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.

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Dear Trailside Families, 

We have all faced immense challenges over the past two years, but we have also demonstrated incredible resilience. Our families and our community have all learned to adapt and we are emerging stronger than before, implementing strong health and safety protocols and discovering new ways to find joy and fun for our campers. Our entire Trailside team and the staff at The Alaska Center Education Fund are excited to work with you and your family in supporting healthy, outdoor education experiences for youth that build connection and community. 

We are honored to operate camp on the lands of the Dena’ina people, and grateful for the thousands of years of stewardship by Indigenous people that allow our staff and campers to enjoy beautiful lands, waters, and wildlife of Alaska. The need for camp is clear for us: social interaction, outdoor activities, and free play is more important now than ever before. For 2022 you will see: 

  • In-service day programming: Spring Break, Winter Break & School holidays/ teacher days
  • Summer sessions at multiple locations: Kincaid Bunker, Ruth Arcand Park, Russian Jack Park (Lidia Selkregg Chalet), Eagle River/ Chugiak - Beach Lake Chalet, Palmer- Matanuska Lakes and Recreation area
  • New programs, throughout this brochure you will find brief descriptions of each program. All of our programs are outdoor based, immersing campers in nature and exploring our beautiful lands. 

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 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 when outside (informed by parental preference) unless in proximity to members of the public or during other times where staff feel masks are necessary. 

Masks are required for all campers & staff when inside buildings.

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).