Headwaters Science Institute

Fostering curiosity through science education

What’s New

Help us expand access to our hands-on science education with our ‘Back-to-School’ fundraiser

Headwaters Science Institute is recruiting its supporters and beneficiaries of its programs to help raise funds in a Back-to-School Fundraiser to help expand access to our valuable hands-on science education programs.

‘Students were highly engaged and enriched’: Headwaters’ first ever Florida science camp a success

Headwaters Science Institute held its first ever Florida camp with great success, introducing South Lake Elementary School students to the natural wonders of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge on the Indian River Lagoon.

Questioning the very definition of science? You’re not alone, and we’re here to help

Headwaters Science Institute’s programs help students and teachers better answer the question, “What is science.” Here, we outline how the definition of science is at the core of our hands-on science education process.

‘This was an amazing learning experience’: Spring field days show value of hands-on science research

Headwaters Science Institute’s spring 2022 programing has featured field days with hundreds of students learning hands-on science research in the field in locations such as the American River, Truckee forests and the Marin Headlands.

‘They’re more excited, they’re more engaged’: BDOG highlights programs in underserved communities

Headwaters Science Institute is fundraising to keep programs free for underserved Sacramento-area schools during Big Day of Giving on May 5. Here’s how it has impacted Barrett Middle School.

 Who We Are

We are educators, scientists, and community members with a mission to foster curiosity through science. We engage students’ natural curiosity, guiding them to design and perform experiments that answer their own questions through the scientific method. We call this process Student Driven Research.

What We Do

We aim to create informed citizens who not only pursue science careers, but blossom when faced with opportunities to positively impact society through engagement, curiosity, and applications of the scientific method. To do this, we teach programs for science classes at schools, at our northern California field site, and online

For Students & Parents:

Online Learning

Staying active through learning online is vital while traditional schools are closed. Experience the same hands-on techniques we teach in person through virtual science lessons.

About Our Programs

We teach students the scientific method through hands-on learning at schools and at our field site in Northern California.

Science Camps

To address the challenges of COVID-19, we offer immersive opportunites to learn science, mentored by professional scientists through online programs that are doable from home. 

For Educators:

Online and Hybrid Programs

To meet the challenges of COVID-19, we offer programs based around hands-on learning that still inspire curiosity but are delivered entirely online, or as a partial-online format.

Program Overview

Our programs teach the scientific method through a hands-on approach that’s based on student inquiry, and designed to meet NGSS standards. 

Overnight Programs

An immersive 3-5 day experience on Donner Summit in Northern California. Students learn science by designing their own research projects and collecting data in the field.

At School Programs

Programs at your school or at a nearby field site allow students to experience real-world examples of science concepts, while learning how to design their own research project.

Professional Development

Our commitment to learning extends to teachers. We provide hands-on training on our Student Driven Research methods to educators to allow them to continue teaching these concepts.

 “This camp sparked an interest in science in me that I have never felt in my life.”

“I can’t put it into words how thankful I am for being sponsored to go to the Headwaters Girls Science Camp. At this camp, I learned how science is everywhere, even when you don’t suspect it. I also learned how important it is to increase the number of women in the science fields and the impact that women have in science. This camp has really opened my eyes to the science fields and has helped me realized that science can play a big role in selecting my career.”

Ashley Alarcon, Girls Summer Science Camp Scholarship Recipient 2019

Apart from the free survey software, we also have access to QuestionPro’s free survey templates. We’ve found many of them useful and powerful to collect insights from various stakeholders of our organization.

 More Ways to Get Involved