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Hello, Summer Camp 2022!

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

It's that time of year again, and we are so excited for another summer of outdoor adventure and nature appreciation. Summer camp registration is now open on the Parent Dashboard.

Our COVID-19 protocol has safely been in place since reopening in June 2020. Air quality was improved at camp and on buses for any time we can't be outside. The buses have been equipped with medical grade HEPA air filtration rated the same as N95 masks, with 360-degree full air changes within the bus every 7 minutes.

We look forward to our field trip camp basics of hiking, beachfront lake swimming, zip lining, canoeing/kayaking, and more. All field trip destinations and adventure outfitters must meet appropriate standards for protocol.

You can find more detail about our policies, including our ongoing outdoor focus, small group numbers, mask wearing indoors and on the bus, physical distancing, health screening, and supervised health precautions in our Parent Field Guide.

We're thrilled to announce that Aqua Island at Callaway Gardens has reopened for 2022! Here's an overview of the schedule for our 13th summer season, with some key highlights:

Private summer camp sessions. Returning this year is the option to book a private field trip bus for a maximum of 12 with your campers' friends or neighbors, or any small group.

  • It's priced at the cost of 12 registrations (the maximum number of attendees with a $20 discount each) and includes 2 camp educators, including your own certified Wilderness Lifeguard.

  • Participating families will select destinations and activities from preset options in a virtual custom consultation.

  • Residential transportation with pickup and drop-off may be arranged at up to 2 locations per day.

  • The single payment must be paid in full by check or credit card within 14 days of the booking request to reserve the week. Only one rental is available per week.

  • Email for more information or to check available weeks.

Field trip sessions. We have a fun summer of adventure planned! General session information is available on the Summer page of the website. All age groups can attend separate field trip sessions for Land Explorers, Water Explorers and Earth Trekkers. Campers aged 5-11 will have an option for Wildlife Explorers. Ages 9 and up will have an option for Adventure Seekers.

The itinerary is subject to change. In the event an activity is canceled, we always attempt to adjust the schedule to preserve as much of the plan as possible. During the camp session, severe weather could impact the schedule without prior notice. This is not a complete overview of daily adventure, but lists the main events.

  • Land Explorers Ages 5-8. Weeks of May 31 and June 27. Hiking (Cherokee Bluffs, Little Tallapoosa Park), Beachfront swimming, Treetop Quest aerial park, Callaway Gardens / Week of June 27 only: Mining (Hogg Mine)

  • Land Explorers Ages 9-12. Weeks of May 31 and June 27. Hiking (Cherokee Bluffs, Little Tallapoosa Park), Beachfront swimming, Ziplining (Banning Mills), Kayaking/canoeing / Week of June 27 only: Terminus Wake Park

  • Water Explorers Ages 5-11. Weeks of June 6 and July 11. Hiking (Amicalola Falls, Red Top Mountain, Newman Wetlands Center), Beachfront swimming, Stream ecology, Terminus Wake Park, Callaway Gardens

  • Water Explorers Ages 9-12. Weeks of June 6 and July 11. Hiking (Raven Cliff Falls, Anna Ruby Falls), Beachfront swimming, Kayaking/canoeing, Tubing, Whitewater rafting

  • Wildlife Explorers Ages 5-11. Weeks of June 13 and July 18. Private tours at Wild Animal Safari and North Georgia Zoo, Hiking (Red Top Mountain), Beachfront swimming, Callaway Gardens

  • Adventure Seekers Ages 9-12. Weeks of June 13 and July 18. Hiking (Sawnee Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Vickery Creek), Beachfront swimming, Kayaking/canoeing, Ziplining (Unicoi)

  • Earth Exploration Ages 5-11. Weeks of June 20 and July 25. Hiking (Tallulah Gorge, Dunwoody Nature Center, Consolidated Gold Mine), Beachfront swimming, Callaway Gardens

  • Earth Exploration Ages 9-12. Weeks of June 20 and July 25. Hiking (Elachee Nature Science Center), Tellus Science Museum, Beachfront swimming, Kayaking/canoeing, Whitewater rafting

On site sessions. Nature Camp, which is held on site for ages 5-12, has four unique sessions. Each week includes small group playground time, nature art and crafts; wildlife studies with animal interactions; plant explorations with gardening and time with the chickens; hands-on environmental science; and active movement, including nature yoga or games. Special themes are Biologists, Geologists, Ecologists, and Zoologists.

Cost. On site nature camp costs $350 per week ($20 discount for 2nd and more full week sessions in the same checkout) and field trip camp costs $520 per week ($30 discount for 2nd and more full week sessions in the same checkout).

Contact us with any questions at, and we hope to see you this summer.

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