FITaos Mountain Camps
May 17, 2021 Summer Camp UPDATE
REGISTRATION OPENED ON MONDAY MARCH 22 and most Mountain Camp sessions sold out in just a couple of days. You might think otherwise but this made us sad because there are so many families that are on our waitlists. We are working on some creative ways to do more this summer so please stay tuned!
March 2021 UPDATE
After being lucky enough to operate modified programs throughout last summer and fall, we can’t wait for summer 2021! Here is our current plan for what we can offer during the summer of 2021 while continuing to follow all state and local public health orders and mandates.
Our to respect for the greater community, we will follow New Mexico state public health orders and mandates at all times. Currently, the guidelines for youth programs in New Mexico require masks, distance, and small groups. We are currently NOT ABLE 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. Space will be very limited in all sessions.
You may notice that, while our out of state trips will not be happening (again) this year, we are offering limited overnight camping and backpacking options. We have purchased single person tents and feel confident we can provide great overnight experiences for our older campers.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Click HERE for 2021 Current Schedule
Click HERE to Register (Registration opened March 22)
Click HERE to view our updated COVID Safety Protocols (these will be updated as NM State Public Health Orders and mandates change)
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 most Summer 2021 sessions is at 9:00 a.m. daily but this will vary due to the requirement to stagger drop off and pick up times. Please make sure your child arrives on time so we can get the day started. Most sessions return between 3-3:30 p.m. and all children must be picked up at this time. You will receive details about drop off and pick up times for each session.