the email address that is collected on the Field Trip Reservation Form.

Payment:
We do not require a deposit; however, payment is due on the day you arrive and must be paid with one payment transaction.

Arrival:
It is extremely important that your group arrives at the Okefenokee Swamp Park at least 30 minutes prior to the start time for your field trip. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide your full field trip selections if you are late.

For Georgia Schools:
Tax Exempt Notice: You must pay with a school check and provide a Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption when you come. Failure to do this will result in the 8% being added to your total. You must bring this form EVERY time you come, no exceptions. Parents or others not covered in the one to ten chaperones will have to pay separately and pay tax, unless you include them in the school check. Prices will be given when you set up the visit.

FAQs

Can groups visit the gift shop?2021-07-23T03:08:14-04:00

The park has one gift shop available to guests.  We ask that teachers only allow 25 students at a time and as soon as purchases are made to exit to make room for others.  Prices range from $1.99 and up.

How much time will our group need?2021-07-23T03:07:43-04:00

Depending upon the size of the group, you will need from 4 to 6 hours.

Do you have educational materials for teachers?2021-07-23T03:07:18-04:00

Please contact Katie Antczak at kantczak@okresa.org to arrange access to educational materials.

The school will provide lunch, but where can we eat?2021-07-23T03:06:55-04:00

We have picnic areas, one covered (with restroom facilities available), on a first-come, first-served basis.  We do not charge for these facilities, but ask that you clean up after yourself.

What about feeding the hungry bunch?2021-07-23T03:06:22-04:00

At this time, the only food available at Okefenokee Swamp Park are snacks from vending machines in our Snack Shack or snacks from our Gift Shop. You may arrange to bring your own lunch and eat at our first come, first served picnic tables.

What if it rains?2021-07-23T03:05:20-04:00

Unless there is a severe weather event, all programs will continue as normal. Most of the field trip/tour activities are outdoors, so prepare for the weather. If the weather forecast predicts heavy rain, you may reschedule your trip/tour, but we need at least a 24-hr advanced notice. Sorry – no refunds for weather conditions or insects!

Will we need sunscreen or bug spray?2021-07-23T03:04:56-04:00

Most of the time you will need one or the other, if not both.  Some months like October thru February, you’re safe, but bring them just in case! It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Is admission for chaperones free?2021-07-23T03:04:27-04:00

In order for things to go smoothly for you and the park, we request at least one chaperon per ten children.  We will extend complimentary passes to the one chaperone per ten children.  Chaperons will be with their kids at ALL times (in the park and gift shop) to ensure respectful behavior to our animals and other guests.

Is this tour on our own or will we have a guide?2021-07-23T03:03:50-04:00

How much of your tour or field trip is guided is dependent upon your selections for field trip rotations. For example, if you choose the “Treasures of the Okefenokee” science program, you will have a naturalist or educator with you during the program, but you may have to walk to your next program (Water Excursion, Train Experience, Eye on Nature Show, etc.) on your own. We will take the guess-work out of “where do I need to be and when” by scheduling your group for the rotations that you have selected. It will include times for the gift shop, meals and bathroom breaks.  If you have any special needs we will accommodate you the best way we can.

Can we take a boat excursion?2021-07-23T03:03:18-04:00

Water excursions via boat are dependent upon water levels and guide availability. There are times when we cannot take a large group due to low water which prevents us from taking the maximum number of persons per boat.  Group boat excursion length is approximately 20 minutes.

How do we reserve for our group?2021-07-23T03:02:35-04:00

To reserve your field trip or tour, please fill out the form and refer to the information found here.

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