Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

“My favorite part of Nature Camp is learning to be a scientist and playing games in the skunk cabbage. I learned about bumblebees shivering to stay warm and I loved the bus ride!”

— Hetty Meissner, age 9, RMBL 2011

2012 Summer Kids Nature Camp

What is Kids Nature Camp at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory? We explore the natural environment of the forests, meadows, and mountains surrounding RMBL in Gothic, Colorado. Through nature awareness games, hands-on field science, nature hikes, guided wandering, nature-inspired art, journaling, story-telling, lab experiments, meeting with RMBL scientists and more… Our campers learn to observe, appreciate, and ask questions about mountain ecosystems. Participants have the unique opportunity to meet and observe real field scientists at work and learn research skills such as observing wildlife, trapping and tagging animals, and collecting data. RMBL Kids Nature Camp teaches kids that science is important and FUN!

Dates: June 4 - August 10, 2012
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Kids ride the chaperoned bus to Nature Camp in Gothic. The bus leaves the 4-Way Stop in Crested Butte at 8:30 a.m. & arrives back at the 4-way Stop in Crested Butte at 1:30 p.m.)

FEES: $39 per child per day or $375 for 1 day per week for all ten weeks.

Ages 4 - 5 Wednesday (closed July 4th)
Ages 5 - 11 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday

Registration will open on April 1, 2012. Scholarships available.


June 4 - 8: The Circle of Life Discover RMBL! Learn how we are all connected and observe the planet’s best recyclers at work.

June 11-15 Geology ROCKS Lessons on the layers, explosions and mineral madness that makes this planet unique

June 18- 22 Out of this World An exploration of outer space, large balls of dust and gas, dark matter and the cosmic story of life!

June 25-29 Nature’s Partnerships Symbiotic relationships are abundant in nature - take a closer look!

July 2- 6 Bonkers for Biodiversity Look deeper into the forest where a world of plants, animals, six-leggeds, squirmy worms and microbes live together. (Sorry, no camp on Wed July 4th!)

July 9-13 A Plethora of Plants Frolic through the groves and meadows to investigate the trees, shrubs, willows, flowers and grasses of the valley.

July 16- 20 The RMBL Underground: Burrowing Marmots, Squirrels, Moles and Voles! Investigate and observe rodent behavior in and out of their homes.

July 23- 27 Mystery Insect Week! Participate in our survey and choose your favorite insect to study this week at camp.

July 30 - Aug 3 Who dwells in our watershed? Visit the sites of RMBL stream research and meet the many inhabitants of our waters including fish, bugs and busy building beavers.

August 6-10 Radical Research Using the skills and heaps of knowledge from the summer students will construct, conduct and analyze their own field study!

* schedule of weekly topics subject to change based on weather and scientist availability!

Registration opens April 1st, 2012. Please take a moment to send in your information so we can reserve a spot for you on the day/s of your choice.

As of June 1, 2012, please call first before registering at (970) 901-1395. Thank you!
Print out Kids Nature Camp registration form HERE.

Please Print RMBL Liability form HERE.

Please Print out RMBL Kids Nature Camp Scholarship Request formHERE.

For more information, please contact Annie Starr at or call (970) 901-1395 to leave a message for Annie.