Grade School Summer Camp

2017 Junior Naturalist Field Camp (JNFC)
Summer Day Camp for Grade School Kids

awesome-shotSince 2007, Durango Nature Studies’ has hosted one of the most beloved and enriching summer camps in Durango.  In response to Richard Louv’s groundbreaking book, “Last Child in the Woods,” parents can take joy in the fact that their kids will be spending their summer catching crawdads, building forts, hiking, exploring, river tromping, and learning about the natural world.  Each summer, over 300 kids going into 1st-6th grade, spend their summer at the Nature Center participating in our award winning camp.  Campers return year after year with memories, new friends, and a stronger sense of place.  Please check availability on the chart below before you register.  Call 769-1800 to be added to the waiting list if your desired session is full.

Payment Information:
– Camp Cost is $200 per Session
– Durango Nature Studies’ Family Members Receive 10% off
– Transportation is $25 extra
– A Summer Camp T-shirt is $15 extra
( To hold your child’s spot, we must receive at least a 50% non-refundable deposit. Should you have to cancel, 50% of the total amount will be refunded up until a week before camp, after which we are not able to give a refund)

Payment Options:
– Submit Registration Form and send check to DNS, PO Box 3808, Durango, CO 81302
– Submit Form and Pay Online Below

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Camp is from 8:30-3:30 for campers riding the bus and 9:00-3:00 for campers meeting us at the Nature Center.  Campers will be split into groups of 15 based on ages.  Each group will have 2 instructors.  To find out everything else you need to know, please print out and read our Parent Information Packet.

Parent Information Packet

Summer Session Descriptions

Sessions Entering
1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade
5th or 6th
Session 1
Wilderness Survival
June 12-16
Full Full Full Full 1 Spot
Session 2
June 26-30
Full Full Full Full Open
Session 3
Powerful Nature
July 10-14
Full Full Full Full Open
Session 4
Nature Detectives
July 24-28
Full Full Full Full Open
Session 5
Destination Desert
August 7-11
Open Full Full Full Full

Limited scholarships are available.  To be considered, please fill out and submit the form below.
Camp Scholarship

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