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

With uncertainty around vaccination timelines and COVID-19 Public Health Orders, we anticipate a similar Drop-Off and Pick-Up process to last year. This will be subject to change based on best practices from Eagle County Public Health. 

COVID Friendly 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. 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, Mountain Discovery Center or Borgen Precourt Center for Sustainability, 

  • 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 the Mountain Discovery Center pull-off.
  • Campers in groups assigned to the Meadow Learning Studio will be asked to drop-off at the pathway just after the Walking Mountains rock. 

Check-In Procedure: 

  • Daily health check questions and temperature check.
  • Check for 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 they will wash their 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 location where they dropped off. 

  • 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 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 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 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

Maintaining a safe teaching and learning environment for camp is our first priority. With COVID-19 still a part of our daily lives this summer, we will be following similar adjustments to our camp procedures and practices as we did last year. These may change with updates to Public Health Orders. 

  • Hopefully our camps will be able to travel to field sites throughout the valley this summer as in previous years. We hope to accomplish this safely by lowering group sizes, mask wearing in vehicles, and additional protocols for safe travel. More information on this soon.
  • 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.
  • 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, except on Fridays where pickup is at 3:00pm.
  • All staff and Campers will be required to wear facemasks when indoors and less than 6ft apart. 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 will also undergo daily health screenings.

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. Refund 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.
  7. Campers sent home for disciplinary reasons or non-compliance with the Five Commitments of Containment will not receive a refund.

Based on the current COVID-19 dial status and Eagle County Public Health Orders, we are offering a lower capacity of programming than we would during a non-pandemic summer. If there are improvements in regards to COVID-19 and public health orders allow for increased capacity, we will increase group/cohort size from 10 to 13 and will potentially add additional camp programs to our calendar.

If a summer camp is full and you would like to be put on a waitlist, email summercamp@walkingmountains.org with your name, the camp name and date, and a good phone number to reach you. If a spot opens up in a program, Cassy Brown, Summer Program Coordinator, will reach out to help folks register on a first come, first served basis.

We are hopeful that we will be able to run 4 hut trip camp programs this summer with safe travel protocols and thoughtful planning and execution of distancing and cleaning protocols. The ability to run these programs will be based on Eagle County Public Health Protocols and 10th Mountain Hut Association Protocols.

If we are unable to run hut trips, we will modify these programs to be week-long camps. At the time of hut trip cancellation, you will have the choice to join for the weeklong program and receive a $50 refund or cancel your registration for a full refund. 

Every camper enrolled in a Walking Mountains Weeklong Day Camp or Overnight Hut Trip receives one free camp T-shirt. Earth Explorers campers do not receive a free T-shirt, but T-shirts can be purchased at the Visitor Center on our Avon campus at the front desk.

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.

*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 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 on Wednesdays (or Thursday 4th of July week) is at 3:00.

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)

In order to limit interactions between camp groups and to keep those cohorts separate in case of COVID-19 transmission, we will not be offering extended care this summer.

  • 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, except on Fridays when pickup is at 3:00pm.

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.

Download the Day Camp Packing List

Download the Overnight Camp Packing List

  • All staff and Campers will be required to wear facemasks indoors and when not 6ft apart. Parents/guardians/adults dropping campers 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.

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.

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 anyone 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 current Public Health Orders, we will be opening our two-day and weeklong camps to groups of 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. 

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

If changes occur with Public Health Orders, we may be able to open our camps to additional participants. In a non-pandemic year, ratios would be 13 campers to 2 instructors.