Trailside discovery camp

Trailside Discovery Camp is an award winning camp program in Alaska that provides a broad range of outdoor environmental education experiences for students ages 4 to 16 from all economic, social, and cultural backgrounds. We provide summer camps at a variety of locations in Anchorage and Palmer. We also offer special winter and spring programs during school breaks.


Trailside Discovery Camp’s COVID-19 RESPONSE

Hello Wonderful Parents/ Guardians,

Trailside has developed an extensive Mitigation Plan following mandates and guidelines.  View the Mitigation Plan here>> This summer Trailside is launching a modified summer experience.

Camp to go kits: Each week there will be a different topic. Every camper will receive a kit (either picked up from our downtown office or delivered by our enthusiastic staff. There will be optional 1hr zoom calls each day with guest speakers and follow along at home activities or parents and campers can complete at home using the instructions provided. (More information coming soon).

Modified in person camp: Trailside knows the importance of safe childcare and summer camp options during this time. We have come up with a modified summer approach, with smaller groups, additional locations and updated health and safety procedures and protocols. Trailside has hired a Camp Consultant: Deborah Gilboa, MD. We are continuing to receive applications for seasonal staff and our Program Managers are working on this season’s curriculum and logistics.

Currently Approved Locations
(some are on a rotating schedule) (subject to change in the case of a change on mandates or emergency orders).

Anchorage Locations (some locations rotate).

  • Kincaid Chalet, 6998 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502
  • Abbott Loop Park, 8101 Elmore Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
  • Ruth Arcand, 3766 Abbott Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
  • Russian Jack Springs, 801 Pine Street, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Goose Lake, 2811 UAA Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Kincaid Elementary School, 4900 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, 99502
  • Kasuun Elementary School, 4000 E 68th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99507
  • Inlet View Elementary School, 1219 N St, Anchorage, AK 99501
  • Eagle River: Fire Lake Elementary School 13801 Harry McDonald Road, Eagle River, AK, 99577

Palmer locations:

  • Spring Creek Farm, 6402 Lossing Rd, Palmer, AK 99645

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*Quest Trips have been postponed until further notice*

American Camp Association Accredited

Trailside Discovery Camp at Spring Creek Farm and Campbell Creek Science Center, are American Camp Association Accredited. To learn more about the ACA Accreditation, click here.

Scholarships are Available!

At Trailside discovery Camp we want to make it possible for every camper to experience the joys of camp. Our Scholarship Program makes that happen.

Learn More About Scholarships Here!

Title VI Compliance

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et seq. and its implementing regulations provide that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. Trailside Discovery Camp takes reasonable steps to ensure that such persons have meaningful access to the programs, services, and information we provide.

Special Thanks to:

9zero7 Fat Bikes, First National Bank Alaska, CIRI, REI, BLM/Campbell Creek Science Center, CITC, Skinny Raven Sports, Alaska Wildland Adventures, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, Rasmuson Foundation

Do you use a Fred Meyer rewards card?

Trailside Discovery Camp can now receive donations YOU generate when you shop at Fred Meyer. When you shop, you’ll still get every Rewards Point, Fuel Point and Rebate you would normally get AND Trailside gets dollars kicked in, too. Every one of these dollars goes toward helping us provide Alaskan kids with the best early outdoor experiences possible through our award-winning Trailside Discovery Camp.

Sign up here! Type “Trailside” into the organization search box at the prompt, or enter our code:FS273 to link your Rewards account to Trailside Discovery Camp.

Want to learn more about our programs? Contact trailside@akcenter.orgor call (907) 274-KIDS (5437).