Summer Science Camp

Student Stewards


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2021 Registration is open! Sign up now to

join us for our Student Stewards

Summer Camp

at Idlewild Park, Reno

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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

Week 1 - It's (not) Alive!! - Spots still available

June 7th - 11th

Non-life Sciences. Day themes: Physics, Machines, Geosciences, Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Sciences.

Week 2 - Creepy Crawlies and Other Creatures - Waitlist

June 14th - 18th

Invertebrates. Day themes: Pollinators, Arthropods, Mollusks, Annelids, Cnidarians

Week 3 - The Cycles of Life - Waitlist

June 21st - 25th

Interdependent Cycles. Day themes: Plant, Water, Space, Energy, Rock Cycles

Week 4 - Animal Amigos - Waitlist

June 28th - July 2nd

Animals. Day themes: Marine Animals, Predator-Prey Relationships, Mammal Mania, Baby Animals, Animals in the Ecosystem

Week 5 - Things Nature Gives Us - Waitlist

July 6th - 9th* (*no camp July 5th)

Resources. Day themes: Grow It, Forestry, Foraging, Energy

Week 6 - Water You Waiting For? - Waitlist

July 12th - 16th

Water Science. Day themes: Watersheds, States of Water, Water Around Us, Water Dwellers, Water as a Resource

Week 7 - Build, Destroy, Build - Waitlist

July 19th - 23rd

Engineering. Day themes: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Computer

Week 8 - Be My Biome? - Waitlist

July 26th - 30th

Physical environments. Day themes: Desert, Mountain, Ocean, Forests, Tundra

Week 9 - Mad Science - Waitlist

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!

Important Facts

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 ( or 775-410-1702).

Cancellation Policy

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. 

Additional Forms

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!


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