Who knew Atlanta and its surrounding areas had so many opportunities for Chesnut Changers to delve deep into their eco-friendliness and future as urban farmers? If you’re still looking to schedule some camp time for your kids, you may be interested in:
Go to the Atlanta History Center (130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305-1366) to roll up your sleeves and learn how to fill your belly with groceries you grow yourself. Become an urban farmer and soak in soil preparation, build a worm bed, find out what to plant when and where, recognize good bugs and bad bugs, and even learn how to preserve and prepare all the goodies you grow.
Dunwoody Nature Center Summer Camps, June – August, 5 days, Ages: Half Day Camp for ages 3&4 – 9:30 – 12:30, $160; Full Day Camp for Rising K-5 – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, $250
At the Dunwoody Nature Center (5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody 30338) we feature 22 acres and four distinct habitats that allow our campers to explore nature in a structured environment. By combining play and learning, children are able to grow and develop at their own pace and better understand how they are a part of the larger world.
Camp Kingfisher Summer Camps at Chattahoochee Nature Center, May 28 – August 9, Ages: K-7, 9 am – 4 pm, 1-week session – $410, 2-week session – $770
At Camp Kingfisher campers are grouped according to their grade level. Daily programming is designed to specifically meet the needs, interest and developmental level of your child. Each age group is named for one of the four native owl species in Georgia represented at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
Edgewood Community Learning Garden Summer Camps, June 10-14, 17-21, and 24-28, Ages 5-11, 9 am – 2:30 pm, $220
This year’s summer camp (at ECLG, 1503 Hardee Street, Atlanta, 30307) will provide an intensive and creative learning experience centered around urban agriculture. Ages 5-11 are welcome and session sizes are capped at 15 to ensure all children receive maximum interaction during activities that range from planting seeds and harvesting vegetables, to creating art and garden ornaments. Special activities will include learning about the secret life of bees and chickens for the younger kids and opportunity to make fresh cheese from local milk and candles from bee’s wax for older children. Local Master Gardener’s, Chefs, and urban agricultural experts will teach children a variety of topics to include gardening basics, cooking with vegetables, and environmental awareness.
Truly Living Well Summer Camps, June 3 – August 2, 2-week programs, Ages 6-14, 8 am – 5:30 pm, $375
Truly Living Well’s Summer Camp (TLW’s Wheat Street Gardens, 75 Hilliard Street, NE, downtown Atlanta, GA) is a place where dirt rocks and compost cooks! Children who attend Truly Living Well Summer Camp have a unique opportunity to connect with the land, experience the wonders of the garden, and become good environmental stewards at Atlanta’s premiere urban farm, Wheat Street Garden. In a two-week camp session, children 6 – 14 years of age engage in a wide range of farm related activities, including garden bed design and installation, scavenger hunts, hands-on experiments, crafting with nature, taking care of chickens, and swimming. In addition to our nature based program, children are introduced to healthy food choices through daily plant-based lunches, incorporating freshly harvested produce from the farm that children pick themselves! Research indicates that children are more likely to make healthy food choices when they are involved in growing and preparing the food. Professional chef demonstrations and kid-friendly meal preparation each week, ignite the imagination and entice the palate for nutritious foods. Combined with healthy food consumption and plenty of exercise, TLW’s camp experience has far reaching benefits that help children to eat and live better.
Green Explorers’ Environmental Day Camp, June 17-21, Ages: Rising 4th and 5th Graders, $100
Explore the outdoors at Fort Valley State University (2 hours south of Atlanta), farms and other local environmental field trips. Campers bring their own lunch, daily snacks are provided. For more information contact Sarah Brodd, DeKalb Cooperative Extension, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 200, Decatur, 30032, 404-298-4080, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ugaextension.com/dekalb.
Turning Sun School (2676 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, 30329) Farm to School Camp provides experiential opportunities for children through gardening/harvesting, composting and working with worms, and guerrilla farming (seed throws). Children begin forming food preferences as young as three. Our taste tests – either fresh from the garden or foods made with our harvest – encourage children to think critically about the food we eat and introduces them to the process of seed to plate. Children create their own recipes, perform taste tests and more. A sense of community is established through growing, sharing, and coming together to eat food.
Lifestyle Education – Preserving Fruits and Vegetable, June 22 – 10am-12pm
This event is held at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia, 30038). Participate in lively and enlightening discussions about diet, nourishing foods, and disease prevention with Jessica Hill, DeKalb County Extension Coordinator. Gather at the Nature Center. Questions? Call the Nature Center at 770-492-5220 or email email@example.com.
Eco-explorers Day Camp, June 17-21, July 8-12 and July 15-19, 9am to 12pm, Ages: 4 -7, $175. During the week, your children will:
- Explore different habitats found at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve (4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 30342) through games and activities
- Discover the marvelous animals that make their home in Atlanta through observation and hands-on interaction
- Develop their creative expression through the creation of art through nature
- Have the time of their lives as they go hike, dig and play in nature, in a safe and enriching environment