Ground to Sound STEM Environmental Challenge Camp

Welcome to GTS2018 STEM Environmental Challenge Summer Camp!

Update 6/8/18: 

GTS2018 Intern, Mentor and Camper Status: 

Intern and Mentor positions are filled. 

We are Waitlisting Camper registrations as of Friday June 8.  Please call Marie Hartford, our Registrar, at 206 714 4742 or email at to check the status of camper slots before signing up campers on our Registration Page.  


Up for a Challenge?  This year's Ground to Sound STEM Environmental Challenge camp program will be from July 9 - 13 from 8:30 - 4:00pm at Brightwater Center on State Route 9 near Woodinville, WA. 


Intern and Mentor training is July 5th.  Interns and Mentors will be notified our meeting time at Brightwater Center.


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 2018 Registration Form        GTS 2018 Camp Brochure       GTS 2018 Camp Flyer


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 presentation..

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

Tuition is $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.)

Camp Hours are 8:30 to 4:00.           Camp location: Brightwater Center, Woodinville, WA.

Would you like further information about our camp?
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, please register on the online registration link posted above

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 continue to be 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 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 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 .