Backcountry Nature School Days

Nature School, Full Day (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Weekly Themes
8/31 - 9/4  Incredible Insects
9/8 - 9/11  The Colorful World of Plants
9/14 - 9/18  Wilderness Survival
9/21 - 9/25  Animal Adaptations
9/28 - 10/2  Scat, Tracks, and Bones
10/5 - 10/9  Geology Rocks
10/19 - 10/23  Fort Village Marketplace
10/26 - 10/30  Creepy Critters

Nature is one of the world's greatest teachers! On your child's days outside the "in-school" classroom, let them learn through exploration in our 8,200-acre outdoor classroom. ‚ÄčOutdoor science and nature-based projects that incorporate reading, writing, and math will be taught outdoors through hands-on activities like nature mapping, insect/plant study, engineering/building, wildlife habitats, environmental impacts, and more. Each week will be themed and programs will duplicate for the Monday/Tuesday groups and Wednesday/Thursday groups. All Backcountry Wilderness Area programs are open to the public regardless of school district or location. 

Afternoon Nature Elective (Fridays, 12:30-3:30 p.m.) 
Just because “in-school” time is limited, doesn’t mean that your child should limit their access to learning new skills and exploring different electives! Let your child end their school week with a Backcountry Elective and time to explore, play, and interact with others without a computer screen! Nature Electives will rotate between Survival Skills, Nature Art, Nature Engineering, and Outdoor Science. No two weeks will be the same!

Morning Horse Elective (Mondays & Tuesdays 8:30 am-11:30 am)
Add a healthy dose of science, emotional intelligence, exercise, health care, and fresh air to your student's curriculum with our Morning Horse Elective. Horse care, safety, grooming, herd-dynamics, anatomy, riding, health care, and more will be taught in an outdoor setting through hands-on activities. Each week will have a different focus and programs will duplicate for the Monday/Tuesday groups.

Upcoming Backcountry Nature School Days

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Time and Date Course Description

More Program Information

  • Ages: 7-13; Groups may be split up according to age for effective teaching.
  • Ratio: For effective teaching, we keep group size to a maximum of 20 students and maintain a 1:10 teacher to student ratio. 
  • What to Wear & Bring: Packing List
  • Location: Backcountry Base Camp; 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton, CO 80125. Map & Directions.
  • Refund Policy: Refund and transfer requests must be made one week prior to the start date of the program. If we have to cancel a program, you will be given a full refund. Should you need to cancel because Douglas County returns to school full-time, we will issue you a full refund. All refunds are processed with a $5 fee. 
  • COVID-19 Precautions: All of our COVID-19 protocols and precautions will be exactly the same as our Camp Backcountry day camp. See COVID-19 Updates


Questions? contact Tara Clark: Email.

We are working diligently to provide a clean, safe environment for you, but with all things related to COVID-19 there is inherent risk. It is up to you to choose to use the HRCA amenities, knowing that you assume risk when gathering with other people and visiting other facilities.