Summer Science Camp
2021 Registration is open! Sign up now to
join us for our Student Stewards
at Idlewild Park, Reno
Apply for a scholarship today!
About Our Science Camps
Join Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation for exciting outdoor adventures as we turn our local parks into learning laboratories! During Summer Break, we offer nine 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 Summer Break Camp is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), standards-based option for school vacation.
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, masked faces, we are following local health regulations and may need to cancel or move camp unexpectedly. All campers and camp educators must also sign our Camp Covid-19 Policy; this agreement includes daily temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times, washing hands at regular intervals at our outdoor sinks, and more.
About Our Camp Educators
All 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!
2021 Camp Weeks
Theme - It's (not) Alive!!
June 7th - 11th
Non-life Sciences. Day themes: Physics, Machines, Geosciences, Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Sciences.
Theme - Creepy Crawlies and Other Creatures
June 14th - 18th
Invertebrates. Day themes: Pollinators, Arthropods, Mollusks, Annelids, Cnidarians
Theme - The Cycles of Life
June 21st - 25th
Interdependent Cycles. Day themes: Plant, Water, Space, Energy, Rock Cycles
Theme - Animal Amigos
June 28th - July 2nd
Animals. Day themes: Marine Animals, Predator-Prey Relationships, Mammal Mania, Baby Animals, Animals in the Ecosystem
Theme - Things Nature Gives Us
July 6th - 9th* (*no camp July 5th)
Resources. Day themes: Grow It, Forestry, Foraging, Energy
Theme - Water You Waiting For?
July 12th - 16th
Water Science. Day themes: Watersheds, States of Water, Water Around Us, Water Dwellers, Water as a Resource
Theme - Build, Destroy, Build
July 19th - 23rd
Engineering. Day themes: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Computer
Theme - Be My Biome?
July 26th - 30th
Physical environments. Day themes: Desert, Mountain, Ocean, Forests, Tundra
Theme - Mad Science
August 2nd - 6th
Miscellaneous. Day themes:
Student Stewards 2021 Summer Camp will offer nine awesome weeks of camps for students ages 8-12, beginning June 7th and running through August 6th, 2021. Registration opens soon!
Who: Students ages 8-12*
*Are you older than 12 but still interested in attending? Consider applying to be a Jr. Counselor! Email Hannah, our Program Manager, at to find out more.
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.
Wednesday is Field Trip Day when we will be taking a school bus to explore other places in our community related to the week's theme (museums, other parks, trails, etc.).*Field Trips are dependent on the current public health situation
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 (8am-5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday) are available for an additional $20/week. Please be aware, parents/guardians CANNOT be later than 5:30pm to pick-up students. There are no afternoon extended hours on Friday.
Early Bird Special until May 3! $150 per student per week ($170 including extended hours)
$200 per week
A week of camp is $200 per student.
Extended hours (8am-5:30 pm) are available for an additional $20/week. Please be aware, if parents/guardians are late to pick-up students (later than 5:30 pm), late fees will be charged.
Scholarships are available!
Need-based scholarships of varying levels are available. If you are interested or have any questions, fill out the scholarship application or contact Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-410-1702).
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.
If your child will need to take prescribed medication during camp, please download and fill out the Medical Administration Form here. Return this form before or on the first day or camp.
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For a paper registration form,
email or call (775) 410-1702
Why STEAM Summer 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!