Headwaters runs several science camps yearly. Here is an overview of our 2020 offerings.


This mini-weekend is a smaller version of our Girls Camp. This female-only weekend will be lead by professional scientists who will mentor campers through research projects. Open to grades 8-12.

Girls Science Camp July 12-17, Still on our schedule conditions permitting!

A girls only overnight camp led by our wonderful staff of female scientists. This is designed to be a fun and empowering program that helps girls become leaders in the sciences. Open to grades 8-12.

Serene Lakes Science Camp July 20-22 & 27-29

This day camp is for children of Serene Lakes families ages 5-13. It is a great way to explore the unique natural beauty of the area and add science to your child’s summer break.

The Donner Pass Science Summit is an academically intensive 3-day 2-night program geared towards high school students looking to gain experience with field science and ecological research. (Not scheduled for 2020).



Important notes about our 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 (nationalcrimesearch.com) 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.