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 2014 Has Ended

Stay tuned for 2015 camp information.


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!


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.