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Boots to Roots – Gunnison National Forest

June 20th-23rd

Have you ever slept under a blanket of stars and hiked through endless groves of aspen? If you’re looking for an epic adventure in nature this summer, join us for four days of backpacking in the beautiful Gunnison National Forest! This one’s for the boys, making connections in our gorgeous backyard.

Enrollment: limited to 11 boys each trip

Bike Packing – The Grand Mesa (Co-ed Trip)

June 27th-30th

Introducing The Nature Connection’s first bike packing program. Youth will follow the trail with new and returning friends among the trees and views of the Grand Mesa. Camping under the stars and learning the ropes of multi-day travel and equipment maintenance along the way. The trip will end with a downhill decent at Powderhorn Resort.

 Enrollment: Limited to 11 youth each trip

Girls In The Wilderness – Gunnison National Forest

July 11th-14th

Have you ever slept under a blanket of stars and hiked through endless groves of aspen? If you’re looking for an epic adventure in nature this summer, join us for four days of backpacking in the beautiful Gunnison National Forest! This one’s for the girls. Feel empowered during a four-day backpacking trip for girls only in the wilderness.

 Enrollment: Limited to 11 girls each trip

Boots to Roots – Uncompahgre or West Elks 

July 18th-21st

Go West or South, young man. There lies the mountains, a ridge jagged as a sawtooth blade. On this four day wilderness expedition you will travel through oceans of fir and the ghosts of ancient volcanoes. What are you waiting for?

Enrollment: limited to 11 boys each trip

Girls In The Wilderness – West Elks or the Uncompahgre

July 25th-28th

There is nothing like a sunset in the mountains. Come hike and camp for four days against the majestic silhouette of prehistoric volcanoes and taste the crisp waters of high alpine lakes. Adventure awaits! Feel empowered during a four-day backpacking trip for girls only in the wilderness.

Enrollment: limited to 11 girls each trip

Cedaredge Day Camp

Grand Mesa Adventure Camp

Camps are four days a week: Monday – Thursday

   9:00AM – 3:00PM at Cedaredge Middle School 845 SE Deer Creek Dr. Cedaredge, CO 81413

Scholarships are available!

Camp Location Schedule:

Mondays Cedaredge Middle School Climbing Wall

Tuesdays – Off site field trip, drop off and pick up at middle school

Wednesdays – Off site field trip, drop off and pick up at middle school

Thursdays – Cedaredge Middle School Climbing Wall

Grand Mesa Adventure Camp

Join the Grand Mesa Adventure Camp to explore the best backyard in the world! Youth will develop and enhance their rock climbing skills daily at the newly finished Cedaredge Middle School rock climbing wall and take weekly field trips to the Grand Mesa’s beautiful trails, lakes and local attractions. Let’s celebrate the special beauty of Delta County’s natural spaces together while making friends and learning new skills like archery, SUP’ing, rock climbing, mountain biking and more!


Generation Wild Week

June 6th-9th

Join The Nature Connection for a week of skills exploration. Campers will test their abilities at the Cedaredge Climbing Wall, practice archery, go mountain biking and more. This is a week full of discovery as kids get to try a bit of everything we offer at The Nature Connection.

Highlights: SUPs, Grand Mesa Adventures, Archery, Biking, Rock-climbing


Nature of Art

June 13th-16th

Creatives and those willing to getting their hands a little dirty will love this week of artistic exploration. Campers will take a day learning to build structures and forms from what they find on the trail, and find beauty in nature on a painting field trip to the Grand Mesa (Trail TBD based on weather conditions). Connect to nature through your own creations!

Highlights: Hike, Bike, Climb, Painting, Crafts, Creative Play


Wheels Down Week

June 20th-23rd

Whatever type of bike rider you may be, from a beginner to a pro, this camp has the tools to develop your bike riding skills. Highlights include a forest ride on The Grand Mesa, challenges at Confluence bike course and a change of pace at the Cedaredge Middle School climbing wall!

Highlights: Mountain biking at multiple Delta County locations, Rock climbing and bouldering


Water Wise

June 27th-30th

Give your campers a taste of some of the best parts of living on the western slope in The Nature Connection’s Water Wise week. Campers will engage in water activities every day. Campers will improve their swimming skills at the North Fork Pool and enjoy an afternoon of stand up paddle boarding at one of our local state parks. This week is all about playing in the water and taking in the summer sun.

Highlights: SUPing, Swimming, fishing

Delta Day Camp

Confluence Adventure Camp

Camps are four days a week: Monday – Thursday

   9:00AM – 3:00PM at Bill Heddles Rec Center 531 Palmer St, Delta, CO 81416

Scholarships are available!

Camp Location Schedule:

Monday – Bill Heddles Rec Center and Confluence Park

Tuesday – Bill Heddles Rec Center and Confluence Park or off site field trip (week dependent)

Wednesday – Off site field trip, drop off and pick up at Rec Center

Thursday – Drop off and Pick up Sweitzer Lake State Park

Note: if pick-up or drop-off location changes it will be specified in the camp week description

Week 1 – Wheels Down

June 6th-9th

This week is full of biking opportunities for both the advanced rider as well as campers blooming in the sport. Improve your riding skills on trails at Confluence and Crossroads bike parks and pump tracks, play games at a bike rodeo and more.

Highlights: Mountain bike, Pump track, Bike park & rodeo


Week 2 – Wet Planet

June 13th-16th

Campers are given a taste of why we live on the Western Slope in The Nature Connection’s Wet Planet week. Day camp features water activities every day including a rafting trip down the Gunnison River. Campers will improve their swimming skills at Bill Heddles Rec Center and enjoy an afternoon of stand up paddle boarding at one of our local state parks. This week is all about playing in the water and being outside.

Highlights: Raft, SUP, Swim, Water Games


Week 3 – Skills Adventure

June 20th-23rd

Join The Nature Connection for a week of skills exploration. Campers will test their skills at the Cedaredge Climbing Wall, practice archery, go mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding and more. Explore more outdoors with The Nature Connection.

Highlights: Archery, Bike rides, Climb and more


Week 4 – Eyes to the Skies

June 27th-30th

Eyes to the Skies focuses on provoking wonder. In partnership with Kebler Corner and the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, campers will play games while learning about our solar system, pitch a tent and pack up for an overnight trip. Camp out under the stars at Kebler Corner north of Paonia for one night with a guide to the stars by BCAS.

Highlights: Astronomy, Camp out, Skill-building

Monday – Bill Heddles Rec Center and Confluence Park

Tuesday – Kebler Corner overnight, drop off at Rec Center

Wednesday – Overnight ends and 12:00pm pick up at Rec Center

Thursday – Drop off and Pick up Sweitzer Lake State Park


Week 5 – Climb Time

July 11th-14th

For the first time ever, The Nature Connection introduces our climbing week. Campers will complete problems, forge friendships and work with a team while taking a leap at the Cedaredge Climbing Wall, our new mobile climbing wall and the Cedaredge high ropes course. This is a transformative week of play and personal growth for campers and their friends.

Highlights: High ropes course, Climb, Boulder, Team-building


Week 6 – The Nature of Art

July 18th-21st

Creatives and those ready to get their hands a little dirty will love this week of artistic exploration. Campers will take a trip to hike on the Grand Mesa building structures and forms from what they find on the trail, and spend a day at the Grand Mesa Arts Center using their imagination.

Highlights: Hike Grand Mesa, Nature inspired crafts, Arts Center field trip


Week 7 – Something Fishy

July 25th-28th

Something Fishy is perfect for kids who want to be outside and fish enthusiasts alike! Campers will spend the week fishing at various locations around Delta County as well as a field trip to our local fish hatchery, workshop with Black Canyon Anglers and more.

Highlights: Fish, Hatchery field trip, Learn from the pros


Week 8 – Wilderness Aware

Aug 1st-4th

Become familiar with the flora and fauna of the Western Slope and a find your rhythm with camping. Explore the foundations of backpacking through four days of camp and a one night backpacking trip on a beginner-friendly loop into the wilderness with a new discovery of nature.

Highlights: One night backpacking trip into Gunnison National Forest, Plant and wildlife ID, discovery through hands-on experiences

Monday – Rec Center and Confluence Park

Tuesday – Rec Center and Confluence Park

Wednesday – One night backpacking trip on the Gunnison National Forest, drop off at Rec Center

Thursday – Last day backpacking trip, 12:00pm pick up at Rec Center

Hotchkiss Day Camp

North Fork Adventure Camp

Camps are four days a week: Monday – Thursday

   9:00AM – 3:00PM at 397 Miners Way Hotchkiss 81419

Scholarships are available!

Camp Location Schedule:

Monday – The Nature Connection Hub and Crossroads Park

Tuesday – Off site field trip, drop off and pick up at The Nature Connection Hub

Wednesday – Off site field trip, drop off and pick up at The Nature Connection Hub

Thursday – The Nature Connection Hub and Crossroads Trails

Note: if pick-up or drop-off location changes it will be specified in the camp week description

Week 1 – Skills Adventure

June 6th-9th

Join The Nature Connection for a week of skills exploration. Campers will test their skills at the Cedaredge Climbing Wall, practice archery, go mountain biking and more. This is a week full of exploring, as kids get to try a bit of everything we offer at The Nature Connection.

Highlights: Explore, Archery, Mountain bike, Field trip

Week 2 – Wheels Down

June 13th-16th

Wheels Down is full of opportunities for the advanced rider as well as campers with a blooming interest in the sport. Campers will improve riding skills on trails at Confluence and Crossroads Trails bike parks and pump tracks, play games during a bike rodeo and more.

Highlights: Bike rodeo, Single-track, Pump-track, Skill-building

Week 3 – Wet Planet

June 20th-23rd

Campers are given a taste of the Western Slope during Wet Planet week. Campers will engage in water activities each day including a rafting trip down the North Fork of the Gunnison. Campers will improve their swimming skills at the North Fork Pool and stand up paddle board at one of our local state parks. This week is all about playing in the water and being outside.

Highlights: Raft, Swim, SUP, Water Activities

Week 4 – Eyes to the Skies

June 27th-30th

In partnership with Kebler Corner and the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, camp focuses on the things that provoke wonder. Kids play games while learning about our solar system, try their hand at pitching a tent, pack for an overnight trip and camp out under the stars. Overnight takes place at Kebler Corner north of Paonia with a guide to the stars by BCAS.

Highlights: Astronomy, Skill-building, Overnight Camp-out

Monday – The Nature Connection Hub and Crossroads Park

Tuesday – The Nature Connection Hub and Crossroads Trails

Wednesday – One night campout at Kebler Corner, drop off at The Nature Connection Hub

Thursday – Last day of campout at Kebler Corner, 12:00pm pick up at The Nature Connection Hub

Week 5 – Climb Time

July 11th-14th

For the first time ever, The Nature Connection introduces our climbing week. Campers will complete routes on climbing walls, build friendships and work as a team while taking a leap at the Camp Cedaredge high ropes course. This is a transformative week of play and personal growth for campers and their friends.

Highlights: Climb, Team-building, High ropes course

Week 6 – Nature of Art

July 18th-21st

Creatives and those willing to get their hands dirty will love this week of artistic exploration. Campers will take a day at the Creamery Art Center learning the ropes of the ceramics studio, partake in a mural at The Nature Connection, build structures and forms from what they find on the trail, and discover beauty in nature on a painting field trip to Dark Canyon or neighboring trail (TBD based on weather conditions). Connect to nature through your own creations this week!

Highlights: Painting trip, Ceramics, Mural, Art in nature

Week 7 – Wet Planet Round 2

July 25th-28th

Just when you thought the summer couldn’t get any hotter, campers are invited to take part in another week of water games, a second rafting trip exploring a different section of the North Fork of the Gunnison River, SUP’ing at one of our state parks and playing in the water each day.

Highlights: Raft, SUP, Swim, Water Games

Week 8 – Wilderness Aware

Aug 1st-4th

Become familiar with the flora and fauna of the Western Slope and a find your rhythm with camping. Wilderness Aware explores the foundations of backpacking through four days of camp and a one night backpacking trip on a beginner-friendly loop into the wilderness with a new discovery of nature.

Highlights: Intro to backpacking on national forest, Plant and wildlife ID, Discovery through hands-on experiences

Monday – The Nature Connection Hub and Crossroads Park

Tuesday – The Nature Connection Hub and Crossroads Trails

Wednesday – One night backpacking trip on the Gunnison National Forest, drop off at The Nature Connection Hub

Thursdays – Last day backpacking trip, 12:00pm pick up at The Nature Connection Hub

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