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.
Gift certificates for winter break, spring break, and summer camp tuition are now available. Click here for details.
Date & Session Information:
Winter Break Camps
- January 2 — Creative in the Cretaceous (SOLD OUT)
- January 3 — Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes (SOLD OUT)
- January 4 — Nature in Your Backyard
Spring Break Camps
- March 26 — Creative in the Cretaceous
- March 27 — Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
- March 28 — Nature in Your Backyard
Winter and 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
- Camps for age 6-10-year olds (15 spots available per day)
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.
2019 Summer Camps: COMING SOON!
- 9 weeks of camp (June 3-August 9) (9 am-3 pm*)
- Early-bird registration starts January 14
- $300/week for FODR members OR $325/week for non-members
- 6-13-year olds
- *Post-camp program available
June 3-7: Fossils & Fun
June 10-14: Rock Stars
June 17-21: Junior Scientists
June 24-28: Nature Trekkers
July 8-12: Fossils & Fun
July 15-19: STEAM Week *NEW!!
July 22-26: Junior Scientists
July 29-August 2: Nature Trekkers
August 5-9: Fossils & Fun
FOSSILS & FUN
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.
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.
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.
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!!]
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.