Introduction To Research

Research Experience

Headwaters Science Camps

Headwaters runs several science camps yearly. Here is an overview of our current offerings.

Headwaters’ Camp Offerings:

Introduction to Research

Join Headwaters instructors and professional scientist mentors for an introduction to designing an original research project. Build science learning skills and gain the confidence to do better in science classes, and explore science careers.

Our experienced mentors will walk participants through all the steps. No prior experience is necessary. This program is lead digitally but all research components are screen free.

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Headwaters’ Research Experience

This program is designed to provide a high-level research opportunity to high school students. Students will work with a professional scientist mentor to design and execute an original research project exploring any topic of their choosing. Students emerge with a completed project and a research paper which they will submit to a journal for publication.

These programs meet digitally after school/evenings to accommodate students attending school, but are open to all high school age students regardless of location or school. All programs encourage screen-free learning and field research outside of virtual group sessions.

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Girls Science Camps

2021 notice: our mini-weekend camps are cancelled, but our summer program is scheduled to begin June 20th. It will be a virtual program with an option to camp. 

Headwaters offers yearly camps just for girls that are mentored by female scientists. These programs are designed to build confidence in research skills for young women, and inspire them to pursue higher level science education and careers.

Camp offerings

  • Girls science camp mini-weekends (3-4 times a year)
  • Girls Summer Science Camp

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Staffing and Emergency Policies:

Headwaters Science Institute is committed to maintaining the highest safety and security standards for our programs.  When your children are in our care, you can trust that they are safe.

  • All employees and contractors are background checked before they start working with us. We use a national-level background check program called National Crime Search ( that searches all states and county records for any criminal records, sex & violent offenders, and includes a terrorist search.
  • Our staff members are all first-aid and CPR certified. Some are Wilderness First Responder certified as well.
  • We have a safety plan for every field site we use and know where the nearest fire station is located. We are never more than a few minutes walk to the nearest road.
  • In the unlikely event of an emergency, we always work in areas that are easily served by 911. Our field site on Donner Summit is less than 2 miles from the nearest fire station with full-time EMT services and the hospital is a short 10-minute ride away.