Ground to Sound STEM Environmental Challenge Camp

GTS2019 Intern, Mentor and Camper Status:   Update 3/12/2019: 

Greetings!  No Camper slots remain for GTS2019! 

Please go to Registration if you wish your student to be on the Wait-list. 

(We will wait-list up to 3 campers.  There are 0 waitlisted as of 3/11/19.)


There are no Intern & Mentor positions open for GTS2019  Application

(First time Mentor/Intern applicants: Please read the Mentor and Intern positions:   section below for more information.)


Up for a Challenge?  The 2019 Ground to Sound STEM Environmental Challenge camp program will be from July 8 - 12 from 8:30 - 4:00pm at Brightwater Center 22505 State Route 9, Woodinville, WA 98072. (1 mile north of Costco)


Mentor & Intern Training Dates: Interns and Mentors will be notified our meeting time at Brightwater Center once all Mentors and Interns are approved.  (Advance notice: 2019 training will be either July 1, 2, or 3)


Welcome to GTS2019 STEM Environmental Challenge Summer Camp!

GTS Summer Camp Preview video  

Camp Description:   Campers, entering 5th - 7th grade, conduct five days of field studies to learn how saving Puget Sound starts right here in our own backyard!   Campers explore the woods, waters and trails in the beautiful North 40 at the Brightwater Environmental Center, near Woodinville, WA, while working with their teammates to learn about our natural environment.  

  GTS 2019 Registration Form        GTS 2018 Camp Brochure       GTS 2018 Camp Flyer 

(2109 documents will be posted as each becomes available)


What's different about GTS?

A highly trained, experienced staff.  One camp only.  One week each year.   No production.  Registration is limited.

  • We select our staff from experienced environmental  educators who are also certified teachers. 
  • All have actual Science / STEM experience. 
  • Very low ratio of staff to Campers (presently runs 1:6 staff/students). 
  • Leadership: Experienced Mentors & Interns assist Campers.  Many Mentors & Interns have been at GTS for 3+ years, some 5+ years!
  • Last, we really like to have fun learning about the natural world through hands on STEM and Environmental experiences


What do our teams of campers do at GTS? 

Each team will use their skills and abilities to learn more about the natural world. Each person is a vital team member, helping the group have fun while achieving their goals.

Like all scientists, we’ll get dirty, use all kinds of cutting edge technical equipment (Vernier probes, iPads, Stereoscopes, video cams etc), do simulations with different materials each day to make learning fun. In addition to challenges, you'll be working together to understand how systems can work together to help create a more sustainable world.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Hidden River, this science based STEM camp uses a place-based experiential approach to learning. Campers will learn how to work together from one challenge to another using their knowledge and teamwork skills to meet each challenge. The goal is to become Stewards of the Sound through positive action for our local community..

Interested?   We'd like to ask you take a look at the key links below to help you visualize just what we do at GTS!  The GTS Staff hopes these resources will really help you understand more clearly why our camp is so awesome and what our campers do once they are at camp..

A. What makes this camp so different than other summer camps?  

               Watch the videos here to see GTS from a Camper or Parent perspective.

B. GTS Photo Gallery   Take a look at the GTS photo gallery.  The gallery shows GTS campers in action at many of the different activities GTS offers.

How much is Tuition?  $310 for the five day program for first time Campers. 

  • We have Scholarships for families who need help for tuition. 
  • We offer a reduced tuition of $285 for returning Campers. 
  • Mail Tuition Payments to: Friends of the Hidden River c/o Marie Hartford Registrar  12826 NE 185th Ct.  Bothell, WA 98011  (Note: All mail is delivered to a sealed lockbox.)


What are our Camp hours?   are 8:30 to 4:00.  

Where is the GTS Camp held?   Brightwater Center 22505 State Route 9, Woodinville, WA 98072.  

Would you like further information about GTS? 
Send an email to our GTS Registrar  Marie Hartford at for information on the camp or scholarships.  Or, if you're ready to sign up, go to Registration


Mentor and Intern positions:
 Are you a Middle School 8th grader, High School student or HS graduate who wants to actively support your local environment while having something fun to do this summer? If so, come work with us as an Intern or a Mentor at the Ground to Sound Challenge STEM summer camp at the new Brightwater Environmental Center on State Route 9 near Woodinville, WA! 

Our camps are a fantastic experience for learning and building leadership skills. You get to have fun while learning.  We are looking to have even more fun this year!  We look for experienced individuals (often Mentors from previous camps) to become Interns (HS Juniors, Seniors or High school graduates) and Mentors (8-11th grade) to help at this exciting camp at the Brightwater Environmental Center in Woodinville, WA. Previous intern or mentor experience is a plus, but not necessary. There is no tuition for Interns.  Mentor/Intern Application form

Mentor Tuition is $145.00 for the entire program. This includes a five day camp as well as a one day training program prior to the start of camp at Brightwater Community Center Labs. 

Interns are part of the camp teaching staff and are paid a stipend for their work in setting up, organizing, conducting and closing camp.

If you are interested in applying to be an Intern or Mentor, please fill out this Mentor/Intern Application form and email the form to  John Schmied, GTS Camp Director, at .