Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia is a year-round getaway and for children with serious illnesses and physical, emotional and life challenges. The nonprofit organization installed a new learning and fun center for the kids this year, a solar-powered, green-roofed tree house on the lake. It’s a new place for the kids to play while learning about sustainable practices and experiencing unique design.
The tree house, which was designed by Amy Leathers of Lord, Aeck and Sargent, has a 1,700-square foot living green roof, a 1.4-kilowatt solar array to power ceiling fans and misting system, domed skylights, two composting toilets and a foundation built from recycled telephone poles. The tree house is wheelchair-accessible and the pathway leading to it is lined with telephone-turned-totem-poles carved by introductory sculpting students at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
A spiral staircase leads to a bird’s nest of sorts, where kids can access the green roof. Other fun features include a tube slide that spirals kids from the tree house down to the water’s edge. Camp Twin Lakes also offers its visitors a camping outpost, games area (including baseball diamond, mini-golf course, archery, tennis court, etc.), swimming pool, canoeing, cabins and more. The eco-friendly tree house adds a touch of sustainability and creative design to the camp’s repertoire.
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