Spring Break Camp

2019 Spring Break Camp

If you’re staying in Durango during spring break week, plan to send your child(ren) to a day — or more — of our Spring Break Camp which runs from March 25-29. Each day, we have an excursion planned around a specific theme with enough adventure to keep them happily engaged and entertained. Whether it’s for the whole week or just a day or two, your kids will enjoy exploring Durango and beyond, while making friends and learning about different subjects connected to the natural world.

New for 2019:  We have extended the spring break camp hours to 4:00.

If you have any questions, please contact stephanie@durangonaturestudies.org or 970-769-1800.

– Campers must be at least 7 years old, and the camp is geared for students in 1st to 4th grades.
– Campers may come for the whole week or individual days
– Camps are limited 13 kids per day because we use the DNS van for our adventures
– Camp will be led by two DNS educators
– Camps run from 9:00-4:00 daily
– Campers will meet and be picked up each day at the Smiley Building
– Each day make sure your child has good walking shoes, a backpack with water, lunch, two snacks, sunscreen, and weather appropriate for variable springtime conditions (i.e. layers).

Parent Handbook for Spring Break Camp

– $50 a day or $225 for the full week for non-members
– $45 a day or $200 for the full week for DNS family members.  Not a member? Join now!

To register for camp:
Step 1: Fill out registration from below (see “Registration Form” button)
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

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


Monday, March 25. Snowshoes and Snow Forts – Andrews Lake / Molas Pass. We have plenty of snow this season, so we’re going to play in it as long as we can! Join us for a day exploring the lives of animals in the snow in the high country north of Durango.  We will explore beautiful surroundings on snowshoes, learn how various Colorado animals survive and thrive in the snow, and build our own snow shelters.  Through a combination of books and storytelling, animal tracking, science investigations and outdoor play, we will have a blast while gaining a new appreciation for the many animals that survive and thrive in the mountains all winter long.  FULL

Tuesday, March 26. Ancient Lives in the Southwest – Anasazi Heritage Center, Dolores, CO. Have you ever stumbled upon or wondered about the cliff dwellings just to our west, and been amazed by how people have survived in the Southwest for thousands of years?  We will spend a morning at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, CO, where we will explore models of pithouses, interact with artifacts, and explore the history of Ancestral Puebloan peoples in the Four Corners region.  Afternoon activities will build upon what we have learned through crafts, books, and games.  FULL

Wednesday, March 27. Local Food Day – Turtle Lake and Honeyville, Durango, CO. Our food systems are intricately tied to local landscapes and ecology, and Durango is home to two amazing examples of this relationship–Turtle Lake Refuge and Honeyville.  Join us for a day of exploration and fun as we tour the farm, seeing the what it takes to produce the food that feeds us.  We will head over to Honeyville to watch bees at work and explore some of the amazing products they can make. In the afternoon, we will use games and crafts to explore the concept of food webs, see how local farmers mimic nature in providing us with food, and learn the importance of pollinators to ecosystems and human food systems.  FULL

Thursday, March 28.  Backyard Nature – Durango Parks, Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Did you know that Durango has one of the highest proportions of open space of any city in the U.S.?  Join us for a day of exploration and fun in several of Durango’s parks–all without ever leaving city limits.  After exploring some exhibits on local wildlife at the Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, we will embark on a scavenger hunt exploring some of the wonders our backyard has to offer. 3 spots remain

Friday, March 29. Nature Detectives – Durango Nature Center. A Red-tailed Hawk swoops down on a meadow vole; a raccoon slinks from tree to tree in search of birds’ nests full of eggs to rob, a Great Blue Heron patiently stalks the riverbank, ready to snag the first crayfish it sees flitting amongst the rocks. The Nature Center is center stage for countless unseen dramas that play out when school groups and visitors are away from the trails.  Join us for a day of learning, investigation, and imagination as we learn and use a variety of tracking skills to untangle and replay these hidden events! FULL

Limited scholarships are available for qualifying families.  To be considered, please fill out and submit the Camp Scholarship form.  We thank the following businesses for providing funding toward our scholarships for after-school and camp programs.

Is your business interested in helping send a child (or two) to camp? If so, check out our corporate sponsorship page.

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