Our summer programs, which we refer to as Discovery Summer programs, are full of experiential learning opportunities that inspire a life-long passion for science. Students use scientific tools and technologies to explore their surroundings and discover how they relate to, and are affected by, the world around them. Students have direct engagement with scientists and researchers who teach a variety of subjects including fish ecology, climate, freshwater and wetland ecosystems, marine and coastal ecosystems, marine technology, and environmental issues including climate change and oil pollution. Our curricula are mapped to Alaska state performance standards.
Summertime on the Copper River Delta offers amazing experiences with relatively pristine ecosystems, plants and wildlife. The lands and waters are full of life with the fishing fleet out in force, taking advantage of a vital natural resource – salmon.
In 1991 we began our Discovery Summer field-based adventures in these natural laboratories to foster connections between students and the complex natural systems essential to the natural resources they depend on. These experiential events foster positive connections and attitudes toward natural resources and increase stewardship behaviors. We provide age-appropriate camps to participants of all ages.
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Mini-camps are for young children, ages 5-9. These 5-day sessions are either two or three hours long, depending on the age group. Mini-camps let younger children get their science hands wet as they explore the weekly theme such as water, glaciers, ecosystems, wetlands, or weather.
Scientists in Motion (5-6 yo)
This program is a weekly session of 2 hours a day created especially for first-time camp goers. They investigate a specific pre-determined topic through field trips and art. There is a maximum of 16 participants.
Inquisitive Minds (7-9 yo)
This program is a weekly session of 3 hours a day created especially for younger camp goers. They participate in activities and explorations of the amazing ecosystems around Cordova. There is a maximum of 16 participants.
Day Camp targets students ages 8-12 for 5 days of interactive field-based studies and educational activities. Each day, students explore in-depth the uniqueness, diversity and importance of the different ecosystems around Cordova. This camp includes one overnight experience. Themes include weather, plants, service learning, or water.
Headwaters to Oceans Day Camp (8-12 yo)
H2O Day Camp provides participants aged 8-12 with the tools and guidance to understand the interconnected ecosystems that surround Cordova. Each day, students discover a different ecosystem through scientific investigations and hands-on activities. The camp includes an overnight and culminates in an artistic presentation created by the students as they reflect on connecting with the different environments around Cordova. There is a maximum of 16 participants.
Leadership through Ecology And Discovery Day Camp (8-12 yo)
During LEAD Day Camp, students aged 8-12 yo participate in interactive leadership building field-based studies and educational activities related to the region’s ecosystems while conducting a service-learning project. Students build their confidence in themselves and give back to the community around them. The camp includes an overnight and culminates in an artistic presentation created by the students as they reflect on what it means to give back. There is a maximum of 16 participants.
Overnight Science Camps
Our overnight Science Camps reach students ages 12-15 and take exploration to the next level. Students not only immerse themselves in the study of the systems within our bioregion, they also participate in a service learning project that benefits our community. Students spend the night in our remote field camp nestled in the alders of the Copper River Delta.
Leadership through Ecology And Discovery (12-15 yo)
During LEAD Day Camp, students aged 12-15 participate in interactive field-based studies and educational activities related to the region’s ecosystems while conducting service learning projects. Nights are spent at a field camp on the Copper River Delta and students have the opportunity to interact with a variety of guest scientists and environmental professionals. Outdoor adventure activities including hiking and canoeing enhance the students’ educational experience and foster positive attitudes toward natural resources and increase stewardship behaviors. There is a maximum of 16 participants.
Our 10-day expeditions engage older students ages 14-18 in longer and more remote treks through the Copper River, the Delta, and Prince William Sound. These learning opportunities offer unparalleled exploration and investigation of wild Alaska for adventurous souls.
Copper River Stewardship Program (14-18 yo)
Program partners from the Prince William Sound Science Center, Copper River Watershed Project, Wrangell Institute for Science and the Environment, the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park work together to plan and implement the The Copper River Stewardship Program. The goal of this program is to engage future leaders of the region in an active exploration of their surroundings to learn about the history, ecology and future challenges facing the Copper River watershed and the wild salmon upon which they and their communities depend. By engaging students from throughout the watershed, participants will be enabled to share diverse perspectives and experiences with each other and establish a framework for thinking about the watershed as a whole. There is a maximum of 10 participants. Participants must apply for the program. 5 are selected from Cordova, 5 are selected from the upriver basin. Check out this video from the 2012 trip.
Oceanography of Prince William Sound (14-18 yo)
Oceanography of Prince William Sound is an intensive academic course that introduces participants to concepts of physical and biological oceanography through hands-on, experiential learning activities. Participants explore the ocean environment through engaging field-based studies and labs. Topics of study include oceanic evolution, chemical and physical properties of the ocean, marine biodiversity, and human use and management of ocean resources. This course offering also includes a service learning component focused on marine debris. Students will study the origins and effects of marine debris and then travel to a nearby island to collect and categorize marine debris. They will produce outreach materials for distribution to educate others about their findings and marine debris prevention. There is a maximum of 10 participants.
Ocean Science and Leadership Expedition (14-18 yo)
Ocean Science and Leadership Expedition is an intensive academic course that introduces participants to concepts of physical and biological oceanography, oil spill response and ocean policy. Students work with local marine scientists to increase their knowledge of threats to coastal and marine ecosystems. Students kayak around Prince William Sound to study the impacts of climate change on glaciers and conduct a service learning project. There is a maximum of 10 participants.
Wetlands Ecology Media Expedition (15-18 yo)
Program partners from the Prince William Sound Science Center, Alaska Geographic and the United States Forest Service Cordova Ranger District work together to plan and implement the Wetlands Ecology Media Expedition. During each expedition, participants will work side by side with research scientists and community members to learn about the unique landscape that exists in Chugach National Forest, and better understand the potential challenges the region faces with changing global temperatures. Participants in this expedition will be expected to document their experiences through multi-media projects, cameras, training and equipment provided, participate in scientific surveys, maintain a positive attitude and have fun. There is a maximum of 10 participants.
Carol Treadwell Scholarship Fund
The Science Center offers the Carol Treadwell Scholarship Fund for full and partial scholarships of summer programs. Please download the application form below and tell us more about your child’s needs and interests.
The Carol Treadwell Scholarship Fund is established through the Carol Treadwell Fund of the Millennium Scholars Program, created to support K-12 science and geography education in Alaska and brain-tumor research worldwide.
Carol Treadwell died in October 2002 after battling a brain tumor for more than two years. Mother to three children, Carol was a very vibrant and curious woman dedicated to her family, friends and the world around her. Among the qualities she believed important to instill in her children are an obligation to serve the world, a thirst for adventure, a sense of humor and the persistence to get good things done.
Carol first visited Prince William Sound shortly after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. She and her husband, Mead, were early and longtime supporters of the Prince William Sound Science Center.
The scholarship fund established in her name offers opportunities for students to experience some of the hikes, kayaking and camping that Carol loved, along with engendering the curiosity and adventure that was so much a part of her.
We hope to hear from you soon- we’d love to share part of our summer with you! If you would like more information about our programs or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Marita Kleissler: (907) 424-5800 x 238, or email@example.com.