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

Trailside is following Mandate 16, I. 

  • 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. Her bio is attached.
  • 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 (subject to change in the case of a change on mandates or emergency orders). 

Locations beginning Week 1: May 26th through Week 12: August 14th. 

  • Goose Lake Park Shelter-2811 UAA Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Kincaid Park Shelter-9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502
  • Ruth Arcland Shelter-3766 Abbott Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
  • Abbott Loop Shelter-8101 Elmore Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
  • Russian Jack Shelter (different than the chalet)- 801 Pine Street    

Locations we are waiting on more information;

  • Campbell Creek Science Center
  • Kasuun Elementary School 
  • Oceanview Elementary School
  • Chugach Optional
  • Russian Jack Elementary
  • Sand Lake Elementary 
  • Russian Jack Chalet (Lidia Selkregg Chalet)
  • Spring Creek Farm (Palmer)

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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).