Summer Camp

Camp Discovery Suwanee - Calendars and Favorite Field Trips












Past Summer Camp Adventures
Tree Top Quest



Tree Top Quest is located at the Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center in Duluth and has 3 obstacle courses for elementary school age children. The obstacle courses includes zip lines as well as various "monkey" and suspension bridges that weave through the canopy of trees on site. Coolest part - we reserved the course just for our campers!

Everyone had a BLAST!! It was amazing how well the children overcame the challenges and left with greater confidence in themselves. Based on the great reviews, we have already scheduled a return trip to Tree Top Quest this Summer.







Dahlonega's Consolidated Gold Mine



One of my personal favorites is our field trip to the Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega. Children start with a quick and informative movie that gives a history of gold mining in Northern Georgia and its impact on the economic development of the State. The children are then led down into the mine which maintains a constant and very refreshing temperature in the 60’s.

After the mine tour, you have an option of panning for gold or sluicing for gemstones. Given the value of gold, only a few, very small flecks are used. Panning for these small gold flecks can be frustrating for most children; therefore, we opt to sluice for gemstones. Each child is given a bucket containing a rich gemstone and sand mixture. The campers use the onsite sluice (channel of cool running water) and boxed screens to separate the gemstones from the sand. To keep the fun going when we return to Discovery Point, we have the campers sort and chart their gemstones by type. According to our amateur gemologists, there were over 36 types of semi-precious gems that were collected on our recent field trip.

There are other gold mine tours available in the region. We keep returning to the Consolidated Gold Mine as we feel it offers the most entertaining and best educational experience. There is more information on costs and hours of operation posted on their webpage http://www.consolidatedgoldmine.com/index.asp

Roswell Summer Puppet Series

Roswell Puppet Summer Series Webpage



A little bit further of a trip for our Suwanee families, the puppet shows that the City of Roswell produces every summer at the Cultural Arts Center are a favorite of younger campers. Amazingly, there is a different show each week put on by alternating marionette companies who bring their unique perspectives and talents to each production.



Many of the puppets are made from recycled materials. After the show, the children are invited to participate in a puppet workshop where the campers can make their own puppet for an additional $4 kit fee. The 2011 Summer Series runs through July 23. Show times are Monday through Saturday at 10 am with additional shows Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $4 for children under 12 and $5 for adults. The tickets may be purchased 30 minutes prior to show time at the Cultural Arts Center located at

950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075.







Braves Museum & Turner Field Tour

A true hidden jewel for baseball fans of all ages is the Atlanta Braves Museum and Turner Field Tour that is available year round when games are not being played. Guided tours start at the top of the hour and begin in the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame. Visitors are given a behind the scenes look at the luxury suites, broadcast booth, locker room and dugout. Cost is $12 per adult and $7 for children.





No reservations are necessary for individuals or groups of less than 20 people. Walk-up tickets can be purchased on the day of your tour at the Braves ticket window at Turner    Field and free parking is available in the Green Lot.
Learn more @ Braves Museum Turner Field Tour








Sprayground at Riverside Park


There are a couple of great, new Spraygrounds in Roswell. Definitely worth the extra time to get there, the Roswell Sprayground at Riverside Park offers a safe, secure and FUN way to cool off from the summer heat. Only $1 per child for the Sprayground is ideal for children 9 & under. The Sprayground is co-located with three "dry" playgrounds at Riverside Park (575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA, 30075). We recommend that you check out their webpage Riverside Sprayground.





Kangaroo Nature Conservation Center









Dawsonville, GA

http://www.kangaroocenter.com/

Our older campers recently visited the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville. At $28 for an adult and $22 per child, this is one of our most expensive field trips, but provided a fun & educational experience for the children and the ticket price goes to a great cause. Plus, all the campers and staff said that it was the best field trip ever.



Visitors start at the Aussie Outpost which offers nice facilities as well as some bird and reptile residents. The highlight of the day is the 45 minute tram ride which goes into the fenced habitats. There are tons of wallabies and kangaroos so you will definitely get some great photos. There are 3 tram rides per day starting at 11:30am. Seating is for 90 visitors and is first come, first serve. Good news is that you don't have to wait in line as you get stamped once you arrive at the outpost. The tram was full the day we went and you need to reserve a spot online.



In addition to the tram ride, there are 3 shaded nature trails that meander around the habitats. There also is an aviary (aka the “Billabong") with a koi pond, bearded iguanas and various exotic birds from the Outback. Most of the birds are tame and will let you get up close. Watch for flying birds as that freaked out one of our campers.



Finally, you can visit Night Hoppers, a neat place to see all the outback night dwellers like Rat Kangaroos. It is dark, so some of our younger friends might not want to visit this exhibit.

There is wonderful picnic area with plenty of seating surrounded by flowers, a water feature and views of the habitats. So pack a lunch.

Chattahoochee Nature Center









9135 Willie Rd.

Roswell, GA 30075

http://chattnaturecenter.org/

Admission: Adults $8.00, Children 3- 12 yrs $5.00, Children under 2 Free

What a pleasant surprise we found at the Chattahoochee Nature Center!! Our Campers (ages 6-7 yrs) visited the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell and had a blast. This is the best Nature Center of the many that we have visited on field trips over the past 4 years. Our favorite things to do are the interactive "Explore Your Watershed" exhibit, the Beaver habitat and the multiple Eagle, Hawk and Owl Aviaries.



When you visit the Nature Center, be sure to check the website for the timing of the "Creature Feature" (usually at 10:00 am & 4:00 pm) where a handler brings the hawks and other birds of prey out for a close up visit. The handlers are great about answering your questions. You should also check to see if the Riverwalk is open. Unfortunately, on our visit, this part of the center was closed due to the recent rain and unexpected height of the river.

Every summer, they have a big Butterfly Release. The Center Director promised me that this year they will release the largest amount and most colorful butterflies in the Center's history. Be sure to visit during the afternoon on both Saturday, July 17 and Sunday July 18 to see the release (We suggest you call the center or check their website for exact times on these days!) Shuttle buses will be available from remote parking areas.

Buford Fish Hatchery










3204 Trout Place Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
Open 7 days a week
7:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Guided tour offered on Saturday's at 1pm.
Located in the Chattahoochee River Club off Highway 20 across the street from the Windemere entrance.
Looking for a local place to fish?

The Buford Fish Hatchery is a great, family friendly alternative to a trout farm or the lake. The Fish Hatchery is run by the Georgia Dept of Natural Resources and is free to all visitors. There are two things you’ll enjoy at The Fish Hatchery. Everyone will enjoy the hatchery raceway where they raise over 500,000 trout annually to release in Gerogia lakes, streams and rivers. One of the best parts of the visit is the hatchery provides fish feed for visitors to give to the trout. This is pretty cool (whether you are an adult or a child) seeing the fish swarm around the feed that is thrown to them.

For the budding fisherman, there is a pond on site that is located at the end of a short nature walk. The pond is stocked with bass, bluegill and carp for catch and release fishing. The hatchery provides cane fishing poles (yea, like Tom Sawyer) and you need to provide the bait (bread or hot dogs work well). You can also bring your own fishing tackle. Hope we “hooked” you on visiting this fun little known jewel here in Cumming!

Fernbank Science Center

Each summer, we take our Pre-K and School-age Campers on lots of fun and interesting field trips. Many of these field trips are to what we like to call "undiscovered jewels". To give our parents some fun ideas for family excursions on the weekends, we will post information and tips about some of our favorite places to take our children. Let's kick off with Fernbank's Science Center Planetarium and Observatory.

All programs at the Fernbank Science Center are $4 for adults and $3 for children and students. The planetarium show is kinda goofy, but the high school students that were present laughed so it's definitely fun for all ages! The show lasted about 40 minutes. We recommend that you get there about 30 minutes early to give yourself plenty of time to see the small, but interesting, science exhibits which include live reptiles and some cool space exhibits including a meteorite (which you can touch!), a moon rock and an interactive holographic exhibit of our solar system.

Observatory – opens at dark on Thursday and Friday evenings and is free. Go through the fence on the right side of the observatory – it will be easy to see the observatory dome. An Astronomer is on hand to aim the telescope (which is the largest in SE) toward interesting outer space features (eg: moon, planets, constellations) and to answer your questions. We talked to the Astronomer and were told that summertime is the best time to see the planets (humid summer air is supposedly more stable) while wintertime is best for seeing the constellations. The moon is good to see anytime it is in phase.