Young Explorers FAQs
Camp registration opens on March 1st of 2018. Registration is completed online here.
We recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure you receive your first choice of session. Most weeks fill up by mid-May.
The Young Explorers Camp is for ages 3-1/2 through entering Kindergarten. Some exceptions can be made for children who are entering 1st grade but have never been to camp before, are timid, or are young for their grade. If you feel your child would benefit from attending Young Explorers Camp but they fall outside of the age requirements, please call our office at (559) 248-8480 ext. 104 directly with this request. All campers must be potty trained to participate.
Yes! Each camper may register for up to 2 weeks of River Camp or Young Explorers each summer.
If your desired session is full, you may register your camper for the waitlist here. If/when a spot opens up for your camper you will be automatically notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to register. If you do not register within those 48 hours your spot will be forfeited and offered to the next camper on the waitlist. Please note: River Parkway Trust staff are unable to assess the likelihood that a spot will open up for your camper, as the variables are beyond our control.
River Parkway Trust members receive the discount codes for the season via e-mail when registration opens in early March. If you did not receive a copy of the discount code please call us at (559) 248-8480.
You will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail immediately upon registration. This e-mail will include a copy of your registration and basic camp information. Additional information will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the beginning of your registered camp date.
A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration: $50 for River Camp or $25 for Young Explorers. Full refunds (less the deposit amount) will be given if requested at least 7 days prior to your camp start date. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to your camp start date, refunds will only be given for medical or family emergencies. If you need to cancel, please contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene, Community Programs Director, at (559) 248-8480 ext. 104.
Since Young Explorers Camp is capped at 20 campers per day and campers tend to be within 2 years of age from each other, campers participate in most activities as a group. However, we are mindful of the developmental differences between ages 3-1/2 and 5-1/2 and strive to create an environment conducive for children to thrive physically, socially and emotionally as they experience nature. We will divide into groups during certain activities to ensure camper safety, match interest/ability level and foster small group interaction. We do our best to accommodate siblings or friends that desire to stay together.
Young Explorers are dropped off at 9 am and picked up at 12 pm from the River Center each day. All campers must be signed in and out by a guardian or authorized pick-up. Click here for a map to the River Center.
We strongly encourage you to schedule your camper’s session to minimize any scheduling conflicts that require late arrival or early pick-up. In the event that such a conflict is unavoidable, please make arrangements with the Camp Director in advance.
If your child is going to miss a day of camp, please contact us at (559) 248-8480 to notify us of the absence.
Please have your child wear the following to camp each day:
- Swimsuit (under clothing; no changing room available)
- Shoes that can get wet (NO FLIP FLOPS)
- Sunscreen and a hat
Please have your child bring the following to camp each day:
- A full, reusable water bottle
- A towel
We will provide:
- All activity supplies
- River Camp T-shirt
- Drinking water/Gatorade
- Morning snack
Yes! We welcome parents or other guardians to stay and join in the fun.