The Mountain Center's

Summer Youth Program 2024

summer youth program

The Summer Youth Program is a nature-based experience that supports positive social connection, and welcomes children of all genders. 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 28th and going through August 2nd, 2024.

Three Age Groups:

1) Ages 6 - 7 years old;

2) Ages 8 - 9 years old, and;

3) Ages 10 - 12 years old.

(For Youth Ages 13-17, click here for information on The Mountain Center's Teen Adventure 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 B Bishops Lodge Road

Applications: Open April 2nd, 2024 at 9:00AM (MST), 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 28th - Friday, June 7th

Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 21st

Monday, June 24th - Friday, July 5th

Monday, July 8th - Friday, July 19th

Monday, July 22nd - Friday, August 2nd



The program is free to all participants because of special grant funding by CYFD, focusing on New Mexico families. 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 read through the entire application before submitting online.

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 6-12 years old

Our program is currently full. Please contact our SYP Team at to be added to our waitlist.


"Thank you so much for allowing my child to be a part of your program!  We hope that she will be able to return again next year.  Your staff are amazing and I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thank you for helping to make a difference in our child's life by empowering her to grow and become more self-confident."

~2023 SYP Parent

"Thank you. You guys are amazing, friendly, grounded.  My kids felt that immediately.  They feel safe and they just enjoyed their time there.  I love the drive. It was therapeutic for me as well!"

~2023 SYP Parent

"My child had the opportunity to meet children that he hasn't met before in the community.  Had the opportunity to be a leader and learn new skills."

~2023 SYP Parent

"Your program continues to be one of my child's favorite summertime activities.  She feels super comfortable with your staff and with the daily activities.  She never shies away from attending camp, as she always feels excited and confident to attend."

~2023 SYP Parent



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

Questions or Feedback?


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Your questions and input are welcome so we may better serve individuals and families in our communities. Help us continue to develop and improve our training and to remain open to creative approaches to community education and outreach. Together we can help more New Mexicans thrive.