Introduction to Research Camp

Program Overview

A 3-day, 2-night overnight field camp that guides students sixth grade and older through the process of science in the natural world as they investigate a research topic in the field of ecology.

Foundations of the program:

1. Scientific Research

Students work with a cohort of peers and with professional scientist mentors to create questions around the ecology topics of  forest or meadow or stream habitats and develop these questions into a research project.

2. Mentorship

The students will be mentored by scientists for guidance through their project. These career-scientists can help with recommendations for how to turn an idea into an executable project.

3. Professional caliber scientific exploration

Participants are given the chance to practice science just like a professional would, analyzing data and finally creating a research talk. 

4. Experience the wonders of the natural world

Students will explore the natural area around the camp. 

2023 Reno Program Details

Participants will camp at Davis Creek Regional Park (25 Davis Creek Road, Washoe Valley, NV 89704).

When: Friday October 6th (drop off at 9 a.m.) to Sunday, Oct. 8th (pick up at 3pm)

Ages: For students entering 6th grade and older.

Packing List and More Info


Registration opens September 1st

Cost: Grant funded from Bass Pro Shops and Teichert Foundation. There is a $50 registration fee to cover administrative costs.

Please contact if you need help covering the cost of the registration fee.


Please contact Morgan Long our camp manager: with any questions.

Camp Sponsors

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.