Great School Escapes

Our Great School Escapes take place on Poudre School District school-out days and are available for students in grades K-5. Each Great School Escape runs 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Check out our FAQ document for more information about Great School Escapes.

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Health and Safety

Our ability to run youth programs may be subject to approval by the Colorado State University Public Health office. All information and dates below are tentative pending this approval.

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Registration Process

Online registration is required for Great School Escapes. Registration for all Great School Escapes opened at 6 AM on Tuesday, August 10.

Registration is first come first serve. Each Great School Escape is capped at 24 participants; once 24 participants have been registered the event will be automatically removed from the online store.

All Great School Escapes are now full. Please email us at to be added to the wait list. People will be added to the wait list in the order in which these requests are received.

You will have the option either to pay for Great School Escapes online with a credit card at the time of registration, mail us a check after registering or pay on the day of the program. Payment for Great School Escapes is due in full by the day of the program.


Drop off takes place at 8:30-9:00AM and pick up takes place at 3:00-3:30pm. Early drop off and late pick up are not permitted; we do not offer before or after care.

Drop off and pick up for Great School Escapes will take place at the ELC property. In case of cold weather, we may move the program to the CSU main campus where we have access to a warm indoor space. This is a possibility for the October and November dates, depending on weather. A decision will be made about moving the program to the CSU main campus 24-48 hours in advance.

Please note that if the weather forecast is favorable, we will spend the entire day at the ELC property and most of the day will be spent outside.

Prices and Scholarships

The cost for each Great School Escape is $35 per child for current ELC members and $60 per child for non-members. Learn more about membership benefits and prices.

We offer several need-based scholarships for these programs. Please request a scholarship prior to registering for these programs.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations made up to two weeks prior to the day of the program will receive a full refund. After two weeks prior, no refunds will be given, but you may request a credit towards future programs. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to

Program Dates and Descriptions

September 17: Searching for Bigfoot

For years there have been rumors of a creature living at the ELC, taller than a human and hairier than a buffalo, some might call it….a Bigfoot! Is it possible that a Bigfoot could live at the ELC? If there is one, where would you find it? We’ll explore all the habitats at the ELC to determine if the resources exist to support a Bigfoot. At the end of the day you’ll decide if the evidence supports the existence of Bigfoot or if this nature myth has been busted.

This program is now full. Please email us at to be added to the wait list.

October 14: Becoming a Naturalist

We’ll be learning the techniques needed to be professional wildlife biologists. We’ll practice recognizing signs of animals such as tracks and scat, spotting, and species identification. Just like real life biologists, we’ll create field journals in order to document our discoveries and describe unknown species.

This program is now full. Please email us at to be added to the wait list.

October 15: Naturalist Champions

See if you have the knowledge and skills to be a Naturalist Champion! You’ll be put on a team with other kids your age and, after creating a team name and flag, you’ll face a series of challenges related to the natural world. You’ll need to work together to overcome obstacles and use your knowledge of the natural world to become Naturalist Champions!

Please note that the program on October 15 will build on material covered on October 14, but registration for both dates is not required.

This program is now full. Please email us at to be added to the wait list.

November 8: Nature Art

We’ll explore nature’s beauty and find inspiration for our own artistic creations. We’ll use all forms of artful expression from painting to drawing to sculpture, gathering our inspiration from the land around us. Plus, we’ll use natural materials to make works of art and get dramatic with nature skits.

This program is now full. Please email us at to be added to the wait list.