2016 Youth Programs

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2016 Summer Youth Programs (Pre-K through 8th Grades)

Registration for 2017 will open March 1, 2017.

Email enviro-ed@rmbl.org for more info!

Below is information from our 2016 programs.  Program schedules for 2017 will be posted soon…

Our mission is to train the next generation of scientists while cultivating respect and wonder for the natural world. RMBL’s nature and science camps take place at our field research station located in Gothic, Colorado and on surrounding public lands. In a beautiful outdoor setting and in the company of career scientists, we provide hands-on investigations of nature. Our programs introduce children to the practices and processes of science through a variety of fun and interdisciplinary activities. Curiosity and discovery drive the learning adventures that take place each day with RMBL. We hope you’ll join us during our nature and science camps this summer!

Summer 2016 Youth Program Descriptions:PIC-2015-KNC Town Hall Group

2016 Curious Critters (Mondays, Ages 4-5)

2016 Nature Camp (Tuesday-Fridays, Entering Grades K-2)

2016 Science Camp (Tuesday-Fridays, Entering Grades 3-5)

2016 Middle School (Wednesdays, Entering Grades 6-8)

2016 High School Research Experience

Summer 2016 Youth Program Logistics and FAQs:

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June 13 – August 19, 2016

  • Mondays: 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Gothic) or 8:30 am-1:30 pm (CB 4Way Stop), Ages 4-5
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 am-3:30 pm (Gothic) or 8:30 am-4:00 pm (CB 4Way Stop), Entering Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5 (NOTE: We will not offer programs on Monday, July 4th)
  • Wednesdays:  9:00 am-3:30 pm (Gothic) or 8:30 am-4:00 pm (CB 4Way Stop), Entering Grades K-2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8
  • Thursdays: 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Gothic) or 8:30 am-1:30 pm (CB 4 Way Stop), Entering Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5
    • Fridays: 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Gothic) or 8:30 am-1:30 pm (CB 4Way Stop), Entering Grades K-2 and   Grades 3-5


Registration Fee: $25
Daily Rate: $40 (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays)
Extended Day Rate: $60 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

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Please register through our on-line form located in the Youth Programs Pages on the RMBL Website. Through this on-line form, you will be able to specify the programs your child will attend as well as share information about your child so that we can ensure they have a safe and happy camp experience. An automatic registration confirmation will be emailed to you after you complete the registration form and choose your payment option. If you have registration questions, please email enviro-ed@rmbl.org or call 970-901-1395.

Sign a Waiver

In addition to completing our on-line registration form, you will need to complete a waiver for each of your children participating in a summer program with RMBL. Please print the RMBL Waiver and bring it signed on the morning of your first program.

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When you complete the on-line registration form, you can choose to pay with a credit card or by mailing a check to RMBL (be sure to write Youth Programs or Camp in the memo), PO Box 519, Crested Butte, CO 81224. Payment is due by June 1, 2017. If we have not received payment by that date, we will cancel your registration. If you register after June 1, 2017, payment is due when you register. Specialized payment plans can be arranged with our Children’s Program Manager by emailing enviro-ed@rmbl.org.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact our Children’s Program Manager at enviro-ed@rmbl.org or call 970-901-1395. You will receive a refund via a check from RMBL according to these guidelines:

  • Full Refund (less the $25 registration fee) of tuition is given if we receive notice of participant’s cancellation prior to June 1, 2016.
  • A 50% Refund (less the $25 registration fee) of tuition is given if we receive notice of a participant’s cancellation after June 1, 2016.
  • No Refunds are given for cancellations made the day before or the day of the program.
  • Refunds requested prior to June 1, 2016 will be processed and mailed to you in June.  Refunds requested between June and August will be mailed by RMBL’s accounting office by the end of September.

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We will keep this website up-to-date with information regarding when programs fill. For each full program, we create a first-come first-serve style waitlist, and when we receive a cancellation, we will contact you to see if your child would still like to attend the program.

Youth Instructor to Student Ratios and Learning Groups

At the beginning of each program day, students are divided into appropriate age groups (ages 4-5, grades K-2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8) with assigned instructors.

For programs for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8, our Instructor to Student Ratio is 1:7. Each of the learning groups for students in the K-8 grade range is typically 10-14 students assigned to two instructors. For our 4-5 year old age group, our Instructor to Student Ratio is 1:5.

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A limited supply of scholarship funds are available. If you need financial assistance, please complete the Scholarship Application and return it to enviro-ed@rmbl.org or to RMBL Youth Programs, P.O. Box 519, Crested Butte, CO 81224 by May 15, 2016. You will be notified whether you receive a scholarship by May 27, 2016.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Drop off and pick up for RMBL youth programs will take place at the 4 Way Bus Stop in Crested Butte, at the bus stop in Mountaineer Square in Mount Crested Butte or in the townsite of Gothic. You will be required to sign your child in and out of camp each day, either in Gothic or at the bus stops.

PIC-2015-KNC CampfireFor those living in or near Gothic, or if you prefer to drive your children to Gothic, please sign your children in at the Youth Science Center/Weese Laboratory directly in front of the Gothic Research Center at 9am each day, and pick up at 1pm (Monday, Thursday, Friday) or 3:30pm (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). The Youth Science Center will not open until 9am so that staff can set up materials. If you arrive early, please relax in the chairs in front of the Visitor Center, but we won’t be able to allow students inside the Youth Science Center until 9am. Parking for Youth Program pick up and drop off is allowed in Gothic along County Road 317 in front of the Visitor Center. No day parking is allowed in Gothic (the closest public parking area where you can park all day is at the Judd Falls Trailhead located just north of Gothic).

PIC-2015-KNC Lunch-001A Chaperoned Bus Service from Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte is available to Gothic. Youth Program Instructors ride the bus with the children. The bus leaves the 4 Way Stop in Crested Butte at 8:30am daily and returns at 1:30pm (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays) or 4pm (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). In Crested Butte, The bus picks up and drops off on different sides of the street. Note that the morning bus pick up is located north of the Crested Butte Visitor Center at the bus station shelter on the east side of Hwy 135.  In the afternoon, the bus stops on the diagonal road that turns west onto Elk Avenue from Hwy 135.  Children are walked to the small grassy area located along Elk Avenue just northwest of the 4 Way Stop intersection to wait to be signed out by a designated parent/guardian.  The bus leaves Mountaineer Square in Mount Crested Butte at 8:40am daily and returns at 1:15pm (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays) and 3:45pm (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

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  • Full Water Bottle
  • Big Lunch
  • A Couple Snacks
  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Sun Screen
  • Sturdy Walking/Hiking Shoes
  • Warm Layers
  • Rain Gear
  • Long Pants and Long Sleeves (to put on when the bugs are bad; bug spray is an option too)
  • Curiosity!

PIC-2015-KNC Bee CatchersHow do I communicate with RMBL Staff prior to or during programs?

Before and after camp hours, you can reach Ann Colbert, Children’s Program and Outreach Manager, through the youth programs mobile 970-901-1395 or enviro-ed@rmbl.org. If you need to reach us during the day when we are with children in Gothic, please use the main RMBL phone number 970-349-7231 (mobile coverage is spotty).

You will also have an opportunity to check in with staff prior to and after the program during pick up and drop off times. If your child is going to be picked up by someone other than you, we will require you to document who is allowed to pick up your child that day.

Throughout the summer, we will send email updates. Check out these newsletters to get a glimpse of the fun we’ll have as well as the scientists and research we’ll encounter during our nature and science camps.

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Who are the 2016 youth program staff?

We hire enthusiastic science educators who love working with children in the outdoors! Each staff person must pass a background check as well as have First Aid and CPR certifications. Our youth program team is trained not only in safely managing groups in the outdoors, but in how to engage children in both fun and meaningful field science learning experiences. Staff are typically hired after already having experience as teachers and guides for youth in a variety of camps, schools or non-profit organizations.

We are excited about this summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

For additional information please contact Ann Colbert, Children’s Program and Outreach Manager, at enviro-ed@rmbl.org or 970-901-1395.

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RMBL is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under permit from the USDA Forest Service, Gunnison National Forest.

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