Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2016

Registration opens Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 7:00 AM!

 Eventbrite - Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter Summer Camp 2016

If you register your child after May 31st, your child may not receive a camp tshirt due to time restrictions for ordering.  Please contact Katherine with any questions or concerns.

kid with lizardSwaner Preserve and EcoCenter and Utah State University Extension 4-H provide a wide range of summer camp opportunities in youth entering Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Camp topics include outdoor exploration, environmental education, science, technology, art, and stewardship.  Swaner strives to keep summer camp opportunities available to anyone who is interested by keeping prices as affordable as possible and provide camp scholarships to youth with financial need.  See below for scholarship information.

In addition to opportunities for youth in grades K-8th, Swaner also provides leadership development opportunities for teens in 9th through 12th grades through our summer camp program.  Teens can apply to be camp counselors and help Swaner’s camp staff lead camp activities and keep campers safe.  For more information on how to become a teen camp counselor, click here.  Our staff is so excited for another fantastic summer of camp at Swaner and can’t wait to get started!

Summer Camp 2016 Themes

Campers should be enrolled based on what grade they will enter in Fall 2016


Super Sampler:  Not really sure what your favorite thing is yet or do you love it all??  Then this is the camp for you!  Try out a number of different activities offered at Swaner, including adventuring in the outdoors and catching frogs, creating some awesome art to take home, and conducting some explosive experiments.

Eco Explorers:  Spend your time at camp outside exploring the wetlands, streams, and uplands of the Swaner Preserve.  You will get to catch frogs and bugs, learn about the many mammals that call the Preserve home, and create some fun crafts to take home.


Outdoor Exploration:  Are you tired of being inside after a whole year of school and ready to get outside to explore?  If so, you have to check out Swaner’s outrageous Outdoor Exploration camp!  Get ready for a week of collecting tadpoles, frogs, insects, and plant specimens.  You will also learn about animal adaptations and wildlife tracking, explore wetland habitats, work on some awesome art, and so much more!

FUNdamental Science:  Grab your safety goggles and get ready for bubbling, fizzing, exploding experiments! In this camp you’ll get to participate in and conduct all sorts of exciting science experiments.  Create a volcano, learn about the 3 states of matter, and more in this sensational science-themed camp.sleuth

Creature Future:  Ever wondered how fast a hummingbird flaps it wings or how long a beaver can hold its breath under water?  If you are curious about these questions and more, Creature Feature is calling your name!  Campers will learn all about animals during this week long camp through activities, art, outdoor exploration, and special guest visitors!  


Swaner Scientists:  In this camp you’ll get to explore science inside and out!  Spend a day out on the Preserve testing water and soil samples, and collecting plant samples to get an close up look under microscope.  Explore engineering by building a bridge, check out chemistry though a number of chemical reactions, and more.

Wetland Warriors:  Do you love plants, animals, weather, water, and every other part of the outdoors?  This camp is for you!  Spend your week learning about the Swaner Preserve and all its inhabitants.  You’ll get to catch frogs, bugs, and maybe a few other fun friends.  Start your own plant press to safely keep all your favorite specimens, learn about conservation, and how you can help protect your favorite outdoor spaces.

Creative Roots:  Develop your creative roots during this exciting week long camp that focuses on art, yoga, nature, and more!  This camp is perfect for 3rd and 4th graders who are interested in exploring nature through a creative lense.  


Sustainable Adventure:  Swaner is excited to team up with Recycle Utah to discover more about sustainability and green adventures in Park City!  Come explore the land and people of Summit County in regard to land, food, water, air, and energy.  This camp promises to be a week full of fun with opportunities to tour a landfill, canoe on Jordanelle Reservoir, visit the Copper Moose Farm, and more!


Tame Your Own Game (5th-7th grades):  Are you interested in computer programming?  Do you like video games?  If so, you have to join us for Tame Your Game and develop your own augmented reality game using MIT’s STEP Lab program TaleBlazer.  Campers will play games, learn programming basics, and create their own game during this week long adventure.  This camp is sure to excite any aspiring programmer or technology enthusiast! kids with masks


Counselors-in-Training (7th/8th grades):  This program is designed for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in making the jump from camper to counselor.  In each session you’ll learn about the skills necessary to be a leader including conflict resolution, team building, communication, and goal setting.  You’ll get the opportunity to work with younger campers and show them just how excited you are about camps at Swaner!  Each session includes a fun team building field trip on Friday, as well as group activities each day.

For information on counselor and leadership opportunities for high school students, please visit the Camp Counselor page.

Camp Schedule & Prices for Summer 2016

 Morning Camps:       AM                           9 AM to 12 PM                   
 Afternoon Camps:       PM                           1 to 4 PM                
 All day Camps:        ALL                          9 AM to 4 PM                   


July 5-8, PM (*4 days*): 
EcoExplorers  SOLD OUT $80
July 11-15, PM: SOLD OUT Super Sampler  SOLD OUT $100
July 18-22, AM: SOLD OUT EcoExplorers SOLD OUT $100
August 15-19, AM:
Super Sampler  SOLD OUT $100



1st & 2nd Grade

June 13-17, AM: SOLD OUT Outdoor Exploration SOLD OUT $100
June 13-17, PM:  SOLD OUT Fundamental Science  SOLD OUT $100
July 5-8, AM (*4 days*): 
Creature Feature  SOLD OUT $80
July 25-29, AM:  SOLD OUT Outdoor Exploration SOLD OUT $100
July 25-29, PM: SOLD OUT Fundamental Science  SOLD OUT $100
August 8-12, AM: SOLD OUT Outdoor Exploration SOLD OUT $100
August 8-12, PM: SOLD OUT Fundamental Science SOLD OUT $100
August 15-19, PM:  Creature Feature $100

3rd & 4th Grade

June 27-July 1, AM: SOLD OUT Wetland Warriors  SOLD OUT $100
June 27-July 1, PM: SOLD OUT Swaner Scientists  SOLD OUT $100
July 18-22, PM:  Creative Roots $100
August 1-5, AM:  Wetland Warriors $100
August 1-5, PM: SOLD OUT Swaner Scientists SOLD OUT $100

4th-6th Grade

July 11-15, ALL:  SOLD OUT Sustainable Adventure; Partner camp with Recycle Utah  SOLD OUT $275

5th-7th Grade

June 20-24, ALL:  Tame Your Own Game $225

7th & 8th Grade

July 5-8, ALL:  (*4 Days*) CITs $160
July 18-22, ALL:  CITs $200


Camp Tuition 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.

Discount codes can be found on the EventBrite registration page in the information section or contact Katherine Veeder at 435-797-8942 for more information.

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

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, please fill out the camp registration form, including the scholarship portion.  The camp registration form 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 is due by the first day of camp.  Please call Katherine Veeder at 435-797-8942 or 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.

The online registration system used for Swaner summer camps only accepts payment via credit card.  If you would like to pay with cash or check, please fill out a paper application and return to the Swaner EcoCenter during our open hours (Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm).  Cash, check, and credit card are accepted at the EcoCenter front desk.

For any questions regarding summer camp, please contact Katherine Veeder at 435-797-8942 or