Durango Day Camps and Summer Camps for Youths

Curiosity and Community All Summer Long

SJMA is proud to continue Durango Nature Studies’ tradition of providing enriching and educational day camps and summer camps for youth.

Learning doesn’t have to stop with the school year–SJMA’s day camps and summer camps provide wild and engaging opportunities for your child to discover and be adventurous with support from trained educators in the field. Hands-on science education and social and emotional development are key components of every session offered by SJMA. 

COVID Update: The summer camps for the month of June will look a little different this year as we honor public health guidelines and slowly reintroduce activities that support the health and safety of our community. Join us for small group hiking adventures on our closest public lands. Youth will be able to explore outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and meet new friends (albeit from a far) during these daily excursions. We’ll still look for creepy crawlies, predators and prey, nature’s art and so much more during these wild days of exploration.

Summer Program Options

Looking for single day programs to engage your kids in fun and educational ways? Whether it’s hiking, tromping in the river, or learning a specific outdoor skill, our day programs are a great way to get your kids out of the house and spending time outdoors.

COVID Update: Our summer programs for the month of June will look a little different this year as we honor public health guidelines and slowly reintroduce activities that support the health and safety of our community. Join us for small group hiking adventures on our closest public lands from 9:00-1:00 daily. Youth will be able to explore outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and meet new friends (albeit from a far) during these daily excursions. We’ll still look for creepy crawlies, predators and prey, nature’s art and so much more during these wild days of exploration.

Days: June-August: Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Time: June: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; August: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

AGE ELIGIBILITY: Rising 1-6 Grades

SJMA is happy to offer Durango Nature Studies’ most beloved and enriching summer camps in Durango. Junior Naturalist Field Camp is a place where elementary-aged children will spend time learning about the natural world. We offer 6 week-long camps, each with a specific theme.

COVID Update: The summer programs for the month of June will look a little different this year as we honor public health guidelines and slowly reintroduce activities that support the health and safety of our community. Join us for small group hiking adventures on our closest public lands from 9:00-1:00 daily. Youth will be able to explore outdoors, enjoy the fresh air and meet new friends (albeit from a far) during these daily excursions. We’ll still look for creepy crawlies, predators and prey, nature’s art and so much more during these wild days of exploration.

 In addition, they’ll get to play with old friends and make new ones, too. Campers leave camp with memories, new friends, and a better understanding of the world in which they live.

Dates: June – August

Time:
June: 9:00 am -1:00 pm
July-August: Monday/Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm and Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

AGE ELIGIBILITY: Rising 1-6 grades

Introducing a 5-day summer adventure camp that includes 4 days exploring different trails and 1 day paddling on flat water. In addition to learning about about plants, flowers and local forests, camping basics and Leave No Trace ethics, kids will gain leadership and communication skills while hiking among peers and SJMA Naturalists.

Dates: August 10-14

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Drop-Off Location: Boyle Park, Mancos, CO

Age Eligibility: Rising 7-10 grades

SJMA now offers a fun hour of learning and exploration for our youngest naturalists, ages 3-5.   Little ones like nothing better than exploring other little things, like bugs, plants, dirt, and rocks. We will teach them how to use their senses while exploring their natural world.

An SJMA Naturalist will meet you and your kids at the Oppie Reames Nature Trail at Memorial Park for an hour of activities and nature exploration. No reservations are necessary, just show up.

Program Dates: Summer 2020

Place: Memorial Park @ 29th Street / East 3rd Avenue

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am. Feel free to linger at the park afterwards and enjoy a picnic snack.

Age: 3-5 yrs with an adult (older or younger siblings welcome to tag along)

No charge to the public (although donations are encouraged and directly support our education programs)

Preschool Groups: If you are looking for a fun summer activity for your summer preschool classes, we are happy to  work with you on schedule and cost.

Looking for other opportunities to get out with your preschooler? Check out the Forest School of Durango.

Call 970-385-1210 to register for a Wednesday or discuss another time.

If you run a program in the summer for kids, we open up days for you to bring your group to the Nature Center for a day of games, water play, hikes, and activities led by a SJMA instructor.

Details:
– Minimum of 8 kids and maximum of 25 for each program
– Please provide a chaperone for every 8 kids
– Group is responsible for their own transportation to the Nature Center
– Field Trips are from 10:00-1:00 unless other arrangements are made.  Plan to have a picnic with your group around noon.

Things to Bring:
Make sure each child brings good walking shoes, a day pack, water shoes, bathing suit, towel, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, 2 snacks, and lunch.

Pricing
– $5 per child
– Payment is due the day of the field trip, or SJMA can send your organization an invoice
– If you cancel the field trip on the day of your program, we will invoice your organization for the number of estimated kids in order to cover staff costs. If you must cancel, please do so before your program date.

We schedule these programs on days that we are not running our summer camp.  We will work with you to accommodate your chosen dates on the registration form, or suggest other dates that are open.

To view/download required camp forms, including medical forms, liability waver, camp refund policies and Frequently Asked Questions, visit our CAMP FORMS page.