Not your “Run of the Mill” summer camp!
Autrey Mill’s camp emphasizes re-connecting children with nature and history and giving kids a break from competitive activities and ever-present technology. We keep campers engaged with plenty of activities and learning opportunities, but there is always time to examine what’s under a log, catch a tadpole, or to imagine living in the past.
Our Camps are divided by age groups with multiple options for ages 6-11. In an effort to divide the ages and offer more age appropriate lessons when possible we have divided the Frog group in two: Pollywog 6-8 and Turtle 9-12
For ages 4-5 TADPOLE Preschool Camp
Tadpole Preschool Camps include both nature and creativity focused camps. Both introduce campers to a variety of topics through activities, games, crafts, visits with animals, and exploration of our 46-acre nature preserve. Choose from nature themes like Zoology Camp, Habitat Hunter, and Wild Water or creative themes like Preschool Nature Art, Preschool Mini Camp, and Preschool Cooking & Crafts. Please note that full day camp options are only available for campers aged 5 and older.
For ages 6-8 POLLYWOG Camp, 6-11 FROG Camp and 9-12 TURTLE Camp
For these ages groups, we offer both Heritage and Nature Camps. Our Heritage Camps bring history to life and spark campers’ imagination through creative activities, games, crafts and exploration of our historic buildings. Choose from Time Traveler, Heritage Doll, Woodland Fairies, Nature Art & Games, or Cooking & Crafts camps.
Our Nature Camps introduce a variety of natural science topics through activities, games, crafts, visits with animals, exploration of our 46-acre nature preserve, and scientific experiments. Choose from Outdoor Adventure, Jr. Naturalist, Habitat Hunter, or Wild Water camps.
For ages 11-14 NATURALIST Camp
Our Naturalist Camps engage older campers with exploration and study of the habitats and wildlife or our collections and heritage buildings through hands-on activities and experiments. Hikes, visits with our animals, games, and crafts will round out the camp sessions. Choose Zoology camp, Curious Curators, Curious Culinary, or Naturalist camps.
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Campers will take a step back in time through simple recipes and heritage crafts enjoyed in the past. A cooking activity and a craft are introduced each day including making Johnny Cakes, ice cream, Native American crafts, and more! Fun games and other activities will round out each day. Open to boys and girls.
Campers will take a step back in time through recipes and heritage projects enjoyed in the past. A cooking activity and a project each day including making apple head dolls, camp fire cooking demonstrations, harvesting, foraging, rock candy experiments, old fashion taffy pulls, and more! Fun games and other activities will round out each day. Open to boys and girls.
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes with our collections and exhibits at Autrey Mill? Here is your chance to learn how to handle artifacts and natural collections, explore research techniques, write condition reports and labels as well as develop your own mini-exhibit. Activities take place indoor and outdoor, and highlights include behind the scenes look at heritage collections and conservation work, object handling, exhibit and programming development, design and display of live animal habitats. Hands on activities and creative situations make this new camp a must for all! Participants in this camp will be eligible to apply for our Heritage Collections Internship for Fall 2017.
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 a hands on experience with scientific experiments and outdoor activities in this 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 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. A variety of activities are offered each week, so sign up for one or both weeks! Open to girls.
Campers explore nature both on land and in water. We will discover many different species of animal that call Autrey Mill Nature Preserve home. Campers will learn the different kingdoms of animals and how to classify invertebrates and vertebrates.
This camp combines two fun activities: creating art and playing games. Campers will create all sorts of interesting projects with nature themes or utilizing natural materials. Each day will include traditional games like badminton, croquet, hop scotch, and other pastimes popular with kids in earlier generations. Hikes to collect materials and inspiration, exploration of the Heritage Village, and more will keep campers creative and active. Open to boys and girls.
Through a variety of interactive, engaging activities, students in our new Naturalist Camp will have the opportunity to learn how scientists study the environment. Campers will be exposed to soil and water chemistry techniques and use the scientific method to learn about the plants, animals, and fungi that live in Georgia.
Here is a wonderful program for when the older siblings start going back to school. Preschool campers will enjoy nature and heritage activities designed to educate and entertain.
Preschool Nature Art campers will create all sorts of interesting projects with nature themes utilizing natural materials. Story time, hikes, and engaging activities will keep your little one happily occupied during this fun week.
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.
This camp will transport explorers to various periods in history! We’ll set our time machine and explore life during the time of the Native Americans, Colonists, Civil War era, Industrial Revolution, Depression, or the groovy 70s. Campers will discover these eras through engaging activities, games, and crafts from the past.
Campers at Wild Water Camp 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
Fairies, elves, trolls, and other mythical folk 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 like making fairy dwellings and costumes will repeat, but lots of different activities each week, so sign up for one or more weeks.
Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the different animals that live in Georgia. Students will observe, identify, and classify birds, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and more. We will use hands on scientific equipment to help identify, properly record, and measure the flora and fauna of Georgia.
Camp Autrey Mill Scholarship
The Camp Autrey Mill Scholarship was created to help children age 5-14 who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend camp. The Scholarships are made possible through contributions from individuals, sponsors, partners, and membership supporters. Please submit your completed application to email@example.com.