Outdoor Educational Programs With Dauset Trails!

About Dauset Trails

Dauset Trails is “Middle Georgia’s best kept secret “. In 1977, Dauset Trails was materialized as a nature center with respects to native wildlife and flora. Mr. Hampton Daughtry once roamed the land that now is called Dauset Trails. Mr. Hampton Daughtry and his lifelong friend, Mr. Settle had always dreamed of a facility that preserved the future. The dream was made a realization in 1977. That is how the name Dauset was originated Daughtry + Settle = Dau Set.

Dauset Trails is a non-profit, privately owned nature center located in Jackson, Georgia. Dauset Trails is home to many native mammals, birds of prey, reptiles, farm animals, trails and more.


Note: We are currently not conducting outreach (off-site) programming.

Dauset Trails has many educational opportunities for schools, scouts, churches, and other groups. Programs are currently free of charge. Programs are held on weekdays by reservation only.

A program consists of schools/groups touring the animals at Dauset Trails with a guide.

The guided tour includes two 50-minute programs and the use of Pavilion 1 for a picnic lunch.

Groups are welcome to visit without a guided tour. Please call to let us know when you would like to visit. If your group is self-guided, please park buses in the left side overflow field. There are picnic tables along the fence at the edge of the woods. Thank you.

To book a reservation, call 770-775-6798.

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No parking or admission fees at Dauset Trails. Donations are welcome.

  • Programs are geared towards Kindergarten -8th grade.

  • Pre K classes are welcome to visit as a self-guided group. Please call to let us know when you plan to visit.

  • Programs comply with Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and the Next Generation Science Standard.

  • 15 students minimum/60 students maximum

Our Programs and Descriptions
Choose 2 from below:

Mammals and Birds of Prey

Students will observe and understand

  • Mammals and Birds of Prey native to Georgia

  • Regions of Georgia and wildlife/plants that inhabit the area

  • An organism and why they have adaptations, habitats and life cycles

  • What is a food chain?

  • conservation


Students will observe and learn

  • Reptiles native to Georgia

  • Alligators, turtles, tortoises, and lizards

  • Similarities/differences in reptiles

  • Characteristics of reptiles

  • Venomous/non-venomous

Barnyard Experience

Students will learn

  • Importance of a working farm

  • Observe animals that are beneficial to a working Farm

  • Natural history and inventions that provided advancement in farming


Held at Acorn Forge Blacksmith Shop (at Barnyard)

Students will:

  • Learn about the exciting art of hand-crafted metal working of long ago

  • Experience live demonstrations by experienced blacksmiths working at a hot coal-fired forge using anvils, various tools, and old-fashioned know-how


Students will learn

  • Basic orienteering skills, how to pace, use a compass and follow bearings while pacing distances

  • How to apply the above information to reading maps


Students will hike the Tree ID trail to learn about

  • Common trees found in Georgia

  • Identify and classify trees

  • Identify trees/seasons by observing the change in the leaves

  • Importance of natural resources used by wildlife and people

Trail Talk is important and useful information about wildlife and nature.

Visit the Farm Animals after your program!

Here are some drawings sent to us by excited students after visiting Dauset Trails.

alligator, by Mark Thompson, Grade 2, age 7
lizard, frog, turtle cage, by Jordan Cannon, age 9
feeding the fish, by Kayla Fogg, age 9
I like the snakes, by Ashley Carter, age 8
beaver, by Katie Wall
alligator, by G. Clay, Kindergarten

Send us your favorite drawings of Dauset Trails and we will post them on this page!