Schedule a program with Fernbank Science Center (DCSD Teachers Only)

Fernbank Science Center programs are designed to supplement and enrich the classroom curriculum of the DeKalb County School District. Choose from the links below to see the programs offered this semester. Click on the program name to see the program description, the relevant standards, vocabulary, any special notes, textbook pages, and pre/post- activities. Each school has a single Fernbank representative, who is responsible for making an online programming request each semester for the entire school. Provide your representative your request for this semester’s programs. During the scheduling window online request forms will be processed according to a randomized scheduling order, created for all schools each first semester. (The same list will be applied in reverse order in second semester.) Once all these forms are processed, online request forms completed after the scheduling window will be processed in the order received. Your representative’s online form provides us a prioritized list of requests. Our goal is to give each elementary school two outreach programs per semester, this may take multiple visits for schools with more than 5 classes at a grade level. For middle and high schools the number of outreaches is a function of availability and the enrollment size of the school.
- Elementary 
- Middle 
- High
All Fernbank Science Center programming is provided free of charge to DCSD schools. This year Fernbank Science Center will be covering the cost of transportation for Fernbank programming. Schools are responsible for obtaining buses through the normal procedure. After the trip has been completed, the school will receive an invoice from transportation for the trips to Fernbank. Upon receiving the invoice, it should be forwarded to Fernbank Science Center for payment.
Outreach Programs: Outreach programs are presented by a Fernbank Science Center instructor in your local school. The Fernbank instructor will be available to come to the school for the entire day (with a few exceptions, as noted). 

Single Visit Programs: These programs are presented at Fernbank Science Center or another teaching site away from the local school. You will need to obtain a bus for these programs.


Elementary Programs

Middle School Programs

High School Programs


The programs listed in this brochure are designed to supplement instruction you have planned for your classroom.  We encourage you to include them in your daily lesson plans.

Preparing for the program:

  1. Review the program description carefully. Each program description includes standards for the program which are aligned to the Science Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The program description also includes the appropriate vocabulary for the lesson and some suggested pre-visit activities.
  2. If your school requires permission slips, make sure these have been properly submitted.
  3. If your program is outdoors, remind students the day before the program to dress appropriately.

After the program:

  1. Most programs include follow-up activities that you can incorporate into your lesson plans.
  2. We may give or send you a form to evaluate the program.  We appreciate your taking time to do this.