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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. Each Great School Escape runs 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The cost is $25 per child for members or $50 per child for non-members.
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.
Spring 2018 Great School Escapes
This spring, come help us discover and share what makes the ELC such a cool place! Participants will be divided into groups by age and will be tasked with a question to answer each day. Teams will explore parts of the property we don’t often get to during programs and, together, will create video journals to share their discoveries with future ELC visitors!
February 19 – Winter River
In the winter the Cache la Poudre River goes through many changes including freezing over, slowing down and sometimes nearly disappearing! We’ll break the ice to see what survives underneath and walk the river banks and the ditch bed to see what’s left behind when the river flow slows in the colder winter months.
Please note, the February 19th Great School Escape is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact us at (970) 491-1661 or email@example.com.
March 2 – Nature Art
We’ll explore the ELC property for nature’s art and use its beauty to inspire our own artistic creations. Using natural materials, we’ll create various forms of art including sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
Please note, the March 2nd Great School Escape is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact us at (970) 491-1661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 13 – Explore and Discover
We will explore new places on our property with the help of maps, compasses, and GPS! As we explore uncharted areas, we’ll be identifying unfamiliar species and documenting them for others to learn about.
Please note, the April 13th Great School Escape is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact us at (970) 491-1661 or email@example.com.
Registration for Spring 2018 Great School Escapes is now open. Click here to register.
Full and partial scholarships are available for Great School Escapes. Please contact Nicole Stafford at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 491-1661 for more information or to request a scholarship.
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 eight, 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.
This year, current ELC members will have the opportunity to register early. Registration opens for current ELC members on Wednesday, January 17 at 8 am and for non-members on Friday, January 19 at 8 am. In order to register early as a member, your membership must be paid through January 31, 2018. We suggest you register quickly as space is limited and these programs fill up fast!
All camps are open to ages 7 through 12. We may accept 6-year-old siblings on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to request permission to register a younger sibling, please contact us at email@example.com or (970) 491-1661 by January 1, 2018. 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. Each camp is limited to 36 participants. A wait list will be started for each camp once it reaches 36 registrations.
Camps take place from 8:30am-4:30pm each day. Drop off and pick up will always be at our East Drake site. Please note that the ELC will not be providing snacks at camp this year, please plan to send a morning and afternoon snack with your child.
Camps are $155 per child, per week for ELC members and $180 per child, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 491-1661 for more information or to request a scholarship. Scholarship requests must be received by January 1, 2018.
Has your child aged out of our Summer Day Camps? Check out our new Counselor-in-Training summer program!
Payment and refund policy for summer 2018:
You will have the option either to pay for summer camps online with a credit card at the time of registration, or to mail us a check after registering. Instructions on using the registration system can be found here, please read the instructions thoroughly prior to starting the registration process. The registration link will become live at 8 am on January 17 for members and at 8 am on January 19 for non-members.
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. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to email@example.com.
Method to the Nature Madness
June 4-8, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
There’s a method to the madness of nature, a scientific method, that is! Get ready to use the scientific method to test out your questions about nature, plus we’ll put our building skills to the test to build and race miniature rafts and make forts that can withstand a Colorado downpour.
The Method to the Nature Madness camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.
Wonders of Wildlife
June 11-15, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
We wanna win the wisdom of wildlife in this wonderful, wacky week! The ELC is filled with fascinating wildlife, and we’ll try to spot as many of them as we can in this camp. We’ll explore the adaptations that make each creature unique and discover how they each fit into their habitats and ecosystems.
The Wonders of Wildlife camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or email@example.com to be added to the wait list.
Plants, Plots and Play, Oh My!
June 18-22, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
We’ll explore the plentiful plants that call the ELC home this week, as well as spending some time in the garden’s green growth. Get ready to investigate the parts of a plant, what makes soil so special and the insects and animals that depend on these green things.
The Plants, Plots and Play, Oh My! camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.
The Art of Nature
June 25-29, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Bring your creativity to this week of camp as we uncover the beauty of the natural world. We’ll use all forms of artful expression from painting to drawing to sculpture, gathering our inspiration from the land around us. After all, you can’t spell “nature” without spelling “art.”
The Art of Nature camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or email@example.com to be added to the wait list.
July 9-13, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Put on your investigation caps and prepare to run experiments every day at the ELC! We’ll use scientific tools like soil corers and microscopes to answer questions and discover how nature works.
The Environmental Experimenters camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.
River Rovers I
July 16-20, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
It wouldn’t be a proper ELC summer without our popular river themed camps! We will spend nearly every day at the river, catching crawdads, looking for toads and splashing around. We will also bring back our Trout Unlimited partners for a special presentation.
The River Rovers I camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or email@example.com to be added to the wait list.
River Rovers II
July 23-27, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
The programming for this week will be identical to the July 16-20, River Rovers I camp, we encourage you to only register for one week of this camp.
The River Rovers II camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.
Survival of the Fittest
August 6-10, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Master the skills you need to rough it in the wild, including fire starting, shelter building and compass/GPS. Each day, we’ll put our skills to the test in team building activities and competitions. See if you and your team can master the skills to survive in the wild!
The Survival of the Fittest camp is full. Please contact us at 970-491-1661 or email@example.com to be added to the wait list.