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.

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Trailside Discovery Camp’s COVID-19 RESPONSE

Hello Wonderful Parents/Guardians,

Trailside developed an extensive Mitigation Plan following mandates and guidelines.
View the Mitigation Plan here>>

We have successfully completed 13 weeks of summer camp and are extending programming through the fall.  Check out the sessions here >>

Moving through the fall: With school switching to online and sports canceled, we want to ensure kids can have safe outdoor social interactions. Trailside will be monitoring COVID case statistics and following best practices. We will be adapting to any changes and communicating with families. 

Fall Programs: We are launching two fall programs for families at a reduced rate to provide support during this time. 

Afternoon Adventures: $25 per week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 1pm-5pm. This program will follow a curriculum of engaging activities and allow for homework time. Parents are encouraged to send campers with handouts and homework. Let’s enjoy the fall weather and get outside! Each group with have the same campers for a week at a time.

Wilderness Wednesdays: five-week POD program, 8am-5pm, $95 for five weeks: Every Wednesday join us to increase skills in a focus area. Campers are welcome to bring some “homework” that they will have dedicated time to complete. The campers will be the same for the five -week session.

Modified in-person camp: Trailside knows the importance of safe childcare and summer/fall camp options during this time. We have a modified summer/fall 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.

Cost: Trailside understands that parents were not anticipating additional fall childcare costs and will strive to apply for grants and funding to offset the cost of these programs. There will be a buy-in fee to ensure that parents who sign up do attend. We anticipate the need for childcare options to be high and want to make sure every camper gets the chance to attend.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly; Vicki Long-Leather Camp Director trailside@akcenter.org

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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).