Great Summer Programs in Science !
schmied/reid©2016 all rights reserved

For all those students and parents that are interested in further opportunities in Science you might check out some of these opportunities. There are many others I didn't get to and if you want me to post others, just let me know the particulars. As usual, I assume no responsibility for anything related to non school sponsored activities, however I personally have visited or participated at many of these sites and they were really fun!

Click on the Logo images to go to each site!
FOTHR Summer camp GTS STEM Environmental Challenge Summer Camp at Brightwater

An innovative one week summer camp featuring STEM and environment explorations! Focusing on having fun learning about the environment in small teams meeting different fun challenges. Along the way students will also learn to use state of the art tools to collect and document scientific data for the challenges.

Located in Woodinville at the new Brightwater Environmental Center.

These camps, for incoming 5th through12th graders are held by the Friends of the Hidden River, a non profit who actually helped design, fund and build Brightwater Center.

islandwood Islandwood at Brightwater Summer camps

Have you ever wondered what makes a centipede different from a millipede? What an otter's favorite food is? How many critters live inside a single drop of water? Join IslandWood and the Brightwater Center for a week of engaging nature exploration and scientific investigation to find out.

Programs take place at King County's Brightwater Center in Woodinville, with over 70 acres of natural areas and 3 miles of trails. Brightwater’s creeks and forests are home to wildlife including river otters, coyotes, bobcats, eagles, snakes, frogs, and a whole host of other creatures. Learn to use binoculars, collect bugs from the ponds, create art projects to take home and enjoy hours of fun on the trail and in the lab.

wilderness awareness logo Wilderness Awareness Summer Camps
Summer day camps providing nature adventures for children. Students work together in small groups gaining nature awarenss and experiential knowledge of plants, mammals, tracking, birds and survival. These programs nuture students' connection to the earth and build skills that will serve them for a lifetime!
outward bound link Outward Bound
Character development, Leadership, Service and adventure with Outward Bound. These folks value compassion, integrity, excellence, as well as, inclusion and diversity. Students learn through actual, engaging experience. This just may be the best experience your student will ever have!
adventure trek link Adventure Treks
Join other teenagers from all over the U.S. for fun and exciting summer adventures in western North America's amazing wilderness. Besides an amazing amount of fun, you'll see incredible scenery, experience the benefits of being a member of a close community, learn many new outdoor skills, become a stronger leader, and gain self-confidence
UW's Summer Youth Programs

UW features some really cool and well constructed programs for Junior High School age students.

Look at the Middle School Academy and Middle School Short Courses for Junior High students

ymca camp

Camp Orkila's OEE Program offers a wide array of study including:

Environmental Education focuses on nurturing a sense of appreciation for the natural world through an understanding of ecological systems.

Outdoor Education focuses on the many interrelationships between natural and social communities. Orkila is in the midst of developing an outdoor living skills curriculum so that students can learn practical skills in sustainable living and wilderness skills workshops.

Challenge Education focuses on building cooperation, problem solving skills, trust, self reliance, and self esteem to build strong individuals and strong groups.

islandwood Islandwood Summer Camps

Islandwood on Bainbridge Island is one of the nation's most innovative educational facilities, offering programs for everyone - children, graduate students, teachers, families, and adults.

IslandWood is a unique 255-acre outdoor learning center designed to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship.


Help build or maintain a hiking trail or just plain get out there and hike one!

Yes, we know, this might actually be work! But what more could you do for the natural environment then to make it so safe for others to appreciate it. These are two of the fine organizations that help people appreciate nature.

Great Marine Programs

Port Townsend's marine and natural history summer camps offer young people a week of adventure and learning in the beautiful natural environment of Fort Worden state park and nearby beaches. Port Townsend Marine Center has overnight camps and day camps for younger campers and a camp in marine research for teens.

Campers in the residential program stay in historic Fort Worden State Park's Conference Center facilities. Fort Worden State Park is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities

Burke Musuem of Natural History Summer Programs spiderquartz crystalbluebirdfossil
Go to the Burke! Get a real behind-the-scenes museum experience for a week! At their week-long, full-day camps, students have fun and learn from scientists, incredible collections of artifacts and specimens, and a great team of educators.

to Cispus ELC

Cispus Environmental Learning Center

to registration packet

The Washington Association of School Principals offers an excellent Leadership Camp at Cispus, (with limited spaces.) You may need school sponsorship.

Two sessions of Cascade Middle Level Leadership Camp are available to students entering grades 7, 8, and 9. This camp experience of 4 days/3 nights is held at the Cispus Learning Center. Staffed by teachers and advisers at the middle level, the camp curriculum has been designed to teach appropriate leadership skills to middle level students. Not directly science related, but its a really good experience for young leaders

biosphere 2 Biosphere 2 Science Academy in Arizona!

A fun week of research, collaboration & leadership in the famous Biosphere! Sponsored by Univ of Az.

Camps are held in summer for 7th - 9th grade students and 9th - 12th grade students

POC Marsha Colbert,

projects page
Project Page
© 2016 John Schmied all rights reserved