For Teachers

Hickory Hill Education Map

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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.

Educational 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.


Our sites do not have food service or vending machines.  



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. 

2014-2015 Home School Mondays

     November 3rd, 1:30 - 3:15pm

     December 8th, 1:30 - 3:15pm

     February 16th,  1:30 - 3:15pm

     April 20th,          1:30 - 3:15pm** Note:  this HSM will be at the McDuffie Environmental Education Center 


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 2015


Hickory Hill offers three Educator Workshops throughout the summer.  These are Georgia Department of Education approved, PLU workshops that are highly interactive and include ready-to-teach classroom resources.  Space is limited to 12 participants per class to ensure individualized instruction. 


Get Natural 1 & 2 -- Informational Flyer


Teaching with Primary Sources -- Informational Flyer


Archaeology for Educators -- Informational Flyer



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]