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Great School Escapes

Thanks for joining us for our Spring 2017 Great School Escapes! Information about Fall 2017 will be posted here in August.

Summer Day Camps

Join the CSU Environmental Learning Center (ELC) this summer for adventure in the outdoors! Our camps aim to connect youth to our natural world through learner-led inquiry, hands-on and active exploration, and fun in a safe environment. We can’t wait to be part of your summer!

This summer, we will hold 8, week-long summer day camps. Please read below for descriptions of each camp. While each camp has a theme, our overall focus is getting children outside, comfortable and connected to the natural world.

Registration is now open and we suggest you register quickly as space is limited! Click here to register.

All camps are open to ages 7 through 12. We may accept younger children on a case-by-case basis. Participants will be broken up into age-appropriate groups for most activities, though this will vary based on number of attendees and the age break-down of each camp.

Camps take place from 8:30am-4:30pm each day. Drop off and pick up will always be at our East Drake site, though we may take field trips during the day.

Camps are $155 per week for ELC members and $180 per week for non-members. Please see below for our payment and refund policy.

We do have several need-based scholarships (both full and partial) available. Please contact Nicole Stafford at nicole.stafford@colostate.edu or 491-1661 for more information about scholarships. Please contact us about scholarships prior to registering for summer camps.

 

Payment and refund policy for summer 2017:

We have moved to a new registration system, which will allow you to pay for summer camps online with a credit card. Instructions on the new system can be found here. A potential downside to our new system is that it requires you to pay the total cost for the programs selected before your registration is submitted. We, however, remain committed to offering accessible programs; please contact us in advance if you need to set up an alternate payment plan or to request a scholarship.

Payment for summer camps is due in full by May 1. If payment is not received by May 1, you will forgo your spot in the camp(s).

Cancellations made prior to May 1 will be refunded at 100%. After May 1 and up to two weeks prior to the first day of camp, a 50% refund will be given. After two weeks prior, no refunds will be given.

Summer Camp Descriptions

Wild About Wildlife
June 5-9, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
The ELC is home to a huge variety of animals in the summer and we will spend the week exploring the wild world of wildlife. We’ll spend the week investigating in the forest, under rocks and in the sky for everything from the common robin to the secretive praying mantis.

Our Wild About Wildlife Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.

Build It!
June 12-16, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
Makers wanted! We will investigate the natural builders like beavers and birds that live at the ELC through exploration, observation and experimentation. Plus we’ll put our own building skills to work throughout the week on everything from forts to rafts.

Our Build It! Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.

Get Dirt-y
June 19-23, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
There are loads of plants to investigate on our 200+ acre property and in this camp we will start right in the ELC garden. Everything from tiny seedlings to giant cottonwood trees, the soil that supports them all and the critters that call them home will be our focus.

Our Get Dirt-y Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.

Artful Antics
June 26-30, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
We’ll use nature in every aspect of art this week, finding inspiration in the dance of a butterfly and natural pigments in native plants. This camp will explore the natural beauty to be found all around us and the creative capacities of each camper.

Our Artful Antics Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.

Survivor: ELC
July 10-14, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
From teamwork to fire-starting, it takes many skills to have a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. We’ll start with the basics and work our way through tougher and tougher challenges as the week goes on.

Our Survivor: ELC Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.

H2O Yeah! I
July 17-21, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
It’s all about water this week! We’ll use the Cache La Poudre River as the focus of all our fun in this camp. Frog study, crawdad observation, water velocity testing – the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget your towel!

Our H2O Yeah ! I Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.

H2O Yeah! II
July 24-28, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
Please note that programming for this camp will be the same as H2O Yeah! I.

Our H2O Yeah ! II Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.

E.S.I. – Environmental Science Investigators
July 31-August 4, 8:30am-4:30pm
Ages 7-12
We’ll be earning our detective badges during this camp as we combine our sense of wonder with the scientific method to explore and describe natural phenomena. Come with a keen eye and your thinking cap and we’re sure to have a good time.

Our E.S.I. – Environmental Science Investigators Summer Day Camp is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at elc@csuelc.org or call us at 970-491-1661.