Not your “Run of the Mill” summer camp!
Camp Autrey Mill gives children the tools to safely explore the natural environment for a lifetime. We strive to instill an appreciation of history and nature through crafts, games, puzzles, and historical artifacts. All of our camps are designed to give campers the opportunity to find inspiration in preserving the past and in what is under a log.
Our camp may look a little different from years past as we work to stay in line with all the state requirements. The drop-off and pick-up routine will be updated to a staggering carpool. Parents will no longer drop-off or pick-up camper(s) from the camp classrooms. Our camp participation numbers will be lowered, groups will be divided, and physically separated by location.
Depending on CDC and State Guidelines at the time summer camp starts, temperatures will be checked at drop off using touch-free thermometers. Each camper will be required to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands throughout the day. We will diligently clean the classrooms, bathrooms, and surfaces campers come in contact with.
Please let us know if we can answer any more of your questions. We hope that this information finds you well, and we hope to see you at Camp Autrey Mill!
Fall Break Camp: Each day of Fall Break Camp is based on one of our popular Summer Camps and will include indoor/outdoor activities including theme-based hikes, crafts, and games. Sign up for one or more days to keep children engaged during the school break. This program is best suited to participants aged 5-11. Space is Limited. Click here to learn more about our Covid-19 Accommodations.
Winter Break Camp: Campers are engaged with unique experiences inside and outside. Our camps’ serene setting and emphasis on reconnecting children with nature and history give kids a break from competitive activities and ubiquitous technology. We keep campers engaged with plenty of activities and learning opportunities, but there is always time to examine what’s under a log or to imagine living in the past. For ages 5-11. Space is limited. Click here to learn more about our Covid-19 Accommodations.
Spring Break Camp: Each day of Spring Break Camp is based on one of our popular Summer Camps and will include indoor/outdoor activities including theme-based hikes, crafts, and games. Campers will explore the outdoors scouting for birds, meet our reptiles, take a step back in time with recipes and crafts, explore the flora and fauna of Autrey Mill, discover the mysteries of the forest, and learn about the importance of water science. For ages 5-11. Space is limited.
2021 Summer Camp
Our Camps are divided by age groups with multiple options for ages 4-13. In an effort to group the ages and offer more age-appropriate lessons when possible, we have divided them into the following groups:
Discovery Camp for age 4
These half-day programs include both nature and creativity focused camps. Campers will be introduced to a variety of topics through activities, games, crafts, visits with animals, and exploration of our 46-acre nature preserve.
Adventurer for ages 5-11
These full-day programs include both nature and heritage focused camps. The camps will introduce a variety of topics through activities, games, crafts, exploration of our 46-acre nature preserve, and more. This group may be divided by age, upon check out you will be given the opportunity to choose a “buddy” for your child. Day-of requests to buddy your child with another camp cannot be guaranteed.
Jr. Counselor for ages 12-13
Jr. Counselors will work with the Discovery Camp, they will learn how to implement games, songs, stories, or crafts with the campers.
Camp Autrey Mill
Camp and Age
|Discovery Camp Age 4||9-12||Wild Water||History and Nature Detectives||Habitat Hunter||Wild Water|
|Adventurer Ages 5-11||9-3||Time Traveler||Wild Water||Habitat Hunter||History and Nature Detectives||Survivor||Wild Water||Habitat Hunter||Survivor||Wild Water||Time Traveler|
|9-3||Woodland Fairy||Crafts from the Past||Heritage Doll||Woodland Fairy||Crafts from the Past||Heritage Doll|
|Jr. Counselor Ages 12-13||9-3||Jr. Counselor||Jr. Counselor||Jr. Counselor||Jr Counselor|
|Extended Care Ages 5- 13||8-9
Click on the camp name to view the registration portal and sign your camper up today! The camp table was last updated on 1/9/2021 at 4 pm.
For mobile devices please click here to view our: Summer Camp Timetable
Half-Day Camp for 4 year-olds: $150 or $130 for Members
Full-Day Camp Fee per week: $250 or $220 for Members
Jr. Counselor Fee per week: $125
Four Day Camps are priced: $200 or $180 for Members
Extended Care Fee per week: Pre-Care $20 and After-Care $45
CRAFTS FROM THE PAST
Campers will take a step back in time through simple heritage crafts enjoyed in the past. New activities and crafts are introduced each day including making treats for the animals, Native American crafts, and more! Fun games and other activities will round out each day.
HABITAT HUNTERS CAMP
Habitat Hunter participants will learn the essential elements that all animals need to live. We will discover and explore habitats all over Autrey Mill Nature Preserve; on land, in water, and in the air. Campers will take a close look at an ecosystem and discover the delicate balance that makes all life possible. Be ready to get hands-on experience with scientific experiments and outdoor activities in this camp.
HERITAGE DOLL CAMP
Campers bring a doll to the Heritage Village to join them in a variety of activities like making dollhouses, a variety of dolls, doll accessories, a doll journal, dressing-up in period costumes, and an end-of-week tea party. Games, hikes, explorations of our historic buildings, and other fun activities with a historical focus can all be shared with their special friend. Varieties of activities are offered each week, so sign up for one or both weeks!
HISTORY AND NATURE DETECTIVES
Using a magnifying glass, campers will take a closer look at local wildlife and history. Participants will be engaged in crafts, animal encounters, historic tours, archaeological digs, scavenger hunts, puzzles, and much more. Campers will be lead on historical and nature mysteries which may include archeologic forensics, secret messages, Morse code, animal signs, and Native American trail signs.
If your camper is seeking an adventure while exploring the outdoors, this camp is for them. Campers will learn what it takes to survive in the wild. Campers will also meet our reptiles and amphibians in this Adventure Camp.
TIME TRAVELERS CAMP
This camp will transport explorers to various periods in history! We will set our time machine and explore life during the time of the Native Americans, Colonists, Civil War era, the Industrial Revolution, Depression, or the groovy 70s. Campers will discover these eras through engaging activities, games, and crafts from the past.
WILD WATER CAMP
Wild Water Campers will examine the properties of water; learn about the importance of the water cycle while exploring the Autrey Mill Wetlands. Each day participants will get to explore Sal’s Creek at Wild Water Camp. Half-day camp for Discovery 4-year-olds will visit the creek once or twice a week.
Fairies, elves, trolls, and other mythical folks at Autrey Mill? Campers will use their imaginations and build observational skills while discovering the enchanted world of Autrey Mill. The week will include woodland hikes, craft projects, mythology, fairy houses, costumes, and more! Some favorite activities include making fairy dwellings and costumes will repeat. Lots of different activities are offered each week, so sign up for one or more weeks.
2021 Summer Camp Scholarships- UPCOMING
The Camp Autrey Mill Scholarship was created to help children age 5-13 who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend camp. The Scholarships are made possible through contributions from individuals, sponsors, partners, and membership supporters. Follow the link below to complete the application, please note that a recommendation letter from a non-relative is requested.
2020 Summer Camp Scholarship Application
2021 Summer Camp Counselor Positions OPEN SOON
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve is hiring summer camp counselors for the camp season. Qualified applicants must be 18 years or older, enjoy and have experience working with children, and possess a passion for nature, history, and the great outdoors. An education background is preferred. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.