Headwaters Science Institute

Fostering curiosity through science education

What’s New

April is citizen science month! Check out these resources…

What is citizen science and how can you get involved this month? We’ll tell you how…

The history behind Arbor Day and how you can celebrate with us

Learn how Arbor Day came to be a national holiday and what you can do to help celebrate this year.

Big Day of Giving Celebration: Virtual Cocktails, Mocktails, and Trivia party!

Join us on May 6th to celebrate Big Day of Giving through a few fun rounds of virtual trivia and a drink making lesson.

April 4-10: Women and Girls in STEM week!

It’s Women and Girls in STEM week! Check out the bill acknowledging this special time and learn more about our girls science program.

Lunch With A Scientist: Rachel Hendricks on the impacts of Tobacco

Rachel has spent the last two years as a student researcher exploring the toxicity and use patterns of waterpipe tobacco smoke and other alternative tobacco products, and will share that work in this talk.

 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

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