Dinosaur Ridge would love to encourage and feed your child’s adventurous spirit with our camps! We know choosing a camp is a very important decision and we hope to provide the answers here to some of the questions you may have. Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? Please send it over to Erin LaCount at Education@dinoridge.org.
How do I register?
Registration for our 2019 Spring Break Camp will be online. You can access the registration button on the camp page of our website.
Where is Spring Break Camp located?
Camp drop off and pick up will be at our secondary site, the Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Golden, CO 80401. Though the city is Golden, this building is actually located on the West Side of Dinosaur Ridge along Highway 93 at Red Rocks Entrance #1 (first building on the right after turning in). On-site activities will be done in our downstairs classroom and upstairs exhibit area.
Do you offer extended hours?
We will be offering extended care until 4 pm for our Spring Camp for $10 extra per day.
What are the dates and times of the camp sessions?
All days of the Spring Break camp sessions will run from 9 am to 3 pm with an option to add on post-camp from 3 pm to 4 pm each day. You can sign up for one day or multiple (there is a discount for multiple day registrations). The camp sessions are listed below:
- March 26 – Creative in the Cretaceous
- March 27 – Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
- March 28 – Nature in Your Backyard
What will I need to provide to register my child(ren) for camp?
To register you will need to visit our camp webpage and click the registration button. This will take you to our camp registration page through ACTIVE. Please fill out all the information! You will also need to provide a copy of your child’s most recent immunization records and any medical forms if applicable.
What are the payment details?
Each day is $70. See below for information on the discounts available! You can also add After Care to your registration for an additional $15 each day. We require a 50% deposit paid during the time of registration. You can choose to pay in full for your camp session(s) during registration.
Are there discounts or a scholarship available?
If you register for more than one day during the Spring Break session, you will receive a discount of $10 off of each session (for a total of $60/day without after-care).
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
If you must cancel your camp with us, you can receive a refund if you give 2 weeks notice prior to the start of camp sessions (March 26). If you have to cancel within those 2 weeks everything but the deposit it refundable. Past the start of camp on March 26 no refunds will be offered for any sessions.
Who are the staff at Spring Break Camp?
Erin LaCount, Education Manager, will be running Spring Break camp along with a high-school assistant volunteer. Erin LaCount has been leading education programs here at Dinosaur Ridge for 17 years and created the curriculum for Spring/Winter Break, and Summer Camp programs.
How many campers per session? Is there a wait list?
Our sessions allow for 13 campers. Once the days are full a waitlist is available. In the event of a cancellation the first name on the waitlist will be contacted prior to the start of the camp session for which they are listed.
Can my camper and his/her friend attend the same session(s)?
Absolutely! We encourage you to share our camp opportunities within your community! If you are concerned about a camp having availability for your child(ren) and their friend(s), you can contact us about space or check on our ACTIVE page using the registration button on our website to see availability in a session.
Can my camper attend multiple sessions of camp?
We would love to have your camper at multiple sessions! For our Spring Break Camp we are offering three sessions.
My child is 5-years old, can he/she attend the camp for 6-10 year-olds?
Our license does allow us to accept campers five-years-old, but our requirement is that your child has finished kindergarten prior to attending camp.
What do campers need to bring?
Campers need to bring the following each day to camp.
- Lunch, two large snacks (morning and afternoon), refillable water bottle (labeled), winter clothes, backpack.
- Medication (if applicable)
- No open-toed shoes unless specified (this includes flip-flops, sandals, etc). We recommend sneakers or hiking shoes/boots only. Snow boots are great – please send an extra pair of shoes to be worn when not outside.
- Campers will not be allowed to use electronics such as video games, radios, or cellphones during the camp day.
What about food and water during camp hours?
Dinosaur Ridge provides no food during the camp day. We do provide water for refilling bottles utilizing our Eldorado water coolers. If your camper forgets (or loses) his/her water bottle during camp, we provide a bottle for them to use throughout the day. Please bring only non-perishable food as we have no refrigeration.
What happens in case of emergencies?
Dinosaur Ridge has an extensive procedure in the event of many emergencies. Please view our Policies and Procedures form to go over these details.
How can I contact Dinosaur Ridge Camp during camp hours?
You can always contact the Camp Director, Erin LaCount, during camp hours: 303-828-8833 (cell). If you need to leave a message for your camper but it is not urgent, please contact the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center main number: 303-697-3466 x 110 and leave a message with the clerk. Hours are 10am to 4pm.
Does Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp have a camp nurse in case of emergencies?
We do not have a nurse on site, but we do have a camp nurse that is on call. We work with Bryan Maki, RN, with Colorado CPR and Safety Professionals. Bryan provides medication delegation and administration, universal precautions, and other as-needed training for our camp leaders prior to the start of camp. Dinosaur Ridge’s summer camp staff is trained in an emergency to first call 911 and then the emergency contacts for the affected camper(s) before contacting the camp nurse. All staff are First Aid and CPR trained.
What should I do with my camper’s medication?
Our camp leaders are delegated by our camp nurse to administer most types of medication. Special training can be provided if your camper has a unique type of medication (seizure, etc.) Before Dinosaur Ridge Camp can take your child’s medication, all proper paperwork must be provided with required signatures. Labels must be included with all medication as well as the associated box (if you have it). An example of required forms can be e-mailed to you upon request if you e-mail Education@dinoridge.org.
Can I pack an inhaler or other medication into my camper’s pack if they need it?
No! Please do not send any medication with your camper without knowledge of Dinosaur Ridge staff. Paperwork is still required to be provided even if your camper is authorized by a doctor to self-carry any medication (e.g. inhaler, epi-pen, etc.).
What if my child has medical, physical, or emotional needs, food allergies?
Dinosaur Ridge tries to accommodate youth with medical conditions, developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities. In order to ensure a fun and safe experience for all campers, please contact Erin LaCount, Camp Director (email@example.com) to discuss your child’s unique needs before signing up for camp. We will do our best to accommodate your child, but we cannot guarantee we can meet your child’s specific medical needs. We can accommodate most food allergies since all campers bring their own food and food sharing is not allowed.
Can I know what my child is doing during each day?
A camp itinerary is provided to parents a few weeks before camp, and parents/guardians will be notified of any schedule modifications made during the camp week with regards to weather, road closures, etc. Our staff works hard to take pictures during camp and these will be put into albums and shared with parents via e-mail.
Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? Please send it over to Erin LaCount at Education@dinoridge.org.