Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

2015 Junior Naturalist Summer Camps

New themes and new experiences await this year's summer campers! Come explore all our camps have to offer!

 Note: Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the start of the camp.

Day Camp Sessions

Nature Scouts (ages 5-6): This fun-filled week gives campers the chance to discover the amazing world of animals and their habitats through games and exploration. Ponding and wildlife watching are just a few of the fun activities that will round out our adventures.

  • June 2-5, 2014 (9 a.m. – 1:30pm)
  • Cost: $120 per camper 
  • Registration deadline extended to May 25

Charlie's Trackers (ages 7-8): Just like Charlie Elliott in his youth, campers will gain new outdoor skills while they hike forest trails, explore waterways and search for wildlife evidence. Live animal encounters, games and crafts are also planned for this week of fun and adventure.

  • June 9-12, 2015 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Cost: $125 per camper
  • Registration deadline extended to May 25

Wildlife Rangers (ages 9-10): Wildlife Rangers will travel back in time to imagine what life was like for the Native Americans and early settlers of this area. Campers will learn basic survival skills such as shelter building, outdoor cooking, animal tracking, fishing, canoeing, archery, games and old-time music. This camp also features a Thursday night campfire and tent camp-out, with parent pick-up Friday morning!

  • Session I: June 16-19, 2015 (registration deadline extended to June 1)
  • Session II: June 23-26, 2015 (registration deadline extended to June 8)
  • Tues. - Wed. 9 a.m. – 4pm, Thur. 9 a.m.-overnight, Fri. pick-up 10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $135 per camper

For more information on Day Camps, please call (770) 784-3059.

Residential Overnight Camp Sessions

All 2015 overnight camp registration (Except for ACE camp) deadlines have been extended to two weeks prior to the start date of camp.

Camp TALON (Teen Adventures Learning Ornithology and Nature): Camp TALON is a five-day camp for teens interested in birds and nature. Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Ornithological Society, and the Atlanta Audubon Society, participants get a chance to experience birding on Little St. Simons Island, Wassaw Island NWR, Sapelo Island, Harris Neck NWR, Jekyll Island, Altamaha WMA, and St. Simons Island. Hosting 16 students, ages 12-16. Older students may be eligible

  • May 31-June 4, 2015
  • Cost: Early registration is $300 February 16 – April 30. Registration rate May 1–16 is $350. (A nonrefundable $100 deposit must be included with registration)
  • For more information you can contact Julie by email at at or by phone at (770) 313-5762 or Bob by email at or by phone at (478) 397-7962.

WILD Creatures of Georgia Overnight Camp (ages 11-13): Come and learn about some of the creatures that call Georgia home. Campers will take an up close and personal look at the various birds, mammals, and reptiles that live throughout the state. In addition to Project WILD activities, campers will spend time taking care of some of CEWC’s animal collection, and learning what it takes to keep these animals healthy in captive collections.

  • July 6-10, 2015
  • Mon. 2:30 p.m.-Thurs 12 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per camper

Outdoor Adventure Team Challenge Camp (ages 11-13): Teamwork and team spirit abound as campers work together to complete challenges using the outdoor skills they've learned and developed throughout the week. This is a fast-paced, high energy camp. Camp days will be brimming with outdoor pursuits such as hiking, canoeing, fire building and wilderness survival. Our trained and certified counselors will guide campers along their journey culminating in an all-out, every team for themselves competition.

  • July 27- 31, 2015
  • Mon. 2:30 p.m.- Fri. 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per camper

Wild and Wonderful Garden Club Camp (boys and girls, rising 5th and 6th grade Garden Club Members): We will highlight ideas from The Garden Club of Georgia; have programs on attracting birds and butterflies, fishing, outdoor recreation, a night hike and just enjoying the quietness outside the city. Register by June 1, 2015. To register, or for more information, contact Molly Kimler at (770) 464-3589 or

  • July 12-14, 2015
  • Cost: $125 per camper

Shooting Sports Camp (ages 12-16): We've expanded and improved this popular camp. Campers will receive hands on instruction from DNR professionals in archery, shotgun, air rifle and .22 rifle. Campers may also participate in a Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), which qualifies them to participate in the state YHEC.

  • June 29- July 3, 2015
  • Mon. 2:30 p.m. - Thur. 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per camper

ACE (Adventures in Conservation Education) Overnight Camp (6th-8th grade): ACE is a unique workshop/camp for middle school students focusing on wildlife conservation. Participants will spend five days immersed in Georgia wildlife via hands-on activities and day trips including birding in Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, canoeing in Bond Swamp, mist-netting bats at Oconee National Forest, and exploring bogs at Ohoopee Dunes. Also, they will spend time learning to shoot shotguns, hiking to a rock outcrop and studying streams with fisheries biologists. 

  • July 20 – 24, 2015 (Mon. 1 p.m. - Fri. 12:30 p.m.)
  • Cost: $100: Thanks to a grant from The Environmental Resources Network, the cost of the program is ONLY $100 per person. This covers all room and board and program fees.
  • Application Evaluation begins May 14

Space is limited (only 14 spots available), so apply early! 

For more information on overnight camps, please call (770) 784-3059.

How to Register

Full payment and all required forms below must be completed and submitted by the registration deadline in order for your child to attend summer camp. A limited amount of registration packets are available at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Register early! Space is limited.

Full paperwork includes Registration form, all Camper Health Record and Emergency Information Forms, Behavior Standards, an immunization record signed by a doctor and Participant and a Minor Waiver Release Form. If you turn in an incomplete packet, you will be waitlisted and notified of your missing forms.

If you wish to opt out of the immunization record for any reason, you need to fill out this affidavit.

Day camps registration opens Jan. 21, 2015! Registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the start of the camp provided there are still spaces at camp after the initial deadline.

Overnight camps registration opens Jan. 21, 2015! All 2015 overnight camp registration (Except for ACE camp) deadlines have been extended to two weeks prior to the start date of camp.

Full payment and all required forms must be received before your child can be added to the camp roster.  Please complete all required forms and mail or bring them into the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center at :

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Attn: Day Camp
543 Elliott Trail
Mansfield, GA 30055

For more information, call (770) 784-3059.

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