Dinosaur Ridge has offered Summer Camps for 9 years. After an initial run from 1996 to 2003, we re-opened the camp in 2012 to focus on the paleontologic and geologic wonders that we have to offer.
Where are you located?
We are located north of Morrison, Colorado off of C-470 and Alameda Parkway. We’re just east of Red Rocks Park.
What is your camp’s philosophy?
Dinosaur Ridge Summer Day Camp Program provides campers with opportunities to actively participate in scientific exploration of the geology and paleontology at Dinosaur Ridge and the surrounding areas. Using nationally recognized fossil sites, we teach through several hands-on educational activities that inspire campers to be enthusiastic about science.
What does your camp specialize in?
Our camp specializes in paleontology and geology.
What activities do you offer?
We offer the unique experience of allowing your campers to explore Colorado’s Age of Dinosaurs through hands-on activities with over 300 dinosaur footprints that are 100 million years old and dozens of dinosaur bones that are 150 million years old. We’re one of the only camps that offers hands-on exploration of actual fossil sites.
What are the typical session lengths and approximate pricing for your camp?
Each session lasts 1 week, Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm and costs $250 per session.
How much staff do you have and how do you select your staff?
Two Dinosaur Ridge staff members, who run the educational programs at Dinosaur Ridge, also run the Summer Camps. College students who are majoring in education and science will assist.
Why should parents send their kids to your camp?
We are an outdoor camp which offers the unique experience for campers to interact directly with natural exposures of fossil dinosaur footprints and an inactive quarry with exposed dinosaur bones. We focus on outdoor environmental education by encouraging kids to study, question, and interpret the information we can learn from the rocks and fossils located here.
When does your camp enrollment start and finish?
Camp enrollment begins February 1st and ends Friday, May 24th. If there is space, late enrollment is allowed up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session for an additional late fee.
Is there anything else that would be helpful for parents to know about your camp?
Fossils and Fun Camp: Explore fossils at Dinosaur Ridge. Measure dinosaur footprints and trackways. Learn about fossilization through hands-on experiments and activities. Explore local geology and create a rock collection from local rock formations. Conduct experiments to visualize and understand ancient environments. Study and measure dinosaur bones. Excavate replica dinosaur bones. Field Trips to Dinosaur Ridge, Red Rocks Park, the Hogback Geology Trail and Morrison Natural History Museum. Junior Geologists Camp: Learn about rocks and minerals with 5 fun-filled days of activities. Make rock and mineral collections. Observe erosion and weathering processes through experimentation. Learn how different formations are formed. Conduct experiments that illustrate basic geological principles and processes. Learn to identify rocks and minerals with techniques that geologist use. Field Trips to Dinosaur Ridge,Triceratops Trail, School of Mines Geology Museum, Red Rocks Park, and the Hogback Geology Trail. Junior Paleontologist Camp: Study and measure dinosaur bones. Make your own dinosaur. Excavate a replica dinosaur skeleton. Measure and explore dinosaur tracks. Make skeletal models, trackway models, and ancient environment models. Interpret fossils and ancient environments. Take field trips to Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and Morrison Natural History Museum.
What is the best way for parents to reach you to register for Camp?
We work Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm if you want to call us at 303-697-3466 x 101 or x 107, but the best way to contact us would be via email at: Tours@dinoridge.org