Camp Programs

Day Camps

Yampatika has been around for over 30 years with the purpose of sharing the amazing natural world of Northwest Colorado with the people who live in and visit the Yampa Valley. A huge part of that are the camp programs that we offer to help get kids outside and exploring nature. We offer a unique nature and place-based experience where campers get to explore all over Steamboat and the Yampa Valley and learn about it’s exciting animals, plants, ecosystems, history, and more!

Camp Registration for Summer 2024 will open Friday, March 1st at 6 a.m. 

Due to a high demand for our camp programs we encourage our families to initially choose at most three weeks of camp and attempt to register for those weeks. This allows other families in our community to get to experience Yampatika’s Summer Day Camp. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Reece Wells, our Camp Director. 


Details about Summer Camp Scholarship Applications for 2024 are coming soon!

  • Our Initial Round of Scholarship Applications are now closed. If you are still interested in taking advantage of a Summer Camp Scholarship, email to check on availability. 
  • The initial application process for our scholarships will begin in February before we open Camp Registration to the public. 
  • We offer need-based scholarships for participants to ensure that kids who would otherwise be unable have the opportunity to experience our camp programs.
  • We will have an online application through Google Forms.
  • DO NOT register your child for any other Yampatika camps if you are applying for a scholarship.
  • Scholarships are limited and based on need. We do our best to make sure that we can make our programs available to anyone who would like to attend. 

Yampatika has a new guide for Four Seasons of Outdoor Play!

Whether you are a parent, caregiver, or someone who works with kids and you are wondering how to get kids engaging with nature throughout the year, give it a look!


One of our biggest goals is to give kids positive experiences outside!

We are getting ready for another amazing Summer for our day camps! Just as always, each group will have a weekly theme to guide their exploration and get to experience a field trip each day to locations all around Steamboat and the Yampa Valley. Campers get to go on hikes, play fun games, conduct experiments, create art projects, and so much more!

We send our campers to explore on exciting field trips all over the Yampa Valley!

Each child who visits Yampatika gets to go on a field trip each day they come to camp. We go all over from places like local parks and trails, museums, ranches, gardens, and State Parks. We also partner with lots of awesome organizations to help expand the experiences we are able to offer. We always have so much to explore!

cllSummer Camp 2024 Sessions

Week – Date
Theme (applies to all ages)
Week 1 – June 10th-14th

Forests, Fields, and Pastures, Oh My!

Week 2 – June 17th-21st
Wetland Wildlife Wonders
Week 3 – June 24th-28th
Budding Birders
Week 4 – July 1st-3rdColorado Habitats!
Week 5 – July 8th-12th
Invertebrate Mayhem
Week 6 – July 15th-19th
Into the Earth
Week 7 – July 22nd-26th

Kid vs. Wild

Week 8 – July 29th-Aug 2nd
Ecological MythBusters
Week 9 – August 5th-9th
Mastering the Elements
Week 10 – August 12th-16th
Wildlife Detectives

View a detailed description of our weekly themes here. 

Temas del Campamento 2024

At this time, due to an expected lack of staffing, we will not be hosting a Routt Finders (9-11-year-olds) group the week of August 12th. 


Rafting with CMC and

Friends of the Yampa!

We have partnered with Colorado Mountain College and Friends of the Yampa to provide Rafting on the Yampa River on Mondays in June for our 9-11-year-olds. We are excited to be working with both of these awesome organizations to expand our programming!


Blues Break Camp 2024 Details

  • Camp runs from February 19th-23rd
  • Ages 5-9 years-old
  • Daily Registration is available for $90/day or $400 for the whole week. 
  • Maximum Camp Size is 12 paired with 2 staff
  • Camp runs from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Drop Off: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Pick-up: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Summer Camp 2024 Details

  • Camp runs from June 10- August 16
  • Camp Age Groups
    • 5 – 6 years-old (at the time of camp) – Yampatykes
    • 7 – 8 years-old (at the time of camp) – Nature Explorer
    • 9-11 years-old (at the time of camp) – Routt Finders
  • Maximum Camp Size is 12 paired with 2 staff
  • Camp runs from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Drop Off: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
    • Pick-up: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Summer Camp 2024 Registrations

  • Summer camp registration will open March 1st at 6 a.m. Scholarships will open a few weeks before that in February. Join our email list to be sure that you are the first to know about these important dates!
  • We know that camps fill up fast and that registration can be a frustrating process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or requests for help. 



 Camp Costs

  • Summer Camp Registration costs are as follows:
    • Yampatykes and Nature Explorers are $415 per week
    • Routt Finders is $440 per week
    • We are working with CMC and Friends of the Yampa to provide rafting for the Routt Finders on Mondays in June. To provide rafting, we have increased the cost of those camps to $465 per week. 
  • We are offering payment plans. If you register in March, you have the option to put down an initial deposit and then spread the remaining cost to two additional payments in April and May. All registrants must be paid in full by June 1st.