The Wylde Center offers a new and unique camp experience to families in and around the Decatur area. During our Winter, Summer and Fall camps, your child will explore this urban setting complete with native plants, garden, resident chickens and native wildlife. Camper will enjoy planting, tasting fresh organic fruits and veggies from the garden, searching the garden for insects, birds, frogs and salamanders, creating engaging and thoughtful crafts, caring for our live chickens and other fun, educational activities.
Our camps are led by two highly trained Wylde Center educators. Cumulatively, our education team has over 40 years of experience teaching and leading outdoor education programs in areas such as science, agriculture, history, art and language arts. With the wealth of knowledge and diversity of backgrounds on our team, there is truly something for every camper!
At the end of each week during our summer and fall camps, your camper will have the opportunity to explore Hawk Hollow, just one of 5 green spaces the Wylde Center manages. They will get behind-the-scenes access to all the fun that site has to offer including, playing games, exploring the creek, visiting the Hobbit Houses, making S’mores around a campfire and optional water fight.
Camp registration is first come, first served, and there is a 16 camper limit to maintain a low camper to educator ratio. Spots fill up quickly, so register soon!
Questions should be directed to Charlee, Lead Educator & Camp Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current 1st – 3rd graders (Grade level as of the 2018 -2019 school year)
Pre-K – Kindergarten & 1st – 3rd graders (Grade level as of the 2018 -2019 school year)
Current 1st – 3rd graders (Grade level as of the 2019 -2020 school year)
Growing up in a military family, Charlee started school in Germany and lived in several states across the US before her family retired in Georgia. She has always had a passion for teaching, animals and exploring the outdoors. Shortly after graduating in 2007 with a bachelors in biology, she took a position with the Ecological Society of America in Washington DC, coordinating an undergraduate ecology program. Longing to work more directly with students, Charlee left the ESA for a temporary position with the GA Department of Natural Resources where she gained valuable experience teaching environmental education programs using birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians. After the position came to an end, Charlee found her way to Fernbank Museum of Natural History and then Cochran Mill Nature Center where she managed the education department, cared for program animals, led education programs, organized seasonal camps, and rehabilitated lost and orphaned wildlife. Charlee joined the Wylde Center team in February of 2017, excited to be adding urban farming to her resume while doing what she loves most, teaching!
Thom joined the Wylde crew in April 2018! He grew up into Chicago (and loves their pizza), but has since been bouncing around the United States working seasonal jobs. Most of his time has been spend in the woods of New England teaching at a residential environmental education company. However, during the summers, Thom has worked on farms and lead conservation trail crews in Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon. While new to Atlanta, he is stoked to be able to combine his love for education and farming at the Wylde center; running around with kids and vegetables is his passion! In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, running, woodcarving, journaling, traveling, and hanging out with chickens.
Allison grew up in Kennesaw and attended Georgia Tech where she majored in biology. Upon graduating she taught high school science for three years. She went on to work at the Chattahoochee Nature Center as the education manager. After moving to Connecticut, she worked at a nature center where she was the education manager for 10 years. Allison returned to Georgia and moved with her family to Decatur where she worked as an environmental educator for a preschool. Joining the Wylde Center staff in August 2015, she is looking forward to working with local community groups and schools. Allison stays busy with her two children and on the weekends leads naturalist guided canoe trips down the Chattahoochee.
Farm to School Manager
An educator and musician, Nichole Lupo grew up gardening with her dad in Lexington, South Carolina. She got her first job in a restaurant and her love of good food was born. Searching for a way to combine her love of growing and eating fresh food with her desire to continue teaching children, Nichole began working with metro Atlanta’s Farm to School movement in 2007. She has spent the years since writing and implementing garden-based whole foods nutrition curricula, leading Farm to School workshops for teachers, instructional coaches and principals, and teaching in classrooms and gardens connecting existing curricula to delicious, garden-fresh food. Nichole has been the farm to school manager at the Wylde Center since November 2012. She enjoys working with her committed colleagues, her talented teachers, and her excited, inquisitive students.
Atlanta Schools Program Manager
Sarah develops and implements the Wylde Center’s education and community outreach program in Atlanta and in the Edgewood Community Learning Garden. An Atlanta native, she is a fiend for peaches and tomatoes, but is still learning to love okra. In 2014 she was lucky enough to be part of the first cohort of FoodCorps service members in Georgia. During this time, she discovered that she loves teaching children about the magic of growing food, which she has gotten to continue doing since joining the Wylde Center in 2016. During the week, you will find her teaching in a school garden or leading after school clubs and tending the vegetable garden at the Edgewood Community Learning Garden. In her spare time, if she isn’t hiking, camping, or practicing yoga, then she’s probably curled up on the couch with a book and her sweet pup.