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 work days 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 in the TreeHouse.
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 TreeHouse.
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. If you have questions about any of our camps, please email email@example.com.
Any required forms for camp registration are included in the online registration process (with electronic signatures).
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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.
Parent/Guardian Nominated Scholarship
Any parent or guardian may apply for this scholarship for their child. Scholarship applications will go live in February.
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 Kaiser Permanente, the City of Atlanta and the generous gifts of donors for making camp scholarships possible.