Spring Creek Farm

All of our programs are designed to be both fun and informative. Naturalists lead small groups teaching campers about Alaska’s history, wildlife, and natural science while developing social growth as well as leadership and outdoor skills. Programs emphasize interactive, hands-on, outdoor experiences. Participants slog through bogs, explore forests, tread gently across trails and learn about nature while immersed in it. Join us for a fun-filled summer in the great outdoors!

Programs begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm.
Meet at Spring Creek Farm in Palmer. 6402 Lossing Road.

Registration Opens Jan 8, 2020
Camp runs: June 3 – July 12


Ages 4-6

Join our compassionate and enthusiastic staff in exploring the outdoors using a variety of hands-on and sensory activities. Campers ages four, five and six will come to learn more about their role in the outdoors while strengthening their motor, social, and observational skills. Every week there will be a walking field trip. Ratio 1:6. All classes are $295 unless otherwise noted.

Doodle Bugs- *New
  • Observe natural beauty
  • Track adventures in doodle bug journals
  • Create art from nature materials
T-Rex Times- *NEW
  • How tall was a T-Rex?
  • Create a dinosaur
  • Explore geological timeline
Out of this world- *NEW
  • Discover what is in the solar system
  • Create your own planet
  • Explore the stars
Musical Munchkins- *NEW
  • Explore the sounds of the forests
  • Create your own musical notes
  • Make your own nature instrument
Jammin’ with Salmon- *NEW
  • Be apart of a Salmon dissection
  • Learn the salmon cycle
  • Observe salmon in their natural habitat
Flying Friends- *NEW
  • What is a raptor?
  • Find feathered friends in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a visit from Bird TLC
Aqua Mania- *NEW
  • Learn the water cycle boogie
  • Explore the creek and salmon life cycle
  • Experience the power of water
Treetop Explorers
  • Explore a forest habitat
  • What makes a tree?
  • Discover a variety of leaves

AGES 7-9

Knowledgeable and engaging instructors lead day programs focusing on environmental concepts. Campers will take part in hands-on lessons, activities, and games that explore topics in depth. Groups will spend time on the farm as well as travel off-site to various locations throughout Anchorage and Alaska. Ratio 1:8. All classes are $295 unless otherwise noted.

Picture Perfect
  • Capture your surroundings
  • Explore types of photography
  • Slideshow presentation at the end of the week
Farm to Feast- *NEW
  • Visit a local food production site
  • Learn about seeds, soil and compost
  • Map your snack!
  • Use materials found in nature to create projects
  • Sketch across the Anchorage bowl
  • Create a group masterpiece
Mission: Space
  • Visit a local planetarium
  • Explore our solar system
  • Stars and constellations
Trail Riders I *Bring your own bike – $300
  • Explore the single tracks of Anchorage
  • Learn to fix your own bike
  • Engage in trail safety & etiquette
  • Ride based on skill level with Trail Riders II
Summit Seekers – NEW!- $300
  • Summit local mountains
  • Orienteering, map reading & GPS skills
  • Learn about local geology
Paddle Mania- $335
  • Water safety instruction
  • Visit a local lake and participate in water activities
  • Try out canoeing, kayaking and/or paddle boarding

Xtreme AK -$335

  • Shoot a compound and recurve bow
  • Hit the trails on a bike ride (bring your own or use our Fat Tire Bikes)
  • Go climbing!

Our knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and charismatic instructors are excited for campers to join them as they explore their natural surroundings. Instructors will focus on conveying their knowledge through group activities, games, team building and hands on lessons. Instructional techniques include experiential learning in a natural environment to promote lifelong learning. Ratio 1:8. Programs are $295 per week unless otherwise noted.

Behind the lens- *NEW
  • Learn landscape & macro techniques
  • Practice the rule of thirds
  • Take stellar photos of the great Alaskan outdoors
Trail Riders II *Bring your own bike -$300
  • Learn advanced mountain biking skills
  • Build new levels of confidence on single tracks
  • Ride based on skill level with Trail Riders I
Fish On -$335
  • Fish at local fishing areas
  • Learn and master knots used by Alaskan fisherman
  • Gain the knowledge and skills it takes to catch a fish
Explorers: Earth -$315
  • Fat Tire Bike (we provide), hike, and explore!
  • Learn navigational skills
  • Practice safety skills & outdoor adventure spirit
Explorers: Water -$335
  • Stand-up paddle board, kayak, and canoe!
  • Learn paddling skills for various different boats
  • Practice water safety & outdoor adventure spirit
Reach High -$335
  • Learn basic climbing safety techniques
  • Explore indoor & outdoor rock climbing
  • Climb to new heights
TDC Chefs *NEW
  • Discover how to cook in the outdoors
  • Practice different culinary skills
  • Explore Alaskan ingredients
Adventure Overnight (Biking)- NEW- $355
  • Explore low-impact camping
  • Take bikes with you and test out some new trails
Teacher Naturalist in Training ( Ages 14-16)

This program was designed to be an educational leadership program for mature campers who are interested in working in Environmental Education or related fields. During the Teen Naturalist in Training (or T.N.T.) program, campers will learn about the roles and responsibilities of an environmental instructor, behavior management, lesson planning and instruction, and developmentally appropriate practices. They will also put these skills into practice by leading games and lessons throughout the week with children ages four through seven. Campers are then given the opportunity to continue to hone skills by returning for subsequent weeks of volunteering to work with campers.Spend one night camping out.

TRIPS 8 – 9

Our introductory trips are designed for campers who are ready to spend extended time away from the walls and windows of everyday life. After two days of checking gear, reviewing equipment, teaming building, wilderness safety, practicing basic skills, and Leave No Trace camping skills, campers head out for a three-day, two-night campout and discover adventure (Wed-Fri trip). Two staff per 12 campers. Trips are $440

Camping & Paddling
  • Learn water safety
  • Build paddling skills
  • Lower Ohmer Campground

Trips 10 – 11

These trips are designed for campers to expand their backcountry camping skills. After two days of team building, practicing skills, and preparing gear, campers head out for a three-day, two-night wilderness trip. They return for pick up on Friday afternoon (Wed-Fri trip). Two staff per 12 campers. Trips are $440

Kayak Trip
  • Refine paddling skills
  • Navigating on lakes
  • Explore Hidden Lake

TRIPS 12 – 14

Longer trips for teens combine backcountry skills with natural history as campers further develop their outdoor skills. After one day in camp practicing skills and preparing gear, campers leave on Tuesday morning and do not return until Friday afternoon. Trips are designed for campers with prior experience. Two staff per 10-12 campers. All trips are $490

  • Learn the art of packing
  • Trek around the Alaska range
  • Learn outdoor survival skills

Want to learn more about our programs? Contact trailside@akcenter.org or call (907) 274-KIDS (5437).