2017 Summer Science Camps
Rescue Summer from the Indoors!

Our summer science camps allow children to experience the wild places of the Eagle Valley while nurturing their connection to the natural world through daily exploration of local trails. Campers investigate principles of ecology and develop an understanding of scientific concepts through fun, adventure, experiments, and exploration. Sessions are age-appropriate and taught by qualified natural science educators that make learning safe and fun.

NEW This Year: Extended Care Hours!
We will be offering early drop-off (7:30 – 8:30 am) and late pick-up (4:30 – 5:30 pm) for all Avon based day camps for an additional fee ($5 per morning or afternoon extended care). Normal drop-off (8:30-9:00 am) and pick-up (4:00-4:30 pm) hours are still available at no extra cost.

Questions? Click here to see the Summer Science Camp FAQ page. 

Donor Registration: February 27, 2017. Make a donation of $100 or more before February 27 to qualify for donor registration!

Open Registration: March 6, 2017

Scholarship Application

English Application

Solicitación para Becas

Please fill out the scholarship application before registering for camps. Once approved, you’ll receive a discount code to use during registration.

Mini Monets (Earth Explorers Single Day Camp)

Be inspired by the natural world as you explore the surrounding mountains, collect materials, and create your own eco-art! 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. $50/child. Earth Explorers is available to children entering Kindergarten-2nd grades in Fall 2017.

Avon – Tuesday, June 20 | Plow into plant art as we use natural dyes to tie dye and create our own flower-inspired masterpieces.Click here to register.

Avon – Thursday, June 22 | Explore earth’s elements as we create solar prints, watercolors, earth sculptures, and wind-catching kites!Click here to register.

Super Scientists (Earth Explorers Single Day Camp)

Explore chemical and physical reactions as you build rockets and create slimy substances! 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. $50 per day. Earth Explorers is available to children entering Kindergarten-2nd grades in Fall 2017.

Avon – Tuesday, June 27 |Try your hand as a rocket scientist as you build and set off your own rocket. | Click here to register.

Avon – Thursday, June 29 | Don’t forget your lab coat as we mix secret ingredients to create messy masterpieces. | Click here to register.

Wild and Wacky Weather (Earth Explorers Single Day Camp)

Come explore Colorado’s ever changing weather from thunderstorms to calm bluebird days! 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. $50 per day. Earth Explorers is available to children entering Kindergarten-2nd grades in Fall 2017.

Avon – Tuesday, July 6 | Become a mini meteorologist as you experiment with the forces that create our weather. | Click here to register.

Dino Detectives (Week-Long Day Camp)

Dig into the geologic history of the Rocky Mountains! Young paleontologists will discover the creatures that roamed ancient Colorado, search for fossils, and hunt for bones.

Avon – June 12 – June 16 | $295 | Click here to register.
Eagle – July 10 – July 14 | $295* | Click here to register.
Avon – August 7 – August 11 | $295 | Click here to register. 

Creep and Crawl (Week-Long Day Camp)

Slither, slide, and scoot as we explore snakes, spiders, salamanders, insects, and more! Learn why these misunderstood critters are so important to the natural world.

Avon – June 19 – June 23 | $295 | Click here to register.

Eagle – July 17 – July 21 | $295* | Click here to register.

Creek Critters (Week-Long Day Camp)

Get your feet wet as you discover the creatures that swim, crawl, and play in the creeks and rivers of the Eagle Valley. This adventure is a great introduction to our watershed community.

Avon – July 31 – August 4 | $295 | Click here to register.

Captain "Plant-It" (Week-Long Day Camp)

Get ready to discover some of the super powers that help plants and pollinators survive and thrive. Learn how you can harness these secrets and help your animal allies as you hike, explore, and craft your way through the week.

Avon – June 26 – June 30 | $295 | Click here to register.

Call of the Wild (Week-Long Day Camp)

Come see the world through the eyes of both predator and prey as you discover how they interact here in the Eagle River Valley. Get excited for 3-days of jam packed adventure!

Avon – July 5 – July 7 | $177 (3-day camp) | Click here to register.

Mountain Musicians (Week-Long Day Camp)

Calling all musicians! Come sharpen your listening skills, explore the rhythms of nature, appreciate a wide variety of new music, and experiment with the science of sound. Use your musical mastery to craft your very own natural instruments and end the week with a performance.

Avon – July 24 – July 28 | $295 | Click here to register.

Rock Hounds (Week-Long Day Camp)

Delve into the past and discover our rich mining history.  Learn about the rocks, minerals, and gems that make Colorado so colorful, visit a real mine, and maybe even strike it rich panning for gold!

Avon – June 12 – June 16 | $295 | Click here to register.
Eagle – July 10 – July 14 | $295* | Click here to register.
Avon – August 7- August 11 | $295 | Click here to register.

Where the Wild Things Are (Week-Long Day Camp)

Here in the Rocky Mountains, a diversity of habitats creates a specialized living environment for plants and animals.  Discover where your favorite wild things thrive, survive, and come alive! Let the wild rumpus begin!

Avon – June 19 – June 23 | $295 | Click here to register.
Eagle – July 17 – July 21 | $295* | Click here to register.

Owlsome Ornithologists (Week-Long Day Camp)

Discover what makes birds such incredible creatures by learning about their unique adaptations and incredible behaviors. See live raptors up close, learn to identify birds, and become an expert ornithologist through fun, hands-on experiments. This week will change the way you see birds forever!

Avon  June 26 – June 30 | $295 | Click here to register.

Watershed Warriors (Week-Long Day Camp)

Hike through magical mountain life zones, wander the Eagle River watershed, and find hidden treasure with map and compass.  Take a look at what it really means to live downstream and participate in a local river clean-up project.

Avon – July 5 – July 7 | $177 (3-day camp) | Click here to register.

STEM Discovery: Are You an Inventor? (Week-Long Day Camp)

Invent, design, and build! Harness renewable energy to make light bulbs shine and cell phones charge.  Invent a structure to control the destructive forces of water. Tap into your inner engineer for this week of creation, discovery, and fun.

Avon – July 31 – August 4 | $295 | Click here to register.

Mountain Quest (Overnight)

This overnight adventure introduces young naturalists to the great outdoors by exploring Rocky Mountain ecology, orienteering, nocturnal wildlife, and more. You’ll have fun making friends as you develop teamwork skills while exploring backcountry trails!

AvonJuly 5 – July 7 (Shrine Mountain Inn) | $325 | Click here to register.

Avon –  August 7 – August 9 | (Shrine Mountain Inn) | $325 | Click here to register.

A Brush With Nature (Overnight)

Hit the trail as we embark on a creative journey of nature exploration, art, and adventure! Join us for this overnight experience as we explore different habitats and discover nature as inspiration. Perfect for the creative young naturalists who wants to take art to the extreme outdoors!

Avon – July 17 – July 19 (Vance’s Cabin) | $325 | Click here to register.

Adventure Seekers (Week-Long Day Camp)

Come explore the many adventures our valley has to offer! Raft a river, scale a wall, go spelunking in a nearby cave, and attempt a peak ascent! Challenge yourself, work as a team, and create exciting memories this summer!

Avon – June 12 – June 15 | $295 | Click here to register.

STEM Discovery: Biomimicry (Week-Long Day Camp)

How does nature influence our greatest designs? From trains inspired by bird beaks to wind turbines that resemble whale fins, the natural world has inspired many sustainable solutions. Engineer your own invention based on nature’s ingenuity!

Avon – July 10 – July 14 | $295 | Click here to register.

ExSTREAM Team (Week-Long Day Camp)

Come muck, wade, and wander in Colorado’s rivers and streams! Explore local waterways through fly-fishing, critter collecting, kayaking, as well as delving into art and creating your own water adventurer’s journal. Cost includes third party instruction and equipment for kayaking and fly fishing.

Avon – August 7 – August 11 | $350 | Click here to register.

Wilderness Challenge (Overnight)

Summit a peak, hike a ridge, gaze at the stars, and find your way with a map and compass in this exhilarating adventure in the mountains. Spend your days exploring and your nights learning games, reading stories, and eating s’mores with new friends.

Avon – June 26 – June 29 (Vance’s Cabin) | $385 | Click here to register.
Avon – July 31 – August 3 (Shrine Mountain Inn) | $385 | Click here to register.

Unless We Speak for the Trees (Overnight)

Awaken your senses as you foster a deep connection with nature. Using The Lorax as a guide, immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of nature as you play games, rediscover your senses, and explore mountain tops! Enjoy the breathtaking view from the Fowler/ Hilliard Hut as you find your place in this incredible ecosystem.

AvonJuly 24 – July 27 (Fowler/Hilliard Hut) | $385 | Click here to register.

STEM Discovery: Underwater Robots (Week-Long Day Camp)

Become an aquatic biologist as you design and build an underwater robot and use it to explore local aquatic environments. Using the Remotely Operated Vehicles, you will collect and compare water quality throughout the Eagle River Watershed.

Avon – July 24 – July 28 | $295 | Click here to register.

Leadership Bootcamp (Overnight)

Realize your potential and challenge yourself with team building games and mountain summits as you identify and practice your leadership strengths. Get ready to explore the outdoors, have fun, and learn to LEAD!

AvonJuly 10 – July 13 (The Polar Star Inn) | $385 | Click here to register.

Repurposing Revolution (Overnight)

Discover where your trash goes when you throw it “away” and how you can repurpose it into modern masterpieces! This overnight trip to Fowler/Hilliard Hut includes several amazing repurposed projects, outdoor exploration, and in-depth knowledge about waste reduction. Come learn how to start your own repurposing revolution!

Avon – July 31 – August 3 (Fowler/Hilliard Hut) | $385 | Click here to register.

Go West!

Go west and explore the magic of the Rocky Mountains. You will see the peaks, wildflowers, and streams of the Sawatch Range from a whole new view as you hike from hut to hut on this overnight journey. Navigate what “the American West” means to you and learn why countless cultures have held our mountain landscape in such high esteem. Yodel from the hills, summit mountain peaks, and stare at the stars during an action packed week of camp.

AvonJuly 17 – July 20 (10th Mountain Division Hut and Point Breeze Cabin) | $385 | Click here to register.

Walking Mountains Science Center operates under a special use permit from the White River National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider. All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under a special use permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Refund Policy:

In the event you must cancel your registration for Science Summer Camp, please contact Summer Programs Coordinator, Rachel Zacher at summercamp@walkingmountains.org or 970-827-9725 ext. 114.

You will receive a refund as defined below:

  1. Refund will be issued in the same manner payment was made.
  2. 100% of tuition paid, less a $25 cancellation fee will be refunded if notice is received before May 29th.
  3. 70% of tuition paid will be refunded if notice is received on or after May 29th.
  4. Cancellations received within 14 days of session start date forfeit full tuition.
  5. Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will issue a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee. We will also consider family emergencies for a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee.
  6. Refunds will not be issued for missed days within a session.
  7. Campers sent home for disciplinary reasons will not receive a refund.

2017 Summer Science Camp Scholarship Sponsors

Eagle County Conservation District
Slifer Smith & Frampton
Town of Eagle
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