Welcome to CAATINGA!

CAATINGA! is a child led art and nature program that allows children to learn about and explore art through nature with a positive community of friends. When you pick up your child we hope that they are dirty, sweaty, smell like the fresh air and have a piece of art in their hands to show you.

CAATINGA! ShoeBox Craft Kit Series!
Inside each ShoeBox are all of the supplies, inspiration, and instructions for your fun creative art craft!

- Released weekly
- Cost $25 per ShoeBox Craft Kit
-Special Offers for multiple ShoeBox Craft Kits is available on the checkout page
-Shoeboxes will be available for pickup at CAATINGA! during allotted times each Monday between 10:00am-11:00am. (Orders must be placed by Wednesday the prior week, for pick-up the following Monday)

Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year is now open!

CAATINGA! is an art and nature after-school enrichment program that offers a safe, creative, nurturing environment with just the right amount of unstructured play mixed in! We have an outdoor play space and will spend as much time creating outside as possible. We also provide opportunities to reinforce and teach social skills and to encourage good citizenship.

Your child is invited to join us for 2 or more fun-filled days of art and nature:
5 days (Monday-Friday)
3 days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
2 days (Tuesday and Thursday)

CAATINGA! operates Monday-Friday from 2:30pm-6:00pm in accordance with the City Schools of Decatur schedule. For the 2020-2021 School Year CAATINGA! will provide transportation for children attending: Winnona Park, Oakhurst, Talley St. and Fifth Avenue

(Please make sure to complete the Registration Payment to continue enrolling your child. After registering, you will receive an email of acceptance or to inform you that you have been placed on the waitlist.)
Janis Dunckel has been trained in Art at The Maryland Institute College of Art and at The Ringling College of Art and Design. She has worked at The New York Times as a News Artists and many other papers. Janis has also worked as a Courtroom Artist for Fox 5 and as a Graphics Director. Janis loves teaching children about Art and has taught at the Art Station, Callonwalde and art camps for 13 years.

Melissa Dunckel has studied at the Savannah College of Art in Atlanta and has been Ms. Janis’ assistant in several Art Camps. She also loves teaching children about art through nature.

Both founders, Janis Dunckel and Melissa Dunckel, have attended numerous training classes on nurturing and guiding children through nature. They are both Members of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools and have received their Nature-Based Teacher Certification's.

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If you have any question, feel free to call us at 678.632.2880 or use the form below! Also, we would love for you to Join Us on Facebook.

CAATINGA! is exempt from the state of Georgia's
Bright From the Start program.
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