Kirkwood Science Camp

 Kirkwood Scientist Exploration Camp

Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted.

Session 1: Water Week, June 27- July 1
Session 2: Plants and Wildflowers, July 5- 8 (Tuesday-Friday)
Session 3: Rocks and Geology, July 11-15
Session 4: Animals, July 25-29
Session 5: Insects, Aug. 1-5

General registration: Ages 5-13
Counselor-in-training program: Ages 13-15

Meals: please bring a bag lunch, water bottle, and snack for each day of camp.

Price: $450/session (includes Headwaters T-shirt) ($375 for Session 2), $225 for CIT Program

Camp overview:

Over the week, Headwaters instructors will guide participants through exploring the natural systems around them and developing curiosity about the natural world.

Campers will explore the native diversity in the Kirkwood area. We will take hikes and investigate the local ecosystem. We’ll ask questions about what we’re seeing, collect data, and find answers. There will be time for games, scavenger hunts, play, and to cool off.

Session 1 – Water Week

We will explore the water resources in the surrounding area. Campers will learn about water quality measures used by scientists. They will also learn about macroinvertebrates found in the local streams and lakes and how those communities potentially change with water quality. There will be plenty of time to enjoy splashing around in the water! Take home craft: Tie dye – Students will need to bring an old white t-shirt or some other piece of clothing to dye.

Session 2 – Plants and Wildflowers

Campers will learn about the diversity of wildflowers and plants in the surrounding area. We will compare and contrast the plant diversity in the various local habitats. Campers will learn to use scientific tools, like quadrats, to identify differences in plant communities. They will come up with questions that they can answer by collecting data using the skills they learn. Take home craft: Nature’s wind chime – Students will design and make their own wind chime out of natural objects found during our time spent exploring the area.

Trees in the Sierra Nevada

Session 3 – Geology, Rocks and Soil

Campers will learn about the geology and soils of the area. Geology of the mountains create beautiful environments and influence the types of soils found in the area. The campers will learn about general rock characteristics, some basic rock identification skills, soil science, learn how to measure some key properties of soil, and ask questions about how those soils influence the surrounding environment. Take home craft: Tie dye – Students will need to bring an old white t-shirt or some other piece of clothing to dye.

Session 4 – Animals

Students will learn about the many animals found in the area. We will hike and observe wildlife and wildlife signs (i.e., footprints), and learn how scientists observe wildlife. Students will ask questions and answer them through observations made while exploring the area. Take home craft: Bird feeder – Students will make their own bird feeder out of old soda bottle or milk carton.

Session 5 – Insects

Campers will learn about the diversity of insects by going out and catching and observing insects in the different surrounding habitats. Campers will learn about insect pollination and how insects may blend into their surroundings via camouflage or sometimes stand out from their surroundings as a potential warming. Take home craft: Bug nets – Students will make their own bug net so that they can continue to observe insects even after camp is over.

Counselor In Training (CIT) Program

This program is designed for campers ages 13-15. We work on leadership skills. The CIT’s learn to lead games, teach, and learn outdoor child safety skills. This is a great way for them to learn responsibility so they will be ready to be a camp counselor.

Additional Materials:

Once you have paid your child’s camp, be sure to fill out the camp information form and waiver. You will be emailed a packing list to prepare for the program.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancelations are subject to a $50 fee and only allowed 6 weeks from camp. If there is someone else to fill the spot we will accept trades.