Camps

Dinosaur Ridge Camps are an unforgettable adventure!

Our award-winning 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, and expert guest presenters in the fields of paleontology, geology, art, earth science, survival skills, and local plants and animals.

Dig area for kids at Dinosaur Ridge

 Summer Camp 2024: Registration Now Open!

Join us for a summer filled with science and nature exploration! You can register for one or multiple days. Discounts to apply for multiple days and children. After-care is available.

Camp themes and dates with openings:

  • June 24 – 28 Fossils and Fun (Ages 5-10) (43/44 spaces taken)
  • July 15 – 19 Dinosaur Camp (Ages 7-11) (32/44 spaces taken)
  • July 22 – 26 Jr. Scientists (Ages 7-11) (26/44 spaces taken)

 

 

Cancellation Policy
  • Full refunds are available through March 31, 2024.
  • April 1 through April 15 – refunds will be full minus the $100 deposit (per registration)
  • 50% refunds are available from April 16 through April 30, 2024.
  • No refunds are available after May 1, 2024.
Camp Information

To read about our Summer Camp, as well as what to bring to camp each day, you can check out the following. The itinerary will be sent out about two weeks prior to the start of the camp session.

Camp Pricing
  • $375 weekly rate with discount options for members, multiweek registrations, and sibling discounts availble.
  • $60 weekly rate for Aftercare.
Scholarships

We do have scholarships available for our camp sessions! Please follow this link to read and fill out our scholarship request form. If you have any questions, please contact us at Camps@dinoridge.org.

Limited Scholarship spots have been reserved each week.

Summer Camps 2023: What a great season!

Our summer camp will be back next year, but keep on the lookout for information on our upcoming Winter Break, Single Day Camps, and Spring Break Camps!

Summer Camp 2024 early registration will open for select Dinosaur Ridge member levels on January 1, 2024. Sign up to guarantee a spot in one of our sessions. Registration will open for everyone on January 8, 2024.

Dinosaur Ridge has a dedicated camp staff!

Currently Seeking Jr. Camp Counselors

 

Junior counselors are volunteers between the ages of 14 and 20 who gain valuable experience in what it takes to create a fun, educational environment for campers. Gain new leadership skills, earn volunteer credit in support of your school or college application goals, and enjoy time outdoors at the site of our National Natural Landmark.
Note: all Jr. Counselors must be available for 2 weeks of camp (weeks need not be consecutive). There may be an opportunity to volunteer for more than 2 weeks (please ask).
Application submissions close May 17th (or when all positions are filled).
photo of camp directors

Our Camp Directors are Unbeatable!

Erin LaCount and Amanda Rea co-lead multiple weeks of camp experiences year-round with a perfect balance of fun and learning. Spaces sell out quickly and many campers return year after year, some to become Junior Camp Counselors themselves.

Erin LaCount

Camp Co-Director

In April of 2002, Erin began at Dinosaur Ridge as a summer school tour guide and camp assistant. Twenty years later, Erin is the Education Programs Director and oversees the education components of school and public tours, special events, camps, and exhibits. Erin helped bring back the summer camp program in 2012 and is going into this year sharing the directing of our growing and blossoming camps with Amanda.

Erin has an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in geology and museum studies. She has a passion for learning about the ancient world and sharing that knowledge with all ages and is looking forward to seeing what adventure this season brings!

Amanda Rea

Camp Co-Director

In May of 2021, Amanda began working for Dinosaur Ridge as a Summer Camp Leader before transitioning to a Tour Guide after the summer season. They currently serves as the Education Camp and Collections Manager where she facilitates educational programs, is co-director for camps, and manages the organization’s collections.

Amanda earned a B.S. in Geology with a minor in Biology from The University of Texas at Arlington. Their passion for the outdoors and science drove them to work in outdoor and STEM education. Prior to moving to Colorado, they worked in Texas at a variety of day and resident camps. Amanda seeks out fossil hunting, rockhounding, hiking, and rock climbing in their personal life.

Kevin O’Brien

Camp Leader

This is Kevin’s first summer as a Camp Leader at Dinosaur Ridge! He grew up attending and working at a YMCA summer camp on the East Coast before moving to Colorado, where he has been a middle school teacher for the past eight years. He has a passion for learning that emphasizes inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking.

Kevin earned a B.S. in Secondary Education and History from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, and is currently enrolled in the University of Denver’s graduate program, working toward a Master’s in Education. In his personal life, Kevin enjoys immersing himself in the world of music, whether attending concerts or hunting for rare vinyl records. He also loves hiking and backpacking, and any time spent in the great outdoors. At home, he tends to his houseplants and finds joy in watching his cat find the best spot to lay in the sun.

Jenna Foster

Camp Leader

I’m an archaeologist with a BA from Metropolitan state University and a master’s degree from Aberdeen University in Scotland but decided to switch careers to being a teacher and starting the licensing process this fall hopefully. I am a big nerd especially with Star Trek. I love to read, play video games, hike, and hang out with my cat Nox. 

Dorian Gursky

Camp Leader

Bio coming soon!

Sarah Buckley

Camp Leader

Bio coming soon!

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