How do I register my child for a Science Discovery program?

Simply click the registration button on any active Program page. You may also register for programs by phone, mail or in-person drop-off.

Phone: 303-492-7188

Mail: CU Science Discovery, SEEC Building, 4001 Discovery Dr., Room C340, Boulder, 80309 (Attn: Maggie Warren)

Drop-off location: SEEC Building, 4001 Discovery Dr., Room C340, Boulder, 80303

Payment is due at the time of registration. If you would prefer to set up a payment plan, please call 303-492-7188 to complete your registration.

Make checks payable to University of Colorado-SD. Mail or drop-off completed Registration Form.

What is the Science Discovery cancellation and transfer policy?

Science Discovery has designed its cancellation policy to minimize the number of program spots that are unused due to last-minute cancellations.

Cancellations made more than 15 business days prior to the start of the camp/class will incur a $35 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 15 business days of the start of the camp/class. In the event that a program is canceled by Science Discovery, registrants will receive a full refund.

Transfer requests made up to 15 days prior to the start of a camp/class will incur a $15 administrative fee. Transfer requests made within 15 business days will incur a $35 administrative fee.

Due to the unique circumstances surrounding materials distribution and virtual classroom access, Science Discovery is unable to offer refunds for virtual programs once materials have been distributed or shipped.

Please note: CU Science Discovery reserves the right to remove any student from the program if s/he displays any behavior that is harmful to others and/or disruptive to the camp/class. Under these circumstances, a refund would not be issued.

How do I cancel my child's camp or class registration?

In order to remove your child from a camp/class, you must call the Science Discovery registration line at 303-492-7188.

What COVID-19 safety precautions are Science Discovery taking to help keep participants and staff safe?

Science Discovery is taking a number of precautions to ensure that all staff, partners, parents and participants remain as safe and healthy as possible while engaging in in-person and field camps and high school classes.

  • Masks are required to be worn for all in-person and outdoor/field​ programs. Masks should be appropriately sized to cover the child's nose and mouth.
  • All in-person and outdoor/field program participants will receive a short health screening and a thermal temperature check upon arrival to the check-in area each day.
  • In order to limit possible exposure for all involved, Science Discovery is limiting adults at pick-up/drop-off to one. Those dropping off and picking up participants will be asked to wear masks and keep a safe distance from staff, other parents, and other children. In an effort to not share writing utensils, staff (not caregivers) will sign children in/out with permission of the caregiver.
  • Program participants will stay with their cohort throughout the entirety of each day and will not intermingle with other students during drop-off, pick-up, snack or lunch time.
  • Staff will take every possible measure to make sure that proper physical distancing is occurring at all times - including during snack and lunch times. While eating lunch, participants will:
    • Will remain in their cohort for the duration of their program
    • Remain outdoors
    • Remain a minimum of 6 feet apart
  • Each program participant will receive their own individual Science Discovery materials kit to be utilized for the duration of their program. Science Discovery materials kits will be properly sanitized between individual student use. 
  • All in-person and outdoor/field program participants are required to bring a backpack for carrying personal items and class materials to/from each session. Note: In order to limit individual interactions, all participants will be required to carry their own items.
  • All classrooms and furniture used for in-person camps and classes will be properly sanitized at the conclusion of each day.  
  • In-person program weeks will be staggered with virtual weeks. This will ensure that there is not an overlap of staff working in-person with more than one cohort of students within a 2-week time period.

Science Discovery will follow all state and county guidelines for youth programs regarding camp and class capacities, social distancing and mask wearing. If guidelines should change prior to the start of summer programs, adjustments will be made to meet the updated requirements.

To see a detailed outline of CU Science Discovery's COVID-19 safety plan, please visit the COVID-19 Safety Plan page

Can I transfer my child from one camp or class to another?

In order to transfer your child from one program to another, you must call the Science Discovery registration line at 303-492-7188.

How do I go about submitting paperwork regarding my child’s medical needs or behavioral condition?

If you indicated at the time of registration that your child has a medical condition, severe allergy, behavioral condition or learning difference that Science Discovery should be made aware of, please take immediate action and submit your child's corresponding paperwork*: 

  • Allergy Care PlanDownload, complete and submit this form if you indicated at the time of registration that your child has an allergy that Science Discovery needs to be aware of.
  • Asthma Care PlanDownload, complete and submit this form if you indicated at the time of registration that your child has asthma. 
  • Behavioral Strategies Plan: Download, complete and submit this form if you indicated at the time of registration that your child has a behavioral condition or learning difference and you would like to pass along helpful strategies for Science Discovery staff to use in fostering a positive summer experience for them.
  • Plan to Administer MedicationDownload, complete and submit this form ONLY if Science Discovery will be required to administer medication to your child during the time in which they are attending a summer program. 

All medical and behavioral forms are due more than 20 business days prior to the start of your child's program. Failure to submit required documentation within this timeframe will result in your child being removed from their program. In this instance, no refund will be issued.

*As a reminder, if you have submitted a detailed health care plan to your child's school, we will gladly accept a copy of that in lieu of our required forms. Please ensure that the health care plan was signed by a physician within the last 365 days and covers all dates that your child will be attending their CU Science Discovery program(s). 

Does Science Discovery offer aftercare?

Unfortunately, CU Science Discovery is unable to provide aftercare for the summer 2021 season. 

Will my child eat lunch at Science Discovery?

Yes, CU Science Discovery provides free lunchtime supervision for all full-day programs. Please send your child with a sack lunch.

Note: At times, it is necessary that an individual program be nut-free. If that is the case, you will receive a nut allergy notice from Science Discovery. For the safety of students with allergies, it will be necessary for all parties to comply with the nut-free request.

What time should I drop-off and pick-up my child?

This is dependent upon the individual program that your child is registered for. Please refer to the CU Science Discovery website description or your confirmation email for details. Still no luck finding it? Call the Science Discovery registration line at 303-492-7188. 

 

Where is the drop-off/pick-up location for my child's program?

Although most summer camps and classes take place on the CU Boulder main campus, this is dependent upon the individual program. Please refer to the CU Science Discovery website description or your confirmation email for details. Still no luck finding it? Call the Science Discovery registration line at 303-492-7188. 

What should my child bring to their camp or class?

Participants are required to bring the following each day for all in-person programs:

  • Masks are required to be worn for all in-person programs. As a reminder, all participants will receive a short health screening and a thermal temperature check upon arrival to the check-in area for each program gathering. 
  • Backpack for carrying their personal items and any class materials they will be taking home. Note: In order to limit individual interactions, all participants will be required to keep their items together.
  • A mask appropriately sized to cover the child's nose and mouth and any additional Personal Protective Equipment the child will be utilizing. Note: Wearing of masks will be required for all participants. 
  • Filled water bottle.
  • 1-2 snacks, depending on the child's needs. 
  • A sack lunch (for full-day programs only).
  • All programs spend a portion of each day outside. Please send your child with clothing appropriate for the weather (jacket, sweatshirt and/or rain jacket.).

Participants are required to bring the following each day for all outdoor/field programs:

  • Masks are required to be worn for all outdoor/field programs. All participants will receive a short health screening and a thermal temperature check upon arrival to the check-in area for each class gathering. 
  • Backpack for carrying their personal items and program materials. Note: In order to limit individual interactions, all participants will be required to carry their own items.
  • A mask appropriately sized to cover the child's nose and mouth and any additional Personal Protective Equipment the child will be utilizing. Note: Wearing of masks will be required for all participants. 
  • Filled water bottle.
  • 1-2 snacks, depending on the child's needs. 
  • A sack lunch (for full-day programs only).
  • Appropriate footwear for exploring the outdoors. 
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather; jacket, sweatshirt and/or rain jacket recommended in case of weather change.
Does Science Discovery offer payment plans?

Yes. If you are in need of arranging a payment plan, please call the Science Discovery registration line at 303-492-7188 in order to complete your registration. 

Does Science Discovery offer scholarship opportunities?

Yes, Science Discovery provides scholarships for many programs, depending on availability of funding and financial need. To apply, please submit a scholarship application as soon as you're able. Scholarship application links can be found on individual program pages. 

Scholarship applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served rolling basis.

What is a typical day like in a full-day Science Discovery camp or class?

Although individual camps and classes may vary slightly, below is a general outline for a typical full-day Science Discovery program: 

8:45-9am: Drop-off and walking to classroom location
9-10:30am: STEM activities
10:30-10:45am: Snack break
10:45am-12pm: STEM activities
12-1pm: Lunch, outdoor games and free time
1-2:30pm: Project time
2:30-2:45pm: Snack break
2:45-3:30pm: Project time
3:30-4pm: Classroom clean-up and walking to pick-up location

Does Science Discovery have a dress code?

Science Discovery does not have a dress code, with exceptions for certain programs:

  • Field camps and classes require appropriate outdoor attire - hiking and/or water shoes, weather appropriate shirts and pants/shorts, rain jacket. 
  • Chemistry camps and classes require close-toed shoes. Long hair must be secured with a hair tie.
  • Maker-style engineering camps require closed-toed shoes. Long hair must be secured with a hair tie.
My child is in a field program. What happens if there's bad weather?

If your child is in a field camp or class that is impacted by inclement weather, staff will bring them indoors and supplement with indoor activities.

Can you add one more spot in a camp or class for my child?

Unfortunately, no. Science Discovery adheres to camp and class enrollment caps for a number of reasons (safety, materials limitations, space constraints, etc.) and cannot make exceptions. However, you may add your child to the waitlist, and if a spot should open up, priority is given to waitlist students.

My child is 4. Can they join a Science Discovery summer camp?

It depends. Campers must have reached their 5th birthday by the start of date of their first camp. All campers must be a minimum of 5 years of age to attend a Science Discovery camp. 

Is it necessary for me to sign my child in and out each day?

Yes, Science Discovery considers this imperative for operating a safe summer program. If your child is 12 years of age or older and you wish to have them sign themselves in and out, you are welcome to complete a Drop-Off/Pick-Up Exemption Form. Once complete, please email the form to scidisc@colorado.edu.

What is the Science Discovery tax ID number?

846000555

What do I do if I still haven't found the answer to my question?

Contact Science Discovery via email or leave call back information (name, phone number and a good time to return the call) at 303-492-7188. Please note: A majority of our staff is working remotely and will be returning calls from various phone numbers not affiliated with the main registration line notated above.