Field Institute of Taos

We have offered fun, successful outdoor environmental education programs focused on active, hands-on learning experiences since 1996.  Based in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico and utilizing the local outdoor environment of Northern New Mexico and beyond, our exciting programs are focused on adventure, environmental education, outdoor skills, and encouraging active, healthy lifestyles. While our summer camps are a big part of what we do, we also offer custom programs for families or schools.  In addition, Team F.I.Taos is a cycling team encompassing all ages and all abilities.  All of our programs have a strong mentorship component encouraging youth and adults to share their knowledge and support each other. 

We strive to make a difference in the lives of young people and in our community and world.  Everything we do is infused with our unique approach to creating a strong connection with nature through our fun, healthy, engaging, exciting, outdoor programs.  We are totally committed to offering high quality, fun, outdoor programs promoting a sense of place and healthy lifestyles.   Our approach is multi-faceted, team oriented, and educational with topics in natural sciences and outdoor skills

Topics we explore in summer camps include wildlife, water conservation, trees, predators and prey, geology, archeology, conservation, nutrition, human ecology, alpine and forest ecology, and much more.  We explore each theme and our surroundings through hikes, field notes and drawings, organized activities, art projects, and games. Our staff is made up of individuals with experience, enthusiasm, and a passion for getting out in the natural world.

The future of environmental education is bright and the awareness of the need for physical activity has increased as more media attention and, hopefully, funding follows these critical areas.  The “No Child Left Inside” and “Children and Nature” movements are growing and raising awareness of the importance of the connection ALL young people need to have with nature.  The benefits are both physical and mental, resulting in happier, healthier, and smarter children. 

Join us as we adventure, explore, interact, grow, learn, jump, run, bike, listen, see, and touch the incredible world around us!

 

 

 

 

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Latitude: 36.5163966 Longitude: -105.5691719 Elevation: 7629 ft
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How to Participate

Go to our website at www.fitaos.org for details and to sign up or call us at (575)770-2391

 

 

 

Dates and Times

YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAMS OFFERED:

NATURE ADVENTURE MINI 

 4 days; Youth entering 1st through 3rd grades.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP

4 days; Ages 11 and up. Riding and skills development; strong intermediate riders and above;  3- day riding and camping trip included.

NATURE ADVENTURE #1

8 days; Youth entering 1st through 3rd grades.

OUTDOOR EXPLORE

8 days; Youth entering 4th through 7th grades; Overnight camping trip included.

ADVANCED MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP

5 days; Ages 13 and up.  For advanced riders with experience in our cycling programs. Includes a 4-day camping/riding trip.  Longer and more challenging rides.   Advanced skills and training techniques. 

NATURE ADVENTURE #2

8 days;  Youth entering 2nd  through 4th  grades.

ADVANCED ADVENTURE

8 days;  Experienced campers entering 6th grade and up; two night backpacking trip included.  Co-ed except for backpacking trip.

MOUNTIAN BIKE CAMP MINI

4 half days; Ages 10 and up; Riding and skills development; local trails.

OUTDOOR EXPLORE MINI

5 days; Youth entering 4th through 7th grades;  Overnight camping trip included.

ALPINE JOURNEY

5 days; Youth entering grades 7 and up.  Mountain environments and glaciers; includes a 4-day camping and hiking adventure.

This represents a sampling of our offerings during the summer season.  For dates and prices, please visit our website at www.fitaos.org  For information on programs offered during other seasons, please contact us.

Appropriate Ages

Summer Programs are offered for ages 6 through 16.

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