Nature Camp (Grades K-2)

Nature campers explore different leaf shapes

Nature Camp application period open February 1st-29th!

Registration Information:

In recent years at RMBL, we have found that camper demand exceeds our capacity. Instead of a first-come first-served registration, we have moved to a lottery process to enroll campers for the upcoming season. All campers, new and returning, are invited to enroll through this system.

Application Process: Parents/Guardians are asked to first complete the application during the open period of Feb. 1st-29th, 2024. You will be allowed to choose your top three session choices. *This does not guarantee a spot in a session. 

Priority will be given to students whose parent(s) or family members are RMBL scientists, staff or part of the RMBL community in other ways, and/or children who’ve participated in our science programs in previous years. Outside of those criteria, we will use a lottery system to fill remaining spots.

Initial admittance decisions and award decisions will be made within two weeks post application closing date (mid-March). Once notified, you will have approximately two weeks to accept the spots and pay the $25 non-refundable registration fee and program fee, in order to secure your child’s spot.

RMBL’s nature camp is designed for children entering kindergarten, first and second grades in the fall of 2024. Programs will be based out of the Youth Nature & Science Center in Gothic, CO and in surrounding outdoor areas that students will access by hiking.  Nature Camp cultivates a multidisciplinary and playful approach to immersing students in the natural world and field science through hands-on activities such as experiments, nature inspired art and games.  Camps are being offered in weekly, Monday-Thursday daily sessions. The same group of students will be with one another for the entire week. Three different weekly themes will be offered throughout the summer, this enables students to attend up to three weeks of nature camp this summer.

Program cost: 

$525 per session, plus $25 non-refundable registration fee

*Limited partial scholarships are available and can be applied for when applying for camp sessions*

Program times: 

9am-3pm Monday-Thursday (8:30am-3:30 drop off/pick up at CB 4-way or Mt. CB)

nature camper

2024 Session Dates:

 

Session 1 June 17-20: Friends with Fur

Session 2 June 24-27: Friends with Fur

Session 3 July 8-11: Insect Investigators

Session 4 July 22-25: Insect Investigators

Session 5 July 29-Aug. 2: Raindrops to Rivers

Session 6 Aug. 5-8: Raindrops to Rivers

**YOU MAY ONLY SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR ONE SESSION OF EACH THEME**

2024 Nature Camp Theme Descriptions:

 

Insect Investigators: What is special about insects? How many different kinds of insects can we find? What is the difference between insects that live on land vs. in the water? What are the insects we find doing? Spend the week getting down and dirty investigating all things creepy and crawly while learning about the fascinating world of insects and their many benefits to humans! 

Friends with Fur: RMBL is home to many mammals and scientists that study them! Join us for a week of furry fun while we explore the life of marvelous mammals such as marmots, foxes, squirrels and deer. We will sharpen our observation skills while searching for signs of wildlife, looking for different clues mammals may leave behind while spending time learning about the many survival skills of these furry friends that call these mountains home.  

Raindrops to Rivers: Dive into the riparian zone and explore the local watershed! We’ll study the ways of water and the amazing adaptations of aquatic creatures. Watch for moose wandering through the willows, build a beaver dam, catch a mayfly larva and see a water droplet come to life through the microscope. Not only will we learn how our lives are connected through water, but we’ll have some fun playing with the properties of water. 

Nature Camp Weekly Feel and Daily Rhythm:

Nature Camp contains a combination of structured and open-ended age and developmentally appropriate activities.

  • Opening and closing circles help campers connect to our weekly and daily themes in the morning and reflect in the afternoon.
  • Structure at the beginning of the day and end of the day and mealtimes.
  • Designated time exploring as a group throughout the day on hikes and in the designated youth programs cabin.
  • Organized games, crafts, and rotation groups that introduce and reinforce the weekly themes.
  • We try to make camp fun for everyone by asking participants to follow the RMBL community expectations of taking care of people and place.

Sample Nature Camp Daily Schedule

*note that activities will change based on the weekly theme! 

8:30am- camper pick up at CB 4way

9am- camp begins– opening circle & name game

9:30am- snack

9:45am- morning activity block (guest scientist visits, nature hike and free play)

11:30ish- lunch

12:15pm- Burrow room story time & natural history collection exploration

12:45pm- afternoon station rotations (science experiments and art projects)

2:00pm- snack

2:15pm- field games/closing circle

3pm- camp ends (Gothic camper pickup, load van, depart for CB)

3:30pm- arrive at CB 4way for camper drop-off

Scholarships:  A limited supply of scholarship funds are available for the K-9 programs. If you need financial assistance, please complete the RMBL-Youth-Program-Scholarship-Application.

COVID-19 Statement for RMBL Day Programs       

                                                                                                                 

In order to keep students, scientists, and staff healthy in light of COVID-19, for Summer 2024, all participants in RMBL day programs will be required to follow the RMBL COVID-19 health and safety plan, which may include mask-wearing, handwashing, personal distancing, and group size limits.