Colorado Homeschool & Unschool Events

Looking for something to do? Here’s my list of homeschool / free school / unschool conferences, book fairs, classes, field trips, summer camps and plain ol’ fun stuff. If you have a nifty event you’d like to submit, email Cindy!

Ahem. Somebody needs to get their collective ducks in a row and coordinate an inclusive Colorado homeschooling/unschooling conference! No one’s attempted one [that I know of] since yours truly coordinated the Homeschooling for Everyone Conferences in 1998 and 2000. They featured David and Micki Colfax, Mary Griffith, Cafi Cohen, Ruth Beechick, and the first unschooling workshops/seminars/gatherings in the state.

Yeah yeah, I see you. Stop shaking your head. If I can do it, anybody can. 🙂


Colorado Book Fairs & Curriculum Swaps
Nothing at this time.

Colorado Unschooling Conferences & Seminars
Nothing at this time.

Conferences Around the Region

Adventures in Homeschooling Conference
Santa Clara, California
August 6-9, 2015.
HSC’s annual gathering features some of the best known speakers in the homeschooling and parenting community, and is so much more than just a conference — it’s a celebration, a party, a statewide gathering of homeschoolers and their families for learning, friendship, support, and fun! This year’s keynote speaker will be Peter Gray Ph.D, author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.

Free To Be Unschooling Conference
Phoenix, Arizona.
October 1-4, 2015.

You are cordially invited to come play with us in the Valley of the Sun.

The Free to Be Unschooling Conference is a celebration of living and learning outside the box. We believe that one of our most important jobs as parents is to act as our children’s partners and facilitators . . . to walk beside them as they navigate the world, living and learning with passion and joy, according to their own personal path in life. This conference aims to help us support each other in doing just that.

by Diane Flynn Keith. “Are we there yet?” Whether it’s Eighteen-Wheeler Chemistry, Drive-By History, Rock ‘n’ Roll Multiplication Tables or Rest Stop Olympics — on short trips and long ones — start traveling, learning, and laughing all at the same time! (And mom and dad, please turn off those mind-fudge DVD players.)


Not Back To School Camp
California, Oregon and Vermont.
Registration opens February 2015!
Be an early bird — save money!
Not a ‘conference’ per se, but the internationally famous gathering for unschooled teenagers aged 13-18. NBTSC was created 20 years ago by Grace Llewellyn, former teacher, now a new first-time mama at age 50, who also happens to be the best-selling author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life And Education and Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don’t Go to School Tell Their Own Stories.

These Camps are anything but your ordinary ‘summer camp’. Grace describes them as a sanctuary that affirms, inspires, and mentors unschoolers. They’re a place to climb rocks, play sports, howl at the moon, dance like no one’s watching, giggle, change your hair color, meditate, cook, hike, swim, sleep in or stay up discussing everything under the sun.

Oregon Session 1 at Camp Latgawa.
August 3-10, 2015.
Oregon Session 2 at Camp Myrtlewood.
August 25-September 8, 2015.
Farm & Wilderness Tamarack Farm, Plymouth, Vermont.
September 24-October 3, 2015.
Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Joshua Tree, CA.
January 18-27, 2015.
NOTE: Joshua Tree ~ Grace is shifting it from winter to fall, so the next one isn’t until November 14-23, 2016.

Classes & Tutors

Conifer’s StageDoor Theatre
Conifer, Colorado
2015/2016 Season
Both an educational and performing program that teaches all aspects of theater to all skill levels. You don’t have to be an actor — be a stagehand, a lighting technician, a make-up artist. A great little community with silly/funny/entertaining productions!

Constitutional Champions Camp
Rock Ledge Ranch, Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 15-18, 2015.
A day camp for children entering grades 2-6. We offer Heritage-based education with special focus on the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. constitution, and the founding generation.

CU Wizards Program
Boulder, Colorado
FREE monthly interactive shows that entertain and inform children about the wonders of science. They occur once a month, on Saturday mornings, from September – June and are geared toward children in grades 5-9, but all are welcome! Each program lasts about an hour and includes several lively demonstration experiments. No reservations required. Free parking in lots 308 and 436!

Last class in the 2015 Schedule:
6/20/2015: “The Chemistry of Solar Fuels; Learning to Harness the Sun”

Denver Botanic Gardens Homeschool Days
Denver metro
Explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that the whole family can do together. Designed for children ages 5+, but all ages are welcome. Sign up for the entire 2015 season and get a discounted price.

Denver Writes: Where Kids and Community Come Together To Write
Back Space at Metropolis Cafe in Denver, Colorado
Provides young writers with a supportive community and opportunities to practice creative writing: song lyrics, poems, essays, short stories, plays! They offer monthly workshops, summer camps, and/or free after-school tutoring. See the entire list of upcoming workshops here.

HTML 101 for Kids: Basics of Web Programming
June and July, 2015.
Free 14-lesson courses taught by a homeschool dad. These are self-paced, moderated, and completely online.
More advanced classes are also available (CSS, Javascript, HTML5), for a fee.

Homeschooling for Excellence
by David and Micki Colfax
Probably the most famous of all free-schooled families. This is the Colfax’s saga of how they home educated their four kids by having them help clear land, construct a water retrieval system, and build a homestead in the California wilderness. Three of the children made worldwide headlines when they were later accepted into Harvard.

The 5th Annual National Spanish Spelling Bee.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 16-19, 2015
The family oriented activities will begin with the orientation breakfast on Friday, July 17 and will end with the National Spanish Spelling Bee Awards Dinner on Saturday night, July 18. Make plans to join us in the Land of Enchantment!

FREE Stuff!

Bored Kids? Sacré Bleu!
Denver metro
Free festivals, science and history and nature explorations, literature and film presentations. This site will keep you busy all season long.

Day Hikes Near Denver
The best kid-friendly hikes that aren’t too hard, too long — while still being scenic and interesting.

Denver Story Trek
Denver metro
Ever wonder about the places you drive by in the city? Come explore the stories behind Denver’s historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour. It’s simple and free!

Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
Denver metro
Need field trips? Here’s an extensive calendar of FREE days during 2015 at places such as The Denver Zoo, The Museum of Art, The Molly Brown House, Four Mile Historic Park, The Museum of Nature and Science, The Museum of Outdoor Art, Hudson Gardens, The Children’s Museum, The Boulder History Museum, The Aurora History Museum and more!


Colorado Springs Youth Sports
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall 2015-2016
Opportunities to play in leagues throughout the year: Soccer, Tackle Football, T-Ball, Baseball, Softball, Fall Football and Fall Fall Soccer. Because programs are so large, registration takes place one to two months in advance.

They also offer other, smaller sport teams such as Judo, Boxing, and Golf, plus a variety of Sport Camps.

“Homeschool Hub” from Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD)
2015 and 2016
Colorado Springs, Colorado
PPLD is very active in hosting fun and educational get-togethers for homeschoolers. Bookmark this page for info on their Homeschool Art Show, Curriculum Swap, Resource Fair, a Mini-Make Faire, Homeschool Science Labs and Homeschool Lunch Brunches at various library locations.

School of the Poetic City Summer Camps
Denver Metro
June-July, 2015
Fun Urban Art Camps and Animation Labs. Get creative, go on an adventure!

Previous Events

Unschooling Adventures’ “Southwest Gap Year”
Paonia, Colorado.
September 6, 2014 — May 31, 2015.
Born Again Used Books’ 22nd Home School Book Fair
Colorado Springs, Colorado
First Saturday in June, 2015.
Life Is Good Unschooling Conference
Vancouver, Washington
May 22-25, 2015.
Homeschoolers of Wyoming Convention
Powell, Wyoming
June 5th and 6th, 2015
Homeschool Day at the Capitol
April 17, 2015
Denver, Colorado

Have an event of interest to unschoolers? Contact Cindy!