Summer Camp 2023 Registration Opens December 1
Junior TreeKeeper Summer Camp 2023
May 30 – July 28, 2023
Early Bird Registration Rates are effective December 1, 2022 – January 7, 2023
Standard Registration Rates apply January 8 – July 28, 2023 (or earlier, if fully subscribed)
***As of January 1, 2023, all camp events will be based out of the Trees Atlanta Kendeda TreeHouse located at 825 Warner Street SW, Atlanta.***
We offer fun and energetic ways for youth grades 1 to 6 to learn about their natural world and explore the outdoors. Fall, winter, and spring camps, as well as summer camp, are aligned with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teacher workdays and school holidays.
During camp, each day is a new adventure! Campers will spend time doing hands-on activities in environmental science, exploring the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, playing games, creating art, and biking each day on the Atlanta BetlLine. It’s fun to make new friends and learn about the importance of our urban forest.
School Break Camp: Information and registration will be posted for School Break Camp based on the APS 2022-2023 calendar.
Summer 2023 NEW LOCATION:
825 Warner Street SW
Eight weeks of energetic outdoor fun at summer camp will be offered May 30 – July 28, 2023. Summer camp will be based at our new headquarters at 825 Warner St. SW, in the Oakland City neighborhood, next to Adair Park!
Our new facility is connected to the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail! This new location opens up a whole new outdoor environment to explore! Early Bird registration starts on December 1st and ends on January 7th. Need-based scholarships will be offered.
- Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
- Before Care: 7:30 – 8:30am
- After Care: 3:15 – 5:30pm
Summer Camp Themes
Week 1: Trees in the Forest
We love trees! Trees are what makes a forest, a forest! Campers will discover how trees work, what they provide to the ecosystem, and how they can help humans lead healthier lives.
Week 2: Animals in the Forest
It wouldn’t be a forest without all of the critters! Animals, just like plants, are crucial to the health of the forest. Campers will discover all kinds of wildlife as they pack up their binoculars and magnifying glasses and hit the trails to get a peek at the creatures that make their home in the Urban Forest!
Week 3: Breathe with Trees
Our forests not only require a clean source of air to function, but they also provide it to the rest of the world too! Campers will develop their atmospheric science skills as they learn how the forest produces the air that we breathe, as well as discover how we can do our part to protect our fragile atmosphere here on Earth.
Week 4: Fantastic Forest Fungi
There is so mush-room in our forests for fungi! These unsung heros are constantly hard at work in the woods as waste disposal specialists, communication and nutrient dispersal technicians, and stunning visual artists! Campers will learn about these crucial linchpins of the forest ecosystem as they discover all the ways that fungi help trees, animals, and humanity.
Week 5: Get Dirty: Soil Science
A forest with no soil is no forest at all! Soil cleans our water, feeds our trees, and shelters countless animals. Campers will discover how soil helps trees as well as provides the building blocks for a substantial amount of life here on Earth. Get prepared to get dirty as we tap into the root of our Atlanta Urban Forest!
Week 6: Water in the Forest
All life on Earth needs water to survive! Campers will learn all about this crucial part of a forest as they dip their toes into water conservation, pollution prevention, and water functions in the forest. We may even get a little wet in the process!
Week 7: Urban Forests – Urban Heat Island
Forests can be so vast and complex that entire cities can fit inside of them! This week, campers learn about our role in the Urban Forest ecosystem, as well as what we can do to protect all of the different pieces of this forest puzzle that we are a part of.
Week 8: Breaking Ground – Forest Geology
Would you like to explore ancient, extinct volcanoes or discover some of the oldest mountains on the planet? These geologic marvels (and more) are right here in the forests of Georgia! Campers will take a dive back into the history of our planet as well as a walk into our own backyard forests to find out how the geology of our state and the health of our forests are intertwined.
Camp Resources - Handbook & Forms
Here is a quick list of links to access camp forms and other useful information.
Any required forms for camp registration are included in the online registration process (with electronic signatures).
Required Documents and Forms:
Camp Handbook (version 01.01.22)
Optional Permission Forms:
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
- Applications will be open until all available scholarships are awarded. Applications will be reviewed and awarded as they are received.
- Each scholarship recipient will be awarded with one session of camp.
- A $25 registration fee is required for each student who is awarded a scholarship in
order to confirm and reserve a spot for camp.
- The regular cost for a session of camp is $295, and scholarships may be full or partial. The following reduced rate may apply:
– Full Scholarship – 100% discount – $25 registration fee due
– Half Scholarship – 50% discount – $147.50 due
– Partial Scholarship – 25% discount – $73.75 due
APS/Atlanta Public School Nominated Scholarship
Schools must be invited to participate. Please contact email@example.com 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 Southwire, Georgia Forestry Foundation, and the generous gifts of donors to Trees Atlanta 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)
The Summer 2023 Jr. Intern program is not currently accepting applications. To be contacted should openings come up, please complete the Junior Intern Application Form below. You will be contacted when space becomes available.
If you have been a part of our camp in the past and are now in a higher grade, you may be a perfect candidate to become a Jr. Intern. This volunteer opportunity will teach you basic life skills to go through a hiring process, job skills, and being active in your community.
Check out other job posts on our Career Opportunities page.
Summer Camp 2022 Photos
What a great summer we had! Enjoy some of our summer moments post on our blog.
We’ll update Summer Camp 2023 schedules and registration in December, see you then!