SUMMER CAMP 2022

30 years. 22 acres. One amazing summer camp!

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CAMP INFORMATION

Summer Camp 2022 Fast Facts

Half Day CampFull Day Camp

For Age 4

For Rising K-5th Graders

9:30AM - 1:00PM

9:30AM - 3:30PM

Price Per Week**: $190 members / $225 non-members

Price Per Week***: $280 members / $315 non-members

Early drop-off available

Early drop-off and Adventure Club late pickup available

Early Bird drop off beginning as early as 8:00am $45 for 5 days, available for all campers
Adventure Club late pick up until 6:00pm  $70 for 5 days, available for grades K-5th only

**Four-Day Week (Half Day) – Members: $150, Non-Members: $180
***Four-Day Week (Full Day) – Members: $225, Non-Members: $252

Not a member? Join or renew today to get discounts on camp registration!

SUMMER CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

FOR AGES 4 AND GRADES K-5TH AT DUNWOODY PARK

(LOOKING FOR ISLAND FORD CAMPS FOR AGES 9-13? CLICK HERE!)

May 23 - 27 | Early Creek Week

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we are sneaking one extra week of creek time into the summer! Wildcat Creek is 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 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!

May 31 - June 3 | Winging It! (4-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?”

Winging It Summer Camp 2022

June 6-10 | 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 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!

June 13-17 | 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 20-24 | Mad Scientists

Does your camper love to mix things together to see what will happen, or have an innate curiosity about how things work? Then, this is the perfect camp for your budding scientist! During the week, we will ask questions, hypothesize, experiment, and analyze as only the Nature Center can. We will start to make sense of the natural world through hands-on activities. Nature, in all its abstract beauty, is full of things that we can better understand – if we think like a scientist!

June 27 - July 1 | Buggin' Out

Kids love bugs! They are just plain fun, especially when campers spend a whole week learning about and scouring Dunwoody Park for ladybugs, roly polies, ants, water striders, and more. Campers will learn how to identify and classify creepy crawlies, including insects and 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, and making cool crafts. Kids will explore the world of bugs as they sing about them, move like them, paint them, and even hold them!

July 5-8 | Marvelous Mammals (4-day camp**)

Mammals are furry and fantastic! We’ll explore wonderful mammals found right here in Georgia. Squirrels, foxes, bears, beavers, otters, opossums, deer, rabbits and bats – oh my! Some of these animals even make Dunwoody Park their home. We will play games, make crafts and explore their habitat – as fellow mammals.

July 11-15 | Creek Week II

Because one week in the creek just isn’t enough! We’ve added 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 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!

NEW! July 11-15 | Nocturnal Nature Twilight Camp

Do you ever wonder what happens in nature at night? Which owl is making that hooting sound? What animals are scurrying in the oak tree? What creature made those tracks by the creek? Join us during this week as we uncover the mysteries of the night. We’ll explore the park at twilight and discover what animals do as day turns into night. Nocturnal and crepuscular animals have some surprising adaptations allowing them to survive as the light fades. Through games and hands-on activities, we will simulate these animals and truly understand how it feels to be a creature of the night.
This camp is from 4:00-8:00pm. You cannot also be enrolled in Creek Week II and attend this camp.

July 18-22 | 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. Sshhh… 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 25-29 | Kid-izen Science | New Theme!

Did you know that kids of all ages can contribute to scientific studies by observing nature? This week, we will teach campers that by counting birds, butterflies, frogs, fireflies and caterpillars, we are being field biologists and contributing to our shared scientific knowledge! We will learn all about plants and animals that live in Georgia while learning about and participating in scientific data collection – Kid-izen Science!

August 1-5* | Fantastic Five - Exploring the Five Senses

Animals use their senses just as much as we do, but sometimes they use them in a unique way. Did you know butterflies smell with their antennae and taste with their feet? Many animals also have enhanced senses that help them to survive in their habitat. Bats have excellent hearing, snakes have a strong sense of smell, and birds have enhanced vision. What is your best sense? Campers will have lots of fun exploring nature using their senses in ways that are new and different.

*3.5 and 4 year old campers can register for the half-day camp option

August 8-12* | We Dig Dirt

At the Dunwoody Nature Center, we know our campers love digging in the dirt. This week, campers will use their senses and powers of observation to explore the different textures, smells, colors, and size of the different materials that make up dirt. Whether looking for cool rocks, examining shiny minerals, casting fossils, digging for artifacts, or searching for hidden treasures, campers will get their hands dirty as they investigate and explore Dunwoody Park’s (literal) bedrock!

*3.5 and 4 year old campers can register for the half-day camp option

August 15-19* | Buzz and Flutter

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.

*3.5 and 4 year olds can register for the half-day camp option

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

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.

Campers should dress for the weather, wearing comfortable summertime clothes and closed-toe shoes. Campers will need to bring a face mask, 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.

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).

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.

Yes, we will have a limited number of spots available for our Early Bird (from 8:00am) 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.

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. 

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.

You may obtain a statement from your camp registration account. Log in here to your camp registration account and scroll down the main page. You will find a list of the camps you have registered for and download a statement. 

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

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

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 2022 that has open spots remaining. Your registration fee cannot be transferred to any other school break camp sessions in 2022 or to Summer Camp 2023. 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 camp@dunwoodynature.org. No phone calls, please.

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.

If a camper, Junior Counselor, or staff member is found to be positive for COVID-19, we will inform all members of that camp group of potential exposure. Campers, JCs, and staff that were exposed may attend camp as usual as long as they do not exhibit any COVID symptoms. 

Campers, JCs, and staff that tested positive may return once they have a negative COVID-19 test; five (5) days have passed if they are asymptomatic; or have been fever and fever medication-free for seventy-two (72) hours, or other symptoms have improved and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 

We will adjust policies when necessary to follow CDC guidelines for quarantining and other COVID procedures.

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.

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