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Walking Mountains rescues summer from the indoors with series of camps

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AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center is coming to the rescue again this summer to get kids outside with an array of science camps for children entering first through 12th grades. Registration is now open for all camps.

New this year, Walking Mountains will be offering extended care options. Early drop-off between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and late pick-up between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. will be available for a small fee. Normal drop-off (8:30 to 9 a.m.) and pick-up (4 to 4:30 p.m.) times are still available at no extra cost. To register, view a full schedule of the camps, learn more and apply for scholarships, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/camps.

Walking Mountains' Summer Science Camps allow children to experience the wild places of the Eagle Valley while nurturing their connection to the natural world through daily exploration of local trails. Campers investigate principles of ecology and develop an understanding of scientific concepts through fun, adventure, experiments and exploration. Sessions are age-appropriate and taught by qualified natural science educators.

WEEKLONG DAY CAMPS

Walking Mountains offers weeklong day camps for children entering first through eighth grades. Campers entering first and second grades can respond to the Call of the Wild, dig into the past with Dino Detectives, get grounded with Creep and Crawl and more.

Third- and fourth-graders can get wise to some nocturnal fliers with Owlsome Ornithologists, test the waters as Watershed Warriors, get ready to rock with Rock Hounds and tinker with their own creative abilities in STEM Discovery: Are You an Inventor? Fifth- and sixth-grade explorers will be jacks of all trades in Adventure Seekers, find some natural inspiration in STEM Discovery: Biomimicry and get their feet wet with ExSTREAM Team.

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STEM Discovery: Underwater Robots will give seventh- and eighth-graders the chance to build their own underwater robots and explore aquatic environments all throughout the Eagle Valley.

SINGLE-DAY CAMPS

Walking Mountains single-day camps, called Earth Explorers, are an opportunity for children entering kindergarten through second grades. With a new topic each week and a new focus each day, little ones can attend as many or few of the camps as they wish. Topics include Mini Monets, Super Scientists and Wild and Wacky Weather. Activities will be different for each day but will include hiking, crafts and experiments.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Based out of the 10th Mountain Division Hut system, overnight camps are designed for campers entering third through 12th grades. The camps will immerse children in their local environment and send them on adventures that would make pioneers proud. For third- and fourth-graders, Mountain Quest is a smorgasbord of backcountry adventures, and A Brush With Nature is great for creative naturalists who want to combine the outdoors, nature and art.

Fifth- and sixth-grade campers can master the backcountry with Wilderness Challenge or follow in the Lorax's steps with Unless We Speak for the Trees. Seventh- and eighth-graders will realize their potential with Leadership Bootcamp or learn about repurposing and recycling with Repurposing Revolution. Ninth- through 12th-graders will gain a greater understanding of the Colorado backcountry experience and history as they summit peaks, hike from hut to hut and stargaze from mountaintops in the new camp GO West.

Register for camp

Space is limited for Walking Mountains Science Center camps. To learn more, register or apply for a scholarship, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/camps.

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