The EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum and Colorado Canyons Association are partnering to provide an unforgettable alternative spring break for college students!
We'll will kick off the trip on Tuesday, March 19, by spending a half day at EUREKA! to learn about river & backcountry safety, leave no trace ethics, and trip prep. Then, we'll spend March 20-22 rafting the Ruby Horsethief section of the Colorado River. We'll stay in platform tents at Catalpa Camp and explore the outdoors while learning about invasive plants in the watershed, river hydrology, and archaeology as we explore an archaological site with EUREKA! Expedition Staff and Colorado Canyon Association River Guides.
Transportation between the river and EUREKA! is provided. Camp fee includes river permits, dry bag use for clothing and gear, lunch and dinner on Wednesday, three meals on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday.
Times: 8:30am Monday – 5:30pm Friday
Location: Monday Drop Off & Friday Pick Up at EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
Fees: varies based on camp
Science + Outdoor Recreation = One Memorable Week of Science Adventures! These overnight adventure camps will include FIVE days and FOUR nights of environmental-based science exploration. Campers will have opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation activities that are common to the area each day ranging from snowshoeing to whitewater rafting to hiking to camping. The experiential education focus of Expedition Camps will surely allow campers to learn about the natural world and acquire outdoor skills while having fun!
Transportation Options Include: Traveling with us from EUREKA! to the camp and back OR Meeting us for camper drop off & pick up at camp location
Location: Shrine Mountain Huts on Vail Pass
Fees: $450 members / $540 non members
Max: 12 beds in Jay’s Cabin (10 campers & 2 staff)
Science Curriculum: Colorado River Hydrology & Snow Science
This camp is generously underwritten by Ute Water, Grand Valley Water Users & Irrigation Districts
Winter is 5 months away but the snow is still here! Come learn about snow science, rare wetlands, the alpine ecosystem, climatology, hydrology, and forestry on Vail Pass. We will be staying in 10th mountain division huts on top of the pass. This adventure camp includes hiking and snowshoeing!
Location: Rio Mesa Research Center
Fees: $570 members / $685 non members
Science Curriculum: Environmental & Trail Science
Spend a week at the University of Utah's Rio Mesa Center, an outdoor laboratory in southeastern Utah along the Dolores River. Campers will learn about riparian areas and how they contribute to the aquatic ecosystem health, astronomy and light pollution, archeology, desert ecology and more! We'll be exploring along the river banks and on hiking / mountain biking trails as we learn about the impact of recreation on the environment and how to reduce our environmental footprint by implementing leave no trace practices. Campers will be hiking and mountain biking on this unique off-the-grid Environmental & Trail Science Camp at Rio Mesa!
Location: Unaweep Canyon & Ruby Horsethief
Fees: $700 members / $840 non members
Science Curriculum: Rock n’ Waves
The only canyon on Earth with two mouths! The fascinating geologic wonder is a playground for geologists and cartographers. Students will study geology while rock climbing and botany while hiking. The second half of the camp will be on the Colorado River where students will paddle the Ruby Horsethief section of the Colorado River!
Location: EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum & Vega State Park
Fees: $485 members / $585 non members
Ages: 4th & 5th Graders
Science Curriculum: EUREKA! / Vega Hybrid Expedition Camp – Environmental Science & Outdoor Recreation
This hybrid camp is specifically designed for incoming 4th and 5th graders!
Campers will have two days of environmental science camp at EUREKA!. Day 1 will focus on forestry, wildflowers, astronomy, entomology and during Day 2 campers will learn about backcountry safety, water & drinking in the outdoors, clothing, Leave No Trace principles, and nutrition. Then, we'll take our learning to the outdoors and spend THREE days and TWO nights experiencing what we learned in the classroom. We'll be camping at Vega State Park and enjoying hiking on the Grand Mesa, stand up paddle boarding, star gazing, and environmental science during this exciting science outdoor recreation camp!
Location: Steamboat CMC
Fees: $740 members / $890 non members
Science Curriculum: Mineral Waters & Fisheries
Steamboat Springs, CO. Home to over 150 hot springs, a Sulphur Cave, and the Yampa River! Students will be lodging at the Colorado Mountain College dorms as they explore water quality, turbidity, and oxygen content on a river watch with the local Yampatika Naturalists. Spend time learning how to cast a fly rod, trying to land a fish, and about the entomology associated with fly fishing. Tour the Finger Rock Fish Hatchery and the mineral hot springs, then experience the heat during a swim session at Old town Hot Springs!
Location: Leadville CMC
Fees: $450 members / $540 non members
Science Curriculum: Learning at Altitude
This camp is generously underwritten by the Teen Support Fund from the Western CO Community Foundation
Did you know Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the US, located at 10,152 feet? Stay in the dorms at Colorado Mountain College and learn about Leadville's unique mining history, fen wetlands, climate, geography, and ecosystem. This adventure based camp will include hiking, low ropes course, and a tour of the National Mining Museum.