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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 14 from all economic, social, and cultural backgrounds.

Summer Camp is HERE!

Camp runs May 24 - August 11

Registration is still open for 2023 summer programs. With camp locations in Anchorage, Palmer, and Eagle River, and tons of fun programming, there is fun to be discovered outdoors for Alaska's youth!

Dear Trailside Families, 

Summer is upon us and we are very excited for an action-packed summer of fun, learning, and adventure. 

Site locations & addresses:

Kincaid Bunker: 9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502

Ruth Arcand Park: 3766 Abbott Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507

Russian Jack:

  • Russian Jack is hosted at Airport Heights Elementary for weeks 2-10 and at the Lidia Selkregg Chalet for Weeks 11-12. 
  • Airport Heights Elementary, 1510 Alder Drive (entrance on 16th St) Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Lidia Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Ln Anchorage, AK 99508

Eagle River: Beach Lake Chalet: 17611 S Birchwood Loop Rd, Chugiak, AK 99567

Palmer: Mat- Su Lakes State Recreation Area, 4376 Glenn Hwy, Palmer, AK 99645

What to bring:

General Packing List: (Please label all items)

  • Nutritious lunch, extra snack, and water bottle
  • Walking Shoes (no flip flops)
  • Sunscreen, Bug spray, and Hand Sanitizer
  • Rain Gear and Warm Layers Please check the weather forecast prior to camp, we will be outdoors rain or shine and campers must be prepared.
  • Daypack, please pack lightly as campers will be responsible for carrying their own packs
  • Please check the week at a glance for further items needed (you will be emailed this by the Thursday prior to your session starting)

What to expect at camp?

A typical day at camp:

7:30-9am: Drop off & relaxed morning activities

9:00-9:30am: Welcome, daily schedule review and opening activity

9:30-11:45am: Adventure activities

11:45-12:45pm: Lunch time & reflection

12:45-3:45pm: Afternoon Adventure activities

3:45-5:30pm: Pick up & camper choice activities

Our dedicated staff of students and teaching professionals balance teaching and learning with traditional elements of camp. Trailside Discovery Camp packs a summer of outdoor adventure into each week. Check out our session descriptions and find the adventure that is best for your child. 

We look forward to meeting all of our campers this summer, new and returning, and can't wait to make new memories with you all. 

See you on the trail, 


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.

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 [email protected]or call (907) 274-KIDS (5437).