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Field Science Camp

Camps are all wrapped-up for 2019. Check back for info on 2020 camps. See you next summer!
camp type
Full-day Camp
Dates & Locations
  • June 24-28 | Location

Our most popular camp for younger kids

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  • Explore Aiken Canyon Nature Preserve
  • Bird Banding Mercury Study: Catch and release live birds
  • Insect identification with entomologists
  • Visit the Pueblo Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center
  • Arkansas River macroinvertebrate study
  • All day hike
  • Student choice classes & activities
Dates Times Days Location Status
June 24-28 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday Location Full | Waitlist Available

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please familiarize yourself with our Camp Policies and Procedures 
Have questions call Chris at 719-471-0910 x106 or click here to contact us!

The drop off for the Colorado Springs location is Catamount Institute at 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

In Colorado Springs at Catamount Institute drop off is at 9:00am and pick up is at 4:00pm. They will then ride in the van to Aiken Canyon Nature Preserve south of Colorado Springs.

  • For this day camp, please pack a snack, lunch and water bottle for your camper each day.
  • Please pack any and all medications the campers may need in their original containers with prescriber notes.(See additional note below)
  • Campers will be outside so we recommend they put sunscreen on in the morning before camp and bring a bottle to reapply as needed throughout the day.
  • Also have your camper wear or bring a brimmed hat, rain jacket, tennis shoes or hiking boots. Campers will be outside exploring doing field studies so please send them in clothing you don’t mind getting wet and muddy. Sometimes an extra pair of socks can come in handy as well.

Aiken Canyon is one of the last high-quality examples of the southern Front Range foothills ecosystem. The preserve is composed of a mosaic of habitat types, including shrublands, tallgrass prairie meadows, pinyon-juniper woodlands, and mixed coniferous woodlands.

Conservation targets at the preserve include the following:

  • Canyon systems
  • Foothills riparian systems
  • Lower montane shrublands
  • Shrubland birds
  • Tall grass prairie butterfly community

In 1991, The Nature Conservancy signed a 99-year conservation lease, giving it exclusive right to manage 1,080 acres of state land. Since then, The Nature Conservancy has acquired another 541 acres, bringing the entire Aiken Canyon Preserve to 1,621 acres.

Given its proximity to Colorado Springs, the preserve is a strategic location for engaging the public in the Nature Conservancy’s mission.