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Autrey Mill summer camps in Johns Creek offer fun, education

Children get to experience nature up close and personal at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Summer camps are now registering. MICHELLE SIENKIEWICZ. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. Parents looking for something fun and educational for youngsters to do this summer can choose from 23 exciting camps at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center in Johns Creek.

Located on 46 acres of woodlands, nature trails, a winding creek, pavilions, historic buildings and animal exhibits, Autrey Mill helps children connect with nature and history.

Registration for each camp remains open until it fills up, but some are already reaching their limit. The camps start the first week in June and run until early August.

Tadpole nature summer camps are available for youngsters 4 to 5 years old, and cover reptiles, insects and Sal's Creek and watersheds. Tadpole camps cost $115 for Autrey Mill members and $145 for non-members. Tadpole campers bring a snack but do not eat a lunch. Camps are five days long.

Turtle nature summer camps are for kids 6 to 10 years old, and offer adventure camps, reptile camps, insect camps and camps that explore Sal's Creek. Turtle camps cost $180 for members and $210 for non-members. Campers bring a snack and a lunch. Camps are five days long.

For young people interested in history and how they did things back in the old days, Autrey Mill offers eight different Heritage summer camps. Heritage camps explore life through engaging activities, games, crafts and exploration of historic buildings.

Camps include Southern Manners, Mythical Friends of the Forest and several that focus on specific periods in American history. Autrey Mill has also brought back its popular Heritage Doll camp.

Heritage camps are available for children aged 6 to 11, last five days and cost $180 for Autrey Mill members and $210 for non-members. Campers should bring a snack and a lunch.

For a complete list of Autrey Mill camps or to register online, visit or call 678-366-3511.

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