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2024 Summer Camps

Explore a world of science and nature with Fernbank’s Summer Day-Camps for ages 5-13. Your camper will discover how the brain links our bodies to our senses, raise caterpillars and dig into the past to explore dinosaurs with this exciting camp experience! Under the guidance of Fernbank educators, campers will perform experiments, play games and more.

Registration Dates: Registration opens for members on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 12 p.m. EST.  Registration for non-members will open on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 12 p.m. EST.

Cost: $300 for members; $350 for non-members. Price is prorated for the week of July 4th, as camp that week will only take place Monday through Wednesday.

Hours: Fernbank’s Summer Camp runs from 9:00 a,m, to 4:00 p,m.

Morning Care: Morning Care is available from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and costs $5 per day or $20 for the week. Only full-week Morning Care registration is available online. Single-day Morning Care registration will be available on-site during camp.

After-Care: Afternoon Care is available from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and costs $10 per day or $40 for the week. Only full-week Afternoon Care registration is available online. Single-day Afternoon Care registration will be available on-site during camp.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: All registrations include a $50 non-refundable fee.  Cancellations made prior to May 20, 2024 will receive a refund that does not include the $50 non-refundable fee. After May 20, 2024, no refunds will be issued.

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

There are no partial refunds for missed camp days.

Camper Age Groups: All campers must be at least 5 years of age by the time of their camp session. Day-Camp groups are divided into ages 5-7 and ages 8-10. Ranger Camp is ages 10-12.

Day Camp (Ages 5-10)

Camps include games, activities and crafts centered around the theme of each day. Summer 2024 Day-Camp Themes for ages 5-10 may include: 

  • Ecology Day: Campers will become junior ecologists and study the relationship between living organisms and the environment! Activities may include a walk in Fernbank Forest and soil sampling.
  • Mirror Maze: Campers will explore the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world. They will discover a unique—and sometimes dizzying—perspective of our daily surroundings with fun, hands-on activities. Activities may include pattern stamp making, optical illusion crafts and exploring Fernbank Forest for mathematical patterns!
  • Geography: Explore the world in a single day! Join us for a hands-on educational experience as we  journey through the wonders that define our planet. Activities may include designing your own island and a museum-wide scavenger hunt!
  • Oceans: Campers will explore everything from the deep, dark depths of the sea to colorful coral reefs on this discovery of the incredible science of our blue planet. Activities may include journeying through the water cycle as a drop of ocean water, crafting creatures of the deep (like the tricky anglerfish) and engineering creative solutions for a miniature ocean cleanup.
  • Paleontology Day: Campers will discover Paleontology. Activities may include digging for fossils and exploring the Giants of the Mesozoic.

Specific activities are subject to change without notice.

Dates: Themes repeat weekly between June 3 and July 26, so we encourage you to select the week that best meets your summer needs.

Ranger Camp (Ages 10-12)

Campers will develop their skills as a naturalist with Ranger Camp. With Fernbank’s 65-acre old-growth forest as their guide, campers will discover the geology, biodiversity, and incredible ecology of the Piedmont Forest. Activities will take place primarily in Fernbank’s outdoor areas.

Dates: June 24th- June 28th


To register, please use the following link to create an account.

If you already have an account, please use the following link to login.

Contact the Education Department at or 404.929.6311 for more information.