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2016 Summer Camp

Registration for our 2016 Summer Camp - Now Open for Members Only!

February 15th for general public

Registration for 2016 Summer camps begins is now open for Members Only and opens February 15th for general public. All of our camps are available on a first come, first served basis. We currently have 3 camps that are sold out and a few more that are nearing full capacity. If you are currently a member, we suggest that you utilize your member benefits to register during this "members only" time period. If you are not currently a member and would like to get a jump on registration, you can become a member before registering at . Or, just add a membership to your cart on checkout.

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 spaces have received rave reviews from our campers and now include our main education building, porch, Cabin, Clubhouse, Native American Teepee, Bat Cave 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 2015, the Nature Center served nearly 800 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 2016 that features several new camp themes as well as our many of our camper's favorites from years' past. Stay tuned to this page for updates on camp themes and dates. 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, 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

Download our Summer Camp Brochure 

Download "A Day in the Life" - our Summer Camp activity guide


Download our Summer Camp FAQ 

Meet Holly - our Summer Camp Director

Holly Loveland is one of the Nature Center’s longest tenured educators – going back to the summer of 1997 when she first joined our team. Holly has a BS in Conservation Biology from Brigham Young University ('94) and has taught field trip programs, summer camps, scout programs, and preschool programs with the Nature Center. Holly’s popular “Mommy & Me” classes have been the hit of the spring. Holly and her husband have 5 children of their own and in her free time (hah!) Holly enjoys running and recently completed her fourth marathon. Holly loves teaching children about nature and the role they play in preserving the planet. We at the Nature Center are thrilled to have Holly as our summer camp director. Holly can be reached directly via email at

 Camp Director Holly Loveland and her daughter, Charlotte.


2016 Camps: Fast Facts

Half Day Camp
Full Day Camp
Camps at Island Ford
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: $150 (5 days)
Non-members: $185 (5 days)

Members: $240 (5 days)
Non-members: $275 (5 days)

Members: $265 (5 days)
Non-members: $290 (5 days)

* 4 Day Camps (Memorial Week & July 4th) will be $195 for Members, $225 for Non-Members for Full Day
* 4 Day Camps (Memorial Week & July 4th) will be $125 for Members, $150 for Non-Members for Half Day

Come Early - Join us for Early Birds:
  • Early drop off before camp beginning at 8:00
  • All ages of campers
  • $40 per camper for 5 days

Stay Late - Play Games of Strategy with friends:
  • Late pick up after camp up until 6:00 PM
  • Full Day Camp (Kindergarten - 5th grade) only
  • $60 per camper for 5 days

2016 Camps and Descriptions


Camp Theme and Description

May 31- June 3
(Memorial Day Week
4-day camp)


Up in the Air

Join us as we discover the creatures who fly, soar, and zoom in the sky.  From birds and bugs to bats and squirrels, if it is up in the air we will explore it! Through interactive games and crafts, campers will understand the unique adaptations that allow these animals to fly.  Campers will also learn about how the weather affects not only these animals, but also us humans who study them!



June 6 - June 10

Nature's Hide and Seek

What kid doesn’t love to play hide and seek?  Did you know that animals must hide and seek in order to survive?  They have to hide from predators and seek out prey!  Discover how animals use camouflage to both hide and seek during this week of camp.  Campers will also explore the various adaptations of animals that enable them to survive in the wild.  In addition, we will go on scavenger hunts, search for the geocaches in the park, and create our own letterboxes for others to find.


Full Day Camp is currently full but you
can be added to the waitlist.
June 6 - June 10
(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.


June 13 - June 17

Reptile Roundup

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 our cold blooded friends as they bask in the sun, search for food, or swim in Wildcat Creek.




June 20 - June 24

Creek Week I


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!

Full Day Camp for Creek Week is currently full

June 27 - July 1

Jeepers Creepers


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 very active at the Dunwoody 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 27 - July 1
(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, campers will receive their Junior Ranger badges in a presentation led by the Rangers of the Chattahoochee National River Area.



Camp Theme and Description

July 5 - July 8
(4 Day Camp)

Forest Adventures


Did you know that there are five main habitat regions in Georgia, all with distinctive trees, animals, soils and plants?  Campers will enjoy learning about the region we live, the Piedmont!  They will have a great time exploring the forest of Dunwoody Park while hiking our trails learning about the squirrels, birds, bugs, frogs, snakes and turtles that live here and the types of trees and plants that give them a home.


July 5 - July 8
(4 Day Camp)
Ages 10-13 Only

Float the 'Hooch (at Island Ford)


Campers will have a wonderful time learning about the habitat around the Chattahoochee River at Island Ford Park while canoeing and rafting different sections of the river.  Day one will take place at Island Ford park where we will learn about safety and the basics of canoeing and rafting.  Days 2-4 will take place at various entry points to the river where we will canoe or float in river rafts to different destinations.  We will use Island Ford as our base camp where we will have drop off and pick up every day.  An itinerary will be provided prior to the start of camp. 


July 11 - July 15

Claws, Paws, and Jaws         


Predators are truly amazing and fascinating creatures, from their sharp teeth to their long claws, they are magnificent!  Campers will discover the impressive features and adaptations of several top predators in North America.  They will learn how loud a bear can roar or how sharp shark teeth are or if an owl can really turn its head all the way around.  Join us as we learn about these and many other predators including some surprisingly small predators like the ladybug and praying mantis.


Full Day Camp is currently full but you

can be added to the waitlist.


July 18 - July 22

Creek Week II


Because one week in the creek just isn't enough, we've added a second week of our most popular camp - Creek Week! 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!


Full Day Camp for Creek Week II is currently full

July 25 - July 29

Builders Quest


Nature is one of the best teachers when it comes to architecture and design.  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.  Campers will learn about homes for all sorts of animals from spiders to birds to beavers!

Full Day Camp is currently full but you
can be added to the waitlist.

Camp Theme and Description

August 1 - August 5

Around the World

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 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.  



August 8 - August 12
(Half Day Only)

Birds of a Feather 


Our half day campers will have a flappin’ great time learning about birds!  We have wonderful birds that call Dunwoody Park their home – owls, crows, hawks, and several  songbirds.  Campers will create feathery works of art, flap around our trails and along the creek searching high and low for our feathered friends. 


August 15 - August 18
(Half Day Only)
4 Day Camp Week

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. You 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 20th. 




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.
  • Too old to attend camp, but still want to be a part of the best camps in Dunwoody? Learn about becoming a Junior Counselor on our website at


Want a souvenir to remember your awesome summer at the Nature Center? Add one off our 2016 camp T-shirts to your cart when you check out in CamperReg.




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.