Governments of Floyd County and City of Rome, GA


School Programs

We offer a variety of programs tailored to the Georgia Standards for Excellence in Science appropriate for each grade level, as well as programs for college students. Teachers can schedule a visit to the ECO Center with confidence in knowing that the standards for their students will be met in a engaging and hands-on way. We also work with teachers to tailor our programs to focus on certain topics in order to best suit the needs of their class. 

For more information about our programs or to schedule a visit to the ECO Center, please contact Sarah Grimes at 706-622-6435 or via e-mail at

We are now offering topic-specific programs for groups of 20 or less that can be adapted for any age level! 

 "It Skinks!": Learn all about local reptiles and amphibians in a two hour program that is hands on, and interactive with our local wildlife.

 "Water you doing?": Learn about the properties of water, the water cycle, and why water is so important in this activity-filled class. 

 "Wild Wetlands!": Learn all about how wetlands are formed, why they are important, and get a little messy in our wetland! 

 "Lost and Found!": Learn how to use a compass and follow our orienteering course to find treasure! * This course available in May.


Wild Wetlands

Students will explore the ECO Center wetlands to obtain information about Earth and its’ attributes. They will investigate the different non-living materials (soil, rocks, water, and air) that are present in a wetland, describe their differences, and group the elements based on their characteristics and physical attributes. The students will also use this time of exploration to compare and contract characteristics of living and non-living organisms, and will sort different object into groups based on their features. After hands-on exploration in the wetland, students will move into the ECO Center to embark on a scavenger hunt of animals. They will then be challenged to group the different animals based on similar characteristics.

Standards: SKE2 a,b,c / SKL1 a,b / SKL2 a / ELAGSEKSL1-4,6

First Grade

Better than Basic

Through exploration of the ECO Center and our wetlands, students will gain a basic understanding about the needs of plants and animals, and will be able to compare and contract their differences. Students will examine native plants in our wetlands to identify the parts of a plant, and will participate in an activity to cement student comprehension about plant anatomy. Students will also discuss the needs of native animals as they get to see and touch some of our critters. Students will then participate in an activity to address animal needs, see what happens if their basic needs are not met, and provide a solution for how we can help.

Standards: S1L1 a,b,c / ELAGSE1SL1-4,6

Second Grade

 The Cycle of Life

Students will ask questions and discuss the life cycles of common animals that they are familiar with. Students will learn about the life cycles of native animals to Northwest Georgia including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and insects as they get to see and touch some of the animals whose life cycle is discussed. Students will also explore the ECO Center’s Ridge and Valley Garden to discuss the role of animals in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants. Students will actively illustrate many diverse lifecycles through acting out different animal’s lifecycles. 

Standards: S2L1 a,c,d / ELASE2SL1-3

Spare Change

Students will ask questions and observe the areas around the ECO Center to obtain information about major changes to the environment and will communicate what they believe caused those changes. Students will then evaluate the cause and effect that those changes created. Environmental changes can focus on weather, plants, animals, or people. Students will discuss animal impact while observing and touching some of the ECO Center’s animals. Students will also evaluate how environmental use by the Cherokee Indians that once inhabited this area compares to current land use by Georgia’s residents. 

Standards: S2E3 a,b / SS2H2 / SS2G2 b,c,d / ELASE2SL1-3

Third Grade

Home is Where the Habitat Is

Students will be exposed to the different major habitats in Georgia, and then visit several different local habitats around the ECO Center including wetlands, grasslands, forests, rivers and streams. Students will learn about the different flora and fauna in each habitat with a specific focus on Northwest Georgia by observing and touching several of the different ECO Center animals. Student will also discuss animal adaptations for their role in their habitat, and will use evidence to communicate why certain animals can thrive in some habitats but not others. 

Standards: S3L1 a,b,c / ELAGSE3SL1-3

Give it the Boot, Do n' t Pollute

Students will ask questions and obtain information through observation about the effects of pollution and humans on the environment. Students will explore our wetland area to search for sources of human impact and pollution, and will discuss what effects that these have had on the plants and animals in the area. Students will then discuss solutions for these impacts, such as conservation, recycling, vermiculture, etc., and will see what the ECO Center is doing to reduce our human impact.

Standards: S3L2 a,b / ELAGSE3SL1-3

Fourth Grade

Water you up to?

Students will obtain information about the different states of water through class discussion, and observation of the Oostanula River, and will evaluate the flow of energy in water as it changes state. Students will go on “The Incredible Journey” to illustrate the multiple pathways that water can take through the water cycle. 

Standards: S4E3 a,b / ELAGSE4SL1-3

ECO Center, Ecosystem

Students will obtain information about the roles of organisms and the flow of energy in an ecosystem. Students will participate in an activity to describe the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in a community, and will demonstrate the flow of energy through food webs and chains. Students will also be able to evaluate what happens in an ecosystem when plants or animals become scarce, extinct, or overabundant. Students will be able to demonstrate the effects of change on an ecosystem (succession) through an activity.

Standards: S4L1 a,b,c,d / ELAGSE4SL1-3

Fifth Grade

It's Classified

Students will understand how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrates and invertebrates) and how vertebrates are sorted into sub groups. Using animals in and around the ECO Center, students will also learn how observing animal populations can tell us a lot about the health of the environment in the area. Student will also understand how plants are sorted into groups by exploring the ECO Center Garden and wetland area.

Standards: S5L1 a,b / ELAGSE5SL1-4

Sixth Grade

Where's the Water?

Students will investigate the properties of water and how these properties influence earth's water supply. Students will also investigate the distribution of earth's water and how water is recycled through the water cycle. Students will also determine where water is located on the earth, and through a demonstration will obtain information about amount of water tied to each location.

Standards: S6E3 a,b / ELAGSE6SL1-4

Conserve to Preserve

Students will obtain information to learn the types of natural resources, the differences between them, and how they are used in our everyday lives. Students will participate in a variety of activities to evaluate the effects of humans and the impacts of conservation.

Standards: S6E6 a,b / ELAGSE6SL1-4

Seventh Grade

Diversity and Dependance 

Students will obtain information about the diversity of different organisms and will create a model to compare the organisms scientifically. Students will also engage in hands on activities intended to create and understanding of how organisms interact with their ecosystem, and will discuss how individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems are affected by resource availability, climate, and human impact. 

Standards: S7L1 a / S7L4 a,b,c / ELAGSE7SL1-4

High School and College

Our programs for high school students are tailored to the needs of the student, teacher, and class. Our content is applicable to all of the high school Environmental Science standards, as well as some of the Biology standards. We would love to sit down with you and discuss the needs of your class to produce a program tailored for you. College programs involve much more discussion based learning, and can be honed for the needs of the class. In the past we have hosted college programs for EVS, biology, and geology, and we would be happy to do a program for your college class!

Standards: SEV1 / SEV2 / SEV3 / SEV4 / SEV5 / SB5

Roman Holiday Boat Tours

Short river tours may be added to any program. These boat tours provide a unique opportunity for students to experience the rivers of Rome as well as programs at the ECO Center. Full two-hour river tours from Ridge Ferry to Lock and Dam are also available. These tours provide a more in-depth experience of the river. 

 In School Programs

 We also offer in school programs on a limited basis for a small fee. Schools interested in doing in school programs must be within Floyd County.

 For more information about our programs, pricing, or to schedule a visit to the ECO Center, please contact Sarah Grimes at 706-622-6435 or via e-mail at