Summer Camp

Summer Day Camp at Blue Heron

"If children are allowed the practice of freedom, they may act in their own wisdom, captains of their own souls, shipwrecked perhaps, but not spirit-wrecked."

~ Jay Griffiths

Summer camp echoes these marvelous words as we provide many opportunities for free discovery and exploration in nature. Our camps are purposefully small, so each child has time for individual and small group discovery. Our talented naturalists gear each day to hands on contact experiences with nature in the woods, on the trail, in our meadow and in the creek. We build forts, dig for clay, watch birds, collect beautiful natural materials for art experiences and have a healthy snack each day. We invite your children to enjoy and learn about the wonders of nature. See you this summer!

Pre-registration is required for all offerings. Please mail your check with your Registration Form (click to open .PDF file) to:

Blue Heron Nature Preserve
4055 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, GA  30342

Blue Heron reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum enrollment (refunds will be made).


Summer Camp 2015

Come explore with us! Our 2015 summer camp is guaranteed to be full of exciting nature adventures. Join experienced environmental educators as we search for animals, splash in our creek, and enjoy being outside! All camps will be held Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm.  Open to ages 4-9. Registration begins January 15th. Space is limited, be sure to mail in your registration form and check early to guarantee a spot!

All camps held at Blue Heron Nature Preserve
4055 Roswell Rd, NE  Atlanta, GA 30342


Eco-Explorers Day Camp: 9 am – 12 pm, Ages 4-9, $175 per week

“Nature Inventions”: June 1st -5th
Build amazing inventions from natural objects and recycled materials, then use them to get a closer look at the plants and animals at Blue Heron!

“Sketchy Nature”: June 8th-12th
Spend a week searching for as many species as we can find and creating amazing works of art in nature.

“Living on the Land”: June 29th-July 3rd
Experience and learn how Native Americans and early American settlers lived on the land that is now part of Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

“Let’s Go Birding!”: July 6th- July 10th
Let’s get some binoculars and search for the incredible birds that inhabit the Preserve.

Lunch Bunch: 12 pm – 1pm, $25 for 5 days
Need more time? Stay for lunch! Children will have supervised time to read books, make crafts, and play games and puzzles. Parents must provide a lunch. 

Registration forms available online HERE

Mail completed registration form with your check to BHNP. Questions? Call Education Director, Amy Zvonar, at 678-315-0836.


Photos From Session 1 of 2014 Summer Camp: Living on the Land

Summer camp is a wonderful time for children to have close encounters with nature. During our first week of camp we visited with Susan Loeb at the Community Garden and picked some fresh vegetables for our snack.

We visited the creek and made art on the shoreline, looked for fish to catch in our net to observe, collected rocks and shells and got wet!

All week we cared for a small rescued snapping turtle named Tiny Tim. On the last day of camp we let him go and wished him well in the big, turtle world outside.

May and June are the high months of turtle nesting season, we were lucky to encounter a mama painted turtle looking for a nesting spot.


We made a turtle banner to try and keep our turtles safe at the Preserve and hung it up for all to see.


Camp was lots of fun!


Photos From Session 1 of 2013 Summer Camp: Beautiful Discoveries


Our first week of camp was a big success! The children discovered a very tired mama turtle who may have just laid her eggs near the BH building.

Finding a salamander on the first day of camp.     ...........................    Enjoying zinnias in the Butterfly Garden.