Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center

River Campus and Raptor Center

The mission of the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center is to promote environmental stewardship and population health through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, and outdoor recreation.
Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center

Nature Camps

Nature Fun

Do you remember those long lazy days of summer when you were a child, traipsing through the woods, building forts, turning over rocks and digging in the dirt? Your child can have those experiences and more in our Nature Camps this summer. Children will be immersed in the exploration of nature through outdoor play, hands on activities, and interactions with our birds of prey. Your child will be encouraged to become active and at ease outdoors while learning that the natural world provides endless adventures.

Free Range Summer Camper enjoying some unstructured outdoor play.

Nature Camper enjoying some unstructured outdoor play.

Why Nature for Children?

Unfortunately, many children today are growing up without positive outdoor experiences. Consequently, this lack of connection with the outdoors and nature will have a profound impact on public health, state and local economies, and environmental stewardship. To be effective and healthy leaders in the future, our children need to get outside and connect to the natural world now.

Every Kid Should Have a Chance to Go to Camp!

The Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center strives to make our camp experiences available to all children. If your family needs assistance to attend our Nature Camps, we do offer confidential scholarships, available at the pricing/registration links below.


Campers hiking back from beach.

Summer Camps

Adventure Camp (5th-7th Grade)

June 25 – 27, 2018 — 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Campers entering 5th-7th:  Archery, paddleboarding, hiking, biking and other outdoor adventures! Camp location details: 2 days spent at River Campus, 1 day at Mountain Park Campus. Transportation from Pueblo (Raptor Center) to Mountain park provided. Pricing/Registration Available Here.

Campers discovering local aquatic species at the River Campus.

Nestlings Camp at the River Campus (K-1st Grade)

June 25 – 29, 2018 — 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Campers entering K-1st:  Gentle hikes, music, games, and discovery of nature and wildlife. Camp location  details: River Campus. Pricing/Registration Available Here.

Discovery Camp (2nd-3rd Grade)

July 9 – 13, 2018 — 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Campers entering 2nd-3rd: Spend five days exploring the wonders of the new Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center – River and Mountain Park Campuses! Camp location details: MWF take place at the Mountain Park Campus, and TuTh at the River Campus. Transportation available from Pueblo to Mountain Park Campus. Pricing/Registration Available Here.

Greenhorn Wilderness Survival Camp (7th-9th Grade)

July 16 – 19, 2018 — 4 days/2 nights (1 day of camp prep at River Campus plus 3 days/2 nights Greenhorn Mountain Camp)
Campers entering 7th-9th: Backpack through San Isabel National Forest with the goal of reaching the summit of Greenhorn Mountain. The highest summit in the Wet Mountain Range! Learn survival skills, backpacking basics, and Leave No Trace Principles. Camp location: Spend 1 day of camp prep at River Campus (9:00am-3:00pm). Followed by a 3 day/2 night trek to Greenhorn Mountain. Transportation provided from Pueblo -Raptor Center. Pricing/Registration Available Here.

Cubs Camp at the Mountain Park Campus! (K-1st Grade)

July 16 – 20, 2018 — 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Cubs Camp (Entering K-1st Grade): Back by popular demand, lil cubs will participate in gentle hikes, music, games, and exploration of nature. A great way to introduce your children to the wonders of the outdoors! Parents are welcome to attend. Transportation from the Raptor Center in Pueblo available (for cubs only). Pricing/Registration Available Here.

Raptor campers studying bird of prey anatomy.

Raptor Naturalist Camp (6th-12th Grade)

July 23 – 27, 2018 — 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Campers entering 6th-12th: This camp takes our Raptor Camp to the next level. Campers are specially trained to handle a bird of prey and present its unique story. The camp is concluded with presentations by our new Raptor Junior Naturalists! This premier camp is very popular and is limited to 8 participants, so register early! Camp location: Raptor Center. Pricing/Registration Available Here.

Mission: Wolf II (8th-10th grade)

July 24 – 26, 2018 — Overnight Camp, 3 days/2 nights
Campers entering 8th-10th:  Spend time with the resident wolves of the Mission: Wolf Sanctuary, volunteer to support this wonderful organization, and learn all about the role wolves play in ecosystems. Camping beneath the stars as the wolves gently sing us to sleep in majestic  Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range! Camp location-Mission: Wolf  Sanctuary. Transportation from Raptor Center in Pueblo provided. Pricing/Registration Available Here.

Water & Wildlife Camp (4th-6th Grade)

July 30 – August 3, 2018 — 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Campers entering 4th-6th: Let’s have fun in the sun exploring along the Arkansas River banks, to the Mountain Park ponds and creeks in search of local wildlife! Camp location details: MWF takes place at River Campus, and TuTh at the Mountain Park Campus. Transportation from Pueblo (Raptor Center) to Mountain Park Campus provided. Pricing/Registration Available Here.