Youth and Family

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For programs requesting an RSVP, call or email us.

Great School Escapes

Our Great School Escapes take place on Poudre School District school-out days and are available for students in grades K-5.

Prices and Cancellation/Refund Policy

The cost for each Great School Escape is $25 per child for members or $50 per child for non-members.

You will have the option either to pay for Great School Escapes online with a credit card at the time of registration, mail us a check after registering or pay on the day of the program. Payment for Great School Escapes is due in full by the day of the program.

Cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the day of the program will receive a full refund. After two weeks prior, no refunds will be given, but you may request a credit towards future programs. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to


We have full and partial scholarships available for Great School Escapes. Please request a scholarship prior to registering.


Pick up and drop off for all Great School Escapes will take place at our East Drake site, please click here for directions. In case of cold weather, we may transport students to the CSU main campus to use an indoor space. Parents will be informed in advance of any off-site field trips. Please note that if the weather forecast is favorable, we will spend the entire day at the East Drake site and most of the day will be spent outside.


Registration for Fall 2019 Great School Escapes will open at 6 AM on Wednesday, August 21. Click here to register.


Drop off for each Great School Escape runs 8:30-9:00AM and pick up runs 3:00-3:30PM.

September 20: Nature Art

We’ll explore the ELC property for nature’s art and use its beauty to inspire our own artistic creations. We’ll look at natural patterns from the markings on a butterfly’s wings to the rugged beauty of rocks and minerals. Using natural materials, we’ll create various forms of art including sculptures, paintings, and drawings.

Note: September 20: Nature Art is now full. If you wish to be added to the wait list, please contact us at

October 17: Adventure Skills

Do you have what it takes to survive in the woods? We’ll learn basic adventure skills like using a compass, hiking etiquette and Leave No Trace practices; as well as more advanced skills like fire starting, shelter building, and path finding.

Note: October 17: Adventure Skills is now full. If you wish to be added to the wait list, please contact us at

October 18: Naturalist Skills

We’ll be learning the techniques needed to be professional wildlife biologists. We’ll practice recognizing signs of animals such as tracks and scat, spotting, and species identification. Just like real life biologists, we’ll create field journals in order to document our discoveries and describe unknown species.

Note: October 18: Naturalist Skills is now full. If you wish to be added to the wait list, please contact us at

November 11: Predator and Prey

We get most of our food from the grocery store, but where do deer, rabbits, coyotes, hawks, and herons go when they get hungry? We’ll learn about who eats who around the ELC, and how these relationships affect animal behavior, camouflage, and physical adaptations. Furthermore, we’ll talk about how these interactions change with the onset of the cold Colorado winters.


Summer Day Camps

Thank you for participating in our 2019 Summer Camps!