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Wylde Nature Camp

The Wylde Center offers a new and unique camp experience to families in and around the Decatur area. Your child will explore this urban setting complete with native plants, garden, resident chickens and native wildlife. Camper will enjoy planting, preparing and tasting fresh organic food, 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 one of the other green spaces we manage in the area. They will get behind-the-scenes access to all the fun that site has to offer, playing games, exploring nature, and making S’mores around a camp fire.

Camp registration is first come first serve, 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:

Bee and Veggie Frog in PondCreek Stomping Hawk Hollow Sign


Camp Educators

Charlee Martin, Camp Director

Lead Educator

Charlee & Cobb OwlGrowing 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. Naturally, she graduated with a degree in Biology and a chemistry minor in 2007 from Clayton State University. Shortly after graduating, 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 DNR 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, led education programs and 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!


Chris Aleman, Camp Assistant

Educator & Oakhurst Garden Site Coordinator

Good LookinChris grew up in Rochester, MN and has lived all over the US: studying in Madison, WI, serving two years with AmeriCorps in Seattle, WA, and finishing up his Sustainable Community Development degree in Prescott, AZ. He returned to his hometown for a while to work as a garden manager for an alternative high school but decided to settle somewhere closer to the equator after skipping the Midwest winter/WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) for several months in New Zealand. He then completed a farm apprenticeship in Mansfield, GA and joined the Wylde Center staff in late 2016 as an educator and site coordinator for Oakhurst Garden.


Education Team

Allison Ericson

Education Director

alissonAllison 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 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 moved to Decatur two years ago and 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.


Nichole Lupo

Farm to School Manager

nichole lupoAn 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.


Sarah Dasher, ECLG Camp Director

Atlanta Schools Program Manager

sarah dasherSarah develops curriculum for and leads gardening and nutrition programs at Atlanta public schools and other organizations that the Wylde center partners with. Before joining the Wylde Center’s staff, Sarah worked with the Captain Planet Foundation while serving in the first team of FoodCorps service members in Georgia, building, maintaining, and teaching in school learning gardens around Atlanta. She also works with the Georgia Farmers Market Association, which supports strong local food economies across Georgia. She loves being outside, playing in the dirt, making food, and working with kids.


Registration Now Open!

Winter Camp 2018

February 19 – 23

Current kindergarten – 3rd graders

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Summer Camp 2018

June 4 – 8

June 11 – 5

June 25 – 29

Current kindergarten – 3rd graders

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