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Beaver Creek

Youth Conservation Camp

 Outside of South Fork, CO within the Rio Grande National Forest

A three day, two night experience in June that your child will look forward to year after year. Our small topic groups are facilitated by professionals from natural resource management agencies & organizations from across the San Luis Valley. 

2023 News!

We are excited to announce YCC is expanding to two camp sessions in 2023! We will still offer camp for youth 8-13 years old, but can design each camp for specific ages for a better learning experience while growing capacity! Our amazing partners, the SLV 4-H extension, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, US Forest Service, SLV Boys & Girls Club, and others will be joining us again to lead activities and work hard to create one-of-a-kind opportunities for kids to learn and grow year after year.


Ages 8 - 10

Sessions introduce natural resources topics through fun activities, games, and hands-on exploration. 2023 Topics include Wildlife, Soil & Water (mud buds), Outdoor Skills, and Range.

June 13, 14, 15

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Ages 11 - 13

 This week will go beyond basic topic concepts with more opportunities to see and participate in land stewardship and conservation work. 2023 topic groups include Forestry, Soil & Water, Outdoor skills and Rangeland management.

June 6,7,8

Cost: $135 per camper
*price AFTER May 23rd is $165*

Registration is capped at 45 youth per week. We encourage you to register before the last two weeks of May to avoid being waitlisted.

Become a Camp Sponsor

We strive to make camp affordable for all campers by subsidizing the registration cost and providing additional scholarships with grants and corporate sponsorships. If you would like to support us in this effort, consider being a sponsor! 

Parent Handbook

Includes packing list, directions, and other instructions. Sent with registration

Scholarship Application

A limited number of scholarships are available.  Applications will be reviewed as submitted and recipients will be given a code for online registration. 

Counselor Application

Youth ages 14-18 can apply to be a counselor at camp. Applications due April 10th.

Camp Schedule

Check-in is 8-9 AM


Check-Out is 6 PM Thursday

(Family dinner starts at 5:00 PM)


Conservation Camp has been a joint effort between local public agencies who've made this unique opportunity possible for over four decades. Campers choose and learn about one of 4 topic areas taught by agencies' personnel and their partners who share their expertise and passion for conservation through child-oriented activities.

We, the Rio Grande Watershed Conservation Education Initiative, have been the primary host since 2009, when we were founded as the educational arm of the 5 SLV Conservation Districts. 

Participating Agencies

CSU Extension, SLV area

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

US Forest Service

SLV Boys & Girls Club


Other presenters from Natural Resource Conservation Service, Trout Unlimited, SLV Water Conservancy District, Division of Water Resources, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project, and more

Camp Sponsors

Rio Grande Watershed Association of Conservation Districts

Trinchera Blanca Foundation

Generation Wild- Great Outdoors Colorado

Colorado Water Conservation Board

SLV Water Conservancy District

RG Water Conservation District

Rio Grande Basin Roundtable

Southern Colorado Farm Credit

Monte Vista CO-OP

Neufeld Farms

SLV Federal Bank

Choose from one of the following Small Groups:

All small groups focus on activity-based learning and build on each other. First time campers are encouraged to start with Mud Buds as their basic introduction to natural resources. Each group is amazing fun!

Outdoor Skills

Whenever you go outside, whether it's a short walk or a camping trip, you're interacting with natural resources! Learn real-life skills for recreating responsibly and safely while having fun. 

Rangeland Science

Did you know most of Colorado is rangeland? These open spaces are far from empty if you look closely. Plants, insects, animals, and even humans are a part of a dynamic ecosystem known as rangeland. Lesson examples include plant identification, grazing livestock, and insect sampling.


Led by Colorado Parks & Wildlife, explore the habitats, behaviors, and diversity of Colorado wildlife. Activities include capturing and viewing wildlife camera footage, identifying tracks, and archery.

Mud Buds
(Soil & Water)

Soil and water are the foundation for everything-our ecosystems, food, and activities. If you want to learn a little bit about everything, to get your feet wet metaphorically and literally, this is your topic! 


Identify trees, take hikes, and get up close and personal with our diverse, beautiful forest. Led by the US Forest Service! Principles taught include forest management, tree growth, fire, responsible use of public lands, along with fun
activities for outdoor learning.

We are currently not offering Hunters' Safety through camp. Please see the CPW website for a list of available classes in your area!

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