Exploring Environmental Sciences

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Do you enjoy the outdoors and learning about nature? In this camp, you will investigate different fields of study in the world of environmental sciences. You’ll work side by side with professionals in a variety of environmental fields, including horticulture, conservation, herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles), botany, and more. Through hands-on experiential learning and interacting with experts, you will gain invaluable insights into careers in these fields. You will get wet and dirty while spending each day exploring the State Botanical Garden grounds and learning about the diverse ecosystems found in this part of the Georgia Piedmont. Most importantly, it will be fun!

Ages: 11-14

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Course Date:
Monday, June 8, 2020 to Friday, June 12, 2020
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $390

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35
  • Optional Lunch Vouchers - $55 (provides 5 lunches)

Overnight Camp - $870



Cora Keber (B.S. University of Kentucky 2001) is the Director of Education at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens since September 2007. Her responsibilities include programming for adults and children and also maintains partnerships with University of Georgia departments and local and state-wide organizations. The adult programs include the Certificate in Native Plants program, symposia, series program and Evening and After Hours programs. She works in collaboration Children’s Program Manager to teach and plan field trips for grades pre-K through secondary grade levels and co-directing summer camp programs, school day-off programs and family festivals. The children’s programs are correlated with the GA Performance Standards and focus on nature connection and scientific observation through puppetry, storytelling and outdoor exploration. She is the President for the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Board of Directors and is Secretary for the Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful Board of Directors. Keber is pursuing her Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organization at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation date December 2018. In her non-work time, she teaches Zumba, is a dance company member at DanceFX, and enjoys time with loved ones and time outdoors.

Audrey Stadler has been the Children's Program Coordinator at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia since February 2020. After graduating with a BS in Forest Resources with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology, she worked as a park assistant at Memorial Park, various animal care and outreach positions at Bear Hollow Zoo, and in the Clarke County School District as a substitute teacher. Before coming to the garden she was an Environmental Education Program Specialist at Rock Eagle 4-H Center from 2017-2020, where she taught classes on ecology, history, and team building, while also managing the center's gift shop and pools. She comes with much enthusiasm for the garden and its programs and is greatly looking forward to camp season!

What you need for camp/program: 

We recommend that all of our students bring a water bottle and small day bag to carry everyday items/supplies.

Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your camp. Overnight supply lists will be included.