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Summer Wilderness Programs in New Mexico

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Cottonwood Gulch Summer Expeditions:
Based in Albuquerque NM, the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation provides a wide range of educational wilderness expeditions and outdoor summer programs for kids and teens ages 10-18, as well as Family programs and Adult programs. Our wilderness expeditions take place in the heart of the American Southwest, and promote personal growth, scientific, historic, and cultural discovery as well as a knowledgeable environmental ethic among all those who participate.

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About the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation:

We have been leading wilderness expeditions in the Southwest since 1926. Our groups visit different ecosystems of the Four Corners states: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado —  red rock canyons, high desert mesas and alpine ranges — to play and explore. We explore mostly on foot, backpacking and day-hiking into the back-country, but we also sometimes canoe through river canyons.

What to Expect on a Wilderness Exhibition?

The Wilderness of the Southwest
This is a place for those of us who need to get our hands and boots dirty in order to understand this beautiful land.  We take you on world-class backpacking excursions, but the Gulch is much more than that—we also explore Southwestern art, archaeology, reptiles, and dinosaur bones.

The Culture of the Southwest
In addition to hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing, the Gulch will take you through the 1,000-year-old walls of Chaco Canyon, teach you to paint the same landscapes that inspired Georgia O’Keefe, or help rebuild a Hogan or weave a rug with our Navajo neighbors on their farm.

The Ecology of the Southwest
For Trekkers who are inspired to learn even more about the Southwest, we hire naturalists every year who work closely with individual trekkers to develop hands-on projects in geology, herpetology, ornithology, or any other –ology that piques your interest.

Educational Wilderness Expeditions / Outdoor Summer Programs:

Based in New Mexico, our Summer Expeditions range from 2-6 weeks, and are for kids ages 10-19. No expertise is needed to join, just a sense of adventure and a desire to learn about the animals, art, and unique culture of the Southwest.

- Wild Country Trek (21 Days, Ages 13-15)
- Turquoise Trail (36 Days, Girls 13-16)
- Prairie Trek (36 Days, Boys 13-16)
- Sunrise on Mount Taylor Expedition (15 Days, Ages 10-13)
- Mountain Desert Trek (42 Days, Ages 16-18)
- Southwestern Art and Music Trek (21 Days, Ages 15-18)
- Paleontology Trek (13 Days, Ages 14 and up)
- Family Trek (8 Days, All Ages)
- Adult Treks (9-10 Days, 21 and older)

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Address: PO Box 25106, Albuquerque, New Mexico , USA
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Milestone Technical Institute, Houston
Courses / Programs
Conveniently located in southwest Houston, Milestone Technical Institute is an IT career training school providing 2-week STEM technology summer camps for kids and teens ages 9-17. 

This immersive, project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) camp is designed for elementary, middle, and high school students interested in exercising their imagination and building things with their hands.
STEM Technology Summer Camps:
- Duration: 2 weeks
- For kids and teens ages 9-17

Specialized in-camp courses include:

- Robotics Engineering
- Computer Building
- Video & Photography
- Cyber Literacy

This project-based course is designed to spark curiosity, build confidence, and foster teamwork in young students.
Hummingbird Music Camp
Courses / Programs
Located in the Jemez Springs area of Central New Mexico, just an hour north of Albuquerque, Hummingbird Music Camp provides week-long residential summer music camps to boys and girls ages 8-14.

Beginner to advanced level group ensembles are offered, including: band, guitar, orchestra, piano and voice specializations. We also provide 1-week Art Camps and Chess Camps which run alongside our dedicated Music Camps.

In addition to musical activities, campers also take part in traditional camp events such as campfires with original camp songs and skits, overnight hikes, storytelling and outdoor cookouts.

Although music is taken very seriously at the camp, the focus is not on competition. Our campers are encouraged to grow musically on their chosen instruments by starting their musical instruction at their current level of ability.

Our Teachers range from undergraduate, graduate students and professional teachers. The majority of our instructors teach in public and private schools throughout the year. Most of the teachers teach two weeks at camp and return year after year. The average staff return rate is 95%.
1-week Residential Summer Music Camps for Boys & Girls Ages 8-14:

- Beginner to Advanced Levels
- Additional training in chorus and Transfer Band
- Daily private lesson in chosen instrument
- Daily practice time
- Personal solo preparation

Musical specializations include:
- Band
- Guitar
- Orchestra
- Piano
- Voice

Additional Summer Camp Programs:
- Art Camp
- Chess Camp
Crossing Borders, Houston North Area
Courses / Programs
• Join us in 2019 for our highly-immersive and exciting foreign language summer programs for kids and teens in The Woodlands in the North Houston area.

• Students attend our summer camps from The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Tomball, Humble, Porter, Montgomery County, and surrounding Houston area.

• Crossing Borders provides quality English and Spanish language summer camps for kids and high school teens ages 4-16 years old, as well as German & French summer camps for kids and teens 9-16 years old.

• Offered during the months of June, July and August, our summer language immersion camps are designed to give children & teenagers a unique opportunity to spend their summer break having fun learning or improving in a second or third language.

• In our Spanish summer camps, children are grouped according to age, level, and language proficiency.

• They learn in full Spanish immersion from one of our native Spanish speakers. They take part in arts & crafts, play games, and learn Spanish in a fun, interactive setting.

• Our programs have very specific goals while creating dynamic, energetic classes with emphasis on the target language by using our immersion strategies.

Student Review:
"I'm finishing my time here, but I don't want to go without first say thanks to you and your team Crossing Borders...Each class that I have attended was excellent. I feel like I have had the best summer months."
- Spanish Student
Language Immersion Camps for Kids & Teens:
Duration: 1-10 weeks in June, July and August

• Spanish summer camp for young kids (ages 4-12)

• Intensive Spanish summer program for teens (ages 13-16)

• English summer camp for kids (ages 4-12)

• Intensive ESL summer program for teens (ages 13-16)

• French summer camp for kids & teens (ages 9-16)

• German summer camp for kids & teens (ages 9-16)

Also:  Year-round Spanish, German, French and English lessons for children and adults.
Dallas International School
Courses / Programs
Based in the North Dallas area, just 10 miles from the city center, the Dallas International School provides a 6-week Summer Enrichment Camp for kids and teens ages 3-19. Set in a 6-week period in Summer 2013, courses and activities include immersion programs in the multitude of languages spoken on our campus (including ESL, French & Spanish), art and design courses, science programs, sports camps, and more. During these amazing 6 weeks, your children will be able to explore the world without leaving Dallas.

Every week, a choice of activities is proposed, allowing the campers to compose their own mix. Thus, language classes may be combined with art workshops or science and technology labs.

In addition to our mix of classes, we also provide a 6-week intensive ESL program combining work on all 4 skills (listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension and writing) with fun activities such as Game Design, Chess, Robotics, Movie Making, Art, Tennis and Ceramics. Adults can also avail of language workshops during this period
6 Weeks of Summer Enrichment Courses for Kids & Teens Ages 3-19 - courses include:

- Language Immersion Classes (ESL, Spanish, French, Arabic & Chinese)
- Specialized Summer Language Workshops
- 6-week English as a Second Language - ESL Immersion (Ages 5-19)
- Science & Technology Classes
- Sports Skills Camp
- Art & Design Courses

Also available:
- Intensive Language Workshops for Adults in English, French, Spanish, Chinese & Arabic
ID Tech Camps, Colorado
Courses / Programs
iD Tech Camps provide computer science and tech-related summer courses on campus at Colorado State University (in Fort Collins), and the University of Denver (in Denver County). Colorado course options include week-long day camps for ages 7-17 (iD Tech Camps), and 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18 (iD Academies).

Choose from a wide variety of exciting course topics - Game Design, Web Design, Coding, Programming Modding, and Robotics among others. Students get the opportunity to build STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in our state of the art tech labs.

Courses are designed so that you can register for one or multiple weeks (further camps). Many students choose to sign up for multi-week packages to build on their skills and learn new subjects. Students often stretch their skills for 3, 4, and even 5 consecutive weeks.

“Simply amazing counselors who deserve the highest recommendation! My son’s expression of enthusiasm is most welcome as he’s not the easily impressed. He loved it! Thanks for a creative, positive weekend.”
- Barbara R., Parent, University of Denver
Summer Tech Camps for Kids & Teens ages 7-18:

iD Tech Camp:
- Week-long day camps for ages 7-17

- Week-long overnight camps for ages 10-17

iD Programming Academy:
- 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18

iD Game Design & Development Academy:
- 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18

Accredited Continuing Education Units are available from all of our iD Academy locations.
University of Houston Summer Camp
Courses / Programs
If you are searching for a quality summer camp in Houston TX for your child or teenager, look no further than the range of programs provided by the University of Houston!

Whether your child in interested in computer programming, game design, engineering, science or is an aspiring writer, our wide range of summer courses may include the perfect learning solution.

In addition, we offer French and Spanish language classes for kids, academic summer programs, as well as credit courses for high school students.

Delivered in a range of locations in the Houston area (including Katy and Sugar Land), our fun and engaging summer programs are an excellent choice!
Summer Camps for Kids & Teens:

• Compu-Camp​​ (ages 10-17)
• Engineering-Camp (ages 6-17)
• Science-Camp (ages 6-14)
• Language-Camp
• Writing-Camp​ (ages 7-18)
• Summer-Academy​​
​• High School Credit Courses​​​​​