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Our Story

Camp Colley, a one-of-its-kind nature-based environmental education and social skill development program, serves hundreds of underserved Phoenix children every year.


Camp Colley Foundation provides wilderness experiences and environmental education for underserved Phoenix children to nurture healthy development and resilience, foster meaningful relationships, and encourage wilderness exploration.


Twenty years ago, Camp Colley was acquired by the City of Phoenix under the leadership of James Colley, Parks, Recreation & Libraries Director with the city. Jim’s vision was to create a space in Arizona’s northern remote wilderness giving underserved Phoenix children access to the beauty and wonder of nature for positive learning and growth. Recognizing the educational, inspirational and healing power of meaningful time spent outdoors, Camp Colley Foundation, celebrating its 15th year in 2019, has funded scholarships for over 4,000 Phoenix children to attend Camp Colley free of charge.