What do scientists really do? Join the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center’s staff in exploring current scientific research activities in a variety of laboratory and outdoor field settings. The week’s activities focus on building the following skills:

  • Understanding the nature of science;
  • Data collection (both in the lab and in the field);
  • Data interpretation; and
  • Drawing and communicating conclusions.

Students participating in SciTrek will explore current scientific research from a variety of fields. In the past, topics have included the mountain pine beetle infestation, invasive plant species, dendrochronology, groundwater quality and quantity, geographic mapping, evolution/natural selection, solar energy, etc. The 2019 schedule can be viewed here. Students will receive personal mentoring from first-class teachers, staff and expert guest presenters. Please note that some outdoor field work will include a moderate amount of hiking.

This summer camp for high school students has been going strong since 1999. Take a look at our SciTrek YouTube video and our photo album and a news story.

The 2020 SciTrek Program has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The Summer 2021 dates will be identified soon. It is highly encouraged that students combine this experience with the Summer Vet Program for a full day of science-based activities.

The application period for summer 2020 is currently CLOSED. If you would like to be added to our contact list for summer 2021, please submit the student’s name to our database. For questions and program inquiries, please contact the program coordinator, Courtney Butler at courtney.butler@colostate.edu.

Click here for application eligibility information

Group photo
Using a tool to measure
Inspecting a tree