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Summer science camps offered in Avon

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AVON, Colorado – Walking Mountains summer science camp registration will begin this year on Monday. Parents can register their kids by downloading forms online at http://www.walkingmountains.org/summercamps or by stopping at the campus in Avon.

Walking Mountains Summer Science Camps let children experience the wild places of Eagle County while nurturing their connection to the natural world through backyard explorations. Campers investigate principles of ecology while developing an understanding of scientific concepts through fun, adventure and exploration. Camp sessions highlight different natural history topics and are geared toward helping students develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Sessions are age-appropriate and supervised by qualified environmental educators that make learning safe and fun.

Four- to five-day science day camps are offered for children in first through sixth grade (the grades they will enter in the fall) and three- to four-day overnight camps for third- through eighth-graders. New this year is the Earth Explorers program for first- and second-grade children. Kids can sign up for morning or afternoon four-hour sessions where each week introduces a new science theme for explorations and adventures. Activities are different for each session, but will include hiking, crafts and cool experiments.

Camps listed below represent a few examples of scheduled programming (full camp information is available online):

Volcanoes, Caves and Canyons, first- and second-grade day camp

• Avon, June 18-June 22, $290.

• Eagle, July 23-July 27, $260 for Eagle resident or $290 for nonresident.

Visit a crater, build a volcano and explore a cave. Journey to some of Colorado’s most exciting geologic creations, and discover what makes them happen.

Surviving the Wild, third and fourth-grade day camp

• Avon, July 16-July 20, $290.

• Eagle, July 9-July 13, $260 forEagle resident or $290 for nonresident.

Learn how to build shelters, locate water, identify edible plants, make cordage and many other skills crucial to surviving the wild! Program concludes with an exciting one-night camping trip!

Adventure Seekers, fifth- and sixth-grade day camp

• Avon, July 2-6 (no camp on Fourth of July), $290.

Come explore the many adventures our valley has to offer. Bag a peak, raft a river, scale a wall. Challenge yourself, work as a team and create exciting memories this summer.

Sustainable Design, seventh- and eighth-grade overnight camp

• Avon, July 9-12 (based out of a 10th Mountain Division Hut), $375.

Spend four days and three nights with a group of peers living in a wilderness hut and developing your very own community. You will be given the tools to explore the ideas behind sustainable design and even create your dream home.

Summer science camps spaces are limited and will fill up quickly, you can download registration forms in advance at http://www.walkingmountains.org/summercamps. Scholarships are available based on financial need. Call 970-827-9725 for more information.


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