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.

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.

Gift Making Art & Nature Camp, Saturday December 21

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Gift Making Art & Nature Camp:

Saturday December 21, 2019

K-5th grade

9:00am-1:00pm $60.00

(*extended hours available until 3:00pm for an additional $20)

We'll spend a fun filled day making surprises but we can't tell you what or it wouldn't be a surprise!

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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.

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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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