Nature’s Scientists 2020

Join us for Nature’s Explorers: a summer in nature with hands-on activities, games, art, journaling, and of course, exploring!

6 Session Series on Tuesdays:


Ages: Rising 3rd – Rising 6th Graders

Meeting Location: Longfellow Elementary School (425 W 7th Street, see map)

(*same time and drop off location as  Guidestone Garden Camp for grades K – 2)

Time:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

6 Session Series on Tuesdays:

June 11Session 1: Wilderness Skills @ Sands Lake and Salida Mountain Trails on S Mountain – Get to know fellow campers and counselors through activities at Sands Lake and a hike.  Team-building games, geology, Leave No Trace and shelter building will all be a part of this first week of camp!

June 18 Session 2: Our Wetlands @ Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area. In this session, we will explore a what makes a wetland habitat so unique for all the animals who rely on it.  We will learn about migratory birds, aquatic plants and invertebrates who call the area home.  We will also have time for fishing at the pond!

June 25Session 3: Fishing and Geology @ Wright’s Lake, Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, and Continental Divide Trail, Nathrop.  Campers will travel to the Chalk Cliffs area to tour the fish hatchery and fish for trout in Wrights Lake.  After lunch, we will hike along the Continental Divide Trail for a geology hike in this unique area! 

No Camp June 30

July 7 –  Session 4: River Creatures @ Poncha Creek Picnic Area.  Explore the creek looking for aquatic invertebrates and learning about their life cycles!  During this session, we will dive into what makes our waters a good home for fish and insects.

July 14 –  Session 5: Life in the Subalpine @ Mt. Shavano Campground.  Learn about the mammals who make their home in the subalpine by exploring skins, skulls, scat and tracks.  During this session we will practice navigation skills with a compass scavenger hunt.

July 21 Session 6:  Wildflowers and Forestry @ Monarch Mountain. Hike to an alpine pond exploring wildflowers, learning about Boreal Toads, and looking at forest ecology including beetles and wildfires.

**Note – sessions are not likely to change locations, but it is a possibility due to weather and unforeseen circumstances. However, meeting locations will stay the same.

Cost per Session: GARNA Members – $50,  Non-members – $55
Cost for full 6-week series: GARNA Members – $300, Non-members – $330 


Do you have a current GARNA family membership? – Get a $30 discount for all 6 weeks, or $5 per session! Use the code “GARNAMEMBER20” at checkout.

Not able to attend all 6 weeks?  Registration for individual sessions opens Friday, April 17.