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Science school unveils summer programs in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
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VAIL VALLEY – Registration is now open for Gore Range Natural Science School’s summer youth programs in Colorado’s Vail Valley. The programs, which begin in June and run through August, are designed for students pre-K through the 8th grade interested in different aspects of the natural world.

“The summer youth programs are much more than a typical summer camp,” says Gina Garrett, director of youth programs at the Science School. “Campers become troops of explorers with ambitions as large as those of Lewis and Clark, embarking into unknown corners of the forests and mountains, uncovering secrets typically unseen by human eyes.”

Registrations are limited and are filling up fast, Garrett says.

The 2010 Summer Youth Program Line-up includes:

• Earth Keepers: Children ages 4 to 7, can explore nature with parents or grandparents; Fridays throughout July at Maloit Park in Minturn.

• Youth day camps: Week-long day camps for students entering first through sixth grades, featuring a variety of different themes. Each programs is different and focuses on a particular concept or component of the local ecosystem.

• Overnight camps: Based out of backcountry huts, overnight courses brings students into the backcountry through a range of activities. Different programs are available based on grade level including:

– Mountain Quest: Students entering third and fourth grade spend four days and three nights on Shrine Ridge. Days are spent exploring the wilderness, following animal trails, navigating with a map and compass, and practicing leadership and team-building skills. Evening activities include a night hike, stargazing, and s’mores and stories around a campfire.

– Wilderness Challenge: Overnight camp for students entering fifth and sixth grade. Based out of Vance’s Cabin on Tennessee Pass, students spend a week learning skills for safe backcountry travel, including route finding, Leave No Trace principles, cooking in the backcountry and more. At the week’s end, students challenge their knowledge by planning and carrying out a summit hike on a nearby mountain peak.

– Ridge to Rive: Students entering seventh and eighth grade and their instructors work together to overcome obstacles presented by wilderness travel. This camp offers adolescents an opportunity to think about themselves and their relationships to others and the natural world in a safe and fun environment.

Registration and more information for the summer youth programs can be found at or by calling 970-827-9725 ext. 10. A limited number of scholarships based on financial need are available. A Spanish registration form is available online.

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