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Dunwoody Nature Center’s outdoor summer camps are week-long day nature-themed camp experiences for children ages 4-13. Combining traditional day camp fun and sleepaway camp activities, we offer the best of both worlds to kids of all backgrounds. A rotating set of themed camps keeps kids engaged in age-appropriate activities that inspire a love of nature through exciting adventures in the great outdoors. Our small class sizes and emphasis on learning through play make our camps some of the most popular in the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Brookhaven areas. We welcome campers from all around the Atlanta metro area!


We offer a special half-day camp for campers that are four years old, with specialized activities that focus on gross and fine motor skills, socialization, and (most importantly) safe summer fun in Dunwoody Park.

Younger campers in grades K-5 enjoy approachable STEM activities, crafts to practice fine motor skills, and new social interactions as they hike, play, and explore for a full day in 22-acre Dunwoody Park.

Older campers age 9-13 are engaged with advanced activities like canoeing, hiking, and science-based nature surveilling at our full-day Island Ford campus at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area.

Island Ford Camps: for ages 9 - 13


We offer a 10% off discount on all our Summer Camp offerings for Dunwoody Nature Center members. There’s a reason most camp families have a membership – in many situations, being a member pays for itself within a few weeks of camp! We highly encourage you to evaluate our membership options and see what works best for you and your family.

Member discount code: member24

Memberships will be verified after registration.

Join or Renew today!


If you have any questions that are not covered in the camp descriptions, Fast Facts, FAQs, or our Policies & Procedures, please email or call us during normal business hours. We will be happy to answer any questions related to our Dunwoody camps.


Half Day CampHalf Day Camp

$ 234

  • Members receive 10% off!
  • For Age 4
  • 9:30AM – 1:00PM

Half Day program for 4-year-old children operates under the Bright From the Start exemption category #6 which states: Nursery schools, playschools, kindergartens, or other educational programs for children two (2) years through six (6) years of age that operate for no more than four (4) consecutive hours per day.

Full Day CampFull Day Camp

$ 356

  • Members receive 10% off!
  • For Rising K-5th Graders
  • 9:30AM – 3:30PM
  • Early drop-off and Adventure Club late pickup are available

Full-day program for 5-year-old and older children operates under Bright From the Start exemption category #7 which states: Day camp programs for children five (5) years and older that are operated between school terms, whose primary purposes is to provide organized recreational, religious, or instructional activities. The day camp programs may operate during summer and other school breaks and shall operate for no more than twelve (12) hours per day.

Extended Day PricingExtended Day

$ 99

Per MonthEarly Bird drop-off beginning as early as 8:00AM $65 for 5 days, available for full-day campers only
Adventure Club late pick up until 6:00PM  $110 for 5 days, available for full-day campers only

  • Members receive 10% off!
  • May 28 – 31 (4 Day Camp): Early Bird $52 | Adventure Club $88
  • July 1 – 3 (3 Day Camp): Early Bird $39 | Adventure Club $66

Join or renew today to get discounts on camp registration!

Frequently Asked Questions Policies & Procedures


MAY 28 - 31 | Winging It (Four Day Camp)

Join us as we become ornithologists, mammologists, and entomologists as we study creatures that fly, soar, and zoom through the sky. From birds and bugs to bats and squirrels, if it’s up in the air, we’ll explore all about it! Through interactive games and crafts, campers will learn about unique adaptations that allow these animals to fly. Campers will also learn the obstacles these animals face throughout the seasons. Our campers will be scientists, answering questions like, “How do birds know when to migrate?” or, “Do bats still fly during the winter?”

Camps are prorated for the four day week!

  • Full Day: $285
  • Half Day: $187

JUNE 3 – 7 | Creek Week I

This is a whole week dedicated to the crown jewel of Dunwoody Park, and our campers absolutely love it! During Creek Week, kids get TWO DAYS in Wildcat Creek and water play every day. The campers will learn all there is to know about our creek: What feeds it? Where does it go? Who lives there? What grows near it? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we help preserve this local treasure?  Bring campers prepared to get wet and go home happy!

JUNE 10 – 14 | Incredible Insects

Kids love bugs! They are just plain fun, especially when they can spend a whole week learning about and scouring the park for ladybugs, roly-polys, ants, water striders, and more. Campers will learn how to identify and classify creepy crawlies from insects to spiders. Bugs are very active at the Nature Center during the summer and it is the perfect place to learn all about them while playing games, hiking, or making cool crafts. Kids will explore the world of bugs as they sing about them, move like them, paint them, and even hold them!

JUNE 17 - 21 | Swamp Creatures

Spend the week finding out about the creatures that live in our wetlands at Dunwoody Nature Center, other wetlands around Georgia, and even wetlands around the world! Have you heard of the Okefenokee Swamp? Do you know if alligators, crocodiles, or caimans live there? Are frogs and toads found in the same habitat? Are snakes venomous or poisonous? Through games, experiments, crafts, and exploration, campers will answer these questions and learn all about the importance of swamp creatures in our world.

JUNE 24 – 28 | Mad Scientists

Does your camper love to mix things together to see what will happen, or have an innate curiosity about how things work? This is the perfect week of camp for your budding scientists! During the week, we will ask questions, hypothesize, experiment, and analyze as only the Nature Center scientists can. Using nature as the subject, we will begin to make sense of the natural world through hands-on experiments. Nature is full of things that we can better understand… if we think like a scientist!

JULY 1 - 3 | Around the World (Three Day Camp)

Take a journey around the world, exploring the various habitats that exist on our planet! From deserts to rainforests to glaciers, learn how animals survive in these extreme habitats. Your camper will learn fun facts like why snakes in the desert jump instead of slither and how gorillas use rocks as tools to crack nuts. Animals all over the world have developed traits that help them to survive in their particular habitat. Your camper wills step into that habitat and learn to live like these animals do! There is no camp on Thursday, July 4 & Friday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day.

Camps are prorated for the three day week!

  • Full Day: $214
  • Half Day: $140

JULY 8 – 12 | Creek Week II

Because one week of all things creek just isn’t enough! We have a second week of our most popular camp dedicated to the crown jewel of Dunwoody Park. During Creek Week, kids get TWO DAYS in Wildcat Creek and water play every day. The campers will learn all there is to know about our creek: What feeds it? Where does it go? Who lives there? What grows near it? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we help preserve this local treasure? Bring campers prepared to get wet and go home happy!

JULY 15 – 19 | Reptiles Rock!

If it has scales, a shell, or slithers, it’s fair game this week as your camper is immersed in all things reptile! Through nature exploration, games, and crafts, campers will leave no stone unturned while learning about our cold-blooded friends. Our creek and wetlands are the perfect place to begin to understand what makes reptiles so interesting. Shh… if we’re quiet, we’ll probably see some of our cold-blooded friends as they bask in the sun. search for food, or swim in Wildcat Creek!

JULY 22 – 26 | Deep Down Underground

There is an amazing habitat right under our feet! The animals that live underground have fantastic adaptations that help them survive in the dirt. Do worms have eyes? What is the difference between a burrow and a tunnel? Have your ever been spelunking? Caves can be very small and narrow to vast underground spaces that are over 600 feet high! This week, we will have so much fun learning all about the animals and spaces deep down underground.

JULY 29 – August 2 | Creek Week III

Because two weeks in the creek just isn’t enough! We’ve added a third week of our most popular camp dedicated to the crown jewel of Dunwoody Park. During Creek Week, kids get TWO days in Wildcat Creek and water play every day. The campers will learn all there is to know about our creek: what feeds it? Where does it go? Who lives in there? What grows near it? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we help preserve this local treasure? Bring campers prepared to get wet and go home happy!

August 5 – 9 | Animal Superpowers

What makes superheroes so amazing? Their super powers! Campers will love learning about the superpowers and abilities of animals. Did you know bears can smell scents from up to 20 miles away? Did you know a hummingbird can fly 30 mph? Also, did you know that a snake can sense heat with pits around its nose and mouth? We will learn all about the super cool things animals can do to help them survive in the wild!

August 12 – 16 | Habitat Hunt | No Full Day Camp

This camp is for four year old campers only! Dunwoody Park is home to four distinct habitats each with its own animal and plant life. Campers will turn into explorers discovering the ins and outs of these four habitats! Your camper will figure out where the birds, snakes, turtles, and deer live in our park. Through scavenger hunts and games, the campers will cover all of our 22 acres, truly understanding the similarities and difference between the plants and animals in the creek, wetland, hardwood forest, and meadow habitats.

August 19 – 23 | Buzz and Flutter | No Full Day Camp

This camp is for four year old campers only! Nothing captures the attention of our youngest campers more than finding a really cool bug or watching a beautiful butterfly flutter through our pollinator garden. The bugs and butterflies are hopping at the Nature Center during the summer, and we love to show them off! Your camper will explore and discover the world of bugs and butterflies as they play games, take hikes, and make cool crafts.


Can I add a membership on February 1 when I register?

You must add a membership on our website, it will NOT be available on the camp registration system.

How do you know if I am a member or not when I register? Do I need to put in a member number?

We will check memberships as we process registrations. There is no member number. If you are not a member and attempt to register during the members-only time frame, your registration will be canceled.

What if I need to cancel camp?

Our cancellation policy is after your registration is processed, we offer an 80% refund if the start of camp is two weeks or more away from your cancel date; if it is within two weeks of the camp start date, there is no refund.

Can I transfer to another camp instead of cancelling?

You may transfer to another Dunwoody camp week with no penalty if we have space available in the week you would like.

My child is a rising kindergartner but is four years old. Can he still come to full day camp?

No. For our full-day option, your child needs to be five years old by the date of the camp you are registering for.

My child is five or older, can they attend a half day camp?

No. Our half-day camp is for four-year-olds only.

Can I add before care or after care later on in the summer, after I am registered?

Yes, as long as there is still space available. Before and after-care classes are capped at 25 campers per week.

Will I be able to prorate before and after care?

Yes, if there is still space available you will be able to prorate before-care and after-care the week of the camp. We will not know if there is space available until the week of camp.

I forgot my password to my Sawyer account, can you help me?

Your email address is your user name and then you will need to reset your password on the Sawyer login.

When will I find out more information about what my child needs to bring to camp?

You will receive an email from the camp director one week prior to your camp starting. You may also find the information below, in the general camp FAQs.

My child wants to be with their friend/sibling during camp, is it possible to have them in the same class?

We do have a buddy request during the registration process. If they are within a few months of the same age it is usually not a problem. But if there is a bigger age difference we will put the older child in the younger child’s class. We do our best to honor your request.

Is there before and after care at Island Ford?

No, we do not offer before and after care at Island Ford. The day runs from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

I have a child at Dunwoody Nature Center and a child at Island Ford this summer. How do I handle the drop off and pick up?

You will need to drop the child off at Island Ford first and then bring the DNC child afterward. When you pick up, you will need to get the DNC child first and then pick up the Island Ford child.

How does the waitlist work?

When a spot becomes available, we will notify all persons on that waitlist by email that there is a spot available. The first one to log into their account and register for the spot will get it. You will not be automatically moved into the camp class.


What will my child be doing during the day?

Our campers spend the camp day participating in specific camp-themed nature activities, both inside and outside. They’ll play games, make crafts, do experiments, hike on the trails, and play on the playground.

Each camp has one Creek Day, where there are several water-themed activities planned and campers are allowed to play and explore in the creek. For the creek-themed camps, there are two planned Creek Days. There will be an email sent with specific instructions for what to bring for Creek Day.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

Campers should dress for the weather, wearing comfortable summertime clothes and closed-toe shoes. Campers will need to bring a snack, a lunch, and a refillable water bottle every day. Please apply sunscreen and bug spray prior to drop off. Please send sunscreen and bug spray if you’d like your child to reapply during the day. There will be an email sent with specific instructions for what to bring for Creek Day.

Who are the camp teachers, and what is the teacher-to-student ratio at camp?

Our summer camp teachers are either trained naturalists or formal school teachers. All of our summer camp teachers are First Aid and CPR-certified. We have one teacher to ten campers for our half-day camps. We have one teacher to thirteen campers for our full-day camps. All of our camps also have Junior Counselors (teenage assistants).

My child is on the autism spectrum, has ADHD or other behavioral challenges. Can he or she attend camp at the Dunwoody Nature Center?

We find that if your child is in a regular classroom at school without an aide, then they usually do great at our camps. Our teachers are wonderful, but most are not trained in special education. If your child requires a special education classroom or teacher, then camps at the Dunwoody Nature Center might not be a good fit.

Do you have extended care options?

Yes, we will have a limited number of spots available for our Early Bird (from 8:00 AM) and/or late care (Adventure Club, latest pickup at 6:00 PM). These extended care options incur an additional charge; please see our Fast Facts at the top of the page for current rates.

What happens if my child is sick/injured at camp?

Please monitor your child’s health from home. Please do not send your child to camp if any persons in the home are sick.

If your child is sick at camp, we will separate them from the group and give you a call or the emergency contact you provide. You will need to come and pick up the child as soon as possible. No refunds will be given due to illness.

Do you require face masks?

We are no longer requiring masks for campers or staff while inside or outside. If you wish for your child to wear a mask, please be sure to send them to camp with one.

How do I get a receipt or statement for my childcare spending account?

All receipts will be available on your Sawyer account page.  If you need your receipts from 2022, you can login to your CamperReg account here. Your statements will be available for download.


Registration & Payment Policies

Registration is online only; we accept Debit and Credit (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover). Membership will be verified at the time your registration is processed.

Refund & Transfer Policies

If you cancel more than two weeks prior to your camp start date, 80% of your registration fee will be refunded to the card you registered with. Inside of two weeks (and during the camp), no refunds will be issued for any reason.

Alternately, your registration fee can be transferred to another camp week during Summer 2023 that has open spots remaining. Your registration fee cannot be transferred to any other school break camp sessions in 2023 or to Summer Camp 2024. You may also choose to donate your camp fee to the Nature Center for a tax-deductible donation.

All registration changes (including cancelations) must be requested in writing via email to No phone calls, please.

Behavior Policy

The Dunwoody Nature Center’s goal is for every camper to have the opportunity to have fun and discover their strengths. In order to do this, every child must feel safe at camp. Please review the Behavior Policy with your child before arriving at camp, as this is what helps us ensure everybody’s safety and the quality of our programs. Download the Behavior Policy here.

How do I get a receipt or statement for my childcare spending account?

All receipts will be available on your Sawyer account page.


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