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Our first EcoCamp was offered in 2005 and has since grown and expanded.

Currently, the ERC offers two overnight EcoCamps: an Environmental Outdoor Adventure EcoCamp for rising 5th-6th grade students and and an Environmental Outdoor Leadership (EOL) EcoCamp for rising 7th-9th grade students.  Both of these camps take place at the Idaho BaseCamp which is over Trail Creek, sandwiched between the East Pioneer Mountains and Lost River Range. We are excited to offer children of this age the only week-long overnight, experiential learning camp in the valley.

Students are fully immersed in our natural world and engage with its flora and fauna to further understand how humans fit into and alter this world, giving them the tools to become better stewards of our environment.  In the EOL camp, students are older and therefore take on more of a leadership role rather than being passive observers.  They learn orienteering skills, water and forest ecology, practice Leave No Trace principles, etc.  It is our hope that these students gain confidence in the outdoors and a deeper understanding of our natural world and bring back their knowledge and passion to our community, sharing it with parents, friends, and younger students.

Both of EcoCamps are designed to bring – and keep – our children outdoors, learning, exploring, and reveling in the natural world, ultimately encouraging them to become better earth stewards.

In all of our camps, the ERC is helping to spark a life-long passion for science and creating the future caretakers of our planet.  We are excited for the year ahead as we continue this great benefit for our community and natural landscape.

In 2017, we will offer two sessions of our overnight EcoCamp:

July 17 -21, 2017

Environmental Outdoor Adventure: Exploring Wild Places EcoCamp

Discover the marvels of the Pioneer Mountains during this week-long overnight camp full of creative explorations and adventures! An off-site overnight camping trip is included.

Open to rising 5th and 6th grade students.

Camp cost: $500/ERC member and $600/non-member

July 24 – 28, 2017

Environmental Outdoor Leadership: Alpine Discovery EcoCamp

Gain integral backcountry skills including leadership, decision-making, and environmental ethics while learning about alpine ecology in the Pioneer Mountains! This week-long overnight camp includes an overnight backpacking trip and a service-learning project.

Open to rising 7th – 9th grade students.

Camp cost: $500/ERC member and $600/non-member

View the 2017 EcoCamp Flyer in English or Spanish.

To register please complete and return the:
EcoCamp Registration Form
Formulario de Registro

Scholarship Application:
EcoCamp Scholarship Application
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The ERC’s EcoCamp Scholarship Fund is generously supported by Rocky Mountain Hardware, The Campfire Foundation, and ERC members like you.

For EcoCamp staff openings click here.

For more information on these camps, please contact:
Alisa McGowan, Program Director, 208.726.4333 or