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    Summer Camp 2019

    Thanks for an amazing 2020 camp season!  Please check back in early 2021 and sign up for our newsletter for the latest information on next year's summer camp programs.


    Counselor In addition to providing camps for K-8th graders, Swaner also provides leadership opportunities for teens entering 9th through 12th grades. Swaner is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, fun teens to help with summer camps. For more information on how to become a high school 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 2020.
    • Children are not allowed 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 camps are created to be developmentally-appropriate for the specified age group.
    • Youth may be enrolled in AM and PM sessions for a full day camp experience. If you sign your child up for both the AM and PM sessions during a week of camp, there will be a supervised lunch hour provided. Please send your child with a sack lunch that does not require heating and contains no nuts or nut products. There are no full day options for Kindergarten camps.
    • At least one week prior the camp, you will receive an email with a guardian letter, detailed agenda for the camp, camper waiver, packing list, and directions to Swaner in order to best prepare your child and yourself for a successful week! Please provide an accurate email address you check frequently in order to ensure you receive this orientation packet. It is also important that you check your junk/clutter folder to make sure the orientation information doesn’t land there.
    • In order to receive Sandhill Society or Family membership early registration access, you must purchase your membership by 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 29th. Any member registrations received after this time will be ineligible for early registration. Thank you for understanding!
    • 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.

    We're still planning the 2021 camp season.  Below is a peek at last summer's offerings to give you an idea of what to expect in 2021!

    Super Sampler Come ready for exploration!  In this camp, we’ll spend time both inside and out exploring the wetlands of the Swaner Preserve.  Campers will try their hand at catching frogs and bugs, learn about the many mammals that call the Preserve home, and create some fun crafts to take home!  
    Eco-Explorers Designed for campers who are looking to test the waters (sometimes literally), this camp provides a fun first experience at Swaner!  This camp is full STEAM ahead as we explore the natural world.  Campers will explore the stream, create seed bead necklaces, design and test parachutes off the Observation Tower, and more in this session meant for the dabbling learner.
    Mud Masterpieces Prepare to dig into what’s underground!  We’ll explore roots, worms, and mud in this hands-on and exciting session! We’ll leave no stone unturned as we examine what happens underneath our feet.  


    Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science”—Edwin Powell Hubble
    In this sensational session, we’ll take Mr. Hubble’s words to heart and put our senses to the test to discover the natural world! Campers will touch, taste, smell, look, and listen their way to discovering more about the science of nature!

    Insects of our Environment

    You’ve searched high, you’ve searched low, and you’ve finally found it—the best summer camp for aspiring outdoor explorers!  Join us for this fun session to explore the Swaner Preserve.  Campers will visit the frog ponds, take a dip in the stream, and learn all about nature through hands-on experiences.

    Outdoor Exploration Have you ever wondered how things in nature work? Curiosity won’t kill the cat in this camp! We will turn your questions into answers as we dig up more than dirt in a soil experiment, heat up solutions with solar power, get wet with water properties, and much more! 
    Creature Feature Whale hello there!  Are you an aspiring animal expert?  Then paws what you’re doing and read this camp description, because it’s meant just for you!  Through hands-on activities and special guest visitors, we will meet some of our regional residents and learn more about how they make their homes on the Preserve.  It’s shore to be turtley awesome!
    Wild Sprouts Prepare for your curiosity to grow as we explore different types of plants that grow on the Preserve and in Utah.  Campers will discover the difference between native and invasive plants, investigate the edible parts of plants, and even pot some of their own plants to take home.  We can’t wait for an unbeleafable experience!
    Creature Feature Take your curiosity to new heights in this camp!  From pollinators to planes, wings have gone above and beyond their function to serve a variety of purposes. Campers will soar high with their engineering and creative skills as we explore the aerodynamics of aircrafts and discover how nature has taken flight with winged wildlife. 
    Nature Creations You are sure to feel like a rockstar after learning the ins and outs of geology in this hands-on camp.  Join us as we learn about different types of rocks and minerals, explore fossils, crack open geodes, and get down to the bedrock of things. 
    Disgusting Discoveries Warning: this camp is not for the faint of heart, but it is sure to be oozing with fun! Campers will get down and dirty as we explore the not-so-pretty side of nature. What can inspecting scat on the Preserve tell us? Does making slime serve a purpose to snails?  These questions and more will be answered in a fun (and maybe foul) way. 
    WetlandWarriors Prepare to get your feet wet as we explore rivers, ponds, and the wetland habitat found on the Swaner Preserve.  Campers will search for frogs, investigate aquatic invertebrates, try their hand at building their own beaver dams, and more in this outdoor-focused camp.  Things are sure to get a little wet and wild!
    Swaner Scientists Think you know the ins and outs of Swaner Preserve? Think again! We will merge the best of both worlds in science and engineering to see the Preserve in a new way. Campers will use the scientific process to explore natural illusions, explore how humans and the environment interact, and design eco-minded solutions to challenges in the natural world.
    Wildly Prepared This is “knot” your average survival camp! Campers will explore the Preserve to learn and practice skills that are useful to anyone who loves the great outdoors. From foraging to fire building, navigation to knots, and shelters to scat ID, your camper will become the ultimate survival guide in your next adventure.
    Swaner Scientists Looking to slow down and reconnect with nature? It’s time to ditch the Switch and grasp a magnifying glass! In this camp, we will focus on looking closer at the world around us. Using a nature journal to record our questions and observations, campers will engage in plant identification, wildlife behavior, and other ecological concepts.
    Nutritious Nature Partner camp with EATS Park City. Take a page out of nature’s own cookbook for this camp! We will investigate how the animals of Swaner Preserve get their nutrition and use this knowledge to inspire our own unique recipes.  We will also venture out onto the preserve to explore these animals’ natural habitats, and take a closer look at what holds the entire food web together. 
    Sustainable Adventure Partner camp with Recycle Utah. Calling all environmental activists, stewards, and those curious about how we treat our land! Swaner and Recycle Utah have joined forces again to make our planet green and clean!  Come explore the land and people of Summit County to learn about land, food, water, air, and energy. From understanding where our trash goes during a landfill tour to exploring the importance of clean water as we canoe on the Jordanelle, your camper will be the change they wish to see in the world.  

    Full STEAM ahead

    All the world’s a stage, so why not explore it?  STEM learning is more fun when art is in the mix, so join our science and drama specialists for a unique combination of drama, dance, music, and science exploration!  This is a partner camp with Egyptian YouTheatre and Swaner.  Camp will be held only at the Swaner EcoCenter in 2020, due to COVID-19.  Drop off and pick up will be at the EcoCenter each day.
    Watershed Explorers Go ahead and dive in—the water’s fine!  Prepare for an adventure filled week as we explore our local watershed!  Campers will head to the Uinta Mountains, then go with the flow until we make it all the way to the Great Salt Lake.  Get ready to test and collect water quality data, visit a water treatment facility, and paddle a canoe on the Jordanelle Reservoir in this field trip packed session.
    Homegrown Eats

    Partner camp with EATS Park City. Eat local and support your roots in this experiential cooking camp! What may seem like small choices in our food can have a big impact on our climate. From comparing prices of local and non-local foods at the grocery store to special guest presenters, campers will get a firsthand look at what our community is doing to grow and eat local foods! 

    Counselors in Training

    This program is designed for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in making the jump from camper to counselor.  CITs will learn about the skills necessary to be a leader.  You’ll get the opportunity to work with younger campers and show them just how excited you are about camps at Swaner!  This camp includes a youth-selected field trip on Wednesday and a team-building ropes course experience 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.

    We're still planning the 2021 camp season.  Below is a peek at last summer's offerings to give you an idea of what to expect in 2021!


    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


    Katherine Veeder

      Name: Katherine Veeder

      Position: Director of Education


      Phone: 435-797-8942


    A special thanks to our camp partners

     Eats Park City  Egyptian You Theatre Recycle Utah Logo


    A special thanks to our camp sponsors

    The Antablin Family

    Chevron Park City Community Foundation Park City Sunrise Rotary