Classes & Education

Summer Camp

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

We are dedicated to the health and safety of our campers and staff and will follow CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID -19. At this time, we are still uncertain about the nature of those recommendations because the health situation has the potential to change. Final decisions regarding our health and safety policies will be communicated to all registered parents before May 1. Any parent who chooses to withdraw their child/children from camp before May 10 will receive a full refund.

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SOLD OUT Habitat Explorers
(Ages 4-6)

Celebrate your imagination! Campers will experience the Garden in a new way while creating original art and playing exciting games. Creativity and a sense of adventure is recommended for all campers.

DATE: June 20 – 24 OR July 18 – 22
TIME: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FEE: $275/child ($245 Member)
LUNCH: Campers bring their own lunch

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SOLD OUT Adventures in the Garden

Explore and discover the marvelous world of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. From tantalizing rainforests to mysterious bogs, campers will explore and investigate the beautiful summer Garden. With the Garden as their inspiration, they will create whimsical art, play fun games and go on Garden adventures.

DATE(S): Ages 6 – 8: June 27 – July 1, 
Ages 7 – 10: July 11 – 15
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FEE: $350/child ($315 Member)
LUNCH: Campers bring their own lunch

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SOLD OUT Garden Chefs

Where does food come from? What meals can be prepared using freshly harvested produce? Campers find out the answers to these questions and more as they gather, investigate and prepare tasty treats in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen. This session examines many elements of food from how it grows to preparing meals with lots of fruits and vegetables.

DATE(S): Ages 6 – 8: June 13 – 17 
Ages 9 – 12: June 6 – 10 
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FEE: $400/child ($375 Member)
LUNCH: Session fee includes lunch

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Summer Camp FAQs

How many campers are enrolled each week and what is your camper to teacher ratio?

21 campers are enrolled each week. Two teachers will be with the group the entire time with a third staff member rotating in and out of the group as needed. For the cooking camps, we have an additional 4 volunteers and a chef so we can ensure adequate supervision during cooking activities. Those extra adults help us break the campers into groups of 4-5 so they can each participate closely with the cooking activities. The smaller cooking groups prepare food in the same location in either the Outdoor Kitchen or the Georgia Pacific Classroom. 

What kinds of things do you cook during the cooking camp?

The Garden is our inspiration and each day we cook a variety of foods for the campers to try. Here are a couple past menus from camp:

Day One:

  • Morning Snack: Apple Rings (apples cut into rings and topped with camper’s choice of sunbutter, roasted coconut chips, chocolate chips, and/or a nut free granola)
  • Lunch: Cauliflower Crust Pizza with various toppings (some from the Edible Garden!), Tropical Green Salad, Breadsticks and Fruit
  • Afternoon Snack: Strawberry Lemon Tiramisu

Day Two:

  • Morning Snack: Strawberry Mascarpone Sandwiches
  • Lunch: Homemade Pasta (a favorite to make with campers – expect a pasta day this year too!) with camper’s choice of either basil/sunflower seed pesto or marinara sauce, green bean salad, grilled bread and fresh fruit
  • Afternoon Snack: Fruit Pizza

Can you accommodate food allergies?

Yes! We will do our absolute best and will work with the parents to ensure that each camper has options to eat throughout the day. We cannot always change our menu for a food allergy, but we can offer a store bought alternative. For example, if a camper has a gluten allergy and we are making homemade flour tortillas, at the time of eating, we will offer the camper store bought corn tortillas. If we are making strawberry lemon tiramisu, we won’t be able to make gluten free lady fingers, but we could give the camper a gluten free sugar cookie to top with the tiramisu toppings. 

What do you do if a camper doesn’t want to try something?

We do not force campers to try foods they aren’t comfortable with eating. We will always encourage campers to try what they made, but we do not require them to try everything. What they choose to eat is entirely up to them.

How much time do you spend in the Garden?

Every morning we go on a Garden adventure before the weather heats up. Additionally, we are outside for lunch and free time (weather permitting) and outside again for a brief afternoon activity. Each day of camp we try to visit a different area of the Garden. At the end of the week, the campers will have visited almost the entire Garden!

What are some of the activities the campers do during Adventures in the Garden and Habitat Explorers?

Each day we explore a theme, such as rainforest, meat eating plants, bugs or flowers.  We may make a flower crown, dig for earthworms, dissect a pitcher plant to see what kinds of bugs it has been eating, sculpt an imaginary bug, plant a terrarium, or play a pollination relay race. When planning our schedule, each day will include a Garden exploration/observation, an open ended art activity, and lots of games.

Do you visit the Splash Pad?

Yes – weather (and COVID-19) permitting, we visit the splash pad on Fridays with the campers. In 2021, instead of visiting the splash pad on Fridays, we played with sprinklers in a secluded lawn area away from visitors. We will see what 2022 brings!

What expectations do you have for younger campers?

We expect all campers to take care of their own personal needs and property. Campers should be able to go to the bathroom on their own, change their own clothes, and carry their own bag. We also expect campers to follow directions and stay with the group so we can keep everyone safe.