Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Registration opens March 1st, 2014!roboticcs

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Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and Utah State University Extension 4-H provide a wide range of summer camp opportunities for youth in grades 1-8.  Camp topics include outdoor exploration, environmental education, science, robotics, and stewardship.  We try to make our summer camp opportunities available to everyone by keeping our prices affordable and providing scholarships for youth with financial need.  See below for scholarship information. 

In addition to summer camp programs for youth in 1st through 8th grades, we provide opportunities for teens in grades 9 to 12 to engage in our summer camps.  These teens can apply to be teen camp counselors and help Swaner’s camp staff lead camp activities and keep campers safe.  Click here for more information on how to become a teen camp counselor!  We hope to see you this summer!

Summer Camps 2014:

Outdoor Exploration:
Grades 1-4
Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors.  Campers will spend their days collecting tadpoles, frogs, insects, and other kinds of animal and plant specimens.  We will also learn about animal adaptations and wildlife tracking, explore wetland and upland habitats, go on hikes, create crafts, and so much more!  This camp promises to get youth outside and learning about our valuable environment.

FUNdamental Science:
Grades 1-4
Get your goggles on and prepare to become a scientist for a week!  Campers will spend their time conducting a number of fun, exciting, and sometimes explosive experiments, as they learn about the scientific process and explore different fields of science!  This camp promises to be a blast!

Natural Art:
Grades 1-4
Get ready to make some amazing art!  Participants will create all kinds of projects using natural and repurposed materials.  This camp will focus on art, but also includes hiking and outdoor exploration sessions to help inspire our young artists.

 Lego Robotics:
Grades 5-7, both beginner and intermediate levels
Youth with all levels of robotics experience welcome!  Campers will explore the world of engineering as they design, build, and program robots to complete challenges throughout the week.  They will also use their imagination to complete a variety of other engineering focused tasks and games.  This camp will use LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits.  If your child has no to little experience, please enroll them in the beginner camp.  If they have participated in FLL or completed a Lego Robotics program through school, please enroll them in the intermediate camp.

Watershed Explorers:
Grades 5 and 6, 7 and 8
This camp will provide youth the opportunity to get out and explore their watershed.  Our home base will be located at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter but we will spend the majority of days out exploring.  The first day we will explore a day in the mountains learning about the headwaters.  From there we will follow the water through the watershed, exploring the wetlands and streams, visiting a water treatment plant, canoeing on Jordanelle Reservoir , and a number of other places.  The week long camp will culminate in a field trip to the Great Salt Lake.  Throughout the week campers will learn about water quality, underwater insects, and ecology.   This camp is a fantastic opportunity for youth to learn about their local environment, get outside, and visit new places!

EcoGeeks:
Grades 5-8
This camp is perfect for youth who are interested and engaged in all sorts of environmental topics!  During the week we will learn firsthand about a variety of topics, include recycling, air and water quality, energy sources, local foods, GPS and geocaching, and a handful of others!  This camp is perfect for kids who are interested in the environment and learning about how they can help to protect it.  This camp will include some hiking and fun bike riding excursions!

Camp Schedule and Prices for Summer 2014:

Entering 1st or 2nd Grade in Fall 2014
June 30-July 3 (4 days) : Outdoor Exploration 9 AM to 12 PM; $80 -- SOLD OUT.  Please call to be placed on the waitlist.
July 7-11: FUNdamental Science 1 to 4 PM; $100 -- SOLD OUT.  Please call to be placed on the waitlist.
July 21-23: Natural Art 1 to 4 PM (3 days); $60 -- SOLD OUT.  Please call to be placed on the waitlist.
July 28-August 1: Outdoor Exploration 9 AM to 12 PM; $100 -- SOLD OUT.  Please call to be placed on the waitlist.
**ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND:  August 11-15: Outdoor Exploration 9 AM to 12 PM; $100

Entering 3rd or 4th Grade in Fall 2014
June 30-July 3 (4 days): FUNdamental Science (4 days): 1 PM to 4 PM; $80 -- SOLD OUT.  Please call to be placed on the waitlist.
July 7-11: Outdoor Exploration: 9 AM to 12 PM; $100
July 21-23: Natural Art (3 days): 9 AM to 12 PM; $60 
July 28-August 1: FUNdamental Science 1 PM to 4 PM; $100

Entering 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade in Fall 2014
July 14-18: EcoGeeks 9 AM to 3 PM; $185

Entering 5th or 6th Grade in Fall 2014
June 16-20: Watershed Explorers 9 AM to 4 PM; $225

Entering 5th, 6th, or 7th Grade in Fall 2014
August 4-8: Lego Robotics Beginner 9 AM to 2 PM; $160
August 4-8: Lego Robotics Intermediate 9 AM to 2 PM; $160

Entering 7th or 8th Grade in Fall 2014
Watershed Explorers: June 23-27 9 AM to 4 PM; $225 -- CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT

Please Note: Youth may attend camps that are for grade levels lower than their own.  However, they cannot attend a camp that is designed for a grade level higher than their own.  For example, a camper entering 5th grade in Fall 2014 could attend a camp for youth entering 4th grade in Fall 2014, but could not attend a camp for youth entering 6th grade in Fall 2014.  Our camps are specifically programmed to be age appropriate in terms of curriculum and activities, and it is very difficult to accommodate a variety of ages during our camps.  It is highly recommended that youth are enrolled in a camp that reflects their grade level.

Registration Fee Discounts:

Members of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter receive a 10% discount on camp registration fees.  Click here for information on how to become a member of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.  Member discount codes will be given during registration.

Discounts are given for registering for multiple camps.  If you register for two camps you will receive a 5% discount.  If you register for three or more camps you will receive a 10% discount.  Children from the same family can combine for the multi-camp discount.  For example, if you have two children and register each of them for two camps (a total of four camps), you will receive a 10% discount.  Multi-camp discount codes will be given during registration.

Please note:  Only siblings/family can receive the multi-camp discount.  Multi-camp discounts are IN ADDITION to the Swaner member discount.

Scholarships for Youth with Financial Need:

**All camper scholarships available for the Summer 2014 camp season have been awarded.  Please check back next summer for another season of camp fun!

Full and partial scholarships for our summer camps are available for campers with financial need.  There are a limited number of scholarships available, and scholarships are awarded to qualified campers on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please register early as the scholarships are awarded quickly.

For the scholarship application and camp registration form, please click here.  This application must be turned in via email or to the front desk at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.  If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive notification via email or phone call.  If you are awarded a partial scholarship, your remaining balance will be due by the first day of camp.  Please call Katherine Veeder at 435-797-8942 or katherine.veeder@usu.edu for more information or with any questions you may have.

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the first day of camp, you will be refunded minus a 25% fee.  If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the first day of camp, we will refund you (minus the 25% fee mentioned above) only if we can fill your spot from the waitlist.  If we cannot fill your spot, you will not be refunded.  We cannot refund you for days missed during camp.
Please pay very close attention when registering for our summer camps.  We have multiple camps each week for different aged youth.  When registering, please make sure you select the camp with the correct date, age range, and time for your child/children.

Our online registration system only accepts payment by credit card.  If you would like to pay with cash or check, fill out a paper application  and return to the Swaner EcoCenter during our open hours (Wed.-Saturday, 10 am—4 pm).  We can accept registration with cash or check, just not through our online system.


For any questions regarding summer camp, please contact Katherine Veeder at 435-797-8942 or katherine.veeder@usu.edu.

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