Science Camp (Grades 3-5)

campers hold homemade awards

Science Camp application period now closed. Please email to be added to the waitlist.

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.

Science Camp is designed for students entering third, fourth and fifth grades in the fall of 2024. Science Camp is an outdoor-based program that will travel within Gothic and various trails on nearby public lands. Programs include outdoor exploration with an emphasis on the practices and process of science, as well as the application of varied technologies used in field science. Students in Science Camp spend more time hiking and participating in field research activities connected to RMBL scientists than do the younger students in Nature Camp.  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)

2024 Session Dates:


Session 1 June 17-20: Mountain Mysteries

Session 2 June 24-27: Mountain Mysteries

Session 3 July 15-18: Pollinator Palooza

Session 4 July 22-25: Pollinator Palooza

Session 5 July 29-Aug. 1: Ecosystem All Stars

Session 6 Aug. 5-8: Ecosystem All Stars



Children visit billy barr's weather station in Gothic, CO

2024 Science Camp Theme Descriptions


Mountain Mysteries: Have you ever wondered how the Rocky Mountains were formed? How rivers carve such deep canyons? Why trees grow in certain places in the mountains and not others? We will spend time exploring the history of rocks, minerals, and the forces that shape the Earth’s surface while investigating the interconnections between the living world and the surrounding environment. Along the way we will meet with RMBL scientists who study these mountain mysteries and get behind the scenes access into the world of landscape ecology.  

Pollinator Palooza: In the Rockies, a signal that summer is in full swing is the sound of buzzing pollinators busily gathering food in fields of wildflowers. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and the diverse array of flowers they visit are the focus of multiple research projects taking place at RMBL. We will lend a hand in current pollination research with RMBL scientists and consider questions such as: Which plants provide pollen and nectar to which pollinators? What mixtures of plants can support the greatest diversity of pollinators? How has changing climate effected pollinators? Join us for this fun week of a pollinator palooza! 

Ecosystem All Stars: What would happen to ecosystems if a certain species such as the beaver, hummingbird, or aspen tree became extinct? All species do not have the same impact on the ecosystem they live in, and many have an important role in the survival of the habitat. RMBL scientists study the roles these special animal and plant species play in our Rocky Mountain ecosystems. We will join these scientists to learn about their research and spend time exploring the glue that holds it all together- keystone species!  

Science Camp Weekly Feel and Daily Rhythm:

Science Camp contains a combination of structured and open-ended age and developmentally appropriate activities. As campers age into science camp, they start exploring and using the scientific process more deeply.

  • 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 during transitions.
  • Designated time exploring as a group throughout the day on hikes and in the designated youth programs cabin.
  • Organized games, scientific inquiry, and reflection activities 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 Science Camp Daily Schedule:

*note that activities will change based on weekly themes and field locations

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

9am- camp begins– opening circle & name game in Gothic or at trailhead

9:30am- snack and start morning nature hike

9:45am- morning activity block on trail/in field (guest scientist field visits and natural history hikes with games)

12ish- lunch/free choice (nature journaling, games, exploring, etc.)

12:45pm- afternoon science inquiry activity block (in the field or in youth programs cabin)

2:30pm- snack/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.