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.

Winter Break Registration is OPEN!

Winter Break: December 22-29 & January 2-6

Trailside will be offering full days of adventure on ASD In-Service and school release days, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Families can register for our Winter Break camp sessions which will be in Anchorage at the Lidia Selkregg Chalet (Eagle River/Chugiak families, see transportation info here). Camp will run 9 am - 5 pm each day; campers will engage in a variety of winter season programming such as holiday crafts, cross-country skiing, winter animal behaviors, snowshoeing, outdoor winter safety lessons, and more! Campers will have access to heated spaces through group rotations, but please note that the majority of the day will be spent outdoors. Bring a lunch, snack, weather-appropriate gear, and of course, your mask to use while indoors. Come join us and all the TDC FUN! 

We Are Hiring!! Join Our Team!

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: Please note a change in location for Week 1-10.

  • Weeks 1-10 Russian Jack will be at Nunaka Valley Elementary School: 1905 Twining Drive ( Nunaka Valley ) , Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Weeks 11 & 12 will be at Lidia Selkregg Chalet at Russian Jack Springs: 1600 Lidia Selkregg Ln, Anchorage, AK 99504

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, 

Vicki & Cindy

Vicki Long-Leather

Trailside Director

Cindy Tapia Ruiz

Trailside Deputy Director

Cameron Platte

Program Manager


While COVID-19 case rates have decreased significantly, and vaccinations are available to all Alaskans ages 12 and up, we want to ensure that all of the children we serve (which includes children as young as 4 years old) can enjoy camp comfortably and safely. To that end, starting June 7, we are implementing the following mask policy:

Mask wearing for campers is optional (informed by parental preference) unless in proximity to members of the public or during other times where staff feel masks are necessary. 

Mask wearing for fully vaccinated staff is optional when outside (Trailside has copies of all vaccinated staff COVID-19 vaccination records). Staff who are not vaccinated will wear masks at all times. 

Because we want all campers to feel comfortable, our staff will ensure that the choices families make regarding masks are supported (whether a camper wears a mask outside or not). Our staff is quite comfortable supporting mask-wearing given our experiences in the past year!

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).