Summer Camps

Registration Dates

Sandhill Society members Friday, March 15th at 9 am  
Kestrel, Warbler, and Family-level members  Monday, March 18th at 9 am  
General public Wednesday, March 20th at 9 am   

If the camp you are interested in is sold out, use the button below to join the waitlist.

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter’s educational camp programs will inspire and fascinate your child through exploration and discovery about the natural world. Swaner offers summer camps for rising Kindergarten through 8th grade students. Campers should be enrolled based on what grade they will enter in Fall 2024. 

In addition to providing camps for K-8th graders, Swaner also provides leadership opportunities for teens entering 9th through 12th grades. Swaner is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, fun teens to help with summer camps. For more information on how to become a camp counselor, visit the camp counselor webpage.

Make Sure to Read Before Registering

  • Each camp is designed for the grade level specified. Youth should be enrolled in a camp for the grade they will enter in Fall 2024.
  • Children are not allowed to move up or down in grade level as camps are created to be developmentally appropriate for the specified age group.
  • Youth may be enrolled in AM and PM sessions for a full day camp experience. If you sign your child up for both the AM and PM sessions during a week of camp, there will be a supervised lunch hour provided. Please send your child with a sack lunch that does not require heating. There are no full day options for kindergarten camps.
  • Campers cannot be enrolled in the same camp theme more than once per summer. The curriculum is repeated each time a camp is taught.
  • To receive Sandhill Society or Family membership early registration access, you must purchase your membership by 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 29th. Any member registrations received after this time will be ineligible for early registration. You must have a current membership at the time of registration (e.g. memberships that expire February 29, 2024 will not be valid for registration). Email janna.coulter@usu.edu to check your membership status. Thank you for understanding!
  • Summer Holidays: There is no camp on June 17th and July 4th and 5th. Please keep this in mind as you register for camp. Shorter weeks of camp are reflected in camp cost.
  • At least one week prior the camp, you will receive an email with a guardian letter, detailed agenda for the camp, camper waiver, packing list, and directions to Swaner to help prepare your child and yourself for a successful week! Please provide an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive this orientation packet. It is also important that you check your junk/clutter folder to make sure the orientation information doesn’t land there. 

Camp Calendar with Dates & Prices 

Please enroll your child based upon what grade they will enter in Fall 2024.

For a full day experience, enroll your child in both the AM and PM sessions of camp. A supervised lunch and play time will be provided. 

AM = 9:00 am to 12:00 pm          PM = 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm          ALL DAY = 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Kindergarten

Date Time Theme Cost
July 1-3 (no camp 7/4 & 7/5) AM EcoExplorers $105.00
July 15-19  AM Nitty Gritty Nature $175.00
July 22-26  AM Nature Sensation $175.00
July 29-August 2  SOLD OUT AM EcoExplorers $175.00
August 5-9  AM Nitty Gritty Nature $175.00
August 12-16  AM Nature Sensation $175.00

1st and 2nd

Date Time Theme Cost
June 18-21 (no camp 6/17)    SOLD OUT AM Outdoor Exploration $140.00
June 18-21 (no camp 6/17)    SOLD OUT PM Down to a Science $140.00
June 24-28  AM Creature Feature $175.00
June 24-28    SOLD OUT PM Nature's Fury $175.00
July 1-3 (no camp 7/4 & 7/5)  SOLD OUT AM Disgusting Discoveries $105.00
July 1-3 (no camp 7/4 & 7/5)  SOLD OUT PM Nurturing Nature $105.00
July 15-19  SOLD OUT AM Outdoor Exploration $175.00
July 15-19  SOLD OUT PM Down to a Science $175.00
July 29-August 2  SOLD OUT AM Creature Feature $175.00
July 29-August 2  SOLD OUT PM Nature's Fury $175.00
August 5-9  SOLD OUT AM Disgusting Discoveries $175.00
August 5-9  SOLD OUT PM Nurturing Nature $175.00
August 12-16  SOLD OUT PM Nature's Fury $175.00

3rd and 4th

Date Time Theme Cost
June 18-21 (no camp 6/17)    SOLD OUT AM Wetland Warriors $140.00
June 18-21 (no camp 6/17)  PM Nocturnal Nature  $140.00
June 24-28  AM Ready to Rock $175.00
June 24-28  PM Designed by Nature $175.00
July 8-12   SOLD OUT AM Wildly Prepared $175.00
July 8-12   SOLD OUT PM Predator Power  $175.00
July 22-26  SOLD OUT AM Wetland Warriors $175.00
July 22-26  SOLD OUT PM Nocturnal Nature  $175.00
July 29-August 2   SOLD OUT AM Ready to Rock $175.00
July 29-August 2   SOLD OUT PM Designed by Nature $175.00
August 12-16  AM Wildly Prepared $175.00
August 12-16  PM Predator Power  $175.00

5th and 6th

Date Time Theme Cost
July 1-3 (no camp 7/4 & 7/5)  ALL Conservation Crew $225.00
July 8-12  SOLD OUT ALL Alpine Adventures $375.00
July 22-26  SOLD OUT ALL Watershed Explorers $375.00

7th and 8th

Date Time Theme Cost
August 5-9  SOLD OUT ALL Counselors in Training $375.00

Camp Themes

Kindergarten

🔍 EcoExplorers

Come ready for exploration! In this camp, we’ll spend time both inside and out exploring the wetlands of the Swaner Preserve. Campers will try their hand at catching frogs and bugs, learn about the many mammals that call the Preserve home, and create some fun crafts to take home!

🌿 Nature Sensation

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science”—Edwin Powell Hubble  

In this sensational session, we’ll take Mr. Hubble’s words to heart and put our senses to the test to discover the natural world! Campers will touch, taste, smell, look, and listen their way to exploring the science of nature!

🪱 Nitty Gritty Nature

Prepare to dig into what’s underground! We’ll explore roots, worms, and mud in this hands-on and exciting session! We’ll leave no stone unturned as we examine what happens underneath our feet.

1st and 2nd

☀️ Outdoor Exploration

You’ve searched high, you’ve searched low, and you’ve finally found it—the best summer camp for aspiring outdoor explorers! Join us for this fun session to explore the Swaner Preserve. Campers will explore the wetlands, take a dip in the stream, and learn all about nature through hands-on experiences.

🧪 Down to a Science

It all boils down to this – this camp is for curious scientists who like to experiment! Campers will engage in scientific and engineering processes as they explore natural phenomena around them. Be sure to pack your lab goggles and come prepared to discover the nature of science!

🦊 Creature Feature

Are you an aspiring animal expert? Whale, look no further! From snails to snakes, beavers to bugs, and rabbits to raptors, no critter will be left behind. Through hands-on activities and special guest visitors, campers will meet some of our regional residents and learn more about how they make their homes on the Preserve.

🌋 Nature's Fury

When disaster strikes...be prepared! Discover the science behind many of nature’s strongest forces. From earthquakes to floods, avalanches to forest fires, campers will investigate and experiment to learn more about natural disasters and how to best prepare for them. 

🐌 Disgusting Discoveries

Warning: this camp is not for the faint of heart, but it is sure to be oozing with fun! Campers will get down and dirty as we explore the not-so-pretty side of nature. What can inspecting scat on the Preserve tell us? Does making slime serve a purpose to snails? These questions and more will be answered in a fun (and maybe foul) way.

🌳 Nurturing Nature

Calling all tree huggers and earth lovers! Campers will cultivate a deeper connection with the environment as we nurture and preserve the beauty that surrounds us. We will dive into the importance of plants and ecosystems, explore ways to help nature, and make a commitment to a sustainable future!

3rd and 4th

🐸 Wetland Warriors

Prepare to get your feet wet as we explore rivers, ponds, and the wetland habitat found on the Swaner Preserve. Campers will search for frogs, investigate aquatic invertebrates, and more in this outdoor-focused camp. Things are sure to get a little wet and wild! 

🦉 Nocturnal Nature

Get ready for learning to glow-up as we investigate what nature is up to after hours. Campers will explore the benefits of staying up late, find solutions to light pollution, and more in this night-focused camp. Make sure you don’t hit snooze on registering!

🏕️ Wildly Prepared

This is “knot” your average survival camp! Campers will explore the Preserve to learn and practice skills that are useful to anyone who loves the great outdoors. From foraging to fire building, navigation to knots, and shelters to scat ID, your camper will become the ultimate survival guide in your next adventure.

🦅 Predator Power

In this camp, carnivores are king! Investigate what makes nature’s mighty meat eaters the ultimate predators, discover the importance of carrying capacity, and learn more about relationships between animals in an ecosystem. After a week of learning, campers will be ready to take a bite out of science. 

💎 Ready to Rock

Get ready for a rockin’ good time as we journey into the fascinating world of geology! Join us as we learn about different types of rocks and minerals, travel back in time to the land of dinosaurs, and get down to the bedrock of things. 

🦋 Designed by Nature

Fueled by nature’s genius, scientists and engineers have taken notes from the natural world to design solutions. In this creative session, campers will explore the concept of biomimicry, investigate solutions to environmental issues, and try their hand at the engineering design process. 

5th and 6th

🥾 Conservation Crew

Grab your muck boots and work gloves – it's time to join the conservation crew! Discover the process behind conservation projects that protect our environment. Campers will identify local conservation projects, design realistic solutions, explore careers in conservation, and help out with a project on the Preserve that will leave them feeling like they’ve made a positive impact on the environment. 

🦫 Watershed Explorers

Go ahead and dive in—the water’s fine! Prepare for an adventure filled week as we explore our local watershed! Campers will head to the Uinta Mountains, then go with the flow until we make it all the way to the Great Salt Lake. Get ready to test and collect water quality data, visit numerous sites in our watershed, and learn about where our water comes from (and where it goes after we flush).

⛰️ Alpine Adventures

Calling all summits seekers and alpine enthusiasts! Join us to explore the geology, ecology, and history of Utah’s diverse forest and alpine environments. Campers will explore how Utah’s mountains and canyons formed, identify local flora and fauna, and learn about how mountains have shaped our culture. This camp is sure to be a peak experience of the summer! 

7th and 8th

🌟 Counselors in Training

This program is designed for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in making the jump from camper to counselor. CITs will learn about the skills necessary to be a leader. You’ll get the opportunity to work with younger campers and show them just how excited you are about camps at Swaner! This camp includes two leadership focused field trips on Wednesday and Friday, as well as group activities each day. 

Early Camp Registration

Sandhill Society and Kestrel-, Warbler-, & Family-level members of the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter receive the benefit of early registration for summer camp 2024! Make sure your membership is current through March to qualify for 2024 early summer camp registration. The deadline to renew or join is 5:00 pm on February 29th, 2024. Any member registrations received after this time will not be eligible for early registration access. This allows Swaner staff time to process new memberships and to ensure adequate time to share early registration instructions. Email janna.coulter@usu.edu to check your membership status.  

Thank you for understanding! 

Eligible members will receive an email with an early access code about one week prior registration opening via email. If you feel that you mistakenly did not receive the early access code, please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or katherine.veeder@usu.edu. Early access codes are intended only for Sandhill Society and Kestrel-, Warbler-, & Family-level members. 

Please do not share codes with friends or extended family members. Any registrations made using early access code without a current eligible membership will be cancelled without notice, and you will lose your spot. You may not register children who are not your dependents during early registration. 

Sandhill Society members Friday, March 15th at 9 am
Kestrel, Warbler, and Family-level members   Monday, March 18th at 9 am

Camp Financial Aid

Tuition waivers are available on a first come, first served basis. To apply for a tuition waiver, please fill out an online application. You will receive an update about your application within 1 week of receipt. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or katherine.veeder@usu.edu. 

Camp Cancellation & Refunds

If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the first day of camp, you will be refunded, less a $30 administrative fee per camp/camper. If you cancel two weeks or less before the first day of camp, you will receive a refund (minus the $30 fee mentioned above) only if your spot can be filled from the waitlist. If your spot cannot be filled, you will not receive a refund. No refunds are given for days missed during camp. Camp registrations are nontransferable.

Please pay very close attention when registering for summer camp. There are multiple camps each week for different aged youth. When registering, please make sure to select the camp with the correct date, age range, and time for your child. Cancellations due to registration errors are subject to the standard cancellation policy. 

Opportunities for High School Students

In addition to providing camps for K-8th graders, Swaner also provides leadership opportunities for teens entering 9th through 12th grades. Swaner is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, fun teens to help with summer camps. For more information on how to become a camp counselor, visit the camp counselor webpage.

Contact Information

Name: Katherine Veeder
Position: Director of Education
E-mail: katherine.veeder@usu.edu
Phone: 435-797-8942

Location, Hours & Contact

Physical & Mailing Address
1258 Center Drive
Park City, Utah 84098

EcoCenter Hours
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

Phone
435-649-1767

Events

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