Camp

Junior TreeKeeper Summer Camp 2024

Junior TreeKeeper Camps are based out of the Trees Atlanta Kendeda TreeHouse located at 825 Warner Street SW, Atlanta.

Weekly Summer Camp Sessions offered May 28 – July 31, 2024

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 BeltLine. It’s fun to make new friends and learn about the importance of our urban forest.

Program Details & Camp Handbook

How We Group Campers into Age Groups for Activities

Trees Atlanta Junior TreeKeeper Camp involves outdoor activities that requires bike riding competency for grades 2 through 6. Based on feedback from parents, effective for Summer Camp 2024, we have changed our age groups. A new age group is created specifically for rising first graders, called Sassafras.

Camper are organized into these three groups:

  • Sassafras Group: Rising 1st Graders NEW. Sassafras group will not include bike riding. 
  • Quercus Group: Rising 2nd – 3rd Graders (Biking Group)
  • Acer Group: Rising 4th – 6th Graders (Biking group). Each week of camp, Acers will also participate in an off-site field trip. Location is determined by session.

School Break Camps

School Break Camps are scheduled based on the APS 2023-2024 school calendar.

  • Fall Break Camp: October 9-13, 2023
  • Winter Break Camp: February 19 -23, 2024
  • Spring Break Camp: April 1 -5, 2024 (Registration opens Feb. 29)

School Break Camps are offered as in full-week or partial-week options.

  • Full week registration: $295, Before Care $50/wk; After Care: $75/wk
  • Monday – Tuesday: $130, Before Care: $20; After Care: $30
  • Wednesday – Friday: $195, Before Care: $30; After Care $45

Daily Hours

  • Standard Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Before Care: 7:30 – 8:30am
  • After Care: 3:15 – 5:30pm

School Break Camp details are found on the registration page.

A limited number of scholarships for Junior TreeKeeper Camp are available. We’d love your child to join us at camp!
More information and application link is found below under “Scholarships“.

Please email education@treesatlanta.org if you have any questions.

Program Details

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 12.7.23)

Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form

Photo Release

DECAL Exemption Acknowledgement

Useful Information:

Schedule of Fees

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Tree Trackers: May 28 – 31, 2024 (4-Day Camp)

Explore the incredible world of trees: the cornerstones of a forest! Campers will unravel the mysteries of how trees function, their urban ecosystem contributions, and their impact on human well-being.

Session 2 – A Breath of Fresh Air: June 3 – 7, 2023

Explore the forest’s role as the lungs for the entire planet! Campers will dive into atmospheric science, discovering how our urban forest produces the air we breathe as well as different ways to safeguard our delicate atmosphere.

Session 3 – Beat the Heat (Island): June 10 – 14, 2024 

Atlanta gets HOT, and our urban trees are here to help! Campers will explore the science behind urban heat islands, our urban ecosystems, and become community scientists as they take part in a week-long data collection project that highlights the crucial role of urban trees in the fight to beat the heat!

Session 4 – Pollination Nation: June 18 – 21, 2024 (4-Day Camp)

Celebrate Georgia Pollinator Week with Trees Atlanta as we learn about Atlanta’s fuzzy, scaly, furry, crawling, and flying pollinators! Campers will count carpenter bees, bond with butterflies, and hang out with hummingbirds as we discover that our urban trees play a crucial role in providing habitat for our native pollinators.

Session 5 – Soil Safari: June 24 – 28, 2024

Embark on a journey beneath the forest canopy to uncover the secrets of the soil. Campers will become soil scientists, discovering how soil cleans water, nourishes trees, and supports countless creatures. Get ready to dig in and unearth the wonders of the foundation for life on Earth!

Session 6 – Aqua Adventures: July 8 – 12, 2024

Discover the essential role of water in the forest ecosystem. Campers will explore water conservation, pollution prevention, and the importance of water in sustaining life within our forests. 

Session 7 – Wildlife Wonders: July 15 – 19, 2024

Embark on a forest safari right here in Atlanta! Campers will become urban wildlife explorers as they observe and learn about the amazing native fauna that call the Urban Forest home.

Session 8 – Roots, Rocks & Ridges: July 22 – 26, 2024 

Join us on a geological adventure through the forests of Georgia! Campers will journey back in time to understand the geological marvels that shaped our state’s forests, while discovering the fascinating connections between geology and forest health.

Session 9: End of Summer Bash!: July 29 – 31, 2024 (3-Day Camp)

Campers will spend the last three days of camp having a 3-day party to celebrate the end of Trees Atlanta Junior TreeKeeper Summer Camp! We cordially invite your camper to come back for one last hurrah to see old friends, make new ones, and close out the summer in style! Enjoy a water day in Adair Park, play on the coolest playgrounds in Atlanta, and boogie down with some impromptu dance parties! ***NON-BIKING CAMP: ALL AGE GROUPS***

Scholarships

Trees Atlanta offers a limited number of need-based scholarships. Use the
links below to view instructions for qualifications, restrictions, and other eligibility
requirements.

  • 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.
  • Scholarships may be full or partial. The following reduced rate may apply:
    – Full Scholarship – 100% discount
    – Half Scholarship – 50% discount
    – Partial Scholarship – 25% discount

Please see our Schedule of Fees linked in the Camp Resources section of this webpage for current camp rates. 

Apply for a Camp 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 - Seasonal Job Opportunities

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.

 

Camp Counselor

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 Intern

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

 

Check out other job posts on our Career Opportunities page.

Junior Intern - Student Volunteers at Summer Camp

The Junior Intern program is designed specifically for Middle and High School students as an opportunity to develop important leadership skills. Our Junior Interns work directly with campers and assist camp staff, counselors, and interns with various daily activities. 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 Junior Intern.
Junior Interns volunteer for two weeks during Summer Camp. Junior Interns will work 7-hour days between 7:45 am – 3:45 pm based on their individual assignments.

This is an active volunteer opportunity for students who enjoy the outdoors, working with younger kids, and desire to learn more about environmental stewardship.

The Junior Intern Program for Summer 2024 is currently open and accepting applications. Applicants must be rising 7th to 12th graders, including students graduating this summer.

Summer Camp Photos

What a great summer we had! We update Summer Camp schedules and registration in December. Come back for Early Bird Rates! Meanwhile, take a look at these fun moments from Summer Camp!

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If you have questions about any of our camps, please email education@treesatlanta.org.