Summer Science Camp FAQ

Please see below for a list of FAQ’s.

If the below does not answer your question please contact: Cassy Jo Brown at summercamp@walkingmountains.org 970.827.9725 x114

Summer 2022 camp schedule is subject to change due to COVID-19 and Eagle County Public Health Orders. We will communicate as quickly as possible and will provide full refunds for camps cancelled due to Public Health Orders. 

  1. Refunds will be issued in the same manner that payment was made.
  2. 100% of tuition paid, less a $25 cancellation fee will be refunded if notice is received prior to May 27, 2022.
  3. 70% of tuition paid will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received after May 27, 2022 and prior to within 14 days of session start.
  4. Cancellations received within 14 days of session start date forfeit full tuition unless due to illness or accident.
  5. Cancellation requests due to illness (COVID-19 quarantine) or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician’s written verification or note from Public Health. 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. If campers miss days due to symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or mandated quarantine, refunds will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Campers sent home for disciplinary reasons will not receive a refund.

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.

For Weeklong Day Camps at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon and at Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle:

Drop off is Monday-Friday between 8:30 – 9:00 am.
Pick up is Monday-Thursday between 4:00 – 4:30 pm. Fridays pick-up is at 3:00 sharp.

For Earth Explorers Day Camps at the Science Center in Avon:

Drop off is between 8:30 – 9:00 am.
Pick up is Monday-Thursday between 4:00 – 4:30 pm. All campers must be picked up by 4:30 pm.

For Overnight Camps at The Science Center in Avon:

Drop off is between 8:30 – 9:00 am on the first day of camp.
Pick-up is at 3:00 sharp on the third day of camp.

Drop off and pick up locations:

Avon Camps, Overnight Hut Trips, and Earth Explorers Camps:
Walking Mountains Science Center – Walking Mountains Science Center (318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620)

Eagle Camps:
Brush Creek Elementary School (333 Eagle Ranch Road, Eagle, CO 81631)

Avon Camps

When arriving at Walking Mountains Science Center, proceed slowly up the driveway located behind Buck Creek Medical Plaza. You may stay in your vehicle, and camp staff will direct you to your camper’s drop off location. When in the pick up or drop off line, please do not pull around other vehicles to ensure safety for all campers and staff. If you would like to park and walk your camper to their classroom, you can park in the lower or upper parking lots. If walking your camper, please only utilize the gravel pathways. Do not walk your camper down the driveway as it is a blind corner. When you arrive at your pick up or drop off location, camp staff will sign your camper in or out.

Eagle Camps

At Brush Creek Elementary school, please park in the staff lot to drop off campers, or stay in your car to drop off from the bus drop off line. You will see Walking Mountains staff in front of the school by the staff parking lot when you arrive. They will check your campers in and show them to their camp groups.

If your camper is in an Earth Explorers Camp, they will not be traveling during camp and will stay on the Avon campus of Walking Mountains Science Center for the whole day.

If your camper is signed up for any of our Week-long Day Camps, they will be traveling in 15-passenger vans to different USFS hiking trails, Eagle County Open Spaces, BLM sites, parks or playgrounds, and sometimes local businesses or museums.

If your camper is signed up for an Overnight Residential Camp, they will be traveling in 15-passenger vans to a 10th Mountain Division Hut for a two night hut trip.

While most of the places we travel to are within Eagle County, we do go as far as Leadville, Glenwood, and McCoy to access sites with relevancy to certain camps.

In accordance with Colorado State Law, If your camper is under 8 years old, they must bring a booster-seat or car seat to camp with them for both Week-long Day Camps and for Overnight Residential Camps. If your camper has a car seat that requires more set up than a booster seat, you must set the car seat up in the van for them upon dropping them off on their first camp day of the week.

Please notify one of our camp staff if you have a car seat that you need to set up and they will direct you to the location of the van for set up, as well as if you need to take it home with you after camp each day.

Please make sure your camper’s name is written on their booster seat or car seat to avoid it getting misplaced!

Our two-day Earth Explorers camps run with 10 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors. In addition, we may have a high school intern tagging along to help out with our Earth Explorers camps on Mondays.

Our weeklong camps run with 13 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors. Each group of 13 campers.

Overnight hut trips run with 10 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors.

Our two-day Earth Explorers camps run with 10 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors. In addition, we may have a high school intern tagging along to help out with our Earth Explorers camps on Mondays.

Our weeklong camps run with 13 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors. Each group of 13 campers.

Overnight hut trips run with 10 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors.  

Walking Mountains Summer Science Camps are taught by qualified professionals who are graduate students pursuing their Masters of Natural Science Education through our Foley Graduate Fellowship, as well as qualified Walking Mountains staff with extensive backgrounds in leadership, outdoor recreation, and natural science education. Each camp consists of two instructors and a max of 13 campers. All camp instructors are Wilderness First Responders. Most importantly, our staff are passionate about teaching campers about our local ecology and spending time outside exploring and having fun!

Maintaining a safe teaching and learning environment for camp is our first priority. Walking Mountains Covid-19 policies and procedures are based off of CDC recommendations and guidance from Eagle County Public Schools. 

Masks are optional at camp for summer 2022. It is up to parents/guardians to communicate with their camper about their expectations for mask wearing while attending camp.

Every camper enrolled in a Walking Mountains camp receives one free camp T-shirt! Additional camp T-shirts can be purchased at the front desk of the Visitor Center on our Avon campus.

We offer Earth Explorers day camps for youth that will be going into Kindergarten or 1st Grade in the fall. These two-day camps stay on the Walking Mountains Science Center campus in Avon. Earth Explorers runs Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Earth Explorers camps are offered in two-day packages and different themes are offered for each package. Campers will sign up for a Monday and Wednesday camp or a Tuesday and Thursday camp.

There are other programs we offer for younger preschool children at Walking Mountains Science Center, such as EarthKeepers, which is on Tuesday and Saturday mornings for students between 3-5 years old. Click here to learn more about our Preschool programs.

To apply for a scholarship for our Summer Science Camps, fill out the form HERE

To receive a scholarship code prior to summer camp registration on-sale, submit your application by February 14th.

Please contact:

Cassy Jo Brown | Youth Programs Coordinator
summercamp@walkingmountains.org | 970.827.9725×114

If you need assistance in Spanish, please contact:

Renata Aruajo | EVOM Coordinator
renataa@walkingmountains.org | 970.827.9725×125