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:

  • May 27 – 31 Fossils and Fun (Ages 5-10) (42/42)
  • June 3 – 7 Dinosaur Camp (Ages 5-10) (20/20) 
  • June 3 – 7 Rock Stars (Ages 11-13) (15/20) 
  • June 10 – 14 Jr. Scientists (Ages 8-11) (18/42)
  • June 17 – 21 Nature Trekkers (Ages 5-10) (42/42)
  • June 24 – 28 Fossils and Fun (Ages 5-10) (42/42)
  • July 8 – 12 Dinosaur Camp (Ages 5-10) (42/42)
  • July 15 – 19 Dinosaur Camp (Ages 8-11) (12/42)
  • July 22 – 26 Jr. Scientists (Ages 8-11) (14/42)
  • July 28 – August 2 Fossils and Fun (Ages 5-10) (42/42)
  • August 5 – 9 Nature Trekkers (Ages 5-10) (42/42)

Limited Scholarship spots have been reserved each week.

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.

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.

Spring Break Camp Registration Now Open!

Spring into STEM fun and join us March 18-22, 2024 – 9am to 3pm daily (after care from 3pm to 5pm available). Daily and multi-day registration options available. Ages 5-10.

  • March 18 – Finding Fossils Day
  • March 19 – Discovering Dinosaurs Day
  • March 20 – Geology Rocks! and Minerals Day
  • March 21 – Nature Explorers Day
  • March 22 – Adventures in Art Day
 Refunds
  • Full refunds are available through March 1, 2024.
  •  50% refunds are available from March 2 through March 11, 2024. 
  • No refunds are available after March 11, 2024. 

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 Camp Leaders

The hiring process for Camp Leaders starts February 2024!

If you are over the age of 21 that is looking for experience in a science camp setting or wanting to work with kids, Dinosaur Ridge Camp is looking for Camp Leaders for the 2024 Summer Camp Season! Please apply below or contact camps@dinoridge.org for more information.

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. 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.

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