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!

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


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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.
  • 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.


EUREKA! will be requiring immunization records for all adolescent campers for Summer 2020. 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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No School Day Camps 2020/2021

November 23: Climbing and Canyon Adventures: Moab Exploration

Can’t get enough of the desert landscape? Join our instructor team for a Thanksgiving adventure to Moab where we’ll spend the day hiking over red rock in search of an answer to the question “Why do arches form?” We’ll learn all about different types of sandstone and the processes that combine to form the most dramatic natural arches on Earth, and cap the day off by standing under Corona Arch, a sweeping, 105-foot tall wonder. Let your curiosity roam and join us for a day adventure to Moab.

November 24th: Climbing and Canyon Adventures: Sandstone Climbing

Join us for a day of desert climbing. We’ll get introduced to the fundamentals of climbing outdoors while enjoying the fall weather in Unaweep canyon. Learn how to safely belay, basic movement skills, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling adventure. Come spend your day 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.

November 25th: Climbing and Canyon Adventures: Monument Exploration

Celebrate the holiday with a desert adventure right in your own backyard. It’s easy to forget to be grateful for the Colorado National Monument, but did you know that the monument has canyons as deep as 500 feet and spires as tall as 450 feet? Come spend the day connecting to this incredible resource while we get behind the scenes and conduct experiments to learn what makes the Colorado National Monument such an amazing place.

November 30: Outdoor Living Skills (3rd - 5th) 1 day

Ever wonder what it takes to survive outdoors? Want to practice your survival skills and make Bear Grylls jealous? We’ll spend the Monday after Thanksgiving learning the science behind some of our most important survival skills like starting a fire, purifying water, and building an insulating shelter.

December 28: Winter Ecology 101

Do you know what happens to the plants and animals when the world gets cold in winter? Where do all the insects go? How do trees survive freezing temperatures and frigid winds? What does it feel like to lay in a snow cave and hibernate? We’ll answer these questions and more during an epic day of snowshoeing and winter ecology on the Grand Mesa.

December 29: Snow Science

Snow is vital to the survival of many plants and animals in the grand valley (including humans). Spend a day with us on the Mesa learning the science of snow, how it forms, where it falls, and what it means to the ecosystem. We’ll learn to snowshoe, have fun and learn how important snow is to our life here in Grand Junction.

December 30: The Science of Ice

Ice abounds in winter. Take a day trip with us into the Colorado National Monument to learn about ice falls and how they form. We’ll explore an icefall, investigate ice crystals under a microscope, and get hands-on with some of the tools scientists use to study (and climb!) water ice.

January 4 -5: Science of Ski Touring

Join us for two days of winter exploration on skis! Geared for beginners, we’ll start the new year learning how to safely navigate the winter landscape on cross country skis. Cross country skiing provides an incredible opportunity to connect with the winter landscape. Join us for 2 days of exploration and learn to love a new sport. All ski gear will be provided.

February 15: Ice Cave Adventure

We’ll spend this no-school-day getting up close and personal with the Ice Caves in Rifle Mountain Park! Each year in mid-winter the limestone walls around Rifle take on magnificent columns, walls, and spires of Ice. We’ll take a day trip up to explore the Ice Palace and learn about freeze-thaw cycles while performing some icey experiments!

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 liveable environment in a harsh desert climate. Well even make time to stand beneath Corona Arch, one of the most spectacular sights in the red desert.

March 24th: Science, Snowshoeing, and Sledding

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 25th - 26th: Beginner Mountain Biking and Conservation work

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 and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system.

March 25th - 26th: Intermediate/Advanced Biking and Conservation work

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 and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system.

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. All climbing gear will be provided.


November 24th: Climbing and Canyon Adventures: Sandstone Climbing

Join us for a day of desert climbing. We’ll get introduced to the fundamentals of climbing outdoors while enjoying the fall weather in Unaweep canyon. Learn how to safely belay, basic movement skills, and get hands-on experience with all of the gear you need to have a fun and fulfilling adventure. Come spend your day rock climbing with our expert instructor team and discover that science IS adventure!

December 27 - Dec 30: Winter Ecology Expedition (5th - 8th) 4 days and 3 nights

Winter provides an amazing opportunity to watch the world grow quiet and find serenity in peaceful places. It is also a chance to cut loose and get a little wild on a snowy landscape. On our 2020 Winter Ecology Expedition, we’ll do both. Spend 3 days and 2 nights, hut trip style, while we explore the wonder of the winter world as you’ve never seen it before. Our days will be packed with snowshoeing, avalanche study, snow science, and sledding and in the evening we’ll take time to relax and watch the sunset over white mountains while the stars come out. Come learn the wonder of a dedicated snow adventure and never think about winter the same way again.


Jan 18 - 19: Science of Ski Touring

Join us for two days of winter exploration on skis! Geared for beginners, we’ll start the new year learning how to safely navigate the winter landscape on cross country skis. Cross country skiing provides an incredible opportunity to connect with the winter landscape. Join us for 2 days of exploration and learn to love a new sport. All ski gear will be provided.

March 25th: 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 snowshoes and sleds for a day of snow-filled fun!

March 26th: Ouray Ice Exploration

Ice abounds in winter. Take a day trip with us into the Ouray Ice Park to learn about ice falls and how they form. We’ll explore an icefall, investigate ice crystals under a microscope, and get hands-on with some of the tools scientists use to study (and climb!) water ice.

March 25th - 26th: Beginner Mountain Biking and Conservation work

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 and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system.

March 25th - 26th: Intermediate/Advanced Biking and Conservation work

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 and afternoons in the saddle riding the incredible Lunch Loops trail system.

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. All climbing gear will be provided.


Here is a sneak peak of previous adventure camps!