Mountain Kids! began in 2009 out of a mother’s desire to connect her children and their peers with nature and a community of outdoor enthusiasts. With a borrowed “Adventure Van” meeting in their backyard, a handful of children and adults began to play in the mountains three days per week during the hot month of June. Nine years later, our community has grown to hundreds of families from Santa Fe and beyond!
Hands-on adventures in nature through exploration, imaginative play, games, stories, songs, art, hiking, natural history, backpacking, mountain biking and good-old fashioned fun! For children and teens ages 3-16. Learn more
Mountain Kids is gearing up for our ninth season of outdoor adventures in the mountains of Santa Fe and beyond! We are thrilled to be offering two-week sessions for 2017 in order to deepen connection and learning. Campers may sign-up for one-week of each two-week program. A $20 discount will be applied for campers enrolling in two-week programs. We are also offering a sibling discount of $20 off for each additional child enrolled in the same week of camp. Camp includes all transportation, materials, snack and social, and a made in the USA, bamboo Mountain Kids! T-shirt by Teres Kids.
With so much research to support the benefits of time spent in nature we are thrilled to now offer middle school and pre-school kids opportunities to connect with the real world through team work, adventure, learning and play! Middle School Programs include backpacking, adventure filmmaking and mountain biking. Pre-school children may taste Mountain Kids! on Fridays or select Saturdays throughout the summer.
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Katie is the Founder and Director of Mountain Kids. She feels strongly about enabling kids to leave hectic schedules and technology behind in order to wonder, learn, and play in nature. Learn more
Rebecca is enthusiastic, fun-loving, energetic, and working with children is one of her greatest passions. A child a heart herself, she has always loved to play and share her knowledge with kids. Learn more
Max was born and raised in Santa Fe, and developed a strong love for the landscape of the Southwest at a young age. He has spent hundreds of days hiking, fishing, rafting, and backpacking in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah. Learn more
Keifer is a graduate of the Santa Fe Waldorf School and is returning to Mountain Kids for her third year as a Counselor. She is currently a Junior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and is studying Environmental Studies and Geology. Learn more
Rebecca has worked as a Park Interpreter in Colorado, leading pond studies, writing puppet shows, and crafting nature programs for the children and the public. She currently works at La Mariposa Montessori and is looking forward to her second summer at Mountain Kids! Learn more
Morgan has worked with children since she was a child herself. She is pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education and currently works at Desert Montessori running their after school program. Learn more
Alexandra is a seasoned Mountain Kids! counselor, native Santa Fean, and lover of the Sangre de Christo mountains. She is a performing artist who loves to play, collaborate, and make things (up). She is a gifted educator of young children, coming alive and connecting with little ones in a magical way that resonates with their little spirits. Learn more
Ulysses is a student at the Santa Fe Community College, where he especially enjoys film and biology classes. He has lived in the Española Valley for his whole life and enjoys working with kids at Montessori schools in Santa Fe. Learn more