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Summer programs for kindergarten through high school students include credit-bearing, academic, and sport programs. Teachers may explore sustainable teaching and the benefits of  movement in the classroom. These programs are offered by many CSU departments and organizations hosting events virtually and on campus at Colorado State University. 

Youth Sport Camps, Global Business Academy and Silicon STEM Academy are open for registration. EDUCATION IN MOTION: A Professional Development Seminar for preK-12 Teacher is open as well.  Several additional programs are close to announcing summer dates and registration; others are evaluating plans for summer 2021. When 2021 information is not yet available, the summer 2020 listings provide insight about prior program dates and curriculum.

We are looking forward to summer 2021 and hope you will join us!

Please contact the department or organization offering the program for questions about joining email listservs, registration, cost, housing, transportation, and more.

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Credit-Bearing Programs

These summer programs are opportunities for high school  students entering junior and/or senior year to earn college credit while developing their research, leadership and additional skills in an inclusive and stimulating learning environment.

Students at CSU Black Issues Forum (BIF)
Program for high school students

Black Issues Forum (BIF)

The Black Issues Forum (BIF) plans to return in summer 2021. This program is designed to provide students finishing their junior year in high school with an opportunity to enhance their leadership potential.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff, and current students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the African American community at the local, state, national, and/or global level.

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Program for high school students

Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ)

June 27-July 4, 2021

Please note: Summer 2021 registration is open

This program will be hosted on campus unless it needs to be held virtually.

Hosted at Colorado State, the “LDZ” program is designed to give youth leaders the edge on successfully navigating, managing, and creating organizations.

The program is open to high-achieving students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school (class of 2022 or 2023).

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Program for high school students

Native Education Forum (NEF)

The Native Education Forum (NEF) is a six-day summer program for students finishing their sophomore or junior years in high school (class of 2022 or 2023).

Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and receive valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process.

Academic Programs

These programs are presented by departments at Colorado State, as well as organizations providing summer camps through CSU Conference Services.

Many programs fall into more than one category and include common elements such as leadership and creativity. Programs are placed in the category that best describes the primary focus.

Age groups vary by program; please contact the unit presenting the camp for additional information. 

Animals and Environment

Two boys with sticks at CSU's Environmental Learning Center (ELC)
Program for elementary and middle school

Environmental Learning Center (ELC)

Registration for summer 2021 is open and closes on January 31.

Primarily for ages 7-12.

This summer, the ELC offers eight, week-long summer day camps. While each camp has a theme, the overall focus is getting children outside, comfortable and connected to the natural world.

The ELC is an extension of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

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Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

Youth Summer Horsemanship Camps

Registration for summer 2021 opens February 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Ages 10-15 are invited to participate as an overnight camper and ages 10-18 are welcome as day campers. English and Western riding are welcome during both sessions.

Arts and Human Sciences

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Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

The CSU Writing Project

Offered online and offline  in a low-tech no-tech format for Summer 2020!

Registration is open for workshops offered June 22-26, 2020.

Summer 2020 marks the 16th year of the Young Writers’ Workshops offered by the CSU Writing Project for elementary, middle school, and high school students, grades 4-12. During these immersive workshops, participants experiment with creative writing techniques in various genres, work in writing groups, and learn from published writers.

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Program for elementary and middle school

Food Science and Human Nutrition Summer Cooking Camps

These camps feature fun cooking activities for children ages 7-11.

Registration is open for July 13-17, 20-24, and/or July 27-31, 2020. Register for one, two, or three weeks.

Camp topics are:

  • Cake Bake, Frost and Decorate
  • Team Time with Pies and Tarts
  • Edible Science: Dehydration, Fermentation, and ROCK CANDIES

Summer Music, Theatre, and Dance: Camps and Programs

January 5, 2021: Information about summer 2021 is pending.

Clarinetists at CSU Lyft Academy
Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

Summer Music Camps, Institutes, and Master Classes

Experience a variety of music events designed for youth, middle/high school students, and adults. Camps and institutes offer students and adults specialized training, while master classes feature the world’s finest performers providing hands-on instruction in an open, informal setting.

Dancer, CSU Dance Lab
Program for high school students

Dance Lab: Pre-College Summer Program

Dancers ages 15-20 spend two weeks in an immersive college dance curriculum receiving individualized attention from CSU Dance faculty, mentorship from current CSU Dance majors, and unique insights from guest speakers.

August 2-15, 2020 on the CSU campus, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020.

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Program for elementary and middle school

Kids Do It All: Summer Theatre Camp

Kids Do It All is one of the most innovative theatre programs in the country. Offered in June and July for youth who are ages 7-9, 10-11, and 12-13. Camp participants write, design and compose musical plays entirely of their own, experiencing a practical application of all aspects of theatre from acting, movement, voice, props and scene design, and songwriting. Six one-week camps are available, with another in Todos Santos, Mexico.

Industry and Leadership

Students collaborating at summer Global Business Academy
Program for high school students

Global Business Academy

July 14-23, 2021
Students are encouraged to apply by February 1, 2021

The Global Business Academy is a summer program for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Create great summer memories in this 10-day, action-packed experience and meet students from around the globe while learning how to use business to create a better world. You’ll gain lifelong skills in international business and leadership, greater confidence, new passions and interests to explore, and global friendships.

CSU Venture Validator Institute for Entrepreneurship
Program for middle and high school students

Venture Validator Youth Summer Camp

Summer 2021 information will be available soon!

What are some of the problems that you see in your daily life, and what if you were able to help fix them?

At this half-day camp incoming 8th-12th graders will combine problems they want to solve with their ideas to fix them and then start the journey of launching a business to do just that. From minor inconveniences to some of the most stubborn problems we face as a society – like climate change, inequality,  public health, and so many others – business has a role to play in finding solutions. It will take passionate entrepreneurs like you to make that happen.

Throughout the program students will be coached and mentored by leading CSU faculty members, local entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts. Students will conduct customer discovery and market research, create a business model, analyze their competitive landscape, prototype products and ultimately hone in on business ideas that they’ll pitch with the goal of creating successful ventures.

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Program for high school students

Women In Construction Management Summer Institute

High School Summer Institute

Summer 2021 plans are under consideration.

Construction Management is a great choice for those who enjoy teamwork, solving tangible problems, critical thinking, and creating the world around them.

In this institute, participants ages 15-18 will develop confidence in their abilities and gain an understanding of their opportunities in construction management and related fields through field trips, classroom sessions, and hands-on activities.

Interdisciplinary Programs

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Program for high school students

Honors Summer Institute

Registration is open for both sessons:

  • Session 1: June 7-13, 2020
  • Session 2: June 21-27, 2020

The Honors Summer Institute is a one-week camp for high school students with exceptional academic achievements. The program is an extension of the CSU Honors Program and engages students with sample classes from five different disciplines.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Please note: STEM-X programs offered by Poudre School District (PSD) are cancelled for Summer 2020. CSU faculty or staff may be involved as collaborators in specific programs. Please keep these programs in mind for summer 2020!

Students at CSU summer Anatomy Camp
Program for high school students

Anatomy Camp

Postponed until Summer 2022

High school juniors and seniors interested in going into pre-med majors in college have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a one-week academic summer camp led by award-winning faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Dissect real anatomical specimens, learn anatomy on human cadavers, and look at case studies to diagnose medical problems and study technology-based, cross-sectional anatomy.

An activity at the CSU summer Applied Physiology Camp
Program for high school students

Applied Physiology Camp

July 27-August 1
Day camp, but with an overnight stay at CSU Mountain Campus on July 31-August 1.

Registration will open on March 2, 2020.

Applied Physiology Camp is a hands-on academic day camp for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a strong interest in science and are considering pursuing a career in a health-related field.

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Program for middle school students

Fashion FUNdamentals

June 14-June 25, 2021

Online registration will be available later this spring at

For students entering 6th-8th grades

Participants develop solutions to real-world problems in the global fashion industry through hands-on application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. Social programming focus areas include media literacy, body image, internet safety and anti-bullying, and highlights the importance of balanced nutrition and physical activity.

IT in Business summer program at CSU
Program for high school students

IT in Business

June 8-12, 2020

Summer program for high school students ages 14-18, entering grades 9-12. This half-day program is offered by the Computer Information Systems (CIS) department at CSU.

Information Technology (IT) not only touches every aspect of everyday life but is also the primary driver of business today.

In this program high school students explore how tech supports and shapes business through fun and educational hands-on projects.

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Program for middle and high school students

Math Jam

Details for summer 2021 are expected in December 2020.

A week of mathematical exploration and discovery led by CSU mathematicians for student entering grades 7-9! Let us show you how applicable, beautiful, creative, and cooperative a topic math can be.

This year, student will learn how mathematics plays a role in science, technology, engineering, and art. Most days will feature two in-depth and interactive sessions, but there will also be a campus-wide scavenger hunt and more!

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Program for middle and high school students

Mechanical Engineering Summer Camps

Postponed until summer 2022

Engineering Your World

  • Ages 13 – 14

Designing Your World:

  • Ages 14 – 16

Our  highly interactive, week-long summer camps are held at CSU’s state-of-the-art engineering facilities, introducing junior high and high school students to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a university setting.

Camps strike a balance between hands-on learning and socializing, with lunch provided and time to connect with peers, CSU faculty, and current college students. Join us!

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Program for middle school students

Middle School Coding Camp

Two FREE Middle School Camps! Updates for summer 2021 are pending.

Camp Details:

  • The Computer Science Department at CSU offers two camps to middle schoolers to have the opportunity for being on campus at CSU, learning to code, and meeting experienced faculty and staff from the department. This action-packed, four-day camp will introduce students to problem solving, innovating and creating fun software applications using various programming languages and tools.
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Program for high school students

Prove It! Math Academy

Postponed until summer 2022

This program serves as a bridge between programs/contests emphasizing computational abilities and those that expect students to be well-versed in proof writing. Designed to help motivated, talented high school students reach their full potential.

Visit the Prove It! Math Academy website for eligibility and addition information. Offered as a free online class in summer 2020.

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Program for high school students

SciTrek for Future Scientists

June 22-26, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The application period is open and will close February 15th.  Students entering grades 10th through 12th in August 2020 AND are 15 years of age by June 15, 2020 may apply.

Join the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center’s staff in conducting real scientific research activities in a variety of laboratory and outdoor field settings.

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Program for high school students

Summer Vet Program for Future Veterinarians

June 22-26, 2020, 12:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

The application period is open and will close February 15th. Students entering grades ten through 12 in August 2020 AND are 15 years of age by June 15, 2020 may apply.

Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits, and in-depth hands-on activities, students discover what modern veterinary medicine is about.

Organizations Hosted at CSU

National, regional, or local programs providing academic experiences on the CSU campus through Conference Services.

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Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

IDtech Camps

Summer 2021 programs are in the works! 

Please check back in February or join the mailing list in the meantime.

For ages 7-17.

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Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

Silicon STEM Academy

Summer 2021 online coding programs are available for ages 7-17!


Also listed: Denver half-day Summer TECH Camps with a stay all-day option in coding, game design and robotics.

Sport Programs

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Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

RAMS Athletics Sports Camps

NCAA guidelines will continue to be followed regarding camp offerings.

Registration will be open on a space-available basis when possible.

Camps include mini-camps, day camps and residential camps. Choose from basketball, football, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, and volleyball. Camps are designed for a variety of ages; see specific camps for additional information.

Youths and instruction at summer Youth Sport Camp
Program for elementary and middle school

Youth Sport Camps

Registration is open for summer 2021.

Active summer fun for kids ages 5-13! The summer 2021 camps are offered May 25 – August 13. Camps run from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Coeducational day camps focusing on skill development in a variety of sports while promoting the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles for youth.

Programs for P-12 Teachers

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EDUCATION IN MOTION: A Professional Development Seminar for preK-12 Teachers

June 7-10, 2021
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily
Online event for 2021
Registration for summer 2021 is open!


Colorado preK-12 teachers and administrators learn on campus for four exciting days of presentations, exploration, sharing resources, and expanding awareness and knowledge of the benefits of movement in the classroom.

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National Writing Project Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

Finding Your Path toward
Sustainable Teaching

​Fri. – Sun., June 12-14, 2020

This conference will be devoted to helping you nourish your mind, body, and soul as an educator by giving you space and time for professional renewal and personal restoration in community. Explore the concept of sustainable teaching, ​and learn more about how it can help keep you in the profession for the long haul.