Summer Camps

If your kids enjoy learning, playing hard and spending time in the great outdoors, then the Bird Conservancy’s Summer Nature Camps are for them!

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies offers multiple summer camp experiences for kids ages 2-17. All camps are about getting kids outside to have fun and explore nature while making friends, developing leadership skills and gaining insights into their relationships with themselves, others and the world around them.

Camp content and activities are designed in a progression to introduce young children to the outdoors and build their skills over time.  See below for full descriptions of camps.

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Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application.

For more information about our camp programs, please contact Allison Fowle, Camps and Family Programs Specialist,  at allison.fowle@birdconservancy.org or 303.659.4348 ext. 18.

 

Wild Nestlings Day Camp

Ages: 2-5; Parents/Accompanying Adults
Dates: July 11, 18, and 25
Cost: $7.50/child, plus $7/vehicle state park entry (free with annual parks pass).
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO
Parents are always asking when they can attend camp, and this year they finally can, at least with their toddlers! Meets four mornings (9-11 a.m.) in July. This program provides opportunities for toddlers and their parents to learn new ways of exploring the natural world together. Puppet shows, songs, stories, crafts, snacks and other activities will make each day an exciting learning experience for both the young and young-at-heart. Campers may be registered for an individual session, a combination of sessions, or for all sessions, in order to accommodate summer schedules.  Click here learn more about this camp’s themes.

Young Naturalist Day Camp

Ages: 4 & 5
Dates: July 5, 12, 19, and 26
Cost: $20 per session
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO
During four mornings (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) in July, our youngest independent campers will gain appreciation and wonderment for nature while engaging observational skills in the world around them at Barr Lake State Park. We will lead campers through the learning cycle with crafts, scavenger hunts, games, exploration and other hands-on activities, including an hour of supervised, outdoor nature play. Campers may be registered for an individual session, a combination of sessions, or for all sessions, in order to accommodate summer schedules. Click here to learn more about this camp’s themes.

Nature Investigators Day Camp

Ages: 6 & 7
Dates: July 6, 13, 20, and 27
Cost: $25 per session
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO
During four mornings (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) in July, young campers will expand upon their foundational understandings of the natural world by closely investigating the various living and non-living things found at Barr Lake State Park. Campers will have opportunities to continue learning about these different topics through short hikes, crafts, games, scavenger hunts and candid exploration. They will continue exploring during a lunch hour of supervised, unstructured outdoor nature play with their new friends. Campers may be registered for an individual session, a combination of sessions, or for all sessions, in order to accommodate summer schedules. Click here to learn more about this camp’s themes.

Habitat Explorers Day Camp

Ages: 8 & 9
Dates: July 7, 14, 21, and 28
Cost: $40 per session
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO
During four days (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) in July, campers will gain an experiential understanding of the different types of birds that live at Barr Lake. Campers will build on their knowledge each week as we move through birding basics, songbirds, raptors and then water birds. We will learn through games, activities, crafts and short hikes. With a focus on birds, campers utilize binoculars, field guides, and other scientific and observational equipment to look at the world around them. Campers will then continue their explorations during a lunch hour of supervised, unstructured outdoor nature play with their new friends. Campers may register for an individual session, a combination of sessions, or all sessions, in order to accommodate summer schedules. Click here to learn more about this camp’s themes.

Birds and Bugs in Your Own Backyard

Ages: 5-9
Dates:  August 7-11
Cost: $130 for a week of half days/ $245 for a week of full days. Campers may register for individual sessions but are encouraged to register for the full week of camp.
Location: Bird Conservancy’s Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO
During this week-long program, campers learn about the lives of various winged creatures in the natural world through hikes, exploration, crafts and hands-on activities. Campers present for the lunch hour (12-1 p.m.) will need a sack lunch and will have the opportunity to enjoy part of their time with supervised, unstructured outdoor nature play with their new friends. This camp is also hosted by Butterfly Pavilion from July 31-August 4.

Young Ecologists Day Camp

Ages: 10 & 11
Dates: June 5-9, 2017
Cost: $275 for full week
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO
What exactly does an ecologist do? Campers will learn the answer to this question firsthand by studying birds and other wildlife and their relationships with both living and non-living things. Campers will also gain insights into their relationships with themselves, others and the world around them by hiking, playing games, making new friends and going on field trips. In the process, they will learn to use binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes, and they will have the opportunity to spend one night camping under the stars at Barr Lake State Park! Each day runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Campers will need a sack lunch, water bottle and daypack. Campers must register for the full week of camp. Click here to learn more about this camp’s themes.

Taking Flight Overnight Camp

Ages: 12-14
Dates: June 11 – 16, 2017
Cost: $750 for full week
Location: Highlands Presbyterian Camp, Allenspark, CO
This overnight camp is the next step for budding birders and young nature enthusiasts who want to take their birding skills to the next level and also enjoy outdoor adventure, traditional camp activities and nature exploration. For 6 days and 5 nights, campers will call a rustic lodge near Rocky Mountain National Park their home. They will have the opportunity to explore the ecosystems of Colorado’s Front Range, while honing their bird identification and leadership skills, gaining independence and responsibility, and making new friends! The cost of this camp includes all lodging, meals and transportation during the session. Campers must register for the full week of camp.

On the Wing Overnight Camp

Ages: 15-17
Dates: June 21 – 30, 2017
Cost: $1,250 for full week
Location: Highlands Presbyterian Camp, Allenspark, CO
This camp is for teenagers who aspire to careers in natural resources. Based at a residential camp near Rocky Mountain National Park, campers will have the opportunity to design and conduct mini-research projects in the surrounding forests. Campers will work together to develop a hypothesis, collect scientific data, draw conclusions from their data, write technical scientific research papers and present their findings to a group of natural resource professionals. In addition, campers will take part in traditional camp activities and learn field journaling, field sketching, field guide and binocular use, bird and plant identification, and field biology, by observing and participating in studies of Bird Conservancy and National Park Service biologists. The cost of this camp includes all lodging, meals and transportation during the session. Campers must register for the full week of camp.

Leaders-in-Training Program

Ages: 13-17
Dates: Offered during most Day Camps
Cost: $25 per camp session
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO
Teenagers who enjoy working with younger children and would like more opportunities to be outside this summer will find a great fit in this camp program. Inspired by campers from previous summers who were eager to attend other camps and give back to their community, the Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program is designed to provide opportunities for older campers to increase their leadership skills by sharing their passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for birds and the natural world with younger campers. LITs will assist camp staff in providing a caring and exciting experience for campers, and will assist with other projects. Space in the LIT program is limited to 5 per session, so applying early is recommended. Prospective LITs should apply online.

For more information:

Allison Fowle
Camps and Family Programs Specialist
303.659.4348 ext. 18
allison.fowle@birdconservancy.org