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    Eventbrite - Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter Summer Camp 2017

    Is your child wild about wildlife? Do they love learning about navigating the world around them? Do you constantly find them wanting to explore the world of design and building? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then there’s good news: Swaner’s camps are for you!

    Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter’s educational summer camp programs will inspire and fascinate your child through week-long exploration and discovery about the natural world through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Swaner offers summer camp programs for youth ENTERING kindergarten through 8th grade in Fall 2017. You should enroll your child based on what grade they will enter in Fall 2017.


    • Each camp is designed for the grade level specified. Youth should be enrolled in a camp for the grade they will enter in Fall 2017.
    • Unfortunately, we are not able to allow children 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 the camps are specifically targeted for each grade's developmental abilities.
    • Youth may be enrolled in AM and PM sessions for a fully day camp experience. If you sign your child up for both the AM and PM session during a week of a camp, there will be a supervised lunch hour provided.  Please send your child with a sack lunch.
    • For information on our cancellation and refund policy, please see the section below.
    • At least one-week prior camp, you will receive an email with a parent letter, detailed agenda for the week, camper wavier, a packing list, and directions to Swaner in order to best prepare your child and yourself for an excellent week of camp!
    • Swaner strives to keep summer camp opportunities available to anyone who is interested in participating, and works hard to keep prices affordable and provide camp tuition waivers to youth with financial need. See below for tuition waiver information.
    • In addition to providing camps for K-8th, Swaner also provides leadership development opportunities for high schoolers.  Swaner is looking for enthusiastic and motivated teens to help with camp!  For more information on camp counselors, please see the camp counselor section below.
    Super Sampler   Not really sure what your favorite theme is yet or do you love it all?  Then this is the camp for you!  Campers will try out a number of different activities offered at Swaner, including adventuring in the outdoors, creating some awesome art, and conducting some explosive experiments.
    Eco-Explorers   Spend your time at camp both inside and out exploring the wetlands, streams, and uplands of the Swaner Preserve.  You’ll head out to catch frogs and bugs, learn about the many mammals that call the Preserve home, and create some fun crafts to take home!
    Mini Masterpieces   Ready to gear up for mess, fun, and some beautiful projects to take home at the end of camp?  Get ready to create a number of nature-inspired art projects during this art-focused camp.  Campers will learn about how art can be used as inspiration, explore different mediums, and play lots of games and have fun!  Campers will also have daily yoga movement activities and learn more about the Swaner Preserve.
    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.  
    Creature Feature   Ever wondered how a snake can move without legs or how high a fox can jump?  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!  
    Nature Creations   Calling all creative kids!  This camp is designed for kids who love art and the natural world!  Campers will explore the environment through a creative lens, creating projects inspired by the Swaner Preserve.  Campers will also have a daily yoga activity, play fun games, try out the Wetland rock climbing wall, and more!
    Wild Wonderers   Do you love to adventure and explore?  This camp focuses on using maps and other tools to navigate the natural world.  Campers will try out geocaching, complete scavenger hunts, explore different types of maps, and more during this camp.  You’re sure to get your fill of outdoor time and exploration as we learn more about the Swaner Preserve.
    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 a close up look under a microscope. Explore engineering by building a bridge, check out chemistry through 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, and nature!  This camp is perfect for 3rd and 4th graders who are interested in exploring nature through an artistic approach.  
    Map My World   Wait…where are we going?!  Sign up for this camp to figure it out!  Campers will explore their world through maps during this adventure of a camp.  Learn how to read a map and use a compass, try out geocaching, learn the basics of orienteering, and more.  This camp is sure to be an adventure!
    Sustainable Adventure   It’s back and better than ever!  Swaner is excited to team up with Recycle Utah again this year 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!
    Program your Place   Are you interested in computer programming?  Do you like video games?  If so, you have to join us for Program Your Place 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!
    Counselors in Training   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.

    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


    Teen Camp Counselor Information

    Swaner Members

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

    To check the status of your membership or to become a member, and to receive the discount code, contact our Development Director, Peregrine Bosler at 435-797-8939 or peregrine.bosler@usu.edu.


    Multiple Camps

    Discounts are given for registering for multiple camps. Please see the chart below for discount rates.

    Number of Camps Discount
    2 camps 5%
    3 or more camps 10%

    Please note, 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 are eligible for the 10% discount.

    Multiple camp discount codes will be given during registration.

    Please note: Only immediate family can receive the multiple camp discount, and only the immediate children of the family membership may use the Swaner member discount.  The multiple camp and Swaner member discounts may be combined (up to 20% off camps!) 

    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. 


    Tuition Waivers and Aid for Youth with Financial Need

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

    For a tuition waiver application, please fill out the camp registration form, including the tuition waiver portion.  The camp registration form must be turned in via email or to the front desk at the Swaner EcoCenter.  If you are awarded a scholarship waiver, you will receive notification via email or phone call.  If you are awarded a partial tuition waiver, your remaining balance is due by the first day of camp.  Please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or katherine.veeder@usu.edu for more information or with any questions you may have.

    A special thanks to the Park City Community Foundation for their generous donation to support financial aid for campers to attend Swaner camps.
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    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 wait list. 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.

    Katherine Veeder

      Name: Katherine Veeder

      Position: Director of Education

      E-mail: Katherine.Veeder@usu.edu

      Phone: 435-797-8942