Grade School Summer Camp

2018 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 who have completed 1st through 5th grades 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:
– EARLY BIRD Camp Cost is $200 per Session, up to two weeks before the start of camp
– Camp Cost within two (2) weeks before start of camp: $225 per session
– Durango Nature Studies’ Family Members Receive 10% off
– Transportation is $25 extra
– A Summer Camp T-shirt is $15 extra

PLEASE NOTE: Due to state child care licensing requirements, it is imperative that we have registrations in 2 weeks prior to the start of camp. 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.

To register for camp:
Step 1: Fill out Registration form
Step 2: Submit payment online (see “Pay Now” button) or by mailing a check to DNS, PO Box 3808, Durango, CO 81302

Registration Form Pay Now

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.

2018 Parent Handbook 

Medical Forms:
1) Permission to Administer Medication Form
2) Asthma Care Plan Form
3) Allergy & Anaphylaxis Care Plan form

Summer Session Descriptions

Looking for week-long camp options when our JNFC camp is not in session?  Check out The Garden Project’s summer camps.

SESSIONS Completed
1st grade
Completed
2nd grade
Completed
3rd grade
Completed
4th grade
Completed
5th grade
SESSION 1
Wilderness Survival
June 11-15
REGISTER BY MAY 28
FOR DISCOUNTED RATE
Open 2 spots
remain
Open Open Open
SESSION 2
Animal Mania
June 25-29
REGISTER BY JUNE 11
FOR DISCOUNTED RATE
5 spots
remain
Full Open Open Open
SESSION 3
Water World
July 9-13
REGISTER BY JUNE 25
FOR DISCOUNTED RATE
5 spots
remain
5 spots
remain
Open Open Open
SESSION 4
Nature Detectives
July 23-27
REGISTER BY JULY 9
FOR DISCOUNTED RATE
Open Open Open Open Open
SESSION 5
Eco-Town
August 6-10
REGISTER BY JULY 23
FOR DISCOUNTED RATE
Open Open Open Open Open

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

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