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Zac Brown's summer camp for kids gets amazing "space crab" treehouse

What do you get when you cross outer space with the sea and earth? A space crab treehouse, of course! In this Friday’s season finale of Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet, Grammy winner Zac Brown enlists the help of host Pete Nelson to create this otherworldly structure for the kids at his Camp Southern Ground.

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See Zac Brown's huge, otherworldly treehouse at Camp Southern Ground unveiled

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“It’s like some mythical creature where we can do all of these cool things with the kids,” Brown said in a clip from the upcoming episode. “Imaginations are going to be going crazy.”

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The treehouse is a zinc-wrapped, shell-like cross between a spaceship and a horseshoe crab.

The camp is a passion project for the singer of the Zac Brown Band. Located just south of Atlanta, it’s still in development, however the treehouse is the first structure to be completely finished. Ultimately, the camp will host all children with a special emphasis on those with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as social or emotional challenges.

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The Space Crab treehouse features the longest ADA ramp Pete Nelson (pictured with Zac Brown) has ever constructed.

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“A lot of the kids that are going to be coming here have special needs, and this [treehouse] is gonna be a really transformative space for them,” Brown said. ”You feel like you’re in a special place and special things are going to happen here.”

The structure features 744 square feet of interior space and 331 square feet of decking. There’s also a 709 square-foot ramp that leads up to the treehouse.

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The 11-foot table retracts from the ceiling like it's straight from a space ship.

Inside, an open floor space allows for endless possibilities. A retractable 11-foot ceiling-mounted table can be brought in to transform the room into a meeting area. There are also built-in benches and shelving, plus lookout windows and sliding glass doors that bring the outside in.

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Other features include ceiling-mounted TV monitors, a wet bar with mini fridge and a storage closet.

It’s also super sturdy. The structure and ramps were engineered to hold 100 pounds per square foot. “I think we can fit a bunch of kids up here,” Brown added.

To see the full tour of the treehouse and watch it come to life, tune into Treehouse Masters at 10pm ET, September 16th on Animal Planet.

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