Camps

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 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.

Summer Camp 2022 (Wait-list Registrations Available)

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Cost per week: $360

  • Post Camp $60 (optional add on)
  • Costs include supplies, field trips, guest speakers, and a t-shirt for each session.

Discounts

  • Are you a member? Receive $20 off each session and child with your verified membership!
  • Are you registering for multiple sessions or multiple campers? $10 off for each subsequent session/camper added to your cart for either.
    (only one discount applies at checkout)
  • Scholarship period closed.

Ages

Camp sessions vary from ages 5 to 13. Campers 5 years old will need to have completed kindergarten in order to qualify.

Weekly Sessions

(FULL) May 30-June 3: Fossils and Fun – Ages 5 to 10.   Current Status: 30/30
(FULL) June 6-10: Nature Trekkers – Ages 5-10.   Current Status: 30/30
(FULL) June 13-17: Junior Scientists – Ages 8-11.   Current Status: 30/30
(FULL) June 20-24: Rock Stars – Ages 11-13.   Current Status: 12/12
(FULL) June 20-24: Fossils and Fun – Ages 5 to 10.   Current Status: 18/18
(FULL) June 27-July 1: Fossils and Fun – Ages 5-10.   Current Status: 30/30

Break: July 4-8

(FULL) July 11-15: Nature Trekkers – Ages 5-10.   Current Status: 28/28 – Full with 2 spots held for Scholarship Children*
(FULL) July 18-22: Junior Scientists – Ages 8-11.   Current Status: 28/28
(FULL) July 25-29: STEAM Week – Ages 8-11.   Current Status: 30/30
(FULL) August 1-5: Fossils and Fun – Ages 5-10.   Current Status: 28/28 – Full with 2 spots held for Scholarship Children*
(FULL) August 8-12: Nature Trekkers – Ages 5-10.   Current Status: 30/30

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:

Spring Break Camps

  • Full refunds are available through March 5, 2022
  • 50% refunds are available from March 6 through March 15, 2022
  • No refunds are available after March 15, 2022
  • At any time (even after March 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.)

Summer Camps

  • Through April 30: refunds will be full minus the $100 deposit (per child, per camp)
  • May 1-15 refunds will be 50%
  • After May 15, no refunds will be available
  • At any time (even after May 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.)
  • You can also choose to give any or all of the paid funds to Dinosaur Ridge as a tax-deductible donation and receive a letter for your donation

Camp Staff

Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp will have two co-directors in 2022! The hiring process for Camp Leaders will begin in February, 2022. If you have an interest, please contact education@dinoridge.org. If you have a student age 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.

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.