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Trailblazers Day Camp

for ages 8 - 13

Trailblazers Day Camp is a 5-Day program offered Monday-Friday. *4-day program during the weeks of Memorial Day and July 4th. 

Only have a day or two of the week for camp? Only have an afternoon or morning? Your child can still enjoy camp at BHNP! Click the button to learn more or check out our afternoon Art Camp.

Regular Full-Day Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Extended Day Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

You must provide your child with a nut-free lunch. 

Fees for 2018:

Full-Day: $375.00/week
Extended Care: Early Drop Off, $35.00; Late Pick Up, $35.00; Both, $60.00.

*Extended Care is a one-time fee per child. Once paid, you may use extended care throughout the summer. 


Program Description

Now entering its 2nd summer, our Trailblazers camp provides older children the opportunity to expand their exploration of the Preserve. Our Trailblazers get to travel to our Emma Wetlands site, home of our resident beavers. They will also explore our new Land O' Lakes meadow restoration site, and see the incredible conservation work underway.

This camp teaches outdoor survival skills, and engages campers in Citizen Science work. It give campers the opportunity to pursue their own outdoor interests, whether they enjoy nature journaling or want to learn how to use a seine net and identify local fish.

Additionally, our Trailblazers will help be a part of the growth of Blue Heron by assisting with the building of new trails, trail crossings, outdoor education centers, and more. This year, our Trailblazers camp has its own themes to ensure older campers get a personalized and challenging nature camp experience. 

 

Trailblazers Camp Themes:

 
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Adventurous Naturalists

May 29-June 1 and

July 9-13:


What does it take to be a naturalist? Do they climb trees, explore  underwater, or search the sky? Let's go on hiking expeditions to our beaver ponds, track animals like deer and mink, and grab a field microscope as we find out!  We'll even get inspiration from famous people who were, surprisingly, naturalists! 

You will not be able to register if the program is full. If you are unable to register, then please email our Education Director, Amy Zvonar, amyz@bhnp.org to be put on the waitlist. 

 
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Discovering New Worlds

June 4 - 8 and

July 16-20:

From large to small to microscopic, the habitats and ecosystems of Georgia offer incredible new worlds for us to discover. Blue Heron is home to four distinct habitats, and we'll discover ways to explore each one. Track beavers in a wetland, find dragonflies in a meadow, or gather wild edibles in our woods as we learn what makes each place a unique and wonderful world.

You will not be able to register if the program is full. If you are unable to register, then please email our Education Director, Amy Zvonar, amyz@bhnp.org to be put on the waitlist. 

 
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Water Ecology

June 11 - 15 and

July 23 - 27:


We'll need nets, buckets, and Blue Heron's water quality testing equipment for this week! We will explore ways to determine if our creeks and pond are healthy. Campers will test different ways of catching fish, learn what aquatic macroinvertebrates are, and how to find them. There will be plenty of time for wading and rock skipping, as we learn more about caring for our waterways! 

You will not be able to register if the program is full. If you are unable to register, then please email our Education Director, Amy Zvonar, amyz@bhnp.org to be put on the waitlist. 

 

Survivor: The "Green" Edition

June 18- 22 and

July 30 - August 3:


Do you have what it takes to survive being "green"? Our challenge this week will be to find ways to survive inside and outside while reducing our carbon footprint! From weighing our food waste and trying to reduce our camptrash to 0, to building environmentally friendly shelters outside, campers will have to get inventive to survive as a "green" person this week!

You will not be able to register if the program is full. If you are unable to register, then please email our Education Director, Amy Zvonar, amyz@bhnp.org to be put on the waitlist. 

 

Trailblazers Give

June 25-29 and

August 6 - 10:


Each summer, we are impressed by our campers desire to protect and improve the Preserve. During this week, campers will pick a conservation project to complete. Possibilities include removing invasive plants, planting new plants, or creating new signs at our Field Education Centers to help visitors learn about native wildlife! Campers' names will be on the project, and we'll celebrate their accomplishment with an end of week party.

You will not be able to register if the program is full. If you are unable to register, then please email our Education Director, Amy Zvonar, amyz@bhnp.org to be put on the waitlist. 

 

Georgia Bioblitz

July 2,3 and

5,6 (No Camp July 4th):


Georgia is an amazing State for wildlife! During this week of celebration, let's celebrate the plants, animals and ecosystems that make our state so unique!  Can we find more than 100 species of living things at Blue Heron? We'll use new skills and the help of experts and try to reach this goal! 

You will not be able to register if the program is full. Please email our Education Director, Amy Zvonar, amyz@bhnp.org to be put on the waitlist. 


Daily Registration

You may now register your child on a day-by-day basis for our Trailblazers camps. This is an excellent option for families who are traveling for part of a week, but need one or two days of camp for their child.

Daily registration will be open for camp weeks that do not fill with regular weekly campers. Blue Heron camp staff will decide when to open Daily Registration for a week of camp and announce it here. Check back often, as new weeks will be added on a regular basis. 

CAMPS AND WEEKS OPEN FOR DAILY REGISTRATION AS OF July 1ST, 2018:

July 16th-20th: Adventurous Naturalists Theme

 Half-Day with Lunch Bunch (9 am - 1 pm, mus pack a lunch) and Full-Day options available. 

FEES for Daily Registration:


Full-Day (9 am - 4 pm): $90/day. Only open to ages 5 and up. 

You must provide your child with a nut-free lunch.

Half-Day (9 am - 12 pm): $45/day

Half-Day with Lunch Bunch (9 am - 1 pm): $50/day.

Afternoon Only (1 pm - 4 pm): $45/day

You must provide your child with a nut-free lunch.


Extended Care: $30.00 for 8:30 am drop off, $30.00 for 4:30 pm pick up. $60.00 for both. Extended Care is a one-time fee per child. Once paid, you may use extended care throughout the summer for any full-week camp or daily registration option you select. 


T-Shirt: $20.00. Daily option registrants do not receive a t-shirt with their registration, but may choose to purchase one with their registration. If you register your child for a full-week camp, the t-shirt is provided free with your registration.