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

We are committed to the health and safety of our participants and staff. We will work with the Colorado State University Public Health Office and follow the most recent public health guidance in our COVID protocols for these programs. As public health guidance changes rapidly, we will email these protocols to parents/guardians one week prior to each program.

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Registration Process

Online registration is required for Great School Escapes. Registration for all Spring Great School Escapes will open on Tuesday, January 11 at 6AM.

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.

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 both the February and April 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

February 21: Explore Your Neighborhood

Get to know your way around using a GPS and compass. As we navigate our way across the land we will complete a scavenger hunt, looking for hidden treasures in nature.

April 15: Micro and Macro

We’ll investigate all things big and small in nature. Observe bird behavior to see the big picture of bird migration then take a closer look at the tiny creatures that live in the soil.

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