Salida Nature Camp 2020 – Dates added!

Updated: 6/1/2020

With an acute focus on the health and safety of campers and staff, GARNA will be adjusting Nature’s Scientists to a Monday through Friday full week program with small-group ratios.   This full week, one location model limits the amount of community exposure of campers and staff during that time, which our regular 6 week model does not afford.

Session 1 (5-day session)

When: June 22 – 26th, 9 am – 3 pm

Where: Poncha Creek Picnic Area  (.7 south on Hwy 285 from the intersection of 285 and 50. See Map).

Who: Ages 7- 11 years old. At this time, only residents ~ 10 miles from the program location may register for this program per advisory from Chaffee County Public Health.

What: Nature Camp promises to be a true ed-venture! Join GARNA instructors in searching for aquatic insects, exploring forestry and birds of prey, completing orienteering challenges, and more – crafts, games, scavenger hunts, nature journaling, etc!

Cost: $275. Scholarships available! E-mail youth@garna.org for scholarship information. 

Currently SOLD OUTPlease join the waiting list

 

Session 2 (3-day session)

When: July 14, 15, and 16, 9 am – 3 pm

Where: Poncha Creek Picnic Area  (.7 south on Hwy 285 from the intersection of 285 and 50. See Map).

Who: Ages 7 – 11 years old. At this time, only residents ~ 10 miles from the program location may register for this program per advisory from Chaffee County Public Health.

What: Nature Camp promises to be a true ed-venture! Join GARNA instructors in searching for aquatic insects, exploring forestry and birds of prey, completing orienteering challenges, and more – crafts, games, scavenger hunts, nature journaling, etc!

Cost: $165. Scholarships available! E-mail youth@garna.org for scholarship information. 

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The safety of campers, families and our staff is paramount to any decision we make. We want to offer a fun and engaging camp experience while still operating under social distancing guidelines.  In this light, GARNA will be making to following changes to this year’s Nature Camps.

  • Limiting camper to instructor ratio to 5:1.  Total numbers with Nature Camp small-groups at one site will be kept within CO Dept. of Public Health regulations. Currently capping at 10 campers.  Campers will be split into groups of 5 campers per 1 staff, and will be distanced from other groups with limited interaction.
  • Staff, campers and parents dropping off campers must wear masks.
  • Staff and campers will complete wellness checks prior to each day. More info will be provided with a pre-camp FAQ.
  • Campers will not share materials nor snacks. 

Do you have a current GARNA family membership? – Get a $5 per day discount! Use the code “GARNAMEMBER20” at checkout.

Needing a scholarship? Limited full and partial scholarships are available  Please email Emily, youth@garna.org with your preferred camp, and the scholarship needed, she will support with next steps. 

Cancellation Policy:

Should GARNA need to cancel Nature Camp for the safety of campers and instructors, those registered will be notified as soon as possible and receive a full refund. 

Barring a GARNA cancellation due to COVID-19, families have the opportunity to cancel up to one week prior to the program and receive a full refund minus a $15 administrative fee.