Grade School Summer Camp

2019 Junior Naturalist Field Camp (JNFC)
Summer Day Camp for Grade School Kids

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Since 2007, Durango Nature Studies has hosted one of the most beloved and enriching summer camps in Durango. Junior Naturalist Field Camp is a place where elementary-aged children will spend time learning about the natural world.  Each of the five week-long sessions focuses on a specific theme. Campers may spend their day catching crawdads, building forts, hiking, exploring, or river tromping — which all focus on learning about the natural world. In addition, they’ll get to play with old friends and make new ones, too. Campers leave camp with memories, new friends, and a better understanding of the world in which they live.

This sentiment from a Durango parent is frequently shared by parents of participating campers…

“[My daughter] had a great time, once again, at DNS camp. She loves catching grasshoppers, playing in the river, and learning new things about animals and nature. Thanks to … the DNS staff for a great experience for Durango kids. What a great opportunity for youth in our community!”

We work diligently to provide a safe, fun and engaging experience for all campers.  All of our counselors are 18 and over.

AGE ELIGIBILITY: We can provisionally accept 6 year olds who have completed kindergarten. Their spot at camp is not guaranteed until we receive a waiver from the state. We need to apply for waivers as soon as possible (and no later than the end of April!)  If you have a 6 year old who would like to attend JNFC, please call 970-769-1800 immediately so that we can start the process.

Summer 2019 Session Descriptions

2019 Camp Costs:
– EARLY BIRD Camp Cost is $240 per session (including transportation), up to two weeks before the start of camp
– Durango Nature Studies’ Family Members: $215 per session (including transportation). Not a member? Join now!
– Camp Cost within two (2) weeks before start of camp: $250 per session (including transportation)
– A Summer Camp T-shirt is $15 extra.  We will take orders once the design has been finalized.

PLEASE NOTE: To hold your child’s spot, we must receive at least a 50% non-refundable deposit or have a payment plan established. Should you have to cancel, 75% of the total amount will be refunded up until a week before camp. Due to staffing and other sunk costs, if you cancel within a week of the camp, 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 counselors.  To find out everything else you need to know, please read our Parent Handbook thoroughly. Please contact Stephanie @ 970-769-1800 with any questions.

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

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

2019 SESSIONS 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade
SESSION 1
“Habitat is where it’s at”
June 3-7
REGISTER BY MAY 20
FOR EARLY BIRD RATE
SESSION 2
“Animal Mania”
June 10-14
REGISTER BY MAY 27
FOR EARLY BIRD RATE
SESSION 3
“Bug Week”
June 24-28
REGISTER BY JUNE 10
FOR EARLY BIRD RATE
SESSION 4
“Nature’s Super Powers”
July 8-12
REGISTER BY JUNE 24
FOR EARLY BIRD RATE
SESSION 5
“Eco-Town”
July 22-26
REGISTER BY JULY 8
FOR EARLY BIRD RATE

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

We thank the following businesses for providing funding toward our scholarships for after-school and camp programs

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