Friends of Camp Colton


Mission Statement

Friends of Camp Colton cultivates exceptional outdoor learning experiences that instill the value of preserving our natural world and inspire growth and discovery.


Working in close partnership with Flagstaff Unified School District, Friends of Camp Colton enhances and expands Camp Colton's outdoor educational programs, makes the Camp Colton experience accessible to all Flagstaff students, leads long range master planning efforts to ensure the lasting relevancy and sustainability of Camp Colton, and develops key collaborations and partnerships. Since 1971, Camp Colton has served more than 44,000 students. Friends of Camp Colton, founded in 2011, exists to support the ongoing sustainability and success of this treasured community resource.

Program Details

The traditional 6th grade program immerses students in nature and builds environmental literacy. Students discover new things about themselves and their world. Friends recently led a large program update to include forest restoration and ecosystems, all explored through the larger lens of climate change. Started by Friends in 2018, 1st and 2nd graders take day expeditions to Camp and explore their natural environment, frolic in the nature play area, and learn about the Hart Prairie ecosystem. New in the summer of 2021, underserved 7th and 8th grade students will experience Camp in the summer through a week filled with experiential inquiry, teamwork, explorations, and fun. The Friends of Camp Colton Fellowship Program makes the transformative Camp Colton experience accessible to more kids by easing the economic barriers that prevent schools with economically disadvantaged students from attending. Through the Fellowship Program started in 2015, Friends of Camp Colton has provided more than $150,000 in funding and has made the Camp experience possible for more than 600 students from 11 different rural schools. Friends of Camp Colton is also focused on a master plan for the off-grid site so that students can live sustainable during their time at Camp.

Primary Issue
Climate Change
P.O. Box 3939
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
United States
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