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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. 

Summer 2022 programs announce from mid-December through late spring, depending on the program. Summer 2021 program descriptions are available below. Please check back for Summer 2022 updates.

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)

June 21-25, 2021

Registration is open for the Virtual Black Issues Forum (BIF)! 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 has reached capacity

Hosted on the Colorado State University campus, 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)

June 21-26, 2021

Registration is open for the Virtual Native Education Forum (NEF)! Apply by May 28, 2021 for full consideration.  It will be offered as a no-cost virtual program.

NEF is a six-day summer program for students finishing their  junior year in high school (class of 2022) or seniors planning to enroll in CSU for Fall 2021.

Benefits of NEF:

  • Explore Native American/Indigenous issues
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Work with CSU faculty, staff and students
  • Strengthen your college/university application
  • Improve your academic research skills

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)

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

The two camps are available for Summer 2021:

  • June 7-12
  • June 13-18

Offered annually, the Youth Summer Horsemanship Camps are geared toward equine enthusiasts who are 10-15 years of age. Campers stay in the residence halls on main campus, eat in the dining halls and receive classroom/riding instruction from both equine faculty and current students.

Campers have the option to bring their own horse or lease a school horse, ride english, western, or both and spend the duration of camp as an overnight camper or a day camper. Students who are 16 – 17 can join us as day campers!

Arts and Human Sciences

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Program for elementary, middle, and highschool

The CSU Writing Project

Writing programs for youth in grades 4-5, Summer 2021 marks the 17th year of immersive creative  workshops for elementary, middle school, and high school writers! For the safety of students and staff due to COVID-19, this year’s workshops will again be offered in a “low-tech, no-tech” format.

Approximately one week before the workshop, students will be mailed Writer’s Toolkits, complete with a journal and other writing supplies, a t-shirt, and even snacks. In the online portion of the workshop, students will participate in writing activities with the whole group, learn from published writers, and break out into small, supervised writing communities. In the offline portion of the workshop, they will use their Writer’s Toolkits to experiment with writing techniques and hands-on exercises used by 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.

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

Visit the home page for Summer Camps, Institutes and Seminars or the sections below.

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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.

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Program for high school students

Dance Lab: Summer Intensive

Online and Virtual options
Monday-Friday, August 2-13, 2021
Online Orientation: Aug. 1, 2021

Our Pre-College Dance Seminar package provides mentorship in choreography, writing, and orientation to dance in higher education. Registration is open to any dancers age 14+ on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure detailed instruction and individualized feedback, registration will be limited to 30 participants per week.

  • Attend daily movement classes
  • Expand knowledge and skills
  • Choreograph your own college audition solo
  • Draft an artist statement/college entrance essay
  • Attend engaging lectures
  • Showcase your artistry
  • Contribute to a collaborative process

This program offers up to 2 performing arts credits for Poudre School District students.

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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

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Program for high school students

Innovators, Creators and the Music Industry, Powered by the Global Business Academy

July 19-23, 2021

The Global Business Academy is a summer program for 15-18 year olds. It will be offered virtually for Summer 2021.

This program covers a brief history of the music industry, previews future trends in the business of music, and dives into what’s likely to happen as new technologies are brought to market. You’ll hear from major musicians and leading experts on what they’re currently doing, and you’ll meet other students who you’ll get to collaborate with. The week will wrap with business pitches. You’ll share your vision for a new innovation in the creator economy based on what we’ve covered and your personal entrepreneurial ideas.

Online Venture Validator Summer Camp, July 7-11, 2021 by the Institute for Entrepreneurship
Program for middle and high school students

Venture Validator Online Summer Camp

June 7-11, 2021, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

One week of daily three-hour video sessions.

The Venture Validator Online Summer Camp is hosted by the CSU College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship designed for incoming 8th-12th grade students to explore what it takes to become an entrepreneur in a safe, engaging, and fun space.

Students 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.

Students will also learn basic business principles and gain an understanding of different career opportunities in a wide range of fields from marketing to supply chain management, international business, organization and innovation management, and more.

Student in welding gear at Women in Construction Management Summer Institute.
Program for high school students

Women In Construction Management Summer Institute

High School Summer Institute

The Summer 2021 program is offered virtually June 2-5, 2021.

This four-day virtual program is for up to 25 high school students ages 15-18 who are interested in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). Each day participants will engage with professional women representing AEC industries as well as college mentors to work on building their confidence and developing an understanding of construction management and related careers while having fun!

Interdisciplinary Programs

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Program for high school students

Honors Summer Institute

Registration is closed for both sessions:

  • Session 1: June 6-12, 2021
  • Session 2: June 20-26, 2021

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.

Scholarships are available; no qualified student will be turned away from participating in the camp.

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

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.

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Program for high school students

Applied Physiology Camp

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 high school students

Coding Camp for High Schoolers

Free Virtual Coding Camp!

June 14 – 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m. –  3:00 p.m.

June 21-25 session

The Computer Science Department at CSU invites students entering grades 10 and 11 in Fall 2021 to learn to code and meet experienced faculty from CSU. This action-packed, five-day camp will introduce students to problem solving and creating software applications using Python. No prior programming experience is necessary.

Join us to:

  • Learn coding with Python,
  • Explore how computer science is used in other fields (business, chemistry, physics),
  • Talk to the faculty and researchers from CSU to find out what is going on in the scientific community, and
  • Enjoy virtual tours of research labs in the Computer Science Department.
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Program for middle and high school students

ENvision Summer Program

ENvision is a four-week virtual learning program offered by the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors around the state of Colorado.

Students must attend all weekly sessions to complete the program. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, June 17: Program welcome
  • Friday, June 18: Session 1
  • Thursday, June 24: Session 2
  • Thursday, July 2: Session 3
  • Thursday, July 8: Session 4 and closing ceremony

Students will receive materials to better engage in virtual sessions. Additionally, students will benefit from connecting with assigned mentors who are current engineering students.

Questions? Please contact Claudia Hernandez.

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Program for middle school students

Fashion FUNdamentals

June 14-June 25, 2021

Enrollment will be limited in order to adhere to safety protocols. 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

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

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 high school students

Prove It! Math Academy

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

Open to high school students who are at least 15 years of age.

Want to feel what it is like to be a scientist? Join the Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center in exploring scientific practices first hand. We will be carrying out investigations, using real tools, and collecting data both in the lab and the field.

All activities involve current topics from a variety of fields, including tree coring, the chemistry of electronic devices, key role of native bees, the secrets of the marmots, glaciers, and permafrost!

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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.

This program is open to students who will be entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2022 and are 15 years of age by the start of the camp. Scholarships are available.

The Summer Vet Program is a student’s ticket to the world of veterinary medicine. For students who are serious about becoming a veterinarian, this is a super opportunity to look into the real and sometimes gritty field of veterinary medicine. Participants meet professors, practitioners and students in the discipline and have ample opportunity to talk with them. Through presentation, demonstrations, laboratory visits, and 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 virtual tech programs or online private lessons are available! 

Please check back for news about in-person opportunities 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 Sports Camps

Offered through CSU’s Department of Athletics, these camps are designed for a variety of ages from kindergarten through college sophomores depending on the sport.

Football, soccer, softball, track, and volleyball camps are open for Summer 2021 registration. Basketball and swimming camp announcements are pending as of June 11. Please check the Rams Sports Camps website frequently as programs are announced in stages.

Camps vary in length from one to three days. Registration is on a space-available basis. See specific camps for additional information.

NCAA guidelines will continue to be followed regarding camp offerings.

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

Youth Sport Camps

Explore active summer fun for kids ages 5-13! The summer 2021 camps are available May 25-August 13. Offered by CSU’s Department of Health and Exercise Science, the camps run Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. except for the two-hour tennis and golf programs.

Coeducational day camps focus on skill development and promote the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles for youth.

One-week sessions are offered in baseball/softball, basketball, field sports, inline hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.

Additional programs are:

  • FunLIFE (Learning to Improve Fitness and Eating)
  • Music and Movement
  • Extreme Outdoor Adventure
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Smart Fit Girls
  • Sport Science
  • Super Sport Camp (two weeks)

Commitment to Campus offers a discount for children of CSU employees for Youth Sport Camps.

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
Join leading Dance/Movement Educators and Education Specialists to explore strategies and tools for integrating movement at all levels of learning in pK-12 classrooms.

Colorado State University invites Colorado pK-12 teachers and administrators to join us online for presentations, exploration, sharing resources, and expanding our awareness and knowledge of the benefits of movement in the classroom.

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National Writing Project Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

​Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, 2021

Sustainable Teaching in (Post-) Pandemic Times

Restoration precedes renaissance. Recovery equips us for revolution.​ Reclamation is required for change.

These tenets lie at the heart of sustainable teaching–a mindset with a set of accompanying practices that enable educators to flourish and heal. At this virtual conference with an experiential twist, you will acquire practical tools for centering your mind, bolstering your body, and reviving your spirit.

​You will explore, in professional community, how to grow as a social justice advocate and ally without sacrificing your own well-being in the process.

​You will rekindle the spark of hope you need, to keep doing the work you are called to do, even in these trying times.​