For Teachers

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The Watson-Brown Foundation offers a myriad of grade - appropriate programs in history and environmental science tailored to Georgia's Performance Standards in Education as well as National Education Standards.

Field trips and activities are free for educational groups; this includes (but is not limited to) public schools, private schools, and home school consortiums, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups.

Please note, we are a small staff and for groups of more than 40 students, or more than 2 classes, we MAY require a teacher or chaperone to lead at least one activity.

Groups are required to have at least 1 chaperone per 10 children for the duration of their visit.

Confirmation of all program plans, including the number of attending students, will be required no less than 5 days in advance of your visit. Thank you for your cooperation.


Booking a Field Trip: To schedule an educational program, or for additional information regarding our Educational Endeavors, please contact:

Ms. Franke Smith
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 706- 595-7777
Fax: 706-595-7177

*********An Important Note about Field Trip Locations******

Please note that we have 2 sites we utilize for field trips. For all Civil War programs, Butterfly programs, Day of the Dead, and many ecology programs the trip will be held in the Monroe Kimbrel Gardens at 310 Tom Watson Way, Thomson. For Progressive Era, Hickory Hill, and some ecology programs the trip will be held at Hickory Hill. Review your communications with the Education Staff to ensure you are clear on where you will be hosted.

We will only host programs at 1 campus per field trip. You are always welcome to come back! 



Our sites do not have food service or vending/soda machines.  



Download the Program Guide


Outreach for Public Schools


Hickory Hill recognizes that time doesn't always permit your classes to visit us, so we can come to you!  Outreach programs are free and aligned to Georgia Performance Standards. 


Download the Outreach Program Menu



Home School Mondays


To help our home school families and co-ops schedule grade-level appropriate field trips we have created Home School Mondays.  These programs, offered in conjunction with the McDuffie Environmental Education Center, will take place on pre-set days throughout the Academic Year.  There will be programs for younger students and for older students running simultaneously.  Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate supplies are prepared. 


2015-2016 Home School Mondays -- Registration has closed for this school year



Please contact Franke Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. 


Home School Mondays Registration Form (required)


Homeschool Monday



Educator Workshops 


Georgia is presently re-vamping their Educator Certification requirements, so Hickory Hill will not be offering in-house teacher training until that is complete.  Schools and districts may request inservice workshops for their teachers.  Contact Michelle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. 


Pay for a Teacher Workshop with a credit card securely on Paypal, or print the Registration Form and mail with a check/money order. 



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502 Hickory Hill Drive | Thomson, Ga 30824
706-595-7777 | 706-595-7177 fax | [email protected]