Science Camp (Grades 3-5)

campers hold homemade awards

Important Updates in Registration for Summer 2023

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

Please check our FAQ page for additional details. 

The Science Camp lottery application period is open now, deadline to apply is February 28th, 2023.

Initial admittance decisions and award decisions will be made approximately 2-4 weeks post application closing date.

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.

COVID-19 Statement

In order to keep students, scientists, and staff healthy in light of COVID-19, for Summer 2023, all participants in RMBL programs will be required to follow the RMBL COVID-19 health and safety plan, which will include proof of vaccination, and may include mask-wearing, hand-washing, personal distancing, and group size limits. Vaccine exemptions will be considered, as required by law. 

Science Camp is designed for students entering third, fourth and fifth grades in the fall of 2023. 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: $500, plus $25 non-refundable registration fee

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

Summer 2023 Session Dates and Themes:

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

Session 1: June 19th-22nd, Fun with Phenology

Session 2: June 26th-29th, Fun with Phenology

Session 3: July 17th-20th, Science of Systems

Session 4: July 24th-27th, Science of Systems

Session 5: July 31st-August 3rd, Mammals of Our Mountains **This week we will be offering transportation from the town of Gunnison and then CB, please note pick-up/drop-off times will be different from CB only weeks 

Session 6: August 7th-10th, Mammals of Our Mountains

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

Fun with Phenology: Have you ever wondered what day of the year the first snow falls? The leaves change? The first flowers bloom? Or what day your favorite songbird returns in the springtime? Phenology is the study of recurring life cycle stages in plants and animals and their relationships to the environment. These events have been observed and recorded by humans for centuries to decide, for example, when to plant gardens in the spring, harvest in the summer and fall, and settle in for the dark winter. Many scientists have also observed and recorded these events to learn more about the world around us and make important decisions as to how we take care of our planet. Join us for a fun-filled week spending time connecting with nature as we explore the many areas of phenology research at RMBL! (Sessions 1 and 2) 

Science of Systems: Have you ever wondered about the systems that make up planet Earth? Are you curious to learn more about how our planet’s land, water, living things and air interact? Join us for a week of discovery as we become scientists exploring the earth’s spheres. Knowing more about each of these systems can help us better understand how they can interact or balance each other out, and how our home planet functions. We will investigate the effects of events in one sphere on the other spheres, while studying events like snowstorms, wildfires, landslides, earthquakes. Campers will also meet with RMBL scientists studying these super systems! (Sessions 3 and 4) 

Mammals of our Mountains: Are you curious about the critters that call the Rocky Mountains home? Have you ever wondered how animals survive in our harsh winter climate? Did you know that RMBL has been the host to the second longest mammal study in the world, of the yellow-bellied marmot? With high elevations, steep terrain, and extreme temperatures, our mountainous landscapes often support mammals that are uniquely adapted to mountain living. Scientists study these mammals as a resource to answer many questions, such as how alpine animals respond to climate change. Join us for the week as we spend time diving into our critter curiosities and discover the value of studying mammals in our mountains. (Sessions 5 and 6)