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:
– 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 Registration Form and click on button below to pay online

2018 Registration Form

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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 – coming soon

Summer Session Descriptions

Sessions Completed
1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade
5th grade
Session 1
Wilderness Survival
June 11-15
Open Open Open Open Open
Session 2
Animal Mania
June 25-29
Open Open Open Open Open
Session 3
Water World
July 9-13
Open Open Open Open Open
Session 4
Nature Detectives
July 23-27
Open Open Open Open Open
Session 5
August 6-10
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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