Educational Benefits of Field Trips to Stone Mountain Park

Looking for an educational and fun field trip for your school group? Explore Stone Mountain Park’s attractions on your own with a discounted Attractions Ticket. Standards-based self-guided program packets are available to enhance your visit and include pre- and post-visit activities.

Field trips offer an unparalleled opportunity for hands-on learning, and Stone Mountain Park is no exception. This unique destination provides a wealth of educational benefits, catering to various aspects of the curriculum from history to environmental science. 

One of the park’s highlights is its Self-Guided Tour, accessible through the Stone Mountain Park Historic Pass App. This innovative tool allows students to explore the park at their own pace while learning about its rich history, stunning nature, and cultural significance. With interactive maps and information, students can engage with the past and present of this historic site, making learning both fun and impactful.

Hands-on History & Nature: Engaging Students with America’s Past

Stone Mountain Park is a treasure trove of educational resources that bring America’s past and the beauty of nature to life. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

Native American Festival and Pow Wow

Native American Festival and Pow Wow is an annual event that showcases Native American culture through dance, music, craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, and storytelling. This immersive experience offers students a unique insight into the rich heritage and traditions of Native Americans. For more details and to book a field trip, click here.

Historical & Environmental Education Center 

Historical & Environmental Education Center provides an in-depth look into the local ecology and history of the area. Students can learn about the geology of Stone Mountain, the flora and fauna of the region, and the human history that has shaped this landscape. 

Quarry Exhibit

Stone Mountain Park’s Quarry Exhibit is a testament to the quarrying operation that once thrived here. It offers students a unique perspective on the industrial history of the area, as well as the process of granite quarrying. Discover more at Quarry Exhibit.

Songbird Habitat and Trail

Songbird Habitat and Trail offers a serene environment that not only showcases the park’s natural beauty but also serves as a vital habitat for numerous songbird species. This area provides a hands-on lesson in ecology and conservation efforts. Learn more at Songbird Habitat and Trail.

Guide to Planning Your School Field Trip to Stone Mountain Park

Planning a field trip to Stone Mountain Park is easy and straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure a smooth and educational experience:

  1. Identify Educational Goals: Before the trip, determine what you want your students to learn. Stone Mountain Park offers a wide range of learning opportunities, so aligning your visit with curriculum objectives is key.
  2. Choose Your Attractions: Decide which attractions and exhibits you want to explore. Consider the age and interests of your students, as well as the educational content of each site.
  3. Book Your Trip: Contact Stone Mountain Park to book your field trip. It’s advisable to book well in advance to secure your preferred dates.
  4. Prepare Your Students: Give your students an overview of what to expect and discuss the learning objectives. This can include pre-visit activities or discussions about the history and ecology of the area.
  5. Visit and Explore: On the day of the trip, encourage students to engage with the exhibits and ask questions. Utilize the resources provided by the park, such as the Historic Pass App, to enhance learning.
  6. Post-Visit Reflection: After the trip, facilitate discussions or activities that allow students to reflect on their experiences and what they learned.

FAQs on Stone Mountain Park Field Trips

What are the lunch options for students during the field trip?

Stone Mountain Park offers a variety of dining options that cater to different tastes and dietary needs. From picnic areas where you can enjoy your packed lunches to on-site restaurants and snack bars offering a range of meals and refreshments, there’s something for everyone. For larger groups, it may be possible to arrange catering services in advance. Please check with the park’s group sales team for more information and to discuss any specific dietary requirements.

What are the safety measures in place at Stone Mountain Park for school groups?

Stone Mountain Park prioritizes the safety of all its visitors, especially students on field trips. The park implements comprehensive safety measures including trained security personnel on-site, clearly marked safety signage throughout the park, and strict adherence to health and safety guidelines. Additionally, all staff undergo regular training to handle emergencies. Teachers and chaperones are provided with safety information prior to their visit to ensure that everyone is prepared and aware of how to maintain a safe environment for the students.

How do we handle transportation and parking for school buses?

Stone Mountain Park provides designated parking areas for school buses to ensure that transportation to and from the park is seamless and hassle-free. Upon arrival, buses are directed to a specific drop-off area close to the main attractions to facilitate easy access for students and educators. Parking for school buses is complimentary, but it’s recommended to inform the park about your transportation needs in advance to ensure proper arrangements are made.


Follow these easy steps to book your field trip!

  1. Choose your date!
  2. Contact the Group Sales office by calling 770-498-5636, email us at or fill out a request form.
  3. Pay for your visit! Payment in full must be received at least 21 days in advance of your visit (30 days in advance of the Native American Festival & Pow Wow). Payments can be made by credit card or check! This is an essential step to ensuring your reservation.