Summer Camps

Summer Fun


We provide engaging, exciting, and educational summer adventures for youth. 

“In the end we will only conserve what we love, we will only love what we understand, and we will only understand what we are taught.”
Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist


Summer Science Leadership and Adventure Program.

This June join Gateway Mountain Center for an intensive five day science program. You will work on a long term research project done in collaboration with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Science as well as develop and execute your own project. There will still be time for out door adventures such as hiking, swimming in alpine lakes and some other water adventures. It is a great way to prepare for upper level high school and college science classes, to learn more about the Sierra and the watersheds, have great outdoor adventures, make memories to last a lifetime, and work on leadership skills while pushing mental and physical boundaries. All that while having the unique opportunity to learn how to develop, execute and present a research project.



Summer Science Research Program


Summer 2014 Program Dates:

June 15th-20th, 2014.


Cost of the Program

* $775.00          Includes food and lodging at Clair Tappaan Lodge, all equipment and activity fees.

View the Program Flyer.


Don't miss out, register online today. 


For More Information contact:

Peter Mayfield at

(530) 426-3063

P.O. Box 995 Soda Springs, CA 95728



Donner Summit Rock Climbing Camp.

Donner Summit Summer Rock Climbing Camp    Donner Summit Summer Rock Climbing Camp    Donner Summit Summer Rock Climbing Camp

This summer, enjoy the exhilarating adventure of rock climbing on the spectacular granite of Donner Pass. Learn the fundamentals of the climbing safety system – including the use of the rope, belaying, anchoring, and rappelling. Master techniques needed to conquer cracks, slabs, and steep faces. Wednesday, our climbing rest day, will be spent whitewater rafting!



Rock Climbing Camp for Youths Aged 10-18


Summer 2014 Program Dates:

Session One:   July 13-18, 2014.

Session Two:   August 3-8, 2014.


Cost of the Program

* $815.00         Includes food and lodging at Clair Tappaan Lodge, all equipment and whitewater rafting fees.

($565.00 Day Camp option without lodging)

* Proceeds support our Youth Leadership programs for teens.

View the Program Flyer.


For More Information contact:

Peter Mayfield at 

(888) 508-2629

P.O. Box 995 Soda Springs, CA 95728


Director Peter Mayfield has served as Chief Guide for the Yosemite Mountaineering School, competed in World Cup Climbing events and produced successful programs for thousands of youths over the last 25 years.

Peter Mayfield

Instructor Annie Overlin is one of the top women climbers in California and has accomplished many difficult routes throughout the US and Europe. Annie is a botanist, environmental consultant, and educator.

Annie Overlin

Instructor Steve Schneider has been one of the top American climbers of the last 30 years, with world-class climbing achievements in Patagonia, Asia, and the US; including free ascents on El Capitan, 5.14 redpoints, and World Cup competitions. Steve is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide. Most importantly, Steve is an enthusiastic, supportive coach who is fantastic with young people.

Peter Mayfield





Climbing Camp girls on Donner Summit, CA.

Program offered in conjunction with Alpine Skills InternationalAlpine Skills International - ASI


Summer Day Camps at Sugar Bowl


Explore Nature Camps in partnership with Sugar Bowl!

Our day camp programs balance field science instruction, hiking, and reflection. We emphasize active learning that is cooperative, fun, and provocative. Destinations are chosen by our staff to illustrate themes and concepts and to provide a meaningful outdoor experience. Group safety; trail conditions, group cooperation and fitness levels are taken into account in determining a day’s activities. Days on the trail will include natural history learning activities and games, team building exercises, and journaling and reflection time. The core activities are rounded out with nature games, art, sensitizing and reflection activities, and journaling.

Further information is available at the Sugar Bowl web site.


Explore Nature

Ages 4-6

Adventures in Nature

Ages 7-10

Mountain Adventure

Ages 11-14


Summer 2014 Program Dates

Session One:    Monday July 21st to Friday July 25th, 2014

Session Two:    Monday July 28th to Friday August 1st, 2014


                          View the Program Flyer


Registration and detailed information is available Sugar Bowl's web site. Click HERE.