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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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Educational Wilderness Expeditions / Outdoor Summer Programs for Kids, Teens & Adults:
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.

Sunrise on Mount Taylor Expedition
15 Days, Ages 10-13
- Session 1: June 23 - July 8
- Session 2: July 13 - July 28
This course is an introduction to outdoor living for younger, and first-time campers. Kids spend 10 days at the Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp, Summit Mount Taylor to watch the sunrise, Explore Mushroom Rocks, Lava Tubes, One-Day River Trip on the San Juan, and more.

Wild Country Trek
21 Days, Ages 13-15
- Session 1: June 24 - July 13
- Session 2: July 17 - August 5
Introduction to Backpacking and Rock Climbing. Includes a 4-day backpack exploring the Volcanoes of New Mexico, and a wander through Chaco Canyon. Students get to restore a New Mexico Wetland, plus spend 7 days at the Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp.

Turquoise Trail
36 Days, Girls 13-16, June 24 - July 30
Two backpacking excursions in New Mexico for girls: the Gila Wilderness and Mount Wheeler (New Mexico’s highest peak). Girls live and work on a Navajo Farm; scope out Pie Town, the Earthships, and Ancient Puebloan Ruins. There is also the opportunity to create your own Legacy Project at the Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp.

Prairie Trek
36 Days, Boys 13-16, June 24 - July 30
Two backpacking trips: Utah’s Mount Tukuhnikivatz, and New Mexico’s rugged Zuni Mountains. Boys get to live and work on a Navajo Farm. Learn to rock climb, or master your technique. Hike 18 miles in one day to Keet Seel Ruin. Also, the chance to create your own Legacy Project at the Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp.

Mountain Desert Trek
42 Days, Ages 16-18, June 24 - August 5
Three separate backpacks, the longest is 8-10 days. Backpack along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, tackle a 14,000-foot peak in Colorado, live and work on a Navajo Farm, restore decimated wetland in the Santa Fe National Forest, and create your own Legacy Project at the Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp. This is the longest and most challenging of our expeditions.

Trek Institute: Southwestern Art and Music
21 Days, Ages 15-18, June 25 - July 14
Let the wilderness inspire your Art and Music. Work with professional artists in Santa Fe and Taos. Create pottery, rugs, and painting with Native American Artisans. Spend two weeks as an artist-in-residence at our Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp, and one week traveling through New Mexico's wilderness to inspire your creative side.

Paleontology Trek
13 Days, Ages 14 and up, July 18 - 30
Find and excavate real dinosaur bones with professional paleontologists. Earn 4 College Credits for your work, and learn to live and camp in the exotic badlands of New Mexico. Also includes a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History

Family Trek
8 Days, All Ages, July 28 - August 4
Explore the Southwest with your family… Relax on our 540-acre nature preserve. Spend 3 nights “On the Road” in Jemez Springs, Bandelier, and Santa Fe. Celebrate longtime Gulch legend Chet Kubit’s 80th birthday

Adult Treks
9-10 Days, 21 and older
Start each day with a cup of Gulch coffee and end each day with a glass of wine.  Fall colors, plenty of challenge if you want it, plenty of relaxation required in between adventures. Choose from one of 3 options:

- Women's Wilderness Retreat
- Canyon Country
- Fly Fishing, Alpine Lakes, Mountain Peaks

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Address: PO Box 25106, Albuquerque, New Mexico , USA
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2020-02-12 were from:

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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.
Summer Camps in San Antonio TX
Courses / Programs
This summer camp which was situated in San Antonio TX, including an English as a Second Language (ESL) summer program is now closed.

If you provide a summer camp in the San Antonio area, contact us to be listed on this site.
Summer Camps for Kids & Teens
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
CMC Makeup School, Dallas area
Courses / Programs
• Are you interested a future career in the exciting makeup and beauty industry? Located just 30 minutes north of Downtown Dallas TX, CMC Makeup School is a leading provider of professional make-up artist certification programs.

• In addition to beginner to advanced make-up artist training and portfolio development for adults, we also offer two distinct summer makeup camps for teenage students.

• Students receive top-quality makeup training at our Beauty Camp, and focus on specific makeup fields in our FX, Character and Body Painting Camp.

• CMC provides the training and tools that are essential to become a successful make-up artist with the focus being on Beauty, Glamour & Fashion makeup.

• Classes are taught by experienced, professional instructors, and feature hands-on practice so that techniques are learned properly.
Summer Beauty Camp for Teens:
Camp Duration: 5 days

• Day 1: Intro to Skin Analysis
• Day 2: Highlighting and Contouring
• Day 3: Focus on Eyes
• Day 4: Instaglam Makeup
• Day 5: Makeup Mixology

Summer FX, Character & Body Painting Camp:
Camp Duration: 5 days

• Day 1: Learn to use professional make-up
• Day 2: Face Art Character Painting.
• Day 3 & 4: Body Painting 
• Day 5: Professional Photoshoot
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