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Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

Explore art, history, nature, and science in one of Atlanta’s most special parks!

Happening weekly at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery, this week-long summer camp offers a unique opportunity to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through daily creativity-fueling crafts, exciting skill-building games, hands-on problem-solving activities, and engaging experiments that will ignite campers’ imagination and love of learning.

Activities are centered around a different STEAM-related theme each week, so students can attend one or more camps and have a different experience each week. See below for a list of this year’s themes.

Summer camp is for children ages 7-10. Your camper must be in this range by the start of camp.

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Camp Sessions and Themes

We are offering eight five-day sessions from June 3 to July 26, 2024.

Camp hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Before-care and after-care are available daily from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Delve into the vibrant world of Oakland’s unique plants, trees, and grasses and learn how Oakland’s 48 acres provide critical habitat for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife

  • Visit Oakland’s greenhouse
  • Learn about sustainable gardening practices
  • Learn to identify some of Atlanta’s most common trees
  • Discover some of Atlanta’s many pollinators and learn about their importance to our food system
  • Meet the horticultural team responsible for Oakland’s beautiful gardens and learn what it’s like to work in this field and other environmental science fields

Field Trip: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Discover how Oakland’s 48-acre greenspace contributes to Atlanta’s environmental health. Engage with animal life at Oakland and understand how Oakland’s flora provide habitat for wildlife.

  • Hunt for and identify insects
  • Build a birdhouse
  • Learn to identify some of the birds who call Oakland home

Field Trip: Zoo Atlanta

Learn about the geology at Oakland and in Georgia. We’ll investigate how weathering and chemical reactions impact the different types of rocks around Oakland. Campers will gain a new perspective on rock classification. Meet Oakland’s preservation team and learn about their jobs caring for Oakland’s stone monuments and headstones and discover other jobs in the geology field.

  • Rock classification
  • Weathering
  • Headstone identification
  • Chemical mixtures
  • Stone soup
  • Geology scavenger hunt

Field Trip: Diamond’s Del Gem Mining Adventure (onsite)

This camp fills campers up with knowledge about Atlanta various waterways. Campers will be able to see how the water cycle plays a pivotal role in our daily lives. Also, campers will be able to decipher the importance of irrigation systems as it relates to parks and nature around Atlanta.

  • Water Cycle
  • Irrigation system building
  • Water measuring
  • Rain usage activities

Field Trip (virtual): Atlanta Water Plant Tour

This camp centers on food gardening and sustainability. Campers will gain knowledge and a deeper appreciation for how food is grown. Campers will engage with local farmers’ markets as a way to see how gardening influences Atlanta’s economy and their own nutrition. Campers will also learn to identify edible plants and fruit-producing trees around Oakland and participate in an on-site cooking class.

  • Cooking basics
  • Farmer’s market visit
  • Identifying edible plants and trees around Oakland
  • On-site cooking class

Please note that this is a three-day session due to the 4th of July holiday. This session is $210 for non-members and $180 for members.

This camp focuses on all things above Oakland and the Atlanta skyline. Campers will explore how things in the sky affect Atlanta’s everyday living. Campers will be able to utilize Oakland as space to investigate sky life in the city.

  • Aviation craft
  • Bird Watching
  • AirPollution
  • Drone

Field Trip: Delta Flight Museum

This camp breaks down the importance of simple machines usage at Oakland and in Atlanta. Campers will design simple machines to aid in finding a solution to problems at Oakland and in Atlanta. Campers will discover ways to enhance gardening and hardscape at Oakland through mechanical engineering.

  • Simple machines
  • Robotics
  • Legos
  • KSU iMaker Bus (onsite)

This camp focuses on the importance of being active and encompasses the needed engagement between nature and mental health well-being.

  • Design ways to increase physical activity at Oakland in and Atlanta through the incorporation of STEAM.
  • Field Day activities
  • Yoga
  • Nature walks
  • Play

Camp Details

Registration

Registration opens Jan. 8, 2024 for Historic Oakland Foundation members. Registration begins for the general public on Jan. 15.

Session Tuition

  • General public: $350 per week (July 1-3 session is $210)

HOF members save 15% on tuition. Check your email or contact cburkholts@oaklandcemetery.com for the discount code.

  • Before-care (8:15 to 9 a.m.): $5 per day, $20 per week
  • After-care (4 to 5:30 p.m.): $10 per day, $40 per week

Camp Location

Campers will meet in Oakland’s Bell Tower, located inside Oakland Cemetery (248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312). Camp will take place inside the Bell Tower and on Oakland’s grounds.

Sample Daily Schedule & Activities

Sample Day

9 to 9:30 a.m.: Morning group session
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Morning activities – outdoors
12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 to 4 p.m.: Afternoon activities – indoors or outdoors
4:30 to 5 p.m.: Daily Yoga / Meditation / Reflection Activity

Sample Activities

  • Build a simple machine that can lift 200 pounds
  • Compete against other campers on an insect scavenger hunt
  • Build your own birdhouse
  • See how our preservation team cares for different types of stone monuments
  • Test your tree identification skills

Field Trips

There may be onsite and offsite field trips related to the summer camp’s theme. For field trips not within walking distance, transportation will be on MARTA from the King Memorial Station located two blocks from Oakland.

Scholarships

Partial, half, and full scholarships are available to select students attending Atlanta Title I schools. Please indicate that you’d like to be considered for a scholarship when you fill out the registration form.

Camp Policies

Cancellation Policy

If minimum enrollment is not met, we reserve the right to cancel a camp session and issue a full refund.

Withdrawal Policy

A $50 administrative fee will be charged for all cancellations.

The deadline to receive a refund for cancellation is Friday, April 26, 2024. After April 26, 2024, no refunds will be issued for cancellations.

Refunds will not be given for campers who miss camp days for any reason, including illness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Camps will take place rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, planned outdoor activities will take place inside or be revised.

Campers should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Campers should avoid wearing clothing with derogatory/explicit language and sheer clothing.  Be aware that we are an indoor/outdoor camp, so clothing and shoes may get dirty. On days where the forecast may include rain, campers can wear rain jackets and rainboots.

Students are required to provide their own lunches and a reusable water bottle. Snacks will be provided for daily breaks. Refrigeration is available for lunches.

Each week has a different theme aligned with environmental and life science. See the schedule above for details.

We host a very active, outdoor-oriented camp balanced with hands-on learning projects, arts and crafts, and playtime. Much of our time is spent outside in all sorts of weather. Please be mindful of each day’s forecast and dress your camper appropriately.

Campers are led on activities appropriate to their age group. Each group will have its own agenda of activities and groups are typically not in the same space at the same time. A few activities allow all age groups to participate together, and when appropriate.

There is a fee for optional before- and after-care. See above for the daily and weekly fees for early drop-off or late pick-up.

Please review our cancellation policy above for details. A $50 administrative fee will be charged for all cancellations. The deadline to receive a refund for cancellation is Friday, April 26, 2024. After April 26, 2024, no refunds will be issued for cancellations.

Refunds will not be given for campers who miss camp days for any reason, including illness.

Call Oakland to speak to someone who can handle your needs. Our office number is 404-668-2107. Staff contact information can be found in the camp reminder emails that are sent after registration is confirmed. Our physical address is 248 Oakland Ave Atlanta, GA 30312.

Disruptive behavior that interferes in our ability to maintain a positive, fun learning environment is not acceptable at our camp. This includes disrespectful speech or behavior targeted toward other campers, staff, or guests of Oakland.

Camp staff and/or Oakland education staff will address inappropriate behavior with campers which may include a conversation with the disruptive individual and quiet time away from others (with supervision). Consequently, the camper will not participate in the activities occurring at the time. If disruptive behavior does not cease, a parent/guardian will be notified to pick up the camper immediately.

In all our programs, we practice inclusion and encourage kindness toward one another, as well as for our natural environment. Repeated disruptive behavior of any type or any level of bullying could result in dismissal from camp.

Campers or parents who witness something they want to report may bring the matter to the attention of the Director of Education and Youth Programs, Charvis Buckholts.

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