Spring Break Camp
About Our Science Camps
Join Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation for exciting outdoor adventures as we turn our local parks into learning laboratories! During Spring Break, we offer two weeks of our Student Stewards Camp, an extension of our Student Stewards Program. Connect to the natural world through outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts, and more!
The Student Stewards Spring Break Camp is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), standards-based option for school vacation. Scholarships are available!
About Our Camp Educators
All of our Camp Educators:
Are First aid and CPR certified
Hold at minimum a bachelor's degree in a STEAM-related field
Are experienced working with children and
Are passionate about outdoor education!
Spring 2024 Camp Weeks
March 25th - 29th
Campers will become Jr. Hydrologists as they learn about all of the watery ecosystems that exist in the desert. They'll engage in exciting citizen science projects with NDOW, NOAA, and take water samples around Idlewild Park to gauge the health of our watershed.
April 1st- 5th
This week, we are partnering with the National Forest Service so campers can get their hands dirty and become real-life conservation scientists. Students will participate in a citizen science project, hosted by the Forest Service, and learn how we can help keep alpine ecosystems healthy.
Who: Students ages 8-12*
*Older students can apply to be a Junior Counselor. Applications are closed for Spring Camp, but check back in April for the Summer JC Application!
Where: Idlewild Park
Students can be picked up and dropped off at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Office, located in Idlewild Park at 50 Cowan Drive, Reno.
Camp will take place outdoors in Idlewild Park, so please make sure your student is wearing weather appropriate clothes and sturdy shoes.
When: Monday-Friday, 9am - 4pm (Extended Hours 8am - 5:30pm)
Regular camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Parents/guardians will need to sign their students out with a photo ID before heading home.
Extended hours (8:00am-5:30 pm) are available for an additional fee. Please be aware, parents/guardians CANNOT be later than 5:30pm to pick-up students. There are no afternoon extended hours on Fridays.
Camp registration starts at $275 per student per week. Scholarships are available!
Tuition for a camper is $250 + a $25 non-refundable deposit per week. Sign up before February 9th for an Early Bird discount of $50!
Extended hours (8am-5:30 pm) are available for an additional fee. Please be aware, if parents/guardians are late to pick-up students (later than 5:30 pm), late fees will be charged.
Lunch is included in tuition!
Need-based scholarships of varying levels are available. If you are interested, please complete the scholarship application during registration. Scholarship applications are reviewed within 5 business days. If you have any questions please email Bradley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your student is unable to attend a week of camp for which they are registered, please contact us. If a cancellation occurs at least 7 days before the camp is scheduled to begin, refunds are available. Deposits are non-refundable.
About Our Camp Health Guidelines
We take the health and safety of our community very seriously. Although we are very excited to see your smiling faces, we are following local health regulations and may need to update camp policies, or even cancel or move camp unexpectedly. All campers and camp educators must also follow our Camp Covid-19 Policy.
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Why Spring Break Camp?
According to Peter Scales and the American Camp Association, "Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs."
There is a projected 14% increase in STEM-related jobs, but only 16% of high school students are proficient in STEM subjects. With our STEAM, standards-based curriculum at the Student Stewards Spring Break Camp, students will be better prepared for high school and beyond!