Things to know about Atlanta's Fernbank Museum

Fernbank to hold virtual summer camps designed to ‘require minimal parental interaction’

Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum will host its annual summer camp virtually this year. It’s the latest entity in metro Atlanta to make the announcement amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The digital camps will allow “for physical distancing while still encouraging discovery with opportunities to engage, learn and explore through Fernbank’s popular summer camp programming from home,” according to a statement.

The museum has been closed to the public since mid-March.

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Fernbank also said the digital option will open up the camps to participants beyond the metro Atlanta area. The camps, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, will feature live streaming sessions focused on things like crafts, guided activities and other self-led programming.

According to the release, they are designed to “require minimal parental or adult interaction and don’t require campers to  participate sequentially or in full sessions if they aren’t able to.”

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The camps are broken up by age group, with options for kids ages 5-13.

The day camps for younger kids will have interactive programs and themed days, with a focus on topics such as animals, physics and paleontology.

The “Ranger Camps” for kids 11-13 years old will focus on exploring ecosystems and native plants and animals.

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“We have made sure to include all of the elements of an in-person camp that our campers love, including plenty of socializing, to keep that fun camp feel, and hands-on activities designed for campers to explore and experiment at their own pace in a familiar environment,” Sarah Arnold, Fernbank’s director of education, said in a statement.

The week-long camps are $200 for members of the museum and $250 for non-members. 

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