The Mountain Center's

Summer Youth Program 2023

summer youth program

The Summer Youth Program is a nature based experience that supports positive social connection. Programs provide space for participants to build healthy relationships with themselves, others, and nature. Youth participate in team-building activities, games, hiking, ropes course elements, art, and creative/free play. Through these activities participants establish community, learn healthy conflict resolution skills, and gain self-regulation skills. We strive to build self awareness, strengthen resilience, and increase self confidence within all participants.


Programs are delivered in two-week program blocks beginning May 30 and going through August 4, 2023

Two Age Groups: 1) Ages 3.5-5 along with developmental requirements, and 2) Ages 6-12
(For Youth Ages 13-17, click here for information on The Mountain Center's Teen Leadership Program)

Program Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., excluding holidays

Location: The Mountain Center's Tesuque location: 1524 Bishops Lodge Rd b

Applications: Open March 28, 2023 and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis;

Click on application forms below to select your preferred two-week block. If the session you select is full, your application will be put on a waitlist.


Tuesday, May 30 - Friday, June 9

Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 23

Monday, June 26 - Friday, July 7

Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 21

Monday, July 24 - Friday, August 4



The program is free to all participants because of special grant funding by CYFD. As a non-profit organization we rely on generous donations from the community to transform lives and build resilience in the groups we work with. If you are able, we encourage you to support The Mountain Center, in any amount possible. You can make a one time donation, or partner with TMC and sign up for an automated monthly donation.

We accept cash and check donations in the main office.
Thank you for your support!


Please select the application based on your child's age.

Only one child per application. If you are signing up more than one child, you will need to fill out multiple applications.

You will be able to indicate your session preference in the application.

We cannot guarantee placement. If the session you select is full, your application will be put on a waitlist.

You will receive an email notifying you of your child's placement.

AGES 3.5-5 years old – "TMC “LITTLES”

We are currently full!
Please contact to be added to the waitlist.

AGES 6-12 years old

We are currently full!
Please contact to be added to the waitlist.


After nearly 1.5 years of the pandemic, my child was able to socialize in an emotionally intelligent and carefree environment. He came home happy and exhausted every day. It really changed the tone of these past few months for him.

~2021 SYP Parent

This program allowed an opportunity to share in a safe space, meet new friends, gain confidence and stretch physical limits.

~2021 SYP Parent

We cannot say enough positive things about my child’s camp experience with the Mountain Center, and we feel incredibly grateful to you and your staff for making this a great summer camp experience! Your program and your staff have made a huge difference in my child’s life this summer; I am sure that the lessons and guidance will continue to lead and serve them on their journey! 

~2021 SYP Parent

I so appreciate the way my child was encouraged to have fun and just be a kid but also to take care of himself at the same time.

~2021 SYP Parent



Our Summer Youth Program and Teen Leadership is accredited by the Association of Experiential Education's Adventure Program Standards.

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