ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Offers Camp Wiregrass for Kids This Summer

March 11, 2020

Exploring worlds of old and new, creating crystals, making solar powered s’mores, and learning to use a compass are a few of the activities that children can enjoy during Camp Wiregrass sessions this summer at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture.

Children from 4 to 12 years old can experience these and many more adventures when they explore Georgia agriculture, history, and natural resources this summer. Registration for all sessions of Camp Wiregrass will be available beginning April 7 at 9 a.m. Registration can be completed online at abacgma.eventbrite.com. Discounts will be available for multiple siblings attending camps.

“Camp Wiregrass provides a fun, interactive environment for children to engage in hands-on activities, games, and crafts,” Museum Assistant Director Sara Hand said. “Each camp offers unique activities and themes tailored to each age group.”

For children 4-6 years old, “Young Scientists” and “Down on the Farm” are the two sessions available for Munchkins campers. Both camps will run from 8 a.m. to noon each day with drop off from 7:30-8 a.m. and pick up from 12-12:30 p.m. The cost of each camp is $60 and includes a snack, t-shirt, and all supplies. Campers will be going home before lunch.

During the “Young Scientists” session on May 26-29, campers will transform into young scientists and create crystals, make machines out of found items, and learn the very basics of computer coding by making binary bracelets.

“Down on the Farm” is scheduled June 16-19 and offers campers the chance to learn about the wonderful things that agriculture provides in everyday life. Children will experience tasks that farmers undertake and get hands-on sessions with crops and animals. Children will milk a robotic cow, shear a shaving cream sheep, work in the garden, build a miniature house, and more.

Camps are also available for Explorer campers for those children 7-9 years old and Trekker campers for those who are 10-12 years old. Each of these camps runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with drop off from 7:30-8 a.m. and pick up from 3-3:30 p.m.

“Westward Bound” and “Wilderness 101” are the two sessions available for the Explorer campers. The cost of each camp is $110 and includes a snack, t-shirt, supplies, and afternoon water games. Campers must bring a sack lunch.

“Westward Bound” for Explorer campers is set for June 8-12 and offers children the chance to embark upon a covered wagon journey of their own. The year is 1863, and the camp has decided to take up the call of the Homestead Act to move westward.

Explorers will learn trail skills to help them on their way such as campfire cooking, reading trail signs, first aid, and animal husbandry. This immersive camp will teach campers about history, outdoor skills, team building, and more.

“Wilderness 101” runs from June 22-26. During this camp, the 7-9-year-olds will learn to follow their instincts and discover ways to survive in the wilderness. On each day of the camp, children will explore nature and strengthen their survival skills. By learning how to make a fire, build shelters, use compasses, and make solar powered s’mores, campers will become more confident and comfortable in the wild and develop valuable skills.

Trekkers can enjoy “Out of the Blocks” scheduled for June 1-5. During this camp, the 10-12-year old participants will experience all the joys of Minecraft in the real world. They will meet many villagers, including the blacksmith, as well as catch fish, plant crops, make crafts, and meet many animals, just like they would in the game.

For more information on Camp Wiregrass, interested persons can contact Hand in the Museum’s Education Department at (229) 391-5208 or at museum@abac.edu.