Summer Camp 2020 Schedule
* All Island Ford camps have been cancelled for Summer 2020.
Register for Camp at the Nature Center Today!
Last year, every one of our camps filled to capacity, so don’t delay! Registration begins February 3 at 6:00am for members, and remaining spots will be available to non-members on February 17. You can become a member during registration to enjoy discounts of up to $35 for each camp your child signs up for, plus numerous other benefits throughout the year.
Not a member? Join or renew today to enjoy discounts on all our camps and classes, and much more!
Be Prepared For Camp
May 26-29: Birds of a Feather
4 Day Camp
Our campers will have a flappin’ great time learning all about birds this week! We have so many birds that call Dunwoody Park their home – owls, crows, hawks, hummingbirds, and several songbirds. Join us as we discover how these birds build nests, find food, and defend their territory in our park. Campers will create feathery works of art, flap around our trails, and fly along the creek searching high and low for our feathered friends.
June 1-5: Creek Week I
Registration is FULL for both Full Day and Half Day
Our campers absolutely love Wildcat Creek! During creek week kids get an extra day in the creek and water play every day. This is a whole week dedicated to the crown jewel of Dunwoody Park. 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 to preserve this local treasure? Bring them prepared to get wet and go home happy!
June 8-12: Incredible Insects
5 Day Camp
Kids love bugs, they are just plain fun! Your camper will spend the week scouring Dunwoody Park for ladybugs, roly-polys, ants, water striders and more. Campers will identify and classify creepy crawlies from insects to spiders. Bugs are very active during the summer and Dunwoody Park 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, and paint them!
June 15-19: Mad Scientists
5 Day Camp
Does your camper love to mix things together to see what will happen or have a budding curiosity about how things work? Then this is the perfect camp for your scientist! All week, we will ask questions, hypothesize, experiment, and analyze, as only the Nature Center can. Using nature as the subject, we will begin 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 22-26: Around the World
5 Day Camp
Take a journey around the world, exploring the various habitats that exist on our planet. From deserts to rain forests 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 will step into that habitat and learn to live like these animals do.
June 29 - July 1: Native American Myths, Legend, and Lore
3 Day Camp
Native Americans successfully lived and continue to live off the land to survive. They use the same materials found in our park and even in your own backyard to hunt, eat and play. Our campers will turn into “tribe” members exploring Native Americans traditions and village life. They will learn foraging skills and how to make a fire. Native American also used sports and games to prepare for battle so our campers will play some of these games too!
July 6-10: Creek Week II
5 Day Camp
Because one week in the creek just isn’t enough, we’ve added a second week of our most popular camp – Creek Week! During creek week kids get an extra day in the creek and water play every day. This is a whole week dedicated to the crown jewel of Dunwoody Park. 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 to preserve this local treasure? Bring them prepared to get wet and go home happy!
July 13-17: Reptiles Rock!
5 Day Camp
If it has scales, a shell, or slithers it will be 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 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 these scaly critters as they bask in the sun, search for food, or swim in Wildcat Creek.
July 20-24: Wonderful Wetlands
5 Day Camp
Come and spend a week with us to find out why water is so essential for plants, animals, and even our survival. We will study with it, experiment with it, get wet with it, and even see how far it flies. We will explore our wetlands and Wildcat Creek, and also discuss wetlands all over the world. We will follow water on its journey from wetlands to rivers to oceans and even to the clouds. Through games, experiments, crafts, and exploration, campers will learn all about the importance of water in our world.
July 27-31: Fantastic 5- Exploring the 5 Senses
5 Day Camp
You have five senses that work together to let you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around you. Animals use their senses just as much as we do. Sometimes, though, they use them in a unique way. Did you know butterflies smell with their antennae and taste with their feet? Is that how you smell and taste? Campers will have lots of fun exploring nature using our senses in ways that are new and different. 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 strong vision. What is your best sense?
August 3-7: Where the Wild Things Are
In August Only: Half Day Camp For Campers Ages 3 ½ And 4 Years Old
Are they swimming in Wildcat Creek? Are they buried under ground? Or are they hiding at the top of the Magnolia tree? Come explore as we discover where the animals of the nature center spend their time. We have four distinct habitats at the park each with unique animals and plants. Let’s travel to each one and see if we can find the wild things!
August 10-13: Buzz and Flutter
In August Only: Half Day Camp For Campers Ages 3 ½ And 4 Years Old
Kids love bugs and butterflies! 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.
2020 Camps: Fast Facts
|Half Day Camp||Full Day Camp|
|For Age 4||For Rising K-5|
|From 9:30AM - 1:00PM||From 9:30AM - 3:30PM|
|Members: $175 (5 Days)||Members: $260 (5 Days)|
|Non-Members: $210 (5 Days)||Non-Members: $295 (5 Days)|
Early Bird drop off beginning as early as 8:00am $40 per camper per week, available for all campers
After Care late pick up until 6:00pm $60 per camper per week, available for Kdg-5th grade only
* 4 day Camp: half-day $140 members and$165 non-members; full-day $210 members and $240 non-members
* 3 day Camp: half-day $105 members and $125 non-members; full day $155 members and $180 non-members
FAQ: COVID-19 RESPONSE
Most frequent questions and answers regarding camp modifications in response to COVID-19
Yes, the schedule for our Dunwoody Nature Center campus Full Day camp program will proceed as outlined in our camp brochure*.
At this time, we are waiting for an update from the National Park Service at Island Ford to determine if we can hold camp at that location. Please check back for updates.
*One change in the DNC camp brochure is as follows: Native American Myths, Legends & Lore will be a 3-day camp held June 29-July 1.
Yes, we will have a limited number of spots available for our Early Bird (8:00a-9:15a) and late care (Adventure Club, latest pickup @ 6:00p). We will only have 18 spaces each per week due to class size limitations.
No, due to new health guidelines we are limiting the number of people in the camp buildings. All drop off and pick up will be carpool only and the parents/guardians will need to stay in their vehicles.
Yes, temperatures will be taken by an infrared thermometer each day at drop off and pick up. If campers, Junior Counselors, or staff exhibit the symptoms associated with COVID-19 (chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell) they will be dismissed from attending camp until they have had a negative COVID-19 test or have been fever and fever mediation free for seventy-two (72) hours, or other symptoms have improved and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Campers will get hand sanitizer when they are dropped off at camp. They will wash their hands before snacks and lunch and after restroom breaks. A hand sanitizer station will be set up in each camp classroom and campers will be directed to use it regularly. Campers will wear a wristband each day that teachers will mark each time the camper washes their hands as a visual record.
Each classroom will have EPA-approved disinfectant spray and paper towels for cleaning surfaces during the camp day, between activities and at the end of the day. Bathrooms will be cleaned after every group uses it.
Yes, while indoors. Camp families will be asked to send a labelled cloth face covering (covers your child’s nose and mouth) each day to camp to be worn while indoors in the classroom. Staff and Junior Counselors will be asked to do the same. While outdoors, mask wearing will not be required.
Camp classes will remain separated from other classes at all times. Classes will be kept to 20 people or less including staff and Junior Counselors. It is understood that maintaining a social distance of 6 feet apart in a classroom setting is not possible and will not be enforced. Mask wearing and increased hygiene practices will help ensure camper safety in these closer proximity settings.
Where possible, equipment, supplies and other items will not be shared between campers. Campers will be encouraged to bring a labelled container with a few art supplies with them to camp (pencil, crayons, markers, kid scissors and glue stick). We will have extra kits to be borrowed by your camper if needed for the week. If equipment such as toys or games are shared amongst campers, they will be sanitized before another camp group uses them.
Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are altering our refund policy. Beginning 5/14/2020, any cancellations requested at least 1 week prior to the camp session start date will be refunded minus the administration and credit card processing fees. This will equate to a 93% refund of your total registration fee. All cancellations must be requested in writing via email (Camp@dunwoodynature.org), no phone calls please.
Your registration fee can be transferred to another camp week during Summer 2020 that has open spots remaining. Your registration fee cannot be transferred to any other school break camp sessions in 2020 or to Summer Camp 2021. You may also choose to donate your camp fee to the nature center for a tax deductible donation.
Your child will be separated from the group until a parent/guardian can pick them up from camp. They will be supervised by an adult from 6 feet apart. They will not be permitted to return to camp until they have either had a negative COVID-19 test or have been fever and fever medication free for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Most frequent questions and answers
PAYMENT: Registration is online only; we accept Debit and Credit, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.
CANCELLATIONS: Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are altering our refund policy. Beginning 5/14/2020, any cancellations requested at least 1 week prior to the camp session start date will be refunded minus the administration and credit card processing fees. This will equate to a 93% refund of your total registration fee. All cancellations must be requested in writing via email (Camp@dunwoodynature.org), no phone calls please.
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 following policies 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.
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. Campers will need to bring a snack, lunch and refillable water bottle every day. Please apply sunscreen and bug spray prior to drop off. Please include a note indicating if you want the teacher to reapply sunscreen and bug spray. Campers should dress for the weather wearing comfortable summertime clothes and close toed shoes. Each camp has one creek day, where there are several activities planned and campers are allowed to play and explore in the creek. For the creek themed camps there are two creek days. There will be an email sent home 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. Biographies for our summer camp teachers are on the summer camp website. We have one teacher to ten campers for our half day camps. We have one teacher to thirteen campers for our full day campers at the Dunwoody Nature Center. We have two teachers to sixteen campers out at Island Ford Park. All of our camps also have at least two Junior Counselors (teenage assistants) per class. Each camp class has a designated classroom space to leave bags and lunches.
Please let the camp director know by email who will be picking up your child each day. We do ask for identification at pick up and if their name is not on our pick up list we will need to reach you before we release your child to them.
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 or Island Ford Park might not be a good fit.
If you have a child enrolled at both Island Ford Park and Dunwoody Nature Center you may drop off your child at Island Ford Park first and then drop off another child at Dunwoody Nature Center no earlier than 8:45 am at no additional charge. You may pick up your full day camp child at Dunwoody Nature Center no later than 4:00 pm and then pick up your Island Ford camper. If you do need to drop off your Dunwoody Nature Center camper earlier or pick up later than the designated times (8:45 am and 4:00 pm), you will need to pay our early and late care fees.