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. Scroll to the bottom of this page for Spring 2020 program dates and descriptions.

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Registration Process

Online registration is required for Great School Escapes.

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.

Drop off and pick up for all Great School Escapes will take place at our East Drake site. In case of cold weather, we may transport students to the CSU main campus to use an indoor space. Parents will be informed in advance of any off-site field trips. Please note that if the weather forecast is favorable, we will spend the entire day at the East Drake site and most of the day will be spent outside.

Prices and Scholarships

The cost for each Great School Escape is $25 per child for current ELC members and $50 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

Winter Skills
Monday, February 17 at 8:30am-3:30pm

We’ll explore all aspects of winter, from weather patterns to snow crystals. Plus students will practice winter hiking skills and how to be prepared to enjoy this chilly time of year.

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

Nature Art
Monday, March 2 at 8:30am-3:30pm

We’ll explore the ELC property for nature’s art and use its beauty to inspire our own artistic creations. We’ll look at natural patterns from icicles and snow crystals to the rugged beauty of rocks and minerals. We’ll create various forms of art including sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Note: This program is now full, please email us at to be added to the wait list.

Explore and Discover
Friday, April 10 at 8:30am-3:30pm

We will explore new places on our property with the help of maps, compasses, and GPS! As we explore uncharted areas, we’ll keep an eye out for wildlife and practice our outdoor skills.

Note: This program has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Naturalist Champions
Friday, May 15 at 8:30am-3:30pm

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!

Note: This program has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.