Kindergarten-1st Grade Earth Explorers Camps




Each week introduces new science themes for our younger explorers who are just getting comfortable in the outdoors. We will stay on the campus of Walking Mountains, using the nature loop trails and indoor and outdoor classrooms to explore. Activities are different each day, but include hiking, crafts, and cool experiments!

This program is for students entering Kindergarten-1st grade.

*Youth attending Earth Explorers camps will need to be able to carry a backpack with their lunch and a change of clothes in it on their own.

All Earth Explorers programs are located at our Science Center in Avon. Click here for directions.

*Due to especially high demand, all camps for kids entering Kindergarten to 2nd grades have reached capacity. We encourage you to join the waitlist. Last summer, we had many spots become available and we anticipate that this will be the case again this summer.*

2022 Waitlist Policy

Waitlists for summer science camp will be fulfilled based on the following criteria:

1) Due to high demand, many scholarship recipients have been unable to enroll in camp. Scholarship recipients currently on the waitlist will be enrolled in the order they were received in the interest of making our camps more accessible to the entire community.

2) We strive to offer camps to everyone in our community. If there are no scholarship recipients waitlisted for a camp we will work to enroll campers that are not currently enrolled in any other Walking Mountains camps.

3) If there is no one on the waitlist who meets either of the above criteria, we will contact people based on the order they signed up for the waitlist.

4) When a space becomes available, we will contact you via email or phone to secure a camp spot.

5) If we have not been able to fill camp spots within a week of the start of the camp, the camp spots will go public. Everyone on the waitlist will receive an email so that they’re the first to know. Spots will be claimed on a first come, first served basis.

Program Sponsors/Underwriters

Explore the natural world in search of animal structures. Discover how they are made, how animals use them, and build some of your own!

Monday, June 13 – Creekside Creations: Spend the day alongside the creek looking for beaver evidence and uncovering the underwater world of macroinvertebrates like caddisflies, who are very impressive animal architects!

Wednesday, June 15 – Birds and Bees: Use your binoculars to search for creations made by birds and bees while uncovering the mysteries of why they build.

Flap your wings and fly away for the day as we learn about the birds and insects who are masters of flight!

Tuesday, June 14 – Birds: Find out why our feathered friends are masters of flight!

Thursday, June 16 – Insects: Buzz around with us as we learn about insects that fly!

Get to know the animals who live in our backyard while we spend time exploring and searching for clues about their special adaptations, favorite foods, and homes.

Monday, June 20 – Animal Tracking: Follow our furry friends through their daily lives in Colorado!

Wednesday, June 22 – Who ate Who?: Help solve this food chain mystery.

Be ready to get your hands wet while exploring one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet – wetlands!

Tuesday, June 21 – What is a Wetland?: What is a wetland, and how is it like a sponge?

Thursday, June 23 – Life Underwater: Explore life underwater through the eyes of insects and fish who live in our creeks.

Get inspired by nature! Join us in making art projects from natural and upcycled materials.

Monday, June 27 – Nature Art: Find natural materials to create your very own art pieces inspired by nature.

Wednesday, June 29 – Upcycling: Create upcycled art from simple materials that might otherwise get thrown away.

Use your scientific skills to uncover plant mysteries as we explore tall trees, tiny sprouts, and buzzing bees!

Tuesday, June 28 – Pollinators: Investigate the relationships between plants and pollinators and the mystery behind why flowers bloom.

Thursday, June 30 – Seeds to Trees: Tackle the mystery of how seeds get to be towering trees and how they help keep our planet clean!

Calling all scientists! Test your scientific superpowers as you build rockets and create slimy substances.

Monday, July 11 – Rocket Science: Try your hand as a rocket scientist as you build and set off your own rocket!

Wednesday, July 13 – Messy Masterminds: Mix special ingredients to create slimy substances and messy masterpieces.

Stewards to the rescue! Steward Superheroes understand the importance of taking care of our planet. Every day they use their powers to make the world a better place by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Tuesday, July 12 – Recycling Rocks: Nature is one of the best recyclers! Learn about how energy is recycled in nature.

Thursday, July 14 – Habitat Heroes: Learn the importance of caring for the earth as a steward superhero by using your powers to protect habitats.

Look to the stars for answers as we use the night time as our inspiration. Uncover the spectacular ways nocturnal animals find their way in the dark. 

Monday, July 18 – Nocturnal Animals: Discover the amazing adaptations of nocturnal animals.

Wednesday, July 20 – Stories in the Sky: Explore how the starry night has inspired stories in the sky.

Set out on an insect adventure! Get to know the special world of insects and why these tiny creatures are so hugely important. 

Tuesday, July 19 – Investigating Insects: Get to know the different parts of an insect and peer into the process of pollination.

Thursday, July 21 – Metamorphosis: From egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, become a butterfly! Learn about insects who undergo metamorphosis and what makes them so marvelous.

Listen to the sounds of nature around you and create your own nature inspired music!

Monday, July 25 – Nature Sounds: Listen closely to the sounds of nature: buzzing bees, chirping birds, and the rustling creek, and get inspired to create your own music!

Wednesday, July 27 – Weather Orchestra: Create music inspired by weather patterns and the different moods of the seasons while observing the weather around us.

Make a splash as we slosh and skip through puddles and ponds, exploring the different ways that animals rely on water.

Tuesday, July 26 – Pond Investigation: Get up close and personal with pond life, and discover how animals rely on this body of water.

Thursday, July 28 – The Water Cylce: Learn about the water cycle and how water makes the world go ’round!

Use your observation skills to look high and low! We will follow our feathered and furry friends as we learn to identify the signs they leave for us to find.

Monday, August 1 – Animal Detectives: Tackle tracks as you learn to identify signs of local Colorado animals!

Wednesday, August 3 – Feathered Friends: Sing like a songbird! We will listen to bird calls, study their specialized feathers, and go on a bird watching adventure of our own.

Become a paleontologist and dig for fossils, create a volcanic eruption, and learn about the creatures who roamed the Earth before humans.

Tuesday, August 2 – Colorado Geology: Create a volcanic eruption, study marine fossils, and get to the core of Colorado’s geologic history!

Thursday, August 4 – Fossils to Dinos: Become a paleontologist and dig for clues about what ancient creatures roamed the Earth during the Age of the Dinosaurs and the Ice Age!

Come explore Colorado’s ever-changing weather from thunderstorms to calm bluebird days!

Monday, August 8 – Clouds: Clouds are an important aspect of weather that produce precipitation and keep the water cycle moving!

Wednesday, August 10 – Mini Meteorologists: Become a mini meteorologist as you experiment with the forces that create our weather.

Examine the lives of local animals and how their unique adaptations help them survive.

Tuesday, August 9 – Amazing Adaptations: Animals have amazing adaptations which help them survive in their homes.

Thursday, August 11 – Camouflage and Creatures of the Night: Explore the wild world of camouflage and animals that go bump in the night!