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2015 Summer Camp

Registration begins February 1 - for Members only!

At the Dunwoody Nature Center, 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. Our renovated and expanded classroom space received rave reviews in 2014 and now include our main education building, porch, cabin, Native American Teepee, and Foxes Den. Year after year, our camps achieve satisfaction ratings of nearly 100% and most of our new camp families each summer come as referrals from other campers!


In 2014, the Nature Center served over 750 children through our camps at Dunwoody Park and Island Ford. Were their parents satisfied? You Bet! Among surveyed respondents, 99% said that they would recommend the Nature Center's camps to a friend and 98% plan to return again this summer.

We're so excited about our summer camp lineup for 2015 that features several new camp themes as well as our many of our camper's favorites from years' past. Don't forget, early registration opens February 1st FOR MEMBERS ONLY and then on February 15th for the general public.

Last year, every one of our camps filled to capacity (some during the "member only" registration period) so don't delay! You can become a member during registration, and your annual family membership of just $50 also gives you a discount of over $25 for each camp your child signs up for, plus numerous other benefits throughout the year. Already a member or not sure if your membership is up to date? Send us an email at and we'll be happy to check it for you. Or, renew today at

2015 camp themes and dates coming soon!

Download "A Day in the Life" - our Summer Camp FAQ


2015 Camps: Fast Facts

Half Day Camp
Full Day Camp
Junior Rangers
For Ages 3 & 4 For Rising K-5 Ages 9-12
From 9:30 - 12:30 From 9:30 - 3:30 From 8:30 - 4:30

Members: $145 (5 days)
Non-members: $180 (5 days)

Members: $235 (5 days)
Non-members: $270 (5 days)

Members: $260 (5 days)
Non-members: $285 (5 days)

* 4 Day Camps (Memorial Week & July 4th) will be $190 for Members, $220 for Non-Members for Full Day
* 4 Day Camps (Memorial Week & July 4th) will be $120 for Members, $145 for Non-Members for Half Day

Come Early - Join us for Early Birds:
  • Early drop off before camp beginning at 8:15
  • All ages of campers
  • $30 per camper for 5 days

Stay Late - Play Games of Strategy with friends:
  • Late pick up after camp up until 5:30 PM
  • Full Day Camp (Kindergarten - 5th grade) only
  • $60 per camper for 5 days

2014 Camps and Descriptions


Camp Theme and Description

May 27 - May 30
(Memorial Day Week
4-day camp)

Diggin' History

At the Dunwoody Nature Center, we love natural history and we know our campers love digging. We are sure your camper will dig history too! Whether looking for cool rocks, casting fossils, digging for artifacts, searching for hidden treasures, or building their own volcano, campers will get their hands dirty as they investigate and explore the habitats of Dunwoody Park.


June 2 - June 6

We Love Bugs

Kids love bugs! They are just plain fun, especially when they can spend a whole week learning about and scouring Dunwoody Park for ladybugs, roly-poly’s, ants, water striders and more. Campers will learn how to identify and classify creepy crawlies from insects to spiders. Bugs are hopping at the Nature Center during the summer and it is the perfect place to learn all about them while playing games, taking hikes, 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 9 - June 13

NSI - Nature Science Investigation

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! During the week, we will ask questions, hypothesize, experiment, and analyze as only the Nature Center can do. 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 16 - June 20

Wonderful Water

Come and spend a week with us to find out why water is so unique as we celebrate a full week of water play! We will study it, we will experiment with it, we will get wet with it, and we will see how far it flies. We will explore the wetlands and Wildcat Creek and appreciate the delicate balance between who lives there and how we affect their ecosystem. Through games, experiments, crafts, and exploration, campers will learn all about the importance of water in our world.


June 23 - June 27

Lizards, Frogs, and Snakes

If it slithers, croaks, or scampers, 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 and amphibians 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.


June 23 - June 27
(Ages 9-12)

Junior Ranger Camp (At Island Ford)

Each day, campers will engage in nature discovery and games, using the Island Ford Facility on the Chattahoochee River as our classroom. Campers will practice strategies learned during the week from their Junior Ranger booklet by canoeing in the facility's pond and performing safety skills. We will learn to navigate throughout the park and we’ll explore the ponds/watersheds of the park while discussing conservation methods and the importance of the Chattahoochee River to the local Native Americans. Campers will learn about native plants and animals that inhabit the National Park. At the end of the week, parents are invited to join us as the campers receive their Junior Ranger badges in a presentation led by the Rangers of the Chattahoochee National River Area. Our camps at Island Ford feature expanded camp hours for a more complete, nature-based camp experience with our older campers in mind. Camps run from 8:30 until 4:30 each day.



Camp Theme and Description

June 30 - July 3
4-Day Camp
(No camp July 4th)

Mostly Fun with a Chance of Sun

Tornadoes, hurricanes, even a good lightning storm... nothing fascinates us more than weather. It can be destructive and it can be picturesque, but either way, it's fun to learn about weather. The forecast for this week is for lots of smiles with no chance of frowns. Campers will investigate the science behind weather, learn the basics of measuring weather, and understand the impact that the weather has on us and our environment. We’ll also play weather games, do experiments, and maybe even try our hand at being a weather person!


July 7 - July 11

Nature by Design

Nature will be their inspiration and their tool as your camper creates art all week using our beautiful grounds as their canvas. Enjoy replicating the natural world through painting, sculpture, building, and drawing. Learn how nature is revealed through symmetry, texture, and color. Campers will design and engineer dams, build natural shelters, and express themselves using nature’s bounty. They will make their own paper and paint with pine needles or sculpt with natural clay and mud and construct with rocks and sticks. Nature provides limitless avenues of creativity using the mind, the hands, and the heart.


July 7 - July 11
(Ages 9-12)

Up the Creek... (At Island Ford)

The Island Ford facility is a perfect place for our campers to learn all about water. From the Chattahoochee River to the streams and pond, we will explore, study, and discover what lurks beneath these unique aquatic ecosystems – of course having fun and getting wet in the process. We will use scientific techniques, hands on discovery and our own curiosity to learn about the health of our water ecosystems as well as the plant and animal life that each supports. Our camps at Island Ford feature expanded camp hours for a more complete, nature-based camp experience with our older campers in mind. Camps run from 8:30 until 4:30 each day.


July 14 - July 18

Teepees, Tribes, and Totem Poles

Take a journey with Native Americans as we explore and learn about their lives and culture. Campers will become “tribe” members, explore the traditions, homes, village life, food gathering strategies, the importance of sports and games and maybe even find out who the 3 sisters are. They will replicate Native American art, design and construct totem poles, spend time in a real teepee and focus on life as it was - good times with friends and community.


July 14 - July 18
(Ages 9-12)

Wilderness Adventure (At Island Ford)

Our campers will explore Island Ford to learn about the environment and develop their outdoor living skills. From navigating the wilderness to gathering food to building shelters, they will experience and understand the basic techniques for safely enjoying the outdoors. Practicing Leave No Trace principles, our campers will play, learn, and thoroughly enjoy seeing the wilderness from a new perspective. Our camps at Island Ford feature expanded camp hours for a more complete, nature-based camp experience with our older campers in mind. Camps run from 8:30 until 4:30 each day.

July 21 - July 25

Creek Week

Our campers love Wildcat Creek! 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 28 - August 1

Wildlife Detectives

Investigate the wild side of nature! Explore the world of mammals by investigating their adaptations, where they live, what they eat, and how they move. Study their skulls, pelts, tracks, and scat. Learn how to search for trace animal evidence and cast animal footprints. Campers will collect and analyze their findings to solve wildlife’s mysteries in this fun undercover animal agent camp!



Camp Theme and Description 

August 4 - August 8

Explorers, Hikers, and Trail Blazers

This week is dedicated to that adventurer in all of us. Whether your camper’s eyes get wide when turning over a rock, following a trail, or blazing their own path, Dunwoody Park has something for everyone. Campers will spend the week exploring, hiking and blazing at their own pace! Learning how to navigate the trails safely, setting up a fun and safe campsite, or practicing Leave No Trace, they will love finding new adventures and making new friends. At the end of the week, they will put their newly learned skills to the test in an all-out, end of camp treasure hunt.


August 11 - August 15
(1/2 Day Camp only)

We Love Bugs and Butterflies, Too

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. This is a great warm up week for our Butterfly Festival which will be on August 16th.


General Information

  • Camps offer age-appropriate, themed activities that appeal to different learning styles.
  • Campers enjoy nature discovery, trail walks, arts & crafts, science experiments, games, free play and snack/lunch time.
  • Our teachers are adult professional educators, with extensive backgrounds in science, environmental education and art. A staff member trained in CPR and First Aid is on site at all times.
  • Too old to be a camper? We place junior counselors with each session. Call for information on age and service requirements.
  • We emphasize waste reduction and water conservation in every camp. So we recommend reusable containers for food and drink.
  • Federal Identification Number (for childcare tax forms): 58-2009823. Confirmations are sent immediately upon registration - please save this for your records.


CamperReg 101

  • Click your camp choice.
  • Click "Register" at the bottom of the camp description.
  • Either enter your account information or set up your account.
  • You will receive electronic confirmations of placement, payment, and waitlisting.
  • If you're waitlisted, your payment information is NOT processed until a spot opens; we'll contact you before placing your child in the camp (and processing your payment).
  • You can manage your camper's account, updating information, adding or changing camps if they're available, and cancelling if plans change (cancellation refund subject to DNC policy outlined in General Information
  • Membership status will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration. Not a member? Add a $50.00 Annual Family Membership to you shopping cart to receive at least $25.00 off per camper per week! Other membership benefits include class discounts, free admission to our spring, summer and fall concert series, Special "Members Only" sneak preview at our Butterfly Festival and birthday party privileges. Become a member today! We will invoice the “up-charge” non-member amount if we are unable to confirm your membership. Please call us at 770-394-3322 if you are unsure of your membership status. Thanks for choosing the Dunwoody Nature Center - where kids thrive.

Payments and Cancellations

PAYMENT: Registration is online only; we accept Debit and Credit, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.


CANCELLATIONS: Camps cancelled by parents up to two weeks before the start of a camp are refunded at 80% of the original fee. Camps cancelled within two weeks of the camp's start date will not be refunded. In those cases where there is availability in another week of camp, every attempt will be made to honor a transfer request. If there is availability, a cancellation fee will not be charged.



Behavior Policy

The Dunwoody Nature Center’s goal is for ALL campers to have the opportunity to discover their strengths and have fun. In order to do this, all of our kids 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.