Educational Day Camp Program at Georgia Nature Center.
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"My group of 35 fifth to seventh graders loved the EcoCamp. It was a great experience for my students and both they and the parents who went were truly amazed at what they learned. Several remarked that this was the best field trip they had ever been on."
- Kathy Floyd, Gifted Program Teacher, Chattooga County Schools, Summerville, Georgia
Not only will your kids enjoy exploring the wilderness on over 100-acres of the Indigo Nature Preserve in Watkinsville, Georgia, they will also learn about everything from solar power to organic gardening, tornadoes and other severe weather, building underground homes and caring for endangered carnivorous plants. EcoCamp is held in Oconee County, 20 minutes south of Athens, 20 minutes north of Madison, and 75 minutes east of Atlanta.
Most of the experience is hands-on, with campers building and creating projects each day which they can take home with them! Your kids will plant and bring home several types of carnivorous plants. Each camper will build and take home their own solar-powered race car. They will plant an organic herb garden to keep on a window sill at home. They will create art from the sun, and a bird-feeder from items collected on the preserve itself. Your child will even grow their very own pineapple plant to take home with them! (The five-day program includes over $50 worth of carnivorous plants and solar kits to take home at no extra charge!)
EcoCamp allows campers to explore the outdoors while learning about clean energy, organic farming, carnivorous plants and more. We explore solar and wind power within the Clean Energy Exhibition, carnivorous plants within our greenhouse and outdoor gardens, and gardening within the organic farm. Each day also includes two guided nature hikes. Click here to view a list of EcoCamp activities.
Your child will learn to better enjoy, understand and appreciate the natural environment through dozens of interactive activities. We limit the number of kids for this program, so we encourage you to sign up early as some sessions may sell out. Please click here to register your child now!
4 - 16
(We recommend that a parent, friend or older sibling attend
with any child 6 or under, although this is not required.)
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. (includes bonfire)
EXTENDED HOURS OPTION: Campers can be dropped off as early as 8 a.m.,
and picked up as late as 5 p.m., by paying a small extra fee at registration.
FREE BONUS FOR FAMILY/FRIENDS: There is a three-hour tour at the start of camp on Monday,
and a bonfire beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, either of which parents,
friends and family can join in on at no extra charge.
(One or both parents are welcome to stay with their child during EcoCamp at any time, at no extra charge.)
Launch a 50-Feet Long Solar-Powered Balloon at EcoCamp!
Some schools prefer to create custom one and two-day EcoCamp sessions for gifted students from 1st to 5th grade. As long as there are 10 or more students in your group, we can create an EcoCamp program on any day or days of the week. Rather than just taking a short field trip, Gifted Students will spend anywhere from 6 to 8 hours at the center over one or two days, building solar toys, planting carnivorous plants and participating in other experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives. (Read about all available EcoCamp Activities.) Fees range from $29 to $49 per student, including materials such as plants and solar kits which students can take home. Please call 1-800-800-2SUN for details.