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    Summer Camp Register HereRenew Your Membership before 2/28Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter’s educational camp programs will inspire and fascinate your child through exploration and discovery about the natural world.  Swaner offers summer camps for rising Kindergarten through 8th grade students.  Campers should be enrolled based on what grade they will enter in Fall 2022. 

    Swaner strives to keep summer camp opportunities accessible to anyone who is interested in participating, and works hard to keep prices affordable and to provide financial aid to youth with financial need.  See below for financial aid information.   

    Teen Camp Counselor In addition to providing camps for K-8th graders, Swaner also provides leadership opportunities for teens entering 9th through 12th grades. Swaner is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, fun teens to help with summer camps. For more information on how to become a high school camp counselor, click here.
    • Each camp is designed for the grade level specified.  Youth should be enrolled in a camp for the grade they will enter in Fall 2022.
    • Children are not allowed to move up in grade level.  Children may move down in grade level (e.g. a child entering 3rd grade could attend a camp for 1st and 2nd graders), although we highly discourage this, as camps are created to be developmentally-appropriate for the specified age group. 
    • Youth may be enrolled in AM and PM sessions for a full day camp experience.  If you sign your child up for both the AM and PM sessions during a week of camp, there will be a supervised lunch hour provided.  Please send your child with a sack lunch that does not require heating and contains no nuts or nut products.  There are no full day options for Kindergarten camps.   
    • At least one week prior to the camp, you will receive an email with a guardian letter, detailed agenda for the camp, camper waiver, packing list, and directions to Swaner to help prepare your child and yourself for a successful week!  Please provide an accurate email address you check frequently to ensure you receive this orientation packet.  It is also important that you check your junk/clutter folder to make sure the orientation information doesn’t land there. 
    • In order to receive Sandhill Society or Family membership early registration access, you must purchase your membership by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 28th.  Any member registrations received after this time will be ineligible for early registration.  Thank you for understanding!

    *please enroll your child based upon what grade they will enter in Fall 2022* 

    *for a full day experience, enroll your child in both the AM and PM sessions of camp.  A supervised lunch and play time will be provided* 

    AM = 9:00 am to 12:00 pm          PM = 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm          ALL DAY = 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Summer Camp Schedule

    MiniMovers Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science”—Edwin Powell Hubble
    In this sensational session, we’ll take Mr. Hubble’s words to heart and put our senses to the test to discover the natural world!  Campers will touch, taste, smell, look, and listen their way to exploring the science of nature! 
    Super Sampler

    Come ready for exploration!  In this camp, we’ll spend time both inside and out exploring the wetlands of the Swaner Preserve.  Campers will try their hand at catching frogs and bugs, learn about the many mammals that call the Preserve home, and create some fun crafts to take home! 

    Mud Masterpieces Prepare to dig into what’s underground!  We’ll explore roots, worms, and mud in this hands-on and exciting session! We’ll leave no stone unturned as we examine what happens underneath our feet.   
    Rhythms of Nature Patterns are everywhere in nature when you take a closer look! Campers will shake things up with musical instruments made from natural materials, investigate life cycles, and go with the flow in movement activities.

    Insects of our Environment

    You’ve searched high, you’ve searched low, and you’ve finally found it—the best summer camp for aspiring outdoor explorers!  Join us for this fun session to explore the Swaner Preserve.  Campers will visit the frog ponds, take a dip in the stream, and learn all about nature through hands-on experiences. 

    Outdoor Exploration It all boils down to this – this camp is for curious scientists who like to experiment! Campers will engage in scientific and engineering processes as they explore natural phenomena around them.  Be sure to pack your lab goggles and come prepared to discover the nature of science! 
    Creature Feature Are you an aspiring animal expert? Whale, look no further! From snails to snakes, beavers to bugs, and rabbits to raptors, no critter will be left behind. Through hands-on activities and special guest visitors, campers will meet some of our regional residents and learn more about how they make their homes on the Preserve.  
    Ready to Rock You are sure to feel like a rockstar after learning the ins and outs of geology in this hands-on camp!  Campers will learn about different types of rocks and minerals, explore fossils, investigate plate tectonics, and get down to the bedrock of things. 
    Disgusting Discoveries Warning: this camp is not for the faint of heart, but it is sure to be oozing with fun! Campers will get down and dirty as we explore the not-so-pretty side of nature. What can inspecting scat on the Preserve tell us? Does making slime serve a purpose to snails?  These questions and more will be answered in a fun (and maybe foul) way. 
    Nature's Tales Get ready to spin stories and tell tales! With the help of daily nature-themed story books, campers will explore the natural world and hone their own creative storytelling skills.  Your camper is sure to come home with stories of their own!
    WetlandWarriors Prepare to get your feet wet as we explore rivers, ponds, and the wetland habitat found on the Swaner Preserve.  Campers will search for frogs, investigate aquatic invertebrates, and more in this outdoor-focused camp.  Things are sure to get a little wet and wild! 
    Wildly Prepared This is “knot” your average survival camp! Campers will explore the Preserve to learn and practice skills that are useful to anyone who loves the great outdoors. From foraging to fire building, navigation to knots, and shelters to scat ID, your camper will become the ultimate survival guide in your next adventure.  
    Predator Power In this camp, carnivores are king! Investigate what makes nature’s mighty meat eaters the ultimate predators, discover the importance of carrying capacity, and learn more about relationships between animals in an ecosystem. After a week of learning, campers will be ready to take a bite out of science. 
    The Wild West You don’t need to be an outlaw to join this camp! Join us as we explore the past and present wonders of the west. How did early settlers change the landscape? What impact did introduced species have on the environment? Why does the west have so many National Parks? Dust off your boots to find out these answers and more through engaging activities and guest presenters! 
    Designed by Nature Fueled by nature’s genius, scientists and engineers have taken notes from the natural world to design solutions. In this creative session, campers will explore the concept of biomimicry and how it has shaped sustainable inventions. After investigating biomimicry, campers will take their turn to create an invention of their own! 
    Emerging Entomologists Do insects and spiders have your child totally buggin’ out? If so, this camp is bee-yond perfect! Prepare to discover the biodiversity of bugs on the Preserve, while learning how to collect and classify. Your insectigator is sure to learn the many ways these tiny creatures have big benefits in this world!  

    Nutritious Nature

    Partner camp with EATS Park City.  Meet us at the intersection of the Swaner Preserve and food! In this camp, we will investigate what the animals who live on the preserve eat, plants that grow on the preserve and their place in modern cuisine, and how to fuel ourselves for time spent outside. Campers will learn cooking skills while exploring the preserve and its connection to the foods we eat. 
    Watershed Explorers Go ahead and dive in—the water’s fine!  Prepare for an adventure filled week as we explore our local watershed!  Campers will head to the Uinta Mountains, then go with the flow until we make it all the way to the Great Salt Lake.  Get ready to test and collect water quality data, visit numerous sites around Park City, and learn about where our water comes from (and where it goes after we flush). Field trips for this camp are dependent upon COVID-19. 
    Sustainable Adventure Partner camp with Recycle Utah. Calling all environmental activists, stewards, and those curious about how we treat our land! Swaner and Recycle Utah have joined forces again to make our planet green and clean! Come explore the land and people of Summit County to learn about land, food, water, air, and energy. From understanding where our trash goes during a landfill tour to exploring the importance of clean water as we canoe on the Jordanelle, your camper will be the change they wish to see in the world. Field trips for this camp are dependent on COVID-19. 
    Full STEAM Ahead Partner camp with Egyptian YouTheatre All the world’s a stage, so why not explore it?  STEM learning is more fun when art is in the mix, so join our science and drama specialists for a unique combination of drama, dance, music, and science exploration!  This is a partner camp with Egyptian YouTheatre and Swaner. The camp will be based at the Swaner EcoCenter. 

    Counselors in Training

    This program is designed for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in making the jump from camper to counselor.  CITs will learn about the skills necessary to be a leader.  You’ll get the opportunity to work with younger campers and show them just how excited you are about camps at Swaner!  This camp includes two leadership focused field trips on Wednesday and Friday, as well as group activities each day. Field trips for this camp will be dependent on COVID-19.

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

    Sandhill Society and Family-level members of the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter receive the benefit of early registration for summer camp 2022!  In order to receive early member registration access, you must purchase your membership by February 28th at 5:00 pm.  Any member registrations received after this time will not be eligible for early registration access.  This allows Swaner staff time to process new memberships and to ensure adequate time to share early registration instructions. Renew your membership here.

    Eligible members will receive an email with an early access code about one week prior registration opening via email.  If you feel that you mistakenly did not receive the early access code, please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or katherine.veeder@usu.edu.  Early access codes are intended only for Sandhill Society and Family-level members. 

    Please do not share codes with friends or extended family members.  Any registrations made using early access code without a current, eligible membership will be cancelled without notice, and you will lose your spot.  You may not register children who are not your dependents during early registration. 

    Early Registration Dates

    The health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. We know that many families have concerns about how COVID-19 will impact summer camps. Some of the procedures you can anticipate during summer 2022 include:

    • We ask that all participants and staff wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose for any indoor activities and when social distancing is not possible outside, but they are not required.
    • Brief health screening at drop off, which may include physical observation for any symptoms, as well as a verbal health check with adult guardian.
    • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing at arrival, between activities, before and after snack/lunch, etc.
    • Any camper, counselor, or staff who has any illness should stay home. If an individual has been exposed to another individual known to have COVID-19 within 10 days of the start of camp, they should not attend.

    Please continue to check back for the most up to date information regarding Summer Camp 2022. Prior the start of your child’s camp, you will receive our typical orientation email, which will include specifics regarding COVID-19.

    Financial Aid 

    Tuition waivers are available on a first come, first served basis. To apply for a tuition waiver, please fill out an online application. You will receive an update about your application within 1 week of receipt. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or katherine.veeder@usu.edu.   

    Cancellations and Refunds 

    If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the first day of camp, you will be refunded, less a $30 administrative fee per camp/camper. If you cancel two weeks or less before the first day of camp, you will receive a refund (minus the $30 fee mentioned above) only if your spot can be filled from the waitlist. If your spot cannot be filled, you will not receive a refund. No refunds are given for days missed during camp.   

    Please pay very close attention when registering for summer camp. There are multiple camps each week for different aged youth. When registering, please make sure to select the camp with the correct date, age range, and time for your child. Cancellations due to registration errors are subject to the standard cancellation policy. 

    Cancellations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be subject to the standard refund policy, unless program cancellation is required by the state of Utah, Summit County, Utah State University, or other health officials/entities. 

    Katherine Veeder

      Name: Katherine Veeder

      Position: Director of Education

      E-mail: Katherine.Veeder@usu.edu

      Phone: 435-797-8942 

    A special thanks to our camp partners

     

    Eats Park City

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    Egyptian You Theatre