Dinosaur Ridge would love to encourage and feed your child’s adventurous spirit with our camps! We know choosing a camp is a very important decision and we hope to provide the answers here to some of the question you may have. Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? Please send it over to Erin LaCount at Education@dinoridge.org.
Registration for our 2018 Summer Camps will be done online. You can access the registration button the first week of January here on the summer camp page of our website: http://dinoridge.org/summer-camps.html
Camp drop off and pick up will be at the Main Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center: 16831 W Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO 80465. On-site activities will be done at this Visitor Center at the back picnic area behind the gift shop building. Arrangements can be made for an offsite drop off, but only on a case-by-case basis.
Yes! We have a post camp program daily from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. This program is a mix of structured and unstructured exploration and play. Campers will have the option to continue the day’s favorite activities and/or participate in a variety of games and crafts. Campers can be picked up anytime from 3pm-5pm. Add on for $60 per week.
All summer camp sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an option to add on post camp from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The camp sessions are listed below:
June 4-8, Fossils and Fun (ages 6-10)
June 11-15, Rock Stars (ages 11-13)
June 18-22, Junior Scientists (ages 8-11)
June 25-29, Nature Trekkers (ages 6-10)
There will be no camp 4th of July holiday week
July 9-13, Fossils and Fun (ages 6-10)
July 16-20, Rock Stars (ages 11-13)
July 23-27, Junior Scientists (ages 8-11)
July 30-Aug 3, Nature Trekkers (ages 6-10)
To register you will need to visit our camp webpage and click the registration button. This will take you to our camp registration page through ACTIVE. Please fill out all the information! You will also need to provide a copy of your child’s immunization records and any medical forms if applicable.
Camp cost is $300 each week. See below for information on the discount available! You can also add post camp to your registration for an additional $60 each week. We require a $100 deposit paid during time of registration. You can choose to pay in full for your camp session(s) during registration.
Each family can only apply for one of our discounts (they do not stack). You can choose your discount at the time of registration.
Early Bird Discount: $20 off of each camp if you register before March 15.
Members: $20 off each camp for individual membership level or higher.
Sibling: $20 off a sibling after registering another camper.
Multi-Camp: $20 off each camp after registering for a single camp.
Scholarships here at Dinosaur Ridge are based on the Free and Reduced Lunch percentage of the school your camper attends. We can access these records, or you can speak with someone in the school’s office. We apply the percentage discount to your camp cost up to a maximum of 50% off your camp session.
If you must cancel your camp with us, you can receive a full refund if you give 30+ days notice prior to the start of camp (June 4). Past the start of camp on June 4, no refunds will be offered.
All Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp staff have passed background checks through the State of Colorado and are trained in First Aid and CPR, Universal Precautions and Medication Administration. Most of our staff are over the age of 21 and have multiple years experience in classroom teaching and outdoor education. Our beloved Director Erin LaCount, will be back for her 10th summer leading camps!
Our camps will run with 23 campers per session with two leaders and three junior counselors. We will have a waitlist of a maximum of five for each week, first-come first-served. Though joining the waitlist is free, payment will be due upon acceptance. We will notify a person on the waitlist in the event of a cancellation, and that person will have until 9am the next business day to accept the opening before the next person on the list is contacted.
Absolutely! We encourage you to share our camp opportunities within your community! If you are concerned about a camp having availability for your child(ren) and their friend(s), you can contact us about spaces.
We would love to have your camper at multiple sessions! We offer four different camps, two for ages 6-10, one for ages 8-11, and one for ages 11-13. We have a slight overlap on the ages so campers are able to attend multiple sessions, or plan to attend a different camp for a number of years.
Our license does allow us to accept campers five-years old, but our requirement is that your child has finished kindergarten prior to attending camp.
Campers need to bring the following each day to camp.
Lunch, two large snacks (morning and afternoon), refillable water bottle (labeled),
sun hat, backpack, sunscreen (we have camp sunscreen, but if your camper requires special care, please provide), medication (if applicable).
No open-toed shoes unless specified (this includes flip-flops, sandals, etc). We recommend sneakers or hiking shoes/boots only.
Camper will not be allowed to use electronics such as video games, radios, or cellphones during the camp day.
Dinosaur Ridge provides no food during the camp day. Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp provides water for refilling bottles both on and off site. On site we have Eldorado water coolers. Offsite we take a cooler with extra water. If your camper forgets (or loses) his/her water bottle during camp, we provide a bottle for them to use throughout the day. Please bring only non-perishable food as we have no refrigeration.
Dinosaur Ridge has an extensive procedure in the event of many emergencies. Please view our Policies and Procedures form to go over these details.
You can always contact the Camp Director, Erin LaCount, during camp hours: 303-828-8833 (cell). If you need to leave a message for your camper but it is not urgent, please contact the Dinosaur Ridge Main Number: 303-697-3466 x 100.
We do not have a nurse on site, but we do have a camp nurse that is on call. We work with Karen Riley with Caring 4 Kids Nurse Consulting. Karen provides medication delegation and administration, universal precautions, and other as-needed trainings for our camp leaders prior to the start of camp. Dinosaur Ridge’s summer camp staff is trained in an emergency to first call 911 and then the emergency contacts for the affected camper(s) before contacting the camp nurse. All staff are First Aid and CPR trained.
Our camp leaders are delegated by our camp nurse to administer most types of medication. Special training can be provided if your camper has a unique type of medication (seizure, etc.) Before Dinosaur Ridge Summer Camp can take your child’s medication, all proper paperwork must be provided with required signatures. Labels must be included with all medication as well as the associated box (if you have it). An example of required forms can be e-mailed to you upon request if you e-mail Education@dinoridge.org.
No! Please do not send any medication with your camper without knowledge of Dinosaur Ridge Staff. Paperwork is still required to be provided even if you camper is authorized by a doctor to self-carry any medication (e.g. inhaler, epi-pen, etc.).
Two 14-passenger vans are utilized during camp hours. The camp leaders driving have passed the PUC physical and have a certificate for driving 14-passenger vehicles and have been trained in the basic operation of the vehicle.
Dinosaur Ridge tries to accommodate youth with medical conditions, developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities. In order to ensure a fun and safe experience for all campers, please contact Erin Lacount, Camp Director (education@dinoridge) to discuss your child’s unique needs before signing up for camp. We will do our best to accommodate your child, but we cannot guarantee we can meet your child’s specific medical needs. We can accommodate most food allergies since all campers bring their own food and food sharing is not allowed.
A camp itinerary is provided to parents a few weeks before camp, and parents/guardians will be notified of any schedule modifications made during the camp week with regards to weather, road closures, etc. Our staff works hard to take pictures during camp and these will be put into albums and shared with parents via e-mail.
If your child is between the ages of 14 and 18 they can become a Junior Counselor with us! A Junior Counselor is a hands-on volunteer opportunity to assist with all aspects of the camp day, including preparing science and outdoor activities, working with small groups of campers on lessons, running games and crafts, and helping younger campers with transitions. Junior Counselors must be available to work two full weeks of camp 9am-3pm. Junior Counselors will be mentored by Camp Leaders and gain valuable leadership and outdoor skills. The application process will open in January and first round applications will be due March 15, 2018.
Do you have a question that isn’t answered here? Please send it over to Erin LaCount at Education@dinoridge.org.