Take a survival hike on the Appalachian Trail, the world’s most famous long distance trail, and descend Tallulah Gorge, home to the sliding rock, Bridal Veil Falls. Zipline at Historic Banning Mills, the world’s longest and largest canopy tour, on a course with 9 zips, 2 sky bridges and one tower. Raft Class III-IV rapids on the Chattahoochee River at the world’s longest urban whitewater rafting destination, Whitewater Express. Kayak the rapids of the Chestatee River and enjoy the secluded Big Bend Beach along the banks.
River & Treetop Explorers
Snorkel in the clear waters of the Southern Appalachian Mountains for an experience compared to swimming in a freshwater aquarium. Raft Class III-IV rapids on the Chattahoochee River at the world’s longest urban whitewater rafting destination, Whitewater Express, named a top 12 manmade adventure by USA Today. Zipline through the treetop at Historic Banning Mills, the world’s longest and largest canopy tour. Cross the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi, 270 feet above the Toccoa River in the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest. Climb to the top of Amicalola Falls and cool off in a hidden swimming hole.
Wilderness Survival (Overnight)
Learn wilderness survival skills in the “Land of a Thousand Waterfalls” during this three-night tent camping adventure in the north Georgia Mountains. Explore Tallulah Gorge, one of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern United States at 2 miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Descend the gorge to Bridal Veil Falls, also known as Sliding Rock, to enjoy the natural waterslide. Raft the Chattooga River, featuring Class II-III rapids followed by a thrilling Class IV drop. Swim at Lake Rabun in the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest and enjoy campfires and stargazing by night.
Explore the innovative ways that a variety of environmental problems are being tackled and solved with science and math. Raft the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and learn about water quality and water conservation. Enjoy an environmental scavenger hunt in the canopy at Treetop Quest. Tour a landfill and recycling center to understand what happens to solid waste and how we can help. Campers will visit top marvels of environmental engineering, such as the world’s largest solar energy cap, as we learn about alternative energy and sustainable living.
Experience several of the fascinating fields of geology, including geophysics, hydrology and paleontology, while learning about Earth’s natural resources and processes. Hunt for fossils that are millions of years old in ancient shale. Study Georgia watershed and river systems and raft down the Chattahoochee. Learn the basics of earthquakes and Georgia’s seismic activity at Fernbank Science Center. Explore our local geology while caving at Howard’s Waterfall and visiting Soapstone Ridge, site of a prehistoric quarry used by Native Americans. Become an amateur mineralogist while digging for gems at Hogg Mine.
On Site Base Camps
Campers will learn the basics of woodworking or expand their skills while creating a variety of environmental projects, such as upcycled or nature themed take-home masterpieces.
Inspired by the beauty of the outdoors, campers will work in a variety of mediums to create art projects and deepen their understanding of the subject matter and materials.
Georgia wildlife abounds at Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail & Zoo, the North Georgia Zoo and Dauset Trails Nature Preserve, where a tour takes campers through a rehabilitation center including coyotes, beavers, river otters, foxes, bobcats and more. Campers will see wildlife from around the world on a tour at the Wild Animal Safari, ranked a Discovery Channel top 10 destination to see wildlife in North America. At Callaway Gardens, campers will visit one of the largest glass-enclosed tropical butterfly conservatories and learn about birds of prey.
Explore a magical underwater world of plant and animal life while snorkeling in the clear streams of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, a breathtaking biodiverse aquatic ecology of more than 45 species of freshwater fish. Study the streams of Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to find and learn about some of our local aquatic species, such as salamanders, crayfish and dragonfly nymphs, and find turtles or more while rafting down the Chattahoochee River and visiting Callaway Gardens. Expand the experience globally with a visit to the Georgia Aquarium.
From mountaintops to underground, we will explore our local geology. Experience the thrill of caving in Sitton’s Cave at Cloudland Canyon, located at the western edge of Lookout Mountain. Search for rose quartz, aquamarine, tourmaline and more at the Hogg Mine on an authentic dig. Investigate rocks, minerals and fossils at Tellus Science Museum and understand the processes that formed them. Hike the granite outcrops of the Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and visit Cheaha Mountain in the middle of the Talledega National Forest, the highest point in Alabama.
River & Treetop Explorers
Experience the diversity of our local rivers while snorkeling in the clear streams of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, home to more than 45 species of freshwater fish. Climb, jump, swing and zip through the trees on a treetop obstacle course at Treetop Quest. Raft the flowing Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, the nation’s first river named a National Water Trail, and study the streams of Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. At Callaway Gardens in west central Georgia’s Pine Mountain Ridge, campers will enjoy scenic hikes and learn how to identify species of trees and plants in Georgia.