Explore the great outdoors and let your love of nature bloom with GARNA’s summer nature camps! Join GARNA and local experts as we invite campers to explore public lands in the Upper Arkansas Valley.  Campers will hike mountain trails, collect bugs in streams, experiment, journal and much more while appreciating the joys of nature. 

Middle school students – we hope you’ll join us for Stream Explorers with Trout Unlimited! Learn the basics of fly fishing and conduct experiments to learn about your watershed. 


Nature Camp in Buena Vista

Rising K – 3rd Graders


4 week series: 6/15, 6/22 & 7/6, 7/13

9:30am – 3:30pm

Drop off: Buena Vista Community Center


Nature's Explorers - Salida

Rising K – 2nd graders


6 week series: 6/11, 6/18, 6/25 & 7/9, 7/16, & 7/23

9am- 4pm

Drop off: Salida Middle School


Nature's Scientists - Salida

Rising 3rd – 6th Graders 


6 week series: 6/9, 6/16, 6/23 & 7/7, 7/14, 7/21

9am – 4pm

Drop off: Longfellow Elementary School

Stream Explorers - Trout Unlimited Camp

Rising 5th-8th graders

Programs in Leadville, Salida, and Buena Vista

Campers learn stream ecology and fly fishing skills

Hi Ark Valley Families,

We are truly excited for our line-up of summer programs, but realize that making plans for June and July may be far from your minds right now.  However, if you’re interested in sending your student to camp, we encourage you to sign up your camper now! Our spaces are limited to 12 campers per session to allow us to take kids out on public lands and provide a fun, encouraging, and safe space for participants. 

As of today (3/25/2020), we have not canceled any summer programs or camps.  We will be closely monitoring and following the advice of the Chaffee County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  If we need to cancel any programs, we will communicate to those registered as soon as possible and provide a full refund. 

We are dreaming of warm days with students exploring creeks for aquatic insects, racing to finish their compass scavenger hunt, and building connections with one-another and nature.  Please be in touch if you have any questions.  The best way to reach out right now is via email –  youth@garna.org

With hope,

Emily Henderson, GARNA Youth Ecological Literacy Coordinator

Creating a community that is educated about place.