Summer Camp 2021 Registration Is Open!
We are excited about Junior TreeKeeper Camp 2021!
Camp will be onsite and in-person based out of our Kendeda Center building, including School Break Camps, Spring Break Camp, and all 8 weeks of Summer Camp. We’ve made some adjustments in response to current safety protocols and are fully re-designed to maximize time spent outdoors exploring the urban forest! We will be following CDC and City of Atlanta public safety guidelines to maximize the safety of campers, families, and staff, and the communities around us.
We are excited to offer a variety of youth camps for grades 1 – 6 to learn about their natural world and explore the outdoors. Fall, winter, and spring camps are aligned with Atlanta Public School teacher workdays and shorter school holidays. The summer camp aligns with the Atlanta Public School break.
During camp, each day is a new adventure! Kids will spend time doing hands-on activities in environmental science, biking along the Atlanta BeltLine, taking field trips to local attractions, and more fun!
Week 1: Pollinators: Bats, Bugs, and Birds
Discover the importance of the critters who have a hand in helping our forest grow during National Pollinator Week! We will find evidence of their work along the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and include fun activities to demonstrate how pollination occurs.
Week 2: Urban Explorers: Conservationists of the Urban Forest
Did you know Atlanta has one of the densest urban forests in the nation? This week will focus on how watershed, soil, climate indicators, and development relates to people, animals, and plant life in urban areas.
Week 3: Foresters: The Canopy Umbrella
Discover the layers of the forest from the forest floor at our feet, the understory above our heads, to the canopy where the sun beats down. Grab your binoculars and field journals. We will explore the diverse animal and plant species that call each urban forest layer home.
Week 4: Pollinators: Trees, Flowers, and Fruit
Find out what growing plants need to be pollinated, and how that helps them thrive in our city in the forest. We will learn how these spaces are created by nature and also by professionals through fun design projects.
Week 5: Urban Explorers: Navigators of the Urban Forest
Grab a map and a compass to discover how to use orienteering tools to find your way through the city in the forest! We will play fun games and activities like geocaching and scavenger hunts to journey through the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.
Week 6: Foresters: Home Sweet Home
Foresters examine the urban forests that many different plants and animals call home. Each layer of the forest supports a healthy urban ecosystem. We’ll collect natural materials for creative art projects and conduct ecology experiments at the Kendeda Center.
Week 7: Naturalist Week
Naturalists study how reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds, and fungi relate to our urban forest. This week will include hands-on exploration, interpretation, live animal encounters, and experiments out in the field and at the Kendeda Center.
Week 8: Artist and the Arborist
Nature inspires the artist. We venture out and get creative with the natural materials growing in Atlanta’s urban forest. We will gather materials to create various types of forest art!
Here is a quick list of links to access camp forms and other useful information.
Summer Camp 2021: Camp registrants may request a full refund for cancellations made on or before April 30, 2021. After this date, purchasers will be entitled to a 50% refund upon cancelation. See our Camp Handbook (p. 2) for more details.
Any required forms for camp registration are included in the online registration process (with electronic signatures).
Required Documents and Forms:
2021 Camp Handbook (updated)
Optional Permission Forms:
Trees Atlanta will offer a limited number of scholarships for students for Junior TreeKeeper Camp in summer 2021. Please check back here for more information and updates regarding the application period (updated information will be posted).
Trees Atlanta offers a limited number of need-based scholarships: APS/Atlanta Public School Nominated Scholarship and a Parent/Guardian Nominated Scholarship. Use the links below to view instructions for qualifications, restrictions, and other eligibility requirements. Applications received after posted deadlines may not be considered.
APS/Atlanta Public School Nominated Scholarship
Schools must be invited to participate. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are uncertain if your school is eligible or has received an invitation. (APS Schools enrolled in Urban TreeTracker have priority consideration. Click here to apply.
Parent/Guardian Nominated Scholarship
Any parent or guardian may apply for this scholarship for their child. Click here to apply.
Our scholarships are awarded with the purpose of:
- Encouraging and enabling greater interest in environmental education, outdoor play, and stewardship of our urban forest.
- Making outdoor summer camp experiences accessible to more students from diverse communities in Atlanta.
We are grateful for the support from the Georgia Forestry Foundation, the City of Atlanta, and the generous gifts of donors for making camp scholarships possible.
Camp Staff - Job Opportunities (Paid & Unpaid)
Interested in sharing your love of nature with budding environmental stewards? Join our Camp Staff! We have opportunities available for varying levels of experience, from current high schoolers to experienced professionals. See below for more details.
Our Camp Counselors are the backbone of our camp programming. Working with the Camp Lead, the Counselors will guide groups of biking campers up and down the Atlanta BeltLine, teach lessons based in urban ecology, and lead all kinds of crafts and activities to help campers make lasting positive memories and cultivate a sense of appreciation for nature.
Interested applicants can learn more and find instructions for application here.
Camp Internships are a great opportunity for high school graduates, college students, and budding professionals to develop their environmental education skills! Camp Interns also learn from mentors well-versed in the field and have the chance to add to their professional conservation networks. Duties include supporting Counselors in facilitating daily camp functions, managing a team of Junior Interns, and also having opportunities to try their hand at leading lessons and activities.
Interested applicants can learn more and find instructions for application here. (2021 – applications closed)
Update: 2021 Junior Treekeeper Junior Intern opportunity is now FULL. Please stay tuned for updates for Summer 2022.
Designed for rising 7th-12th graders, the Junior Intern program allows middle and high school students the opportunity to be immersed in camp life for multiple weeks by assisting counselors with daily activities and developing leadership skills by working with campers. Each week, Junior Interns spend their days riding up and down the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, helping to facilitate the environmental education of Junior TreeKeepers.
Camp Staff asks for a minimum 2-week commitment from each Junior Intern out of the 8-week summer, providing space and opportunity for many applicants.
Interested students can fill out this application form. We will get back to you as soon as possible! (Applications are no longer being accepted.)
Check out other job posts on our Career Opportunities page.