Environmental Institute Expeditions

The Environmental Institute

The Environmental Institute was created in 2019 with the purpose of bringing students outside to engage with nature through hands-on field science experiences. Combining field investigations and adventure education, Environmental Institute programs take students behind the scenes to connect with real-world scientific studies in a cooperative learning environment. We believe in a future where all members of our community have the skills, knowledge, and passions to engage with environmental science topics in a positive way.

Whether you join us for a day trek, hybrid camp, or field expedition, EI programs give participants the chance to take an active role in scientific study, applying the same science and engineering practices students work on in the classroom to projects out in the real world.

The landscape is a laboratory, there are countless phenomena to discover. Join us for one of our programs and get ready to explore!


Our adventure camps are rated based on physical ability levels. Please reference the suggestions below:

  • Beginner: Little to no experience camping or hiking. Students should be able to hike Mica Mine Trail or Serpents Trail.
  • Intermediate: Some prior experience camping or hiking. Students should be able to hike Serpents Trail and Monument/Wedding Canyon Trail.
  • Advanced: A lot of experience camping or hiking. Students need to be able to carry a pack with camping items throughout the day between campsites, and while gaining elevation. Students should be able to hike Mt. Garfield and Liberty Cap Trail.


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EUREKA! will be requiring immunization records for all adolescent campers. Registration will not process without uploaded records to camper account. Please follow these steps to upload the documents.

  • Log into Dashboard
  • Click FAMILY & FRIENDS on the left
  • Click EDIT on the student's account
  • On the right, you'll see a button +ADD DOCUMENT

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Thank you to our title sponsor, Alpine Bank. Their generous support makes these programs possible.

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Spring Programs 2021

March 11 - 12: Petroglyphs and Fossils

Come on an adventure through time as we explore petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, and fossil beds. There is evidence of amazing science phenomena all across the west slope and in this no-school-day adventure we’ll spend two days tracking them down. From the petroglyphs at Thompson Springs to the dino tracks in Cactus Park, hop aboard the adventure bus and we’ll get you connected to the rare and amazing secrets hidden in your own backyard.

March 22: Canyon Adventures

Did you know the rocks in the Colorado National Monument were made during the lifetime of the dinosaurs? Find out how these rock formations unlock the secrets of how dinosaurs lived during this adventure camp. Register now to hike through the Monument and learn about the geology of past and present environments, along with the botany and zoology of the current ecosystem within the National Park.

March 23: Sandstone to Seedlings

How are plants able to grow straight out of a rock without any soil? How do biological soil crusts begin their life? Arches National Park is the perfect place to answer these questions. Register for this adventure camp to test your hiking abilities and learn how geology and biology interact to create a livable environment in a harsh desert climate. We'll even make time to stand beneath Corona Arch, one of the most spectacular sights in the red desert.

March 24: Science, Snowshoeing and Sledding, Oh My!

During the Spring we find ourselves warming up, why does the Grand Mesa stay so cold? During this adventure camp, learn about snow science, why weather is different at higher elevations, and test your identification skills in botany and zoology. Register now, and bring your sleds and snowshoes for a day of snow-filled fun!

March 25 - 26: Beginner Mountain Bike Science and Conservation

This mountain biking spring break camp will get your student outdoors, connected to conservation and adventure. We’ll spend mornings helping to restore the native ecosystem through the Monument Corridor Restoration Project and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system. Get your student working hands-on to improve a trail system we all love so much.

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. This is a beginner course, designed for students with limited experience mountain biking. Students will need to own a mountain bike and should be comfortable riding on beginner-friendly (green) trails.

March 25 - 26: Intermediate/Advanced Biking and Conservation

This mountain biking spring break camp will get your student outdoors, connected to conservation and adventure. We’ll spend mornings helping to restore the native ecosystem through the Monument Corridor Restoration Project and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system. Get your student working hands-on to improve a trail system we all love so much.

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. This is an intermediate/advanced course, designed for students with experience mountain biking. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 3-5 miles of single track at the Lunch Loops area.

May 14: Spring Climbing and Geology

Spring has returned, and the rock is warming up! Join us for a day of desert climbing. We’ll get introduced to the fundamentals of climbing outdoors safely: learn to belay, basic movement skills, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling adventure at the crag. Come spend your no-school-day rock climbing with our expert instructor team and discover the science of climbing.

March 11 - 12: Petroglyphs & Fossils

Come on an adventure through time as we explore petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, and fossil beds. There is evidence of amazing science phenomena all across the west slope and in this no-school-day adventure, we’ll spend two days tracking them down. From the petroglyphs at Thompson Springs to the dino tracks in Cactus Park, hop aboard the adventure bus and put on your archeologist hat. We’ll get you connected to the rare and amazing secrets hidden in your own backyard.

March 25: Snow Ecology

Spring is here and plants are beginning to grow, which begs the question, how are they able to survive the cold of the winter? The answer is simple: snow! During this adventure camp, take a snowshoeing hike to learn how wildlife adapts from winter into spring and the snow science that makes it all possible. Bring your warm clothes and sleds for a day of snow-filled fun! Snowshoes will be provided.

March 25 - 26: Beginner Mountain Bike Science and Conservation

This mountain biking spring break camp will get your student outdoors, connected to conservation and adventure. We’ll spend mornings helping to restore the native ecosystem through the Monument Corridor Restoration Project and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system. Get your student working hands-on to improve a trail system we all love so much.

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. This is a beginner course, designed for students with limited experience mountain biking. Students will need to own a mountain bike and should be comfortable riding on beginner-friendly (green) trails.

March 25 - 26: Intermediate/Advanced Biking and Conservation

This mountain biking spring break camp will get your student outdoors, connected to conservation and adventure. We’ll spend mornings helping to restore the native ecosystem through the Monument Corridor Restoration Project and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system. Get your student working hands-on to improve a trail system we all love so much.

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. This is an intermediate/advanced course, designed for students with experience mountain biking. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 3-5 miles of single track at the Lunch Loops area.

May 14: Spring Climbing and Geology

Spring has returned, and the rock is warming up! Join us for a day of desert climbing. We’ll get introduced to the fundamentals of climbing outdoors safely: learn to belay, basic movement skills, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling adventure at the crag. Come spend your no-school-day rock climbing with our expert instructor team and discover the science of climbing.


Summer Programs 2021

Expeditions

Ever wonder what it’s like to live and work as a scientist? Want to improve your adventure and outdoor living skills? Our Field Science expeditions provide students grades 6 - 9 the opportunity to join their peers on a team dedicated to scientific study, heading out into the wild spaces of the world for 5 days of adventure. Climb mountains to measure snowpack, read the temperature of boiling pools, lay out in the desert at night to count stars and name galaxies, the Environmental Institute at EUREKA! is dedicated to introducing students with an interest in the natural world and a love of adventure to the challenge and rewards of a science expedition.

Hybrids

Are you curious about the natural world? Are you looking for an introduction to the fun of hiking and camping? If your answer is yes, then our Hybrid Explorer Camps are the perfect opportunity to connect you to the wonders of the Western Slope. These programs are designed to give learners grades 4 – 6 some of their first exposure to field science in a safe, inclusive, and caring environment. Each adventure starts with 2 days here at EUREKA! preparing our minds and our hearts for 3 days of camping and science exploration in the field. Hybrid explorer camps are a fantastic way to put on your scientist hat and connect with the natural world in a brand-new way.

Adventure Day Camps

Spend a week with the Environmental Institute walking in the boots of a scientist. These day and evening programs are a wonderful opportunity for junior scientists to get outside and think creatively about the scientific phenomena right in their own backyard. Let your curiosity run free and enjoy a few days exploring with the Environmental Institute!

Family Events

Always on Saturdays, Environmental Institute Family Events offer outdoor science education for your entire crew. Join us for a wildflower hike, a day of Stand Up Paddleboarding instruction or come celebrate the summer at our Science Symposium Campout.

Explorers Day Camps

Our Environmental Institute Explorers take science education to the next level! Each week, our students will become junior experts in a different environmental science theme by getting hands-on and exploring the phenomena in their own backyard. We’ll put on our scientist hats, grab our data collection tools, and spend every day building a connection to environmental science. And don’t worry, we’ll make time each afternoon to cool off with some wading in the river and still be home for dinner.

Expeditions

Utah Canyons & Desert Ecosystem Expedition

May 31 - June 4

Member Tuition Cost: $300

Non Member Tuition Cost: $360

Location: Univ. of Utah’s Rio Mesa Research Station outside Moab, UT

Program Description: Take the adventure of a lifetime this summer as you travel into the heart of the Colorado Plateau and learn what it takes to thrive in a remote desert research station (you might even make cinnamon rolls while you’re out there!). Spend a week at the University of Utah’s Rio Mesa Research Center, a secluded outdoor laboratory in southeastern Utah along the Dolores River. Join your peers for a week living and learning as a field team dedicated to scientific study. Topics include archaeology, astronomy, riparian ecology and more. We’ll get muddy along river banks and dusty on hiking trails as we collect data and uncover our own role in the ecosystem. Come spend the week off-the-grid and plugged into discovery with the Environmental Institute and Rio Mesa Research Station.


Bike and Hike at 10,000 ft. in Leadville

June 14 - June 18

Member Tuition Cost: $350

Non Member Tuition Cost: $420

Location: Leadville, Colorado

Program Description: Take your biking to a new elevation. Our Leadville mountain bike expedition will help elevate your skills and bring a whole new perspective to a familiar sport. We’ll load up our bikes and head to Leadville where we’ll set up a base camp from which to explore the incredible flow trails and awesome downhill of the United States’ highest incorporated community. Adventure is all about connection and we’ll focus our time out of the saddle on honing our leadership and teambuilding skills. Connect with your peers, your bike and yourself in a new way on our Mountain Bike Expedition.


Rafting and Wilderness Expedition with Colorado Canyons Association

June 23 - June 25

Member Tuition Cost: $350

Non Member Tuition Cost: $420

Location: Ruby Horsethief Canyon

Program Description: Did you know overtime rocks and water work together to change their environments? In this camp learn how geology and hydrology create new life, cause natural disasters and form new habitats. We’ll investigate canyons and waterways from the back of a raft on the Colorado River. Join us for three days of rafting with the Colorado Canyons Association to find out why science and adventure are best combined.


Yellowstone: Geysers, Bison and Big Sky Science Expedition

June 27 - July 3rd

Member Tuition Cost: $950

Non Member Tuition Cost: $1140

Location: Madison River Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park and a laboratory of wonder, the perfect place for a science expedition like none you’ve ever experienced. We’ll head north to spend a week living, learning and exploring Yellowstone’s high elevation plateaus. With Bison, Wolves, Grizzly bears, Geysers, Hot Springs and the most incredible geological history in the United States, we will spend an action packed week exploring endless wonders and connecting to the longest preserved landscape in the United States. Join us for the trip of a lifetime, to this incredible ecosystem.


Alpine Ecosystem Expedition at Shrine Mountain Huts

July 12 - July 16

Member Tuition Cost: $450

Non Member Tuition Cost: $540

Location: Shrine Mt. Huts, Vail Pass

Program Description: Spend a week of your summer on an epic mountain adventure. Join us for a five day and four-night hut trip at Vail Pass. On this course, you will spend the week exploring the high alpine ecosystems and rare wetlands of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll be introduced to what it’s like to live and work as a team at a high elevation research station, spend every day exploring the mountains in pursuit of data for a real-world research study, and get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Come spend a week living and learning in a high elevation research camp and experience what it’s like to study mountains.


Peaks and Pikas: Crested Butte Alpine Backpacking Expedition

July 26 - July 30

Member Tuition Cost: $350

Non Member Tuition Cost: $420

Location: Crested Butte

Program Description: You’re ready for an epic adventure in the Rocky Mountains. You dream of scrambling up peaks, studying alpine ecosystems, and making smores in the wilderness. You’re not afraid to work hard, get dirty, and learn hands-on skills with a group of your peers. If you’re excited to spend a week in the mountains making new friends and learning how to live in the wilderness, then this is the course for you. Investigate alpine ecology and the geology of mountain building while perfecting your backpacking skills. Experience what it's like to build an inclusive community dedicated to scientific understanding as you set goals and tackle challenges. Take a journey into the backcountry and learn the mood of the mountains. Register now for an experience you won’t forget!

Hybrids

Volcano Field Science at Mt. Sopris

June 7 - June 11

Member Tuition Cost: $300

Non Member Tuition Cost: $360

Location: Mt. Sopris, Carbondale

Program Description: Lava! Magma! Clouds of gas! Western Colorado has a rich history of volcanic activity and during this hybrid camp, we’ll become volcano researchers. We’ll learn what volcanic rocks look like and where to find them and cap off our adventure with a 3-day camping trip to Mt. Sopris, where we will hike an enormous dormant volcano!


San Juan Mountains Field Science

July 19 - July 23

Member Tuition Cost: $300

Non Member Tuition Cost: $360

Location: San Juan Mountains

Program Description: The San Juan mountains are some of the most rugged and beautiful peaks in the west. Join us for a week as Mountain Researchers, where we’ll learn how to stay safe and study the high alpine environment. Two days here at the EUREKA! will get us ready for a three day camping trip at the base of the San Juans where we will explore the slopes and valleys, turning over rocks, looking into rivers, and becoming expert on the science of mountains

Adventure Day Camps

Wild Adventures Jr.

May 24 - 28

Member Tuition Cost: $175

Non Member Tuition Cost: $210

Location: All around Grand Junction

Program Description: Grab your hiking boots and join us for a week of day trips exploring the Western Slope! Each day will be filled with hands-on science activities as we fish, track, and fly our way through this summer adventure.

Tentative Schedule:

Monday: Explore the ecology of lakes as we learn to fish and tube at Highline State Park.

Tuesday: Become a master tracker! We'll learn to read the landscape on the Palisade Rim trail by searching for tracks and the animals that make them. In the afternoon, we'll cool off by the Colorado river and make molds of our own footprints using plaster!

Wednesday: We'll set up an oasis camp where we'll hang in hammocks, paint with watercolors and investigate the geology of the Colorado National Monument.

Thursday: Spend the day as a leaf on the breeze while we investigate wind. We'll learn about air pressure, spend time bird watching, and build and fly our own kites.

Friday: Examine the power of water, as we travel to the Gunnison river to build boats and learn about floatation.

Cycle with Science: Desert Trails - Beginner

June 21 - June 25

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Lunch Loops, Grand Junction

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is a beginner course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.


Cycle with Science: Desert Trails - Intermediate/Advanced

June 21 - June 25

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Lunch Loops, Grand Junction

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is an intermediate to advanced course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.


Cycle with Science: Subalpine Trails - Beginner

August 2 - August 6

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Grand Mesa

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Botanical Gardens. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is a beginner course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.


Cycle with Science: Subalpine Trails - Intermediate/Advanced

August 2 - August 6

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Grand Mesa

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Botanical Gardens. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is an intermediate to advanced course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.

Rock Climbing in Unaweep Canyon - Beginner/Intermediate

May 25th - 27th

Member Tuition Cost: $200

Non Member Tuition Cost: $240

Location: Unaweep Canyon

Length: 3 days

Program Description: Interested in learning how to rock climb outdoors? We’ll spend 3 days getting introduced to the fundamentals of climbing while exploring the geology in Unaweep canyon. Learn how to safely belay, build an anchor, read a guidebook, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling climbing adventure. Come spend your summer rock climbing with our expert instructor team and discover that science IS adventure!

This is a beginner-intermediate climbing camp. No prior climbing experience is necessary.


Wild Adventures: Hiking, Scrambling, Climbing, SUPing

May 31 - June 4

Member Tuition Cost: $200

Non Member Tuition Cost: $240

Location: All around the Grand Valley

Program Description: Grab your hiking boots and join us for a week of day trips exploring the Western Slope! Each day will be filled with hands-on science activities as we rock climb, hike, fish, and paddleboard!

Monday: Explore the ecology of lakes as we fish and paddleboard at Highline State park.

Tuesday: Investigate the geology of the desert landscape as we hunt for fossils and gems on the Utah border.

Wednesday: Compare the geology of Arches with our local rocks as we explore the Colorado National Monument. We’ll spend the afternoon learning to scramble and climb through boulders and caves in Rough Canyon.

Thursday: Apply your new climbing skills as you get up-close and personal with local sandstone by learning to rock climb outdoors in Unaweep Canyon.

Friday: We’ll cool off by heading up to the Grand Mesa to learn some survival skills like fire building and tracking.

Drop off and pick up will take place at EUREKA!

Please be sure to send your camper with lunch, snacks, 2 L of water, a hat, sunglasses, a backpack, sunscreen, and sturdy walking shoes.


Rock Climbing in Unaweep Canyon - Beginner/Intermediate

July 7 - July 9

Member Tuition Cost: $200

Non Member Tuition Cost: $240

Location: Unaweep Canyon

Length: 3 days

Program Description: Interested in learning how to rock climb outdoors? We’ll spend 3 days getting introduced to the fundamentals of climbing while exploring the geology in Unaweep canyon. Learn how to safely belay, build an anchor, read a guidebook, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling climbing adventure. Come spend your summer rock climbing with our expert instructor team and discover that science IS adventure!

This is a beginner-intermediate climbing camp. No prior climbing experience is necessary.


Wild Adventures: Hiking, Scrambling, Climbing, SUPing

July 12 - July 16

Member Tuition Cost: $200

Non Member Tuition Cost: $240

Location: All around the Grand Valley

Program Description: Grab your hiking boots and join us for a week of day trips exploring the Western Slope! Each day will be filled with hands-on science activities as we rock climb, hike, fish, and paddleboard!

Monday: Explore the ecology of lakes as we fish and paddleboard at Highline State park.

Tuesday: Investigate the geology of the desert landscape as we hunt for fossils and gems on the Utah border.

Wednesday: Compare the geology of Arches with our local rocks as we explore the Colorado National Monument. We’ll spend the afternoon learning to scramble and climb through boulders and caves in Rough Canyon.

Thursday: Apply your new climbing skills as you get up-close and personal with local sandstone by learning to rock climb outdoors in Unaweep Canyon.

Friday: We’ll cool off by heading up to The Grand Mesa and learn some survival skills like fire building and tracking.

Drop off and pick up will take place at EUREKA!

Please be sure to send your camper with lunch, snacks, 2 L of water, a hat, sunglasses, a backpack, sunscreen, and sturdy walking shoes.

Rock Climbing in Unaweep Canyon - Beginner/Intermediate

May 25th - 27th

Member Tuition Cost: $200

Non Member Tuition Cost: $240

Location: Unaweep Canyon

Length: 3 days

Program Description: Interested in learning how to rock climb outdoors? We’ll spend 3 days getting introduced to the fundamentals of climbing while exploring the geology in Unaweep canyon. Learn how to safely belay, build an anchor, read a guidebook, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling climbing adventure. Come spend your summer rock climbing with our expert instructor team and discover that science IS adventure!

This is a beginner-intermediate climbing camp. No prior climbing experience is necessary.


Girls Inspire: Wilderness Medicine and Environmental Science

June 7 - June 11

Member Tuition Cost: $200

Non Member Tuition Cost: $240

Location: All around the Grand Valley

Program Description: Join us to spend 5 days exploring with a group of peers in an inclusive, collaborative environment. Girls Inspire - Wilderness Medicine will connect you to some amazing female scientists and a chance to see how medicine is used in the wilderness. You'll get to learn, adventure and engage with other young women while growing your adventure skills and making new friends.

These day trips provide an educational setting as an intro to outdoor recreation without committing to a 10-day backpacking trip! You will accomplish leadership challenges, gain outdoor skills, develop an appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment, make new and diverse friendships with fellow campers, instructors, and scientists, and create meaningful skills to build on for the rest of your life.


Cycle with Science: Desert Trails - Beginner

June 21 - June 25

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Lunch Loops, Grand Junction

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is a beginner course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.


Cycle with Science: Desert Trails - Intermediate/Advanced

June 21 - June 25

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Lunch Loops, Grand Junction

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Lunch Loops. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or be able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is an intermediate to advanced course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.


Rock Climbing in Unaweep Canyon - Beginner/Intermediate

July 7 - July 9

Member Tuition Cost: $200

Non Member Tuition Cost: $240

Location: Unaweep Canyon

Length: 3 days

Program Description: Interested in learning how to rock climb outdoors? We’ll spend 3 days getting introduced to the fundamentals of climbing while exploring the geology in Unaweep canyon. Learn how to safely belay, build an anchor, read a guidebook, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling climbing adventure. Come spend your summer rock climbing with our expert instructor team and discover that science IS adventure!

This is a beginner-intermediate climbing camp. No prior climbing experience is necessary.


Cycle with Science: Subalpine Trails - Beginner

August 2 - August 6

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Grand Mesa

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Botanical Gardens. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is a beginner course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.


Cycle with Science: Subalpine Trails - Intermediate/Advanced

August 2 - August 6

Member Tuition Cost: $250

Non Member Tuition Cost: $300

Location: Grand Mesa

Program Description: This mountain biking camp will get your student outdoors, exercising, and learning the physics behind fast turns, the geology of hero mud, and the climatology of an epic day to ride your bike in the Grand Valley! We might even do some bird watching, water quality testing, and botany along the trail. Bring your bikes, helmets, and a smile for this adventure-themed science camp!

Pick up and drop off will take place at the Botanical Gardens. Must have previously taken a mountain biking course or able to confidently ride 1 mile of single track at the Lunch Loops area. This is an intermediate to advanced course.

Please send your camper with their mountain bike, a helmet, a backpack, comfortable shoes to walk and ride, 2 L of water, a lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.

Explorers Day Camps

Location: Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

Times: Drop off between 8:30 - 9:00 AM, Pick up between 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Tuition Cost: $175 for members, $210 for nonmembers

Description: Our Environmental Institute Explorers take science education to the next level! Each week, our students will become junior experts in a different environmental science theme by getting hands-on and exploring the phenomena in their own backyard. We’ll put on our scientist hats, grab our data collection tools and spend every day building a connection to environmental science. And don’t worry, we’ll make time each afternoon to cool off with some wading in the river and still be home for dinner.

Science, Adventure, and Play. It’s going to be a great summer.

May 31 - June 4: Desert Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our Desert Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring the ecology and biology of desert habitats and make time each afternoon to cool off in the river. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, structured games, and story time each day. 


June 7 - June 11: River Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our River Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring the ecology, biology and cultural importance of the Colorado river and make time each afternoon to wade and explore at Las Colonias river park. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, structured games, and story time each day.


June 14 - June 18: Wilderness Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our Wilderness Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring wild spaces and learn a bit about what makes wilderness special. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, structured games, river time, and story time each day.


June 21 - June 25: Wildlife Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our Wildlife Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring the ecology and biology of local wildlife and make time each afternoon to cool off in the river. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, structured games, and story time each day.


August 2 - August 6: Space Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our Astronomy Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring the stars in the sky and learning basic concepts about our solar system. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, river time, structured games, and story time each day.

Location: Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

Times: Drop off between 8:30 - 9:00 AM, Pick up between 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Tuition Cost: $175 for members, $210 for nonmembers

Description: Our Environmental Institute Explorers take science education to the next level! Each week, our students will become junior experts in a different environmental science theme by getting hands-on and exploring the phenomena in their own backyard. We’ll put on our scientist hats, grab our data collection tools and spend every day building a connection to environmental science. And don’t worry, we’ll make time each afternoon to cool off with some wading in the river and still be home for dinner.

Science, Adventure, and Play. It’s going to be a great summer.

June 28 - June 2: Forest Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our Forest Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring the ecology and importance of local forest habitats and make time each afternoon to cool off in the river. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, river time, structured games, and story time each day.


July 19 - July 23: Watershed Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our Fresh Water Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring the ecology, biology and cultural importance of the Colorado river and make time each afternoon to wade and explore at Las Colonias river park. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, structured games, and story time each day.


July 26 - July 30: Wildlife Explorers: Outdoor Investigation

Our Wildlife Explorers program will get students outside and hands on with science phenomena. We’ll spend the week exploring the ecology and biology of local wildlife and make time each afternoon to cool off in the river. Students can expect a science lesson, time for exploration, structured games, and story time each day.

Family Events

Saturday, June 19th

Member Tuition Cost: $15/family

Non Member Tuition Cost: $25/Family

Location: Mesa Top Trail Head

Program Description: Want to spend a magical day on the Mesa, learning about the native plants and hiking through a wildflower wonderland? Meet us at the Mesa Top Trailhead and we’ll do the rest. Enjoy a summer Saturday with your family, connecting to the beauty of the Mesa and learn some botany while you’re at it. We’ll see you there!

Saturday, August 7th

Member Tuition Cost: $20 per family

Non Member Tuition Cost: $30 per family

Program Description: It’s time to celebrate! Come and help us celebrate all the incredible work our students have put in this summer at our 2021 Environmental Institute Science Symposium Campout. We’ll have work and photos from all our Expeditions, Hybrids, Adventure and Explorer camps on display for you to enjoy. Check out your student’s hard work, relax in the summer sunset, roast a few marshmallows and enjoy an astronomy presentation at our 2021 E.I. Science Symposium.

Here is a sneak peak of previous adventure camps!