Dinosaur Ridge Camps are an unforgettable adventure! Our camps keep kids moving and discovering in the incredible setting of our National Natural Landmark. These experiences are designed to foster excitement and wonder for science, art, and the outdoors while engaging in our hands-on educational curriculum.
Our small group sizes give every camper the opportunity to play, explore, and expand their knowledge. Each camp offers exploration of the Dinosaur Ridge fossil sites, hands-on science projects, as well as expert guest presenters in the fields of paleontology, geology, art, earth science, survival skills, and local plants and animals. Click here to download our 2019 Summer Camp flyer.
Gift certificates for spring break and summer camp tuition are now available. Click here for details.
2019 Summer Camps: Early Bird Registration will open today!
Summer Camp Sessions
June 3-7: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10) SOLD OUT!
June 10-14: Rock Stars (Ages 10-13) SOLD OUT!
June 17-21: Junior Scientists (Ages 8-11) ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT!
June 24-28: Nature Trekkers (Ages 6-10) SOLD OUT!
July 8-12: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10) SOLD OUT!
July 15-19: STEAM Week *NEW!! (Ages 8-11) SOLD OUT!
July 22-26: Junior Scientists (Ages 8-11) SOLD OUT!
July 29-August 2: Nature Trekkers (Ages 6-10) SOLD OUT!
August 5-9: Fossils & Fun (Ages 6-10) SOLD OUT!
- 9 weeks of camp (June 3-August 9) (9 am-3 pm*)
- Early-bird registration starts January 14. Save $25 off each camp with registration before February 15.
- $300/week for FODR members OR $325/week for non-members
- 6-13-year olds
- *Post-camp program available
- Click here for more details on our summer camps.
Meet Your Camp Leaders!
Originally from Longmont, CO, I spent 12 years in New York City where I was professionally acting for 8 years, then I returned to school to get a Bachelor’s of Science in a new passion: Geology. During my undergraduate education, I presented two separate research projects at national conferences and did fieldwork in the Bahamas, Death Valley, CA, and the New Jersey Coastal Plain. After I returned to CO last summer, I began working at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) where I do research in micropaleontology investigating arctic sediment cores from the end of the last ice age. I plan on applying to Geoscience Ph.D. programs this fall to further look climate change dynamics over geological time. I’m so excited to be apart of the Dinosaur Ridge summer camp team so I can share my passion for science… and rocks, because they totally rock!
Hi camp parents! I’m excited to spend a week teaching your kids about awesome things here at Dinosaur Ridge. I am currently a student at Western Colorado University studying wildlife biology. I have worked a whole school year as an intern at Jefferson county outdoor lab taking care of/teaching sixth graders about wildlife. My favorite thing about dinosaurs is that they were so unique and lived in interesting environments.
Each family can only apply for one of our discounts (they do not stack). You can choose your discount at the time of registration. Early Bird registration is the only discount available until February 15th.
- Early Bird Discount (January 14-February 20): $25 off of each camp if you register before February 15.
- Members (after February 20): $25 off each camp for individual membership level or higher.
- Sibling (after February 20): $20 off a sibling after registering another camper.
- Multi-Camp (after February 20) : $20 off each camp after registering for a single camp.
FOSSILS & FUN (Ages 6-10)
Fossils and Fun is a hands-on, creative journey into our local rich natural history, animals, and resources. Daily science activities, crafts and investigations lead campers to great discovery at our outdoor museum and beyond! Campers will journey to local fossil sites to see and touch real dinosaur bones and tracks, create and take home fossil replicas, and participate in a sand castle challenge simulating geologic processes. Field Trips may include Bear Creek Lake Park, Matthews Winters Park, Red Rocks Park, and more! This camp is the perfect opportunity for future paleontologists, outdoor enthusiasts, and dinosaur lovers to do science in a whole new way. This camp is recommended for children that have finished kindergarten through those going into fifth grade, or 6 to 10 years of age.
NATURE TREKKERS (Ages 6-10)
Trekkers will engage their adventurous spirits as they learn outdoor skills and exciting ways to thrive in nature. Campers will hike through the pines of Lookout Mountain, explore the rivers of Morrison, and learn how to make a survival kit and build a shelter. Nature Trekkers will discover the outdoor skills geologists, paleontologists, and naturalists need to fully explore our unique backyard, such as map and compass skills and wildlife and plant identification. Field trips may include Lookout Mountain Nature Center, Idaho Springs, Triceratops Trail fossil sites, and more! Prepare to see the outdoors in a whole new light! This camp is recommended for children that have finished kindergarten through those going into fifth grade, or 6 to 10 years of age.
JUNIOR SCIENTISTS (Ages 8-11)
Calling all junior scientists! Full steam ahead for this awesome inquiry-based science camp! Campers will explore many different branches of science such as studying fossils using paleontology and geology, tinkering and experimenting with chemistry and physics, and learning about the sun, planets and stars using astronomy! Be prepared to create edible crystals, build erupting volcanoes, and see local animals. Field trips may include the Denver Museum of Nature and science, Robert H. Johnson Planetarium, School of Mines Geology Museum, and more! This camp is for every kid who dreams of telescopes, fossil digs, contraptions, and messy science all in one amazing week! This camp is recommended for children that have finished 2nd grade through those going into 6th grade, or 8 to 11 years of age.
ROCK STARS (Ages 10-13)
Advanced Campers with a passion for hands-on earth science will love this camp’s in-depth focus on all things Paleontology and Geology. From the dawn of the planet to today’s modern environments, campers will explore, observe, map, draw, and measure fossils and rock layers from Dinosaur Ridge to Idaho Springs. See where glaciers shaped our Front Range, touch dinosaur bones and tracks, and explore natural resources through games and experiments. This is an engaging week of fossil collection, paleo-art, and outdoor leadership. Field trips may include the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, School of Mines Geology Museum, Morrison Natural History Museum, American Mountaineering Museum, and an outdoor community service project! This camp is recommended for children that have finished 4th grade through those going into 8th grade, or 10 to 13 years of age.
STEAM WEEK [NEW!!] (Ages 8-11)
We know your kiddo loves science, and in this week they can do a deep dive into the technology, math, art, and engineering behind those sciences! Learn how geological engineers build machines to test for earthquakes. Explore not only what the pyramids are made of, but how they could have been constructed. Explore local Colorado vistas and learn to capture that beauty with a lesson in photography. Explore the math that ties together sciences such as geochemistry by exploring how geologists date elements in rocks to know the age of the Earth. Daily projects and amazing field trips will foster excitement, wonder, and curiosity. Hands-on games, activities, and fun await your camper during STEAM week! This camp is recommended for children that have finished 2nd grade through those going into 6th grade, or 8 to 11 years of age.
Become a Junior Counselor for Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps
If your child is between the ages of 14 and 18 they can become a Junior Counselor with us! A Junior Counselor is a hands-on volunteer opportunity to assist with all aspects of the camp day, including preparing science and outdoor activities, working with small groups of campers on lessons, running games and crafts, and helping younger campers with transitions. Junior Counselors must be available to work two full weeks of camp 9 am-3 pm. Junior Counselors will be mentored by Camp Leaders and gain valuable leadership and outdoor skills. The application process will open in January and first-round applications will be due March 15, 2019. Click here to download the 2019 Jr Counselor Application.
Become a Camp Counselor for Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camps
2019 Summer Camp Counselor: We are seeking Camp Leaders to lead groups of 6- to 13 -year-old campers for full days of outdoor adventures, science, and fun! FoDR Camp Leaders will be responsible for working with the Camp Director and staff to provide a high-quality experience for every camper. They will ensure the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of camp for each participant.
Minimum Camp Leader Qualifications:
- At least age 18 with a year of experience working with school-aged children OR at least age 21 with 3 months experience working with school-aged children.
- Background check and fingerprints submitted and cleared by the Colorado Department of Human Services (FoDR helps and pays for this).
- Current First Aid/CPR certification and Medication Administration Training (FoDR helps with this).
- Health exam and certificate to drive a 14 passenger van (FoDR helps and pays for this).
- Must be able to work on feet for 8 hours including hiking up to 2 miles.
- Available to work 6-8 hour shifts during the hours of 8am-5pm at least 4 days a week from June 4, 2018- August 3, 2018 (week of July 4 excluded).
Click here to download the 2019 Summer Camp Counselor job description and application requirements.
Spring Break Camps
Spring Break Camps
- March 26 — Creative in the Cretaceous
- March 27 — Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
- March 28 — Nature in Your Backyard
Spring Break Camp Details
These camps are based out of the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center and will have indoor and outdoor activities planned.
- Camps run from 9 am-3 pm
- Single and multi-day options available
- $70 for one day and $60/day for multiple days (ACTIVE registration charges apply.)
- FODR members save $10
- After-care is now available for $10/day from 3 pm-4 pm.
- Camps for age 6-10-year olds (15 spots available per day)
- Click here for more details on our spring break camps.
Creative in the Cretaceous
Let’s get creative and see dinosaurs in a whole new light! This will be a day full of arts and crafts where your camper will create a puppet for a dino skit, study and create tracks and tracings using real fossils, get down and dirty with paint making prints with a guest artist from Think360Arts, and much more.
Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
Let’s explore the Earth together! This will be a day of hands-on rocks, minerals and geology! Create a machine that measures earthquakes, test how meteorites leave behind craters and investigate rock and fossil collections with a guest geologist from Trail Gems Guided Tours! Your young scientist will bring home growing crystals and a lot of new knowledge!
Nature in Your Backyard
Let’s find out what animals and plants live, and have lived, in our Colorado backyard! Compare tracks from Dinosaur Ridge with modern-day animal tracks, investigate animal skulls with a guest speaker from Jeffco Open Space, and play games exploring habitats, resources, and extinction. We will trek outdoors to explore how plants and animals survive and thrive in winter.