The University of Wyoming Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp

The University of Wyoming Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp

Update on 09 April 2020: We are disappointed to report that Astro Camp is canceled for Summer 2020. Safety is a top priority, and we simply cannot risk the health of the participants given the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a rising 7th grader, please apply next year. If you are a rising 8th grader, you can apply next year to the Teton STEM Academy (description below).

We are pleased to announce the Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp, made possible by a generous donation from the Windy Ridge Foundation. This summer academic camp is a community of students, teachers, and scientists working together to help tomorrow's leaders follow their dreams through science education. We have been running similar residential science camps since 2003. A brief video of past camp activities may be found here.

Logistics: In 2020 camp will be held July 19-25 and will serve up to 24 students entering 7th or 8th grade. Camp will start at 1:00 pm on July 19, and end at 11:30 am on July 25. Students will be selected from Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Colorado. Apply by April 15. Camp is 100% free to participants!

Other summer camps at UW may be found at the UW calendar under the K-12 STEM programs category. Note in particular the Teton STEM Academy for high school students.


The Windy Ridge Foundation Astro Camp is directed by Dr. Daniel Dale, Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Danny is an astronomer who studies the star formation properties of galaxies in the nearby universe. As a father of two wonderful daughters, husband to an awesome school counselor, and brother to sisters who are excellent teachers, he understands the value of early learning opportunities that spark the imagination of tomorrow's leaders and problem solvers. Four in-service science teachers from Wyoming school districts will lead the camp curriculum, and five UW undergraduate students will serve as 24/7 camp counselors.