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.

Small group sizes give every camper the opportunity to play, explore, and expand their knowledge.  Each camp offers an 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, or local plants and animals.

Our Camp Directors are Unbeattable!

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.

WINTER BREAK CAMP!

Camp during WINTER?! Absolutely. Winter Break Camp is back for another exciting week of fossils, minerals, nature, and art for your inquisitive youngsters (must have finished kindergarten before attending). 

This camp will take place primarily indoors with daily outdoor excursions and activities (weather allowing). Each day of this camp focuses on a different topic from fossils to gems to art and of course nature, and you can sign up for any one or all of the days if space is available. There is a discount for multiple days. 

Each day is limited to 13 campers.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! 

Cost per day: $84 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

  • Post-Camp $20/day (optional add on) from 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Multi-Day Discount applied at checkout

Ages

Camp sessions vary from ages 5 to 10. Campers 5 years-old-will need to have completed kindergarten in order to qualify.


Monday: December 26 – Digging Up Dinosaurs Day
 

Tuesday: December 27 – Rocks and Minerals Day 

Wednesday: December 28 – Wonderful Winter Science Day 

Thursday: December 29 – Nature in Your Backyard Day 

Friday: December 30 – Astonishing Art Day 

 

Camps at Dinosaur Ridge
Camps at Dinosaur Ridge
Camps at Dinosaur Ridge
Camps at Dinosaur Ridge

Junior Counselor Application

Do you have a camper that has aged out of our sessions? Or a student looking for volunteer hours in the summer? Students 14-18 years can apply to be a Junior Counselor for 2 weeks of our camp sessions! Gain experience in working with school-aged children, helping with lessons, activities, games, and crafts, and having fun at the same time!

Total hours available per Junior Counselor: 70 hours.

Camp Cancellations & Refunds

If you need to cancel your session, here are the options:

Winter/Spring Break Camps

  • Full refunds are available through December 1, 2022
  • 50% refunds are available from December 1 through 15, 2022
  • No refunds are available after December 15, 2022
  • At any time (even after December 15), you can cancel and choose to place the funds into your ACTIVE Family Account. All paid funds will be placed into that account, including the deposit. These funds can be used for future Dinosaur Ridge Camp Sessions (Summer, Spring Break, Winter Break, etc).

Camp Staff

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp has a dedicated staff! The hiring process for Camp Leaders will begin in February 2023 for our next Camp season. If you have an interest, please contact education@dinoridge.org. If you have a student aged 14-18 that is looking for volunteer experience as a Junior Counselor, Dinosaur Ridge Camps offers 2 weeks (per licensing) of volunteer service with a certificate and letter of hours after completion each year during our Winter/Spring Break or Summer Camps!

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 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. She currently serves as the Education and Camp Coordinator 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. Her passion for the outdoors and science drove her to work in outdoor and STEM education. Prior to moving to Colorado, she worked in Texas interning at Oliver Nature Park for the City of Mansfield at Campfire First Texas as an Outdoor Education Specialist and served The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas as an AmeriCorps Member. Amanda seeks out fossil hunting, rockhounding, hiking, and rock climbing in her personal life.