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Be an Ecologist for a Day!

The Outreach Program at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory launched its popular "Ecologist for a Day" in the fall of 1995. Groups of elementary, middle and high school students visit the SREL Conference Center near Aiken, S.C., during the school year for a day-long program of hands-on environmental education activities, both outside and in. Teachers also learn how to create outdoor classroom stations on or near their campuses.

The goal of "Ecologist for a Day" is to enhance environmental awareness and appreciation for elementary, middle, and high school age students and encourage them to consider careers in the sciences.

"Ecologist for a Day" Field Guide [Download PDF (5.07MB)]

   >Ecologist for a Day Photo Album


  • Primarily on Mondays and Fridays throughout the school year.
  • Group limit: 30 students, plus chaperones and teacher(s)
  • Wear clothing and footwear suitable for walking on trails in woods.
  • Consider the weather forecast, in case a coat or rain jacket is needed.
  • Usual hours 9:30am to 1:30pm.
  • Participants will need to bring a sack lunch.
  • Transportation to and from the Conference Center [View map] is the responsibility of the group scheduling the event. [Download map]

To schedule a presentation please contact Sean Poppy at (803) 725-7588 or email poppy(at)

student with gopher tortoise
students retrieving aquatic traps
GSSM student with alligator

The SREL Environmental Outreach Program is supported by:

University of Georgia       National       Department of Energy