Environmental Institute Adventure Camps

Environmental Institute Adventure Camps

Science + Outdoor Recreation = One Memorable Experience of Science Adventures! These day and overnight adventure camps will have opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation activities that are common to the area, ranging from biking 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!


All adventure camps will depart and return to EUREKA!

Our adventure camps are rated based on physical ability level. 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.
  • Strenuous: 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.

Winter 2020

Science in the Snow 101

  • Thursday, January 2nd 2020 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • 3-5th Graders
  • Beginner
  • Snow. You can make a snowman out of it, have a snowball fight in it, build a fort out of it, melt it to drink, or dig a cave to survive in it. In this Environmental Institute Adventure Camp, snowshoe on the Mesa while learning about snow science and weather at high elevation. Register now for a day of snowshoeing, science, and fun in the outdoors! Snowshoes will be provided.

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Science in the Snow 201

  • Friday, January 3rd 2020 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • 6-8th Graders
  • Beginner
  • Did you know during January of  2017 the Grand Mesa accumulated over 11 feet of snow?  Join us in this Environmental Institute Adventure Camp on the Grand Mesa to investigate the dynamics of weather at high elevation.  Register now to test your data collection skills, outdoor abilities, and to learn about snow and weather science while snowshoeing on the Mesa. Snowshoes will be provided.


Spring 2020

3-5th Grade Day Adventure Camps

Canyon Adventures

  • Monday, March 16th 2020 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • 3-5th Graders
  • Beginner
  • 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.

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Science with a View

  • Tuesday, March 17th 2020 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • 3-5th Graders
  • Intermediate-Strenuous
  • Did you know the steep canyons nearby were sculpted by the ancient Colorado River? Make sure to wear your hiking boots for this camp as we will be spending the day making our way up the Palisade Rim Trail. Enjoy learning about the geology that built this land up, and hydrology that wore it down, all while overlooking the Grand Valley. Register now for a day of hiking, science, and fantastic views!

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Science, Snowshoeing and Sledding, Oh My!

  • Wednesday, March 18th 2020 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • 3-5th Graders
  • Beginner
  • 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! Snowshoes will be provided.


6-8th Grade Adventure Day Camps

Biology in the Snow

  • Thursday, March 19th 2020 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • 6-8th Graders
  • Beginner
  • 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. Snowshoes will be provided.


Sandstone to Seedlings

  • Friday, March 20th 2020 from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • 6-8th Graders
  • Beginner
  • 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.

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Summer 2020

All adventure camps will depart and return to EUREKA!

Our adventure camps are rated based on physical ability level. 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.
  • Strenuous: 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.

4-6th Grade Adventure Camps


Program Title: Hiking and Hydrology Hybrid Adventure Camp

  • Location: Ridgway, CO
  • Dates: 6/8/20 – 6/12/20
  • Grades: 4-6th
  • Ability Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 5 days (2 at EUREKA!, 3 outside Ridgeway)
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 5 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 10 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 5,000-10,000 feet
  • Environment: Travel through desert, alpine forests, and on and off-trail
  • Program Description: Are you curious about the natural world? Are you looking for an introduction to the world of outdoor recreation? If your answer is yes, this camp is the way to go! Spend two days at Eureka! preparing for three days and two nights of camping in Ridgway. During this adventure camp, learn the basics of camping and hiking while deepening your knowledge of environmental science, geology and biology. Learn about the hydrology of Colorado by investigating the flow of water from the mountains to cities like Grand Junction and how it impacts environments along the way. Register now and explore the natural world through science and hiking with Eureka!

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Program Title: Grand Mesa Hydrology and Leadership Hybrid Adventure Camp

  • Location: Grand Mesa Lakes, CO
  • Dates: 6/29/20 – 7/1/20
  • Grades: 4-6th
  • Ability Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 5 days (2 at EUREKA!, 3 on Grand Mesa)
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 5 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 10 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 5,000-11,000 feet
  • Environment: Travel through desert, alpine forests, and on and off-trail
  • Program Description: The Environment is green, but we need to make it clean! In this three day and two night adventure camp on the Grand Mesa, learn about making a smaller impact on our Earth’s resources, and the importance of going green. Explore geology, hydrology and biology while hiking on the largest flat top mountain in the world. While exploring the many lakes on the Grand Mesa find out how to care for the natural areas we use for recreation to keep them pristine for ages to come. You will begin with learning the basics of wilderness living, including cooking, campsite selection, stove use, and Leave No Trace practices. Along the way, you will have real opportunities to put your new leadership and outdoor skills into practice. You’ll get to see some of the most spectacular wilderness in western Colorado.


Program Title: Steamboat Springs Hiking and Geothermal Hybrid Adventure Camp

  • Location: Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Dates: 7/6/20 – 7/10
  • Grades: 4-6th
  • Ability Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 5 days (2 at EUREKA!, 3 outside Steamboat)
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 5 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 10 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 6,700-9,000 feet
  • Environment: Travel through desert, alpine forests, and on and off-trail
  • Program Description: Did you know Steamboat Springs was once home to bubbling geysers? Spend two days at Eureka! preparing for a three day and two night camping trip in Steamboat Springs. Investigate the affects of mineral springs on surrounding ecosystems, how riparian ecosystems function, geology, hydrology, and environmental issues. Along the way, you will have real opportunities to put your new leadership and outdoor skills into practice every day. Register now for an introduction to camping, hiking and science of the natural world!

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Program Title: Grand Mesa Hiking and Ecosystems Hybrid Adventure Camp

  • Location: Grand Mesa, CO
  • Dates: 7/20/20 – 7/24/20
  • Grades: 4-6th
  • Ability Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 5 days (2 at EUREKA!, 3 on Grand Mesa)
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 5 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 10 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 5,000-11,000 feet
  • Environment: Travel through desert, alpine forests, and on and off-trail
  • Program Description: Did you know different elevations have different ecosystems? Join us for two days at Eureka! preparing for three days and two nights camping on an epic adventure on the Grand Mesa. Explore the environmental science of the plateau and the ecosystems, climatology and geology that make it possible! Your course will begin with basic camping and travel techniques: cooking, camping, stove use, map reading, Leave No Trace techniques, and practices for hiking and camping in bear habitat. Register now for an introduction to the natural sciences, camping, and hiking at altitude while exploring the world’s largest flat top mountain.


6-9th Grade Adventure Camps


Program Title: Environmental Institute Life in the Desert Adventure Camp

  • Location: University of Utah’s Rio Mesa Center, Utah
  • Dates: 6/1/20 – 6/5/20
  • Grades: 6-9th
  • Ability Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 5 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 10 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 4,000-5,000 feet
  • Environment: Travel through desert ecosystems, sandstone slickrock, on and off-trail
  • Program Description: Take the adventure of a lifetime this summer as you trek into the heart of the Colorado plateau. Learn what it takes to thrive while you’re camping in the desert (you might even make cinnamon rolls while you’re out there!). Spend a week at the University of Utah's Rio Mesa Center, a remote outdoor laboratory in southeastern Utah along the Dolores River. Campers will learn about archaeology, desert ecology, astronomy and light pollution, riparian areas and how they contribute to the aquatic ecosystem health, and more! We'll be exploring along the river banks and on hiking 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 on this unique off-the-grid Environmental & Trail Science Camp at Rio Mesa!

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Program Title: Hike a 14'er Backpacking Leadership Adventure Camp

  • Location: Leadville, CO
  • Dates: 6/15/20 – 6/19/20
  • Grades: 6-9th
  • Ability Level: Intermediate
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 10 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 35 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 10,700-14,100 feet
  • Environment: Travel through forests and alpine tundra, bear habitat, and on and off-trail
  • Program Description: Taking science to new heights, join us in Leadville, CO for a five day and four night adventure camp. Learn what it takes to get to the top of the peak and how to thrive while you’re camping in the wilderness (you might even make cinnamon rolls while you’re out there!). This unique town is the highest incorporated city in the US, sitting at 10,152 feet, and its surrounding environments are just as interesting! Explore fen wetlands, climate, geology, and ecosystems surrounding the town, learn about Leadville’s mining history and how it is still affecting environments today. Join us as we test the strength of our lungs and legs, and hike Colorado’s 14ers to explore the science of the natural world.


Program Title: Environmental Institute Rock N’ Waves Adventure Camp

  • Location: Unaweep Canyon, CO
  • Dates: 6/22/20 – 6/26/20
  • Grades: 6-9th
  • Ability Level: Intermediate
  • Program Description: Did you know overtime rocks and water work together to change their environments? In this camp learn how together, geology and hydrology create new life, cause natural disasters and form new habitats. Join us for TWO days of climbing in Unaweep Canyon and THREE days of rafting with the Colorado Canyons Association to find out why science and recreation are best combined.

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Program Title: Environmental Institute Nurture Nature Adventure Camp

  • Location: Shrine Mountain Huts, Vail, CO
  • Dates: 7/13/20 – 7/17/20
  • Grades: 6-9th
  • Ability Level: Intermediate
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 10 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 35 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 10,700-12,000 feet
  • Environment: Travel through forests and alpine tundra, bear habitat, and on and off-trail
  • Program Description: Spend a week of your summer on an epic mountain adventure. Join us for a five day and four night camping trip at the 10th Mountain Division, Shrine Mountain Huts at Vail Pass. On this course, you will spend a week exploring the high alpine ecosystem, rare wetlands, climatology, hydrology and forestry. You will begin with learning the basics of wilderness living, including cooking, campsite selection, stove use, and Leave No Trace practices. As you progress, you will cover more advanced topics, including map reading, first aid, leadership, plant and animal identification, ecosystems, geology, weather, and environmental issues. Along the way, you will have real opportunities to put your new leadership and outdoor skills into practice every day. Whil'e you're learning each day you'll get to see some of the most spectacular wilderness in Colorado.


Program Title: Environmental Institute Science of Mountaineering Adventure Camp

  • Location: Crested Butte, CO
  • Dates: 7/27/20 – 7/31/20
  • Grades: 6-9th
  • Ability Level: Strenuous (Will be carrying packs while hiking between campsites)
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Total Hiking Estimate: 10 miles
  • Average Group Size: 10 students / 2 instructors
  • Average Pack Weight: 35 pounds
  • Elevation Range: 8,900-11,000 feet
  • Environment: Travel through forests and alpine tundra, bear habitat, and on and off-trail
  • Program Description: You’re ready for an epic adventure in the Rocky Mountains. You dream of scrambling up peaks, studying alpine ecosystems, and making wilderness smores in July. 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, geology of mountain building, and hydrology at elevation. The emphasis of the leadership curriculum will be on experiential learning. A foundational course goal is building an inclusive community with your peers. Learning the value of teamwork, you will tackle group challenges and achieve common goals. Register now for an experience you won’t forget!

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Here is a sneak peak of previous adventure camps!