Summer Science Camp FAQ

Please see below for a list of FAQ’s.

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

Maintaining a safe teaching and learning environment for camp is our first priority. With COVID-19 still being a safety concern during our summer science camp season, we will be following similar adjustments to our camp procedures and practices as we did last year. These may change when we reassess at the end of June based on case numbers and trends, as well as vaccination rates and trends.

  • Our camps will be able to travel to field sites throughout the valley this summer as in previous years! To comply with Federal Law, campers and staff will be required to wear masks in vehicles. Windows will be required to remain open for increased ventilation, and campers and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer before and after the vehicle ride and vehicles will be cleaned on a regular basis. 
  • Group sizes will be capped at 8-13 depending on the program, and each camp will have their own separate indoor classroom and restroom facility to limit interactions between camps.
  • Increased cleaning efforts including sanitation of items/gear being used for camps and sanitation of spaces being utilized by campers will remain a consistent effort by staff. Campers will also be reminded to wash hands regularly throughout the day.
  • Modified check-in and check-out procedures to limit interactions will continue this summer and families are expected to pre-check their campers each morning for symptoms and/or close contacts.
  • To prevent mixing of camper groups, extended care early drop-off and late pick-up will not be offered this summer. Camp hours will be from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Drop-off is between 8:30 – 9:00 am. Pickup is between 4:00 – 4:30pm. *Friday pickup is at 3:00pm.
  • All staff and campers will be required to wear face masks when traveling to field sites in Walking Mountains vehicles. At all other times during camp masks are optional, and it is up to parents/guardians to communicate with their camper about their expectations for mask wearing while attending camp. We recommend sending a few masks to camp each day. 
  • Campers will be required to bring a packed lunch and a morning and afternoon snack. We will not be providing food or snacks this summer, with the exception of hut trips.
  • Any campers that arrive sick or symptomatic will be asked to go home.

We are very lucky to run the majority of our camps outdoors and with distance where face masks are not required! However, campers must come to camp with a mask that they are able to take on and off on their own. 

We are thrilled to be able to travel to different field locations this summer for our weeklong day camps. This requires travel in 15-passenger vans and campers are required to wear masks while traveling in Walking Mountains vehicles, as it is a Federal mandate. 

At all other times during camp masks are optional, and it is up to parents/guardians to communicate with their camper about their expectations for mask wearing while attending camp. 

Please also communicate with Walking Mountains staff if you would like us to help your camper remember to wear a mask during camp. We will do our best to support campers and will let parents/guardians know if campers are not following their instructions. 

Campers are required to wear a facemask:

  • when traveling to trail locations in 15-passenger vans

Our Drop-Off and Pick-Up process will remain similar to Summer 2020 with a few small changes.

Camp hours are from 9:00am-4:00pm. Drop-off is between 8:30-9:00 am. Pick-up is between 4:00-4:30pm. *Friday Pick-up is at 3:00pm.

Drop-Off:

For Avon camps, camper authorized pick-ups should remain in their cars and in the check-in line. At the Walking Mountains rock across from the Borgen Precourt Center for Sustainability, a staff member with a clipboard will direct cars to the correct drop-off location: Pathway to Meadow Learning Studio, Mountain Discovery Center pull off, or Borgen Precourt Center for Sustainability.

  • Please do not pull around other cars for safety purposes. 
  • Campers in groups assigned to the Meadow Learning Studio will be asked to drop-off at the pathway just after the Walking Mountains rock. 
  • Campers in groups assigned to the Borgen Precourt Center classrooms will be sent slowly around the roundabout and down to the pull-off in front of that building.
  • Campers in groups assigned to the Field Studies Base Camp will be sent to the pull-off in front of the Mountain Discovery Center.
  • For Eagle camp drop off, remain in line until the cars in front of you have proceeded. Please DO NOT pull around other cars to maintain a safe environment for everyone.

Check-In Procedure:

  • There will be no health check, but guardians are expected to screen campers for symptoms of COVID-19 at home before coming to camp and campers should stay home when sick or if there has been a known close-contact.
  • Staff will check to make sure the camper has lunch, snacks, water, and a mask that the camper is able to take on and off without assistance.
  • Staff will walk the camper to their classroom where campers will wash their hands.
  • For Avon camps, after Check-In, please proceed around the roundabout and carefully down the driveway. You may need to wait in line behind the Borgen Precourt Center Drop-Off. Again, please DO NOT pull around other cars to maintain a safe environment for everyone. 
  • For Eagle camps, after check in, remain in line until the cars in front of you have proceeded. Please DO NOT pull around other cars to maintain a safe environment for everyone. 

Pick-Up:

The authorized pick-up person should remain in their car and in the check-out line until they reach the location where they dropped off their camper.

  • Please do not pull around other cars for safety purposes.

Check-Out Procedure:

  • Give staff your camper’s name.
  • Staff will radio the camper’s instructor who will have your camper gather their belongings and sanitize or wash their hands. 
  • Staff will walk your camper to your vehicle and sign your camper out for you.
  • For Avon camp pick-up, please proceed around the roundabout and carefully down the driveway. You may need to wait in line behind the Borgen Precourt Center Drop-Off. Please DO NOT pull around other cars to maintain a safe environment for everyone. 
  • For Eagle camp pick up, remain in line until the cars in front of you have proceeded. Please DO NOT pull around other cars to maintain a safe environment for everyone. 
  • Please be patient with our pick up system. It is in place for the safety of our staff, your campers, and yourself.

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. All students must be picked up by 4:30 pm.
*The week of July 4th, there is no camp on Monday 7/5/21.

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 students must be picked up by 4:30 pm.

For Overnight Camps at The Science Center in Avon:

Drop off is Monday between 8:30 – 9:00 am.
Pick-up on Wednesdays is at 3:00.
*The week of July 4th, our overnight trip runs Tuesday-Thursday. Pick-up is at 3:00 on Thursday.

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)

Please click the appropriate link below for a comprehensive packing list based on camp type.

Day Camp Packing List 2021

Overnight Residential Camp Packing List 2021

  • All staff and Campers will be required to wear facemasks indoors, in vehicles and when not 6ft apart. We recommend campers bring a few masks to camp with them. 
  • Campers will be required to bring a packed lunch and snacks. We will not be providing food or snacks this summer, with the exception of hut trips.

Summer 2021 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 28, 2021.
  3. 70% of tuition paid will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received after May 28, 2021 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 or non-compliance with the Five Commitments of Containment will not receive a refund

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 local hiking trails and sites during each day at camp.

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 or Wilderness Ranch Yurt for a two night hut trip.

Campers and staff will be required to wear masks when riding in vehicles. Windows will be kept open for increased ventilation and all riders will be required to use hand sanitizer prior to entering and exiting the vehicles. 

Campers will load vehicles from back to front to avoid passing over one another, and will exit the van in the reverse order. 

Vehicles will be deep cleaned at the end of each week to ensure camper safety.

In accordance with Colorado State Law, If your camper is under 8 years old or under 40 pounds, 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 Monday. 

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.

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. Every camp is led by at least one instructor who is a Wilderness First Responder. Most importantly, our staff are passionate about teaching campers about our local ecology and spending time outside exploring and having fun!

Our two-day Earth Explorers camps will run with 10 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors. Each group of 10 campers will have their own separate indoor space and restroom facility to limit interactions between camps/cohorts. 

Our weeklong camps will run at full capacity with 13 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors. Each group of 13 campers will have their own separate indoor space, restroom facility, and vehicle to limit interactions between camps/cohorts. 

As we try to run a few hut trip programs, we will be limiting those camps to 8 campers and 2 Walking Mountains instructors.  

We are so excited to be able to offer 4 hut trip programs this summer. In an effort to take extra precautions, we will be keeping these camps at a lower capacity of 8 campers. 

Hut Trips for 2021 are currently sold out. Please email summercamp@walkingmountains.org with your name, phone number, and the camp you’re interested in to be put on a waitlist.

We are so excited to be able to offer 4 hut trip programs this summer. In an effort to take extra precautions, we will be keeping these camps at a lower capacity of 8 campers. 

Campers will be required to wear masks when traveling to and from the huts in vehicles per federal mandate. With that, campers must come to camp with a mask that they are able to take on and off on their own. 

At all other times during hut trips, masks will be optional. It is up to parents/guardians to communicate with their camper about their expectations for mask wearing while attending camp. 

Please also communicate with Walking Mountains staff if you would like us to help your camper remember to wear a mask during camp. We will do our best to support campers and will let parents/guardians know if campers are not following their instructions. 

We will be opening hut windows to increase ventilation and will spend as much time outdoors as possible. However, those participating in our hut trips will be in close contact, sharing spaces in the huts while sleeping and hanging out indoors in the case of inclement weather. 

Meals will be provided and will be cooked by our Walking Mountains staff to limit any issues with sanitation of cooking supplies. Cleaning and sanitizing of all cooking and eating utensils will be done after each meal. Meals will be eaten outdoors on the deck or picnic tables whenever possible.

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 divide our camps by the grade that the camper is entering in the fall. For example, if your student is entering 1st grade this upcoming fall, you would register them for a 1st/2nd grade camp. Similarly, if your student is entering 5th grade in the fall, they cannot register for a 3rd/4th grade camp. This is a strict policy that we’ve found to be the best way to facilitate our camps.

We offer Earth Explorers day camps for children that will be going into Kindergarten or 1st Grade in the fall. These 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.

As federal and local public health orders change and improvements of COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates are reported, we have been increasing some of our camp capacities and adding additional camps where possible. Priority access is given to folks on waitlists on a first come, first serve basis. After folks on waitlists are contacted, these spots will become available to the public and announcements will be communicated through email and website updates. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR SUMMER CAMP EMAIL LIST.

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

Please contact:

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