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

NEW Drop-Off / Pick-Up Procedures

Camp hours will be from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 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

Camper parents/guardians/adults should remain in their cars and in the check-in line until they reach the Mountain Discovery Center Pull-off. 

  • Please do not pull around other cars for safety purposes. 
  • 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 asked to remain at Mountain Discovery Center pull-off

 

Check-In Procedure: 

  • Daily health check questions and temperature check.
  • Check for lunch, snacks, water and a mask.
  • Staff will walk camper to classroom where they will wash hands.
  • 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. 
  • If your camper has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or a fever, we will kindly ask you to return home. 

 

Pick-Up

Camper parents/guardians/adults should remain in their cars and in the check-out line until they reach the Mountain Discovery Center Pull-Off. 

  • Please do not pull around other cars for safety purposes. 
  • Parents picking up 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 asked to remain at the pull-off.

 

Check-Out Procedure:

  • Give staff camper name.
  • Staff will radio camper’s instructor who will have your camper gather their belongings and wash their hands. 
  • Staff will walk your camper to your vehicle and sign your camper out for you.
  • 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. 
  • We ask that parents are patient with our pickup system. It may take some time to bring campers outside from their classrooms. 

Walking Mountains Summer Science Camp staff and participants are expected to comply with all Public Health Orders including the Five Commitments of Containment. If your child is unable or unwilling to comply with these protocols within reason, they will be asked to leave camp.

Campers are always required to wear a facemask when indoors including: 

  • entering and exiting Walking Mountains facilities, classrooms etc.
  • during handwashing and restroom breaks

Campers are required to wear a facemask outdoors:

  • when doing an activity where social distancing of 6ft throughout the entirety of the activity is not attainable

Campers are NOT required to wear a facemask when outdoors: 

  • eating snacks or lunch and 6ft apart
  • hiking or doing an activity where social distancing of 6ft throughout the entirety of the activity is attainable

Download the full procedures (PDF form)

Maintaining a safe teaching and learning environment for camp is our first priority. We will be making the following adjustments to our camp procedures and practices in line with Public Health Orders:

  • All camps will take place on Walking Mountains Campus in Avon or at Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle.
  • Camps will not be traveling to field sites throughout the Valley due to challenges social distancing in vehicles.
  • Group sizes will be limited and each camp will have their own separate indoor space and restroom facility to limit interactions between camps.
  • Social distancing measures will be taken each day throughout camp.
  • Increased daily cleaning efforts including daily sanitation of items/gear being used for camps and daily sanitation of spaces being utilized by Campers. Campers will also be required to wash hands immediately after being checked in and throughout the day.
  • Modified check-in and check-out procedures to limit interactions and ensure daily health checks.
  • 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.
  • All staff and Campers will be required to wear facemasks at all times. Family members dropping off should also wear face masks for check in. Camper face masks should be washed each evening before returning to camp.
  • Campers will be required to bring a packed lunch and snacks. We will not be providing food or snacks this summer. Lunch boxes need to be disinfected daily at home prior to returning to camp.
  • Any children that arrive sick or symptomatic will not be permitted to stay.
  • All staff will be outfitted with their own “PPE fanny pack” containing appropriate sanitary equipment and also undergo daily health screenings.

In the event you must cancel your registration for Summer Science Camp, please contact Cassy Brown, Youth Programs Coordinator, at summercamp@walkingmountains.org.

You will receive a refund as defined below:

  1. Refund will be issued in the same manner that payment was made.
  2. Any cancellations due to concerns related to COVID-19 will receive a full refund until June 15, 2020.
  3. 70% of tuition paid will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received after June 15, 2020 and prior to within 7 days of session start.
  4. Cancellations received within 7 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 physicians 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. If campers miss days due to symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or a fever, refunds will be addressed on a case by case basis.
  7. Campers sent home for disciplinary reasons or non-compliance with the Five Commitments of Containment will not receive a refund.

All residential hut trips were canceled for Summer 2020 because they rely on transporting and hosting children as part of the core experience and we are not able to provide adequate social distancing in line with Public Health Orders.

Yes! T-shirts are included in the price of camp. You may purchase additional Summer Camp T-shirt when you register your child for camp online or at the Walking Mountains Science Center store during camp hours throughout this summer.

Yes, we divide our camps by the grade that the student 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 in the fall. These day camps stay on the Walking Mountains Science Center Avon campus. Earth Explorers runs Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Different themes are offered in two-day segments; for example, Monday and Wednesday might be weather-themed, and Tuesday and Thursday might be animal-themed. See camp schedule for details.
There are other programs we offer for younger preschool children at Walking Mountains Science Center, such as EarthKeepers, which is on Monday and Friday mornings for students between 3-5 years old. Click here to learn more about our Preschool programs.

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. There is a $1.00 charge per minute for every minute your child is not picked up after 4:35 pm.

Pick up on Friday is at 3:00 pm sharp. Please join us for a special student presentation and watermelon picnic at 3:00 pm.*

*The week of July 4th, there is no camp on Friday 7/3/20. The last day of camp will be Thursday 7/2/20 and pick up will be at 3:00 this day.

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

Drop off is at between 8:30 – 9:00 am.

Pick up is at 4:00 pm. All students must be picked up by 4:30. There is a $1.00 charge per minute for every minute your child is not picked up after 4:35 pm.

For Overnight Camps at The Science Center in Avon:

Drop off is Monday between 8:30 – 9:00 am.

Pick up is at 4:00 pm sharp on the last day of camp. Please join us for a special presentation and watermelon picnic at 4:00 pm.

Drop off and pick up locations:

Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon: Walking Mountains Science Center (318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620)

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

Due to decreased capacity and social distancing requirements as well as additional pressure on our staffing, we are not able to provide extended care hours for Summer 2020 camps.

  • Camp hours will be from 9:00 am – 4:00pm.
  • Drop-off is between 8:30 – 9:00am.
  • Pickup is between 4:00 – 4:30pm.

Driving directions to Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon:
(318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO, 81620)

Take Avon Exit 167 from I-70. Head North out of the roundabout, you’ll drive between the two gas stations. You’ll be on Nottingham Road, heading West. Take your second right, onto Buck Creek Road. Immediately take your first right onto Walking Mountains Lane. Follow the driveway, Walking Mountains Lane, up to the left. Drop-off is at the top of the hill! Click here for a map

Driving directions to Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle:
333 Eagle Ranch Road, Eagle, Colorado 81631

Take Highway 6 in Eagle. Head South onto Capitol Street. Follow Capitol Street through several stops signs. Go straight at the intersection with Brush Creek Road. Turn Left onto Sylvan Lake Road, Turn Right on Eagle Ranch Road. Click here for a map.

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

Day Camp Packing List

Overnight Residential Camp Packing List

In accordance with Colorado State Law, If your camper is under 8 years old or under 60 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.

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 a 15-passenger van to different local hiking trails and sites during each day at camp. Pick-up and drop-off is at Walking Mountains Science Center for Avon camps, and at Brush Creek Elementary for Eagle camps.

If your camper is signed up for an Overnight Residential Camp, they will be traveling in a 15-passenger van to a 10th Mountain Division Hut or Wilderness Ranch Yurt for a two night hut trip. Pick-up and drop-off is at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

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 has 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!

Scholarship applications can be found on the scholarship resource page: apply here. Scholarships are available for any family looking for financial assistance to participate in our summer camps!

Please contact:

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

In order to comply with Public Health Orders, our camps will run with a limit of 10 campers and 2 instructors. Each group of 10 campers will have their own separate indoor space and restroom facility to limit interactions between camps.

  • All staff and Campers will be required to wear facemasks at all times. Family members dropping off should also wear face masks for check-in. Camper face masks should be washed each evening before returning to camp.
  • Campers will be required to bring a packed lunch and snacks. We will not be providing food or snacks this summer. Lunch boxes need to be disinfected daily at home prior to returning to camp.

Given our need to adapt programs to comply with Public Health Orders we will be adjusting some camp formats. We will also be limiting camp sizes which will decrease our capacity and unfortunately, in some cases, we will be canceling some camps entirely. We will offer full refunds to anyone in a camp that we need to cancel or adjust.

  • To comply with Public Health Orders and keep camp sizes limited to 10 Campers and 2 educators, we may need to adjust or cancel individual registrations.
  • If we need to decrease numbers, we will cancel registrations based on the order that they were received with the latest registrations being canceled first.
  • Camper families will be notified via email or phone and full refunds will be given.
    When we have availability in different camps, we will communicate that information in the hopes of finding a different camp for your Camper.
  • At this time we are unable to communicate all cancelations for the entire summer. We will communicate every two weeks as the summer progresses or as quickly as possible if things change.