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. Register your camper today.
Our day camps align with Jefferson County School District’s off-days.
December 30: Dinosaur Discoveries
What dinosaurs lived in your backyard? Explore local dinosaur fossils and sites with a guided tour of Morrison Natural History Museum and stops at the Dinosaur Ridge fossil sites (weather dependent only if we can’t view the fossils or safely access the site – a little snow won’t stop us!). Activities and crafts will focus on local dinosaurs. Register your camper today.
Your kiddos will learn about local ecology and ecosystems around Dinosaur Ridge and get hands-on with skulls other parts and pieces of native critters! Explore the engineering of flight by studying birds, bats, and bugs and compare modern with prehistoric animals. We will have special activities prepared by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Parks and Wildlife. Register your camper today.
January 2: Fun With Fossils
There are more to fossils than dinosaurs, and on this day we’ll explore other kinds of old dead things and how they’re found and studied. CDOT Paleontologist Nicole Peavey will give a presentation with hands-on fossil-finding in Micro Paleontology, and campers will learn about and create a 3D paper model of a trilobite! Register your camper today.
January 3: Rocks and Minerals
Rocks, gems, and sparkling things! Campers will study different kinds of rocks and minerals using microscopes and hand-lenses, and even create their own crystal cave out of Epsom salt! Geologist Dr. Rox Safipour will present on rock types with games and activities, and we’ll head up to Red Rocks Park to see some of the local geology (weather dependent if we can’t access the overlook area safely with the van or boots – a little snow won’t stop us!). Register your camper today.
- Ages: 6-11
- Hours: 9am-3pm
- *Post-camp program available from 3-4pm for $10
Each family can only apply for one of our discounts (they do not stack). You can choose your discount at the time of registration.
- Sibling: $10 off a sibling after registering another camper.
- Multi-Camp: $10 off each camp after registering for a single camp.
Meet Your Camp Leader!
Dinosaur Ridge’s Education Manager and Camp Director, Erin LaCount, delivers fun and educational programming about paleontology all year long! Erin has worked with Dinosaur Ridge since 2002. Her fascination with all things dinosaur started young; she volunteered with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science at the age of twelve through early college where she found her passion for programs, education, and exhibit creation.