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GA Museum of Agriculture offers summer camps for kids

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 Children ages 4-11 can now register for summer camps through the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Campers will explore southern Georgia's rich history and natural resources through hands-on interactive activities, games, and crafts. 

Camp Wiregrass offers camps geared toward specific age groups: Munchkins, ages 4-5; Explorers, ages 6-8; and Trekkers, ages 9-11. Each week-long session offers age appropriate activities and themes.

To register for any session of Camp Wiregrass, send an e-mail. Registrations close two weeks prior to each camp, and space is limited.

Snacks, T-shirts, and all supplies are provided for each week (Explorer and Trekker campers will need to supply a sack lunch).  Thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Museum, campers can participate at a reduced rate.  The cost is $75 per week for the Munchkin camp and $170 per week for all Explorer and Trekker camps. 

The summer kicks off with the Munchkin camp for 4-5 year-olds on May 28-31 from 8:30 a.m.-noon with Animal Antics.  While exploring the needs of humans and animals, campers will meet the local animal residents at the Langdale Nature Center.  Activities will include fishing, bug exploration, and feeding farm animals. 

Two different sessions are available for Explorer campers, Wilderness 101 and Wiregrass Time Travelers. Children ages 6-8 can attend either or both sessions.  Wilderness 101 on June 3-7 will focus on exploring the surrounding forest while learning various outdoor survival techniques.  Campers will learn how to build a shelter, visit with the Langdale Nature Center's animals, and learn basic orienteering skills. 

In the Wiregrass Time Travelers camp on June 24-28, campers will experience mid-1800s southern Georgia culture through interactive activities such as wool/cotton processing, wagon rides, cane pole fishing, traditional games, and historic baseball.  Camp programming runs 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for Explorers.

Two sessions for Trekkers, Nature's Artists and Native American Explorers, are also available.  This camp is geared to 9-11 year olds.  Campers can attend either or both sessions.  During the Nature's Artists session on June 17-21, campers will create various art projects inspired by nature hikes, stream exploration, and local wildlife. 

The program includes discussions on photography (campers need to bring own digital camera), sculpture, drawing, and painting techniques.  A showcase of the campers' artwork will be displayed at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture. 

From July 8-12, Trekkers can return to Camp Wiregrass for Native American Explorers. Campers will explore Native American history and culture through skills including primitive hunting, archery, gardening, and rope making.  Trekker camps run from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Female campers from 9-11 years old can enjoy either of the Trekkers' camps as well as the Victorian Adventures camp June 10-14.  This camp involves female campers interested in experiencing the Victorian Era.  Various activities include hosting a tea, making rag and corn husk dolls, and playing traditional games.

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