The mission of Wild Earth Camp is to connect children to the natural environment while they learn and have fun. We do this through exploration, play and teaching earth skills like building structures, tracking wild animals, crafting, storytelling, and studying birds and native plants. We will spend all of our time outside in the fields, forest and along the stream at the 50-acre Piedmont Preserve.
Camp Directors, Laura Hall and Hamlin Jackson both have many years experience working with children of various ages. Areas of expertise include: language, music, art, nature education, plants, and gardening.
Mentors include Davis Gabriel, Ana Aldridge and Sean Armour. These young adults spent many childhood summers together at Earth Camp and Wild Intelligence camps. They are excited about passing down the nature skills, knowledge, and games they learned from these amazing camps. Additional Mentors include: Zach Donogan and Camila Castillo.
Laura is a Landscape Architect currently working at Oconee River Land Trust, a local land conservation non-profit. Laura grew up in Athens and has raised two children, playing in rivers and camping since they were very young. She has worked with several local and youth community garden projects including the Clarke Central Garden Club.
Hamlin recently moved back to his hometown of Athens, after five years living and studying in Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked with children for many years as a piano teacher, mentor, tutor and caretaker. He also taught in the after-school program at Barrow Elementary School.
Ana is a student at UGA studying Psychology, Pre-Occupational Therapy and plans to work with kids. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and arts and crafts and is fluent in Spanish.
Zach is a student at UGA studying political science, Pre-Law. He enjoys many sports and fishing, and spends time with his three younger siblings and cousins.
Your camper’s health and safety is paramount, which is why we have studied the practices of camps who have successfully mitigated the risks associated with the Coronavirus proving that a safe summer camp experience is possible. Full COVID-19 protocols available here.
In the event of withdrawal, tuition is refundable, minus a $75 cancellation fee, if written notice is received by the camp office by September 15th. For cancellations after October 1st, tuition is non-refundable. If a participant withdraws voluntarily or is sent home as a consequence of unacceptable behavior, no refund will be granted.In order to protect Camp for future generations, as a result of binding commitments that the Camp must enter into in order to conduct camp with appropriate levels of staff and medical personnel and the cost of readying the Camp to open, no refunds will be given in the event of an Act of God, War, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Pandemic, other matters beyond the control of the Camp, or any other non-personal situation that, in the Camp’s sole judgment, could lead to significant cancellations that would have a negative financial impact on the future of Camp.