FITaos Mountain Camps
March 1, 2021 Summer Camp UPDATE
We know everyone is excited to get signed up for summer programs and we look forward to spending time outside with your children!
After being lucky enough to operate modified programs throughout last summer and fall, we can’t wait for summer 2021! We are currently working hard to plan the best possible schedule for summer 2021 while continuing to follow all state and local public health orders and mandates. Once the 2021 schedule is set, we will post it here on the website. Registration should open by mid-March. The best way to know when registration opens is to join our email list by subscribing here on the website. We will also announce registration on social media.
Currently, the guidelines for youth programs require masks, distance, small groups with no mixing. We are also currently not allowed to serve any youth who live outside a 50 mile radius. We expect additional changes to the public health orders and mandates and will notify everyone and adapt accordingly.
June 12, 2020 UPDATE
At this time, nothing has changed since our May 21 announcement in how we will operate for Summer 2020. We will continue to follow the State of New Mexico guidelines and keep the health and safety of our campers, families, staff, and community as our top priority. It is challenging and we are doing our best to support our community. We continue to serve children in small groups of 5 and are inspired by their enthusiasm and joy. We truly miss seeing many of your children. If you are in the position to do so, please consider making a donation to support our small nonprofit as we are operating at or below 25% of “normal.”
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
May 21, 2020
This is our updated Summer 2020 Schedule based on guidance from the Governor of the State of New Mexico to promote safe operations of youth programs. For details on our plans for this summer, click HERE.
All overnights and out of town trips have been canceled.
Summer 2020 sessions will be open to local community members (children who live in and go to school in the Taos area) only.
Space is extremely limited as group size will be 5 children per Lead Instructor.
ABOUT / HISTORY
Based in Taos Ski Valley since 1996 and designed for youth entering first grade and up, our outdoor education camps focus on active, hands-on learning experiences. Throughout each of the two-week day camp sessions, we focus on several different themes (archaeology, river ecology, wildlife biology, orienteering, etc.). We explore each theme and our surroundings through hikes, field notes and drawings, organized activities, art projects, and games. The older children’s two-week sessions include overnight camping trips. We also offer one-week sessions that include backpacking trips, extended camping trips, mountain bike adventures (both local and beyond) and special topics.
Observation, teamwork, and problem solving skills are developed in an exciting, fun, and creative outdoor learning environment. Children are always encouraged to share their knowledge and discoveries with the group. Days are spent primarily outside (weather permitting). Guest presenters join us throughout the summer. Volunteers, Counselors In Training, and Junior Counselors assist the groups. We take field trips beyond Taos Ski Valley at least one day per week.
Each day begins at the Field Institute of Taos BASE CAMP (9 D. Ben Romero Road in El Prado) and heads out on adventures from there. Check in time for Summer 2020 sessions is at 9:00 a.m. daily. Please make sure your child arrives on time so we can get the day started. We return by 3:30p.m. and all children must be picked up at this time.