Welcome to CAATINGA!

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

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.

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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.)
Winter Break Art & Nature Camp:

February 17-21, 2020

K-5th grade

Your child is welcome to enroll for any number of days during the week!

9:00am - 3:00pm Monday- Friday: $295

Extended hours available from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, for an additional $75/week or an additional $15/day

If attending a partial week from 9:00am-3:00pm:

1 day- $79

2 days- $145

3 days- $195

4 days- $245

5 days- $295

Children will create fun and messy art projects using the nature around us!

During extended care from 3:00pm-6:00pm, children will have the opportunity to create free art and have outdoor creative play time.

Please pack a lunch for your child and send them in clothes that can get messy!

June Summer Camp Registration

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Summer Camp Registration is now open!

June Summer Art & Nature Camp:

Week long camps during the month of June

K-5th grade

Summer Camps are for the full week!

4 week long Camps to choose from:

June 1- June 5, 2020

June 8- June 12, 2020

June 15- June 19, 2020

June 22- June 26, 2020

9:00am - 3:00pm Monday-Friday: $340

Extended hours available from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, for an additional cost of $70/week.

Children will create fun and messy art projects using the nature around us!

During extended care from 3:00pm-6:00pm, children will have the opportunity to create free art and have outdoor creative play time.

Please pack a lunch for your child and send them in clothes that can get messy!

We look forward to having your child join us!

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Register today for the 2019-2020 school year!

CAATINGA! is an art and nature after-school program that offers a safe, creative, nurturing environment with just the right amount of unstructured play mixed in! We have a new 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:
Waitlist-5 days (Monday-Friday)
3 days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
Waitlist-2 days (Tuesday and Thursday)


CAATINGA! operates Monday-Friday from 2:30pm-6:00pm in accordance with the City Schools of Decatur schedule.
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.

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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.