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June 5-9 (Online registration closes May 26. Call 303-492-7188 to register after this date.)

June 19-23 (Online registration closes June 9. Call 303-492-7188 to register after this date.)
Location: Rose Litman Research Laboratory

Note: Morning and afternoon camps can be combined to create a full-day experience. If your child is registered for both a morning and afternoon camp at the same location, Science Discovery staff will provide lunchtime supervision. 

Aspiring ornithologists: Join us for a week outdoors, in which we’ll spend each day identifying and learning about some of the birds that live in the Boulder area. With binoculars and bird identification books in hand, we’ll explore outdoor spaces on and around the CU Boulder campus, to see if we can locate beautiful songbirds and birds of prey. We’ll look for nests, listen to songs, and create a field journal of illustrations and observations while we learn about bird morphology, habitat and behavior. We’ll also visit the CU Natural History Museum to see bird specimens up close, as we learn about species from around the world. Be prepared to gain a deeper interest in birds and an appreciation for the need to conserve these species and their habitats.

CU Boulder employs a framework for public health and COVID-19 decision-making that follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. While masks are optional on the CU Boulder campus, we encourage those who prefer to do so to continue wearing them. Properly fitted N95 or KN95 masks remain an effective tool for preventing transmission, especially in conjunction with vaccination. Students, parents and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling sick or have COVID-like symptoms

Feeling under the weather? You should begin isolation at home as soon as you:

  • Begin to experience symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.
  • Receive a positive test result for COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms.
  • Have been instructed to isolate by a healthcare provider or public health staff member.

When considering policy changes around COVID-19 transmission prevention, CU Science Discovery will adhere to all campus, county and Public Health guidelines. (Updated February 2023)

What to Bring: While at Science Discovery, participants are expected to store their personal belongings in their backpack - please keep this in mind when allowing your child to bring personal items from home. All items should be labeled with the participant’s first and last name in case an item is misplaced. Because this is a field camp, it will be necessary for your child to bring the following each day:

  • A backpack (sized to fit your child) for carrying personal items and any camp/class materials they will be bringing home
  • A full, shatter-proof water bottle(s)
  • 1-2 snacks, depending on the child's needs
  • A sack lunch that does not require refrigeration
  • Clothing for a wide range of weather that can take place in any given Colorado summer day:
    • A warm layer, such as a fleece jacket (not cotton because it gets cold when wet)
    • If rain is forecasted, an outer waterproof layer, such as a rain jacket or poncho that won’t soak through in heavy rain, is recommended
    • Full change of clothes in a large Ziploc bag
    • Sun hat
    • Close-toed shoes appropriate for outdoor activity
    • Water shoes or old sneakers for days near a creek or stream
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+) clearly labeled with child’s name
  • Optional: 
    • Sunglasses (highly recommended!)
    • Binoculars
    • Nature Guides
    • A mask or any additional Personal Protective Equipment the child wishes to utilize in an enclosed setting
    • A full set of extra clothes in a Ziploc bag

Grade Policy: CU Science Discovery serves students in grades K-12. Careful consideration is used to determine grade levels for all camps and classes. To provide the highest quality experience for all participants, it is necessary to adhere to the specified grade range for all camps and classes. 

Cancellation and Transfer Policy: Science Discovery has designed its cancellation policy to minimize the number of camp and class spots that are unused due to last-minute cancellations. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the start of the camp/class will incur a $35 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the start of the camp/class. In the event that a camp/class is cancelled by Science Discovery, registrants will receive a full refund. Transfer requests made up to 30 days prior to the start of a camp/class will incur a $15 administrative fee. Transfer requests made within 30 days of the the start of a camp/class will incur a $35 administrative fee.