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    Summer Camps 2016


    Thanks for a great 2018 summer season!
    Please check back in January for 2019’s summer camp offerings!


    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 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).  Swaner offers summer camp programs for youth ENTERING kindergarten through 8th grade in Fall 2018.  You should enroll your child based on what grade they will enter in Fall 2018.

    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 teens in 9th through 12th grades through the summer camp program.  Swaner is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, fun teens to help with camp activities.  For more information on how to become a teen 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 2018.
    • 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!
    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!
    Mud Masterpieces   Mud, rocks, and twigs can become masterpieces! Through exploratory play and movement, campers will explore new mediums, patterns, and shapes in nature to inspire their very own works of art.  Leave your nice clothes at home this week, because our projects will be powered by dirt!
    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!
    Nature Scene Investigators   Be sure to pack your magnifying glass for this one!  Campers will explore the mysteries of the natural world and learn how to interpret signs that tell us what animals have been up to.  Dissect owl pellets, identify animal tracks, and create your own detective kit for home investigation.  This 5-day camp is perfect for any explorer who wants to learn more about exploring the clues nature leaves behind.
    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.  

    Wilder Skills

      Learn how to survive in the wild! Campers will explore the Preserve to learn and practice skills that are useful to anyone to loves the great outdoors. From basic environmental education to true survival skills, the magic of the great outdoors will be our guide this week!
    Swaner Fear Factor   Eating bugs, dissecting animal scat (aka poop!), and getting covered in mud—come prepared for the perfect blend of “ew!” and “awesome!” in this exciting (and sometimes gross) camp!  Learn about the smelly and slimy defenses of animals, sniff out the cause of the “rotten egg” smell on the Preserve, and more.  Campers will leave this camp with a better understanding of the amazing and weird world around us!
    Global Explorers   Prepare to think globally about the world around you!  Learn about and explore animals and their habitats found across the planet in this fun 5-day camp.  Campers will try out using a compass, go on a geocaching treasure hunt, explore different types of maps, 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 to learn about 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 a local farm, and more!

    Homegrown Eats

      Do you like Nature and Eating, or even eating in nature? Swaner and EATS Park City have partnered to bring you the best of both worlds. Discover things that can grow and are edible in your natural environment, then turn them into something delicious to eat. From foraging in the preserve to cooking plants native to Utah, we'll be hands-on with our wild environment and local ingredients. 

    Watershed Explorers

      Gear up to learn about water throughout the week.  Each day includes a field trip to a different site to learn about where our water comes from and where it’s going!  Try canoeing and paddle boarding on Jordanelle Reservoir, dawn waders and sample aquatic insects, test water quality, and visit the Great Salt Lake!  This camp includes plenty of opportunities for adventure and exploration.
    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

     Be sure to check our EventBrite page for the current summer camp availability.

    2018 Summer Camp Schedule


    WAITLIST. To be added to the waitlist, please fill out this form. If a spot becomes available in a camp you are on the waitlist for, you will be contacted directly.

    We keep our website as up to date as possible, but camps sell out quickly.  For the most current availability information, please be sure to visit the our EventBrite registration page.

    Teen Camp Counselor Information

    Swaner Members

    Those with Family level memberships and members of the Sandhill Society receive a 10% discount on camp registration fees.  When selecting your tickets in EventBrite, enter the promotional code familymember.  You must have a family level membership or be a current member of the Sandhill Society to qualify for the Swaner member discount.  If you do not have a family membership or your membership is expired, your registration will be cancelled.

    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.eduYou can also sign up to be a member using our online form

    Please note:  Family membership discount applies only to individuals who have membership in their name, and related children 18 and under.  You may not register friends, neighbors, etc. using your family membership discount. Swaner Family-level membership must be purchased by February 15th in order to receive the early camp registration access via email.  If purchased after February 15th, please contact Katherine Veeder, Education Direction, or the Swaner main line to receive the access code.  No guarantees are made for early registration access if your Family membership was purchased after February 15th, due to delay in processing times.  Please take this into account when purchasing a membership.  If purchased after February 15th, you will be required to provide proof of purchase.

    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 tuition waiver application, please fill out the CAMP REGISTRATION FORM, (Spanish version) 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. Please contact Katherine Veeder at (435)797-8942 or for more information or with any questions you may have. 


    If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the first day of camp, you will be refunded minus a $30 administrative fee per camp. If you cancel 2 or less weeks before the first day of camp, we will refund you (minus the $30 fee mentioned above) only if we can fill your spot from the waitlist.  If we cannot fill your spot, you will not be refunded.  We cannot refund you for days missed during camp. Registrations are non-transferable.

    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


      Phone: 435-797-8942

    The online registration system used for Swaner summer camps only accepts payment via credit card. If you would like to pay with cash or check, please fill out a paper application and return to the Swaner EcoCenter during our open hours (Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm). Cash, check, and credit card are accepted at the EcoCenter front desk.
    For any questions regarding summer camp, please contact Katherine Veeder at 435-797-8942 or
    This organization is supported by a grant from the Park City Community Foundation.
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