Summer Programs

Summer Programs

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.

Carol Treadwell Scholarship Fund

The Science Center offers the Carol Treadwell Scholarship Fund for full and partial scholarships of summer programs.

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.