Wild Naturalists Summer Camp for Ages 8-9

Venture out onto the surrounding Rocky Mountain forest with permits through the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Roosevelt National Forest!  Bring your camera and put on your water shoes to discover the water, the woods, and the mud. Try your hand at catch and release, camping and survival skills, and document the fun through creative lenses.   Choose any days of the week!

REGISTER HERE.  Preregistration is required and spaces are limited.

Crazy About Camping~ June 4-8~ Head to the woods and learn how to camp! Equipped with everything we need, we’ll become Leave No Trace forest stewards. Learn about basic safety kits to have on hand, emergency shelters, fire safety, and staying prepared for the weather.

Predators & Prey~ June 11-15~ Mountain Lions and deer, owls and rodents, bears and grubs…discover the many local predator prey relationships in the woods. Learn how these relationships support the forest food chain through games and activities. What role do YOU play in the Web of Life?

Mountain, Rocks, & Gold~ June 18-22~Join us on a Rocky Mountain rock hunt. Pan for gold and other valuable minerals! Learn some ghostly mining tales and go diggin’ for crystals and other special stones.

Cold Blood & Exoskeletons~ June 25-29~ Crustaceans, Arachnids, Insects, Millipedes, and Centipedes…Discover the magnificent world of Arthropods and deepen your understanding of what they do for our earth. Catch and release!

Field Photography~ July 2,3,5,6~ (No Programs Wednesday, July 4th) Capture the enchantment of the natural world through the camera lens. Practice photography skills in the field and build your own frames to highlight your best work!

Aquamania~ July 9-13~ Beat the heat of the summer and get wet in the mountain water! Explore the creeks, streams, ponds, lakes, reservoirs and puddles! Bring your water shoes (and extra change of clothes) discover the properties of this valuable resource in our mountains.

Forest Botanicals~ July 16-20~ Learn about the local healing plants within our community. Enjoy special expert guests to discover the amazing qualities of the plants you encounter hiking in the mountains. Create field guides, herbal crafts and learn the history of many healing plants used for generations.

Animal Trackers~ July 23-27~ Follow the tracks of the wild animals that travelled before you on land and in the air. Identify scat and other animal signs. Create a field guide to take home!

Forts in the Woods~ July 30-August 3~ Our ancestors did not live in brick houses! They often created shelters with Earth’s available resources. Create your own primitive shelter and make it your home.

Ghosts of Caribou~ August 6-10~Venture out and hike the trails of Caribou Ranch. Meet the ghosts of miners and prospectors, meet a geologist, and visit a mine! Become a rock hound and see what rocks and minerals are hiding in the woods waiting to be discovered.

LOCATED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NEDERLAND, COLORADO.  Shuttle is available from Boulder, Colorado.

REGISTER HERE.   Preregistration is required and only with payment.

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