Summer Day Camps

Join the CSU Environmental Learning Center this summer for adventure in the outdoors! Our camps aim to connect youth to our natural world through learner-led inquiry, hands-on and active exploration, and fun in a safe environment. We can’t wait to be part of your summer!

This summer, we will hold eight, week-long summer day camps. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for dates and descriptions of each camp. While each camp has a theme, our overall focus is getting children outside, comfortable and connected to the natural world.

Click here for general summer camp FAQs.

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Health and Safety

The safety of our campers and staff is our highest priority. Leading up to the start of camp we will create summer camp protocols that carefully follow the most recent public health guidelines. All our protocols are subject to approval by Colorado State University, which works closely with county and state public health officials to ensure that university policies are in compliance.

Because of the dynamic nature of the pandemic, we will release our specific COVID-19 protocols to parents one week prior to the start of summer camp.

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Summer Camp Dates and Descriptions

Thank you for a wonderful summer 2022 season. Check back in January for information about our Summer 2023 camps!

Summer Camp Payment Portal

If you received an email from us informing you that you have received a spot in summer camp, then you can pay online here. Please only pay for camp if you have received a confirmation email from us. See below for information about summer camp deposit and our cancellation and refund policy.

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Camp Registration

The summer camp lottery is now closed. If you entered the lottery you should have received an email on February 11 informing you if you received a spot in camp or are on the wait list.

All our camps are full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email us at


Lottery Process

Names are entered and drawn separately for each week of camp. When you complete the lottery form you will indicate which weeks you want to be included in.

When a family’s name is drawn, all children in that family will receive a spot in that week of camp, provided the children meet the age requirements to attend camp.

Once 24 spots have been filled in each camp, we will fill the wait list for that week via the lottery system. There is no need to contact us separately to be added to the wait list.

You will receive an email no later than February 15 notifying you if you have received a spot in summer camp or are on the wait list.

Once you are notified that you have received a spot in camp, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot(s) in camp. The deposit is due no later than March 31 and full camp payment is due no later than May 1.


All camps are open to children ages 7-12. We may accept 6-year-old siblings of older campers by request on a case-by-case basis. Participants will be broken up into age-appropriate groups for most activities, though this will vary based on number of attendees and the age break-down of each camp. You will have the option to request that your child be placed in a group with siblings or friends when completing camp paperwork.

Camp Schedule

Camp activities begin at 9:00 AM, children can be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. Camp activities wrap up at 4:00 PM all children must be picked up no later than 4:30 PM. Drop off and pick up will always be at our East Drake site.


Prices and Scholarships

Camps are $180 per child, per week for ELC members and $205 per child, per week for non-members.

We do have several need-based scholarships (both full and partial) available. Please complete the scholarship request form no later than January 31 to request a scholarship for summer camp. We reserve some spots in each week of camp for scholarship recipients.


Payment and Refund Policy

The email you receive in February informing you of the results of the summer camp lottery will include instructions on how to pay for camp. You have the option either to pay for summer camps online with a credit card or to mail us a check.

Once you are notified that you have a spot in camp, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot(s) in camp. The deposit is due on March 31, if it is not received by that date then you will forfeit your spot(s) in camp. Once paid, the deposit will be applied to your total summer camp balance due.

Payment for summer camps is due in full by May 1. If payment is not received by May 1, you will forfeit your spot in the camp(s).

Cancellations made prior to March 31 will be refunded at 100%. Cancellations made between March 31 and May 1 will forfeit the $50 deposit. Any balance paid beyond the deposit will be refunded in full for cancellations made during this time.

After May 1 and up to two weeks prior to the first day of camp, a 50% refund will be given. After two weeks prior, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to