Fall 2021 Field Days

Fall 2021 Field Days

Headwaters was excited to put together a series of Fall Field Days for students in middle and high school. Over the course of four days, 12 students came out to explore the ecosystems around them and engage in outdoor learning after a year spent on Zoom!

We offered four different themed programs in September and October: meadows and water, environmental field science (for girls in science), ecology, and environmental science (for AP students). Students were excited to get outside!

Students learned to problem solve in the field, increasing their analytical and critical thinking skills. Students also learned about interpreting the data they collected, like what individual measures of dissolved oxygen and aquatic macroinvertebrate diversity mean for water quality in a stream. Hosting these programs outside of the classroom allowed the students to connect with the land and learn more about the local environment. We also talked about the scientific process, what it takes to be a scientist, and what careers in science can look like. 

Overall, students enjoyed their experiences with the Fall Field Days. Each student reported that they learned something during the field days that they would not have in a regular science classroom, and each also stated they like science more after attending the field days than before.

Thank you to our partners at the Truckee Donner Land Trust for allowing us to host these field days on their property – it provided a great opportunity for students to learn and explore the ecosystems around them. Also, thank you to our sponsors and donors, including Soroptimist International, the Truckee Tahoe Airport, Rotary Club of Truckee, and the Tahoe League for Charity. We were able to provide these programs to students in the greater Truckee/Tahoe/Reno area free of charge, allowing students who might face prohibitive costs of the program to attend.

Truckee Young Scientist Camp

Truckee Young Scientist Camp

Truckee Young Scientist Exploration Camp

A fun day camp in Downtown Truckee California for kids ages 5-13. 

Dates: August 9-13, 2021
Times: 8:30 – 3:00 p.m. daily
Location: Truckee Donner Land Trust’s “Truckee Springs” parcel (drop off at the end of South River Street)

Price: $375 (includes Headwaters T-shirt)

Drop off : 8:30 and 9:00 am.
Pick up: between 2:30 and 3:00 pm each day.

Meals: all campers should pack a bag lunch, snack, and water bottle for each day of camp.

Camp overview:

Give your child the opportunity to explore nature this summer. This hands-on science camp is designed for children to have fun while exploring the unique ecology of the area.

Campers will explore the Truckee Donner Land Trusts’s new Truckee Springs park in Downown Truckee. From this site, hiking, splashing in the river, and other fun activities are all easily accessible. Science is fun and engaging when children get to ask the questions that they are curious about. This program will show your child that science is all around them, while forging a unique connection to the flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada region.

Girls Summer Science Camp

Girls Summer Science Camp

Learn to do professional quality research this summer in an all-female setting:

Research and the process of discovering the unknown is one of the most exciting parts of the sciences. You will engage in this very process by conducting your very own original research and submitting your discoveries to a science journal for publication. To guide you through this rewarding process, you will be paired with a Headwaters staff scientist mentor.

This year’s Girls Summer Science Camp will take place during one session of the Headwaters Research Experience program. Girls will be placed in a female-only group session. This program is virtual, however one week of research time on-site at Webber Lake (our usual Girls Camp site) will be made available for individual campers to attend with their family and do socially-distanced research.

Location: Online group sessions, independent data collection outside near your home or at Webber Lake

2021 Camp dates: June 21- August 20

  • group sessions will take place during a time that works for all participants
  • additional mentor sessions will be scheduled one-on-one

Cost: $1350, or $1450 including the camping option

Headwaters Summer Research Experience

Headwaters Summer Research Experience

Lead your own high level professional quality research this summer:

Research and the process of discovering the unknown is one of the most exciting parts of the sciences. You will engage in this very process by conducting your very own original research and submitting your discoveries to a science journal for publication. To guide you through this rewarding process, you will be paired with a Headwaters staff scientist mentor.

Location: Online group sessions, independent data collection outside near your home

2021 Camp dates: June 21- August 20

  • 4 sessions available at different times of the week, 1 session reserved for Girls Science Camp participants

Cost: $1350

Kirkwood Young Scientist Camp

Kirkwood Young Scientist Camp

 Kirkwood Young Scientist Exploration Camp

Session 1: June 21-25
Session 2: June 28-July 2
Session 3: July 26-July 30
Session 4: August 2-6
Price: $400/session (includes Headwaters T-shirt)

General registration: Ages 5-13
Counselor-in-training program: ages 14+

Drop off : 8:30 and 9:00 am.
Pick up: between 2:30 and 3:00 pm each day.

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