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River Camp, hosted by the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, provides a fun and safe place for campers of all ages to spend time at the river exploring, playing, making friends, and learning about nature. The San Joaquin River is one of the most beautiful and important natural resources in our area-our water source, home to fish and wildlife, and some of our last undeveloped open space. At River Camp, children have the opportunity to experience this treasure right in their own backyard.

River Camp 2022 and COVID-19

Our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our campers, Junior Leaders, and staff.  As camp programs take place entirely outdoors, kids will have plenty of space to spread out and lots of fresh air to breathe.  We will monitor current requirements and guidance documents and implement best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Safety measures will include:

  • Daily health screenings
  • Reduced group sizes and camp capacity
  • Physical distancing in daily games and activities
  • Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer
  • Increased sanitization of camp facilities and activity materials
  • Use of masks indoors and any time participants might not be able to maintain 6 feet of distance

For over 25 years, River Camp has provided youth with the opportunity to spend meaningful time outdoors, create new friendships, and learn about the local ecosystem. We look forward to continuing these traditions in 2022.  

Please note: River Camp 2022 program offerings are subject to change based on current conditions and public health requirements; please visit www.riverparkway.org for the most current information on River Camp 2022.  Click here for COVID-19 specific information.

River Camp Mission and Values

The mission of River Camp is to foster memorable experiences that connect youth to the San Joaquin River through fun and engaging educational activities. River Camp runs on the following core values:

  • River Camp is a safe and fun environment for self-expression and personal growth.
  • River Camp is an inclusive community.
  • River Camp is environmentally friendly and promotes stewardship.
  • River Camp is mutually influential; campers learn from counselors, and counselors learn from campers.

New! Young Explorers Enrichment Program 

Young Explorers Enrichment Program - The Young Explorers Enrichment Program is an extension of our pre-K and K summer camp program, designed to supplement your child’s regular pre-school or classroom learning through nature-based experiences. Our focus is on learning through play, exploration, and hands-on experiences using nature as the classroom; children are outside for the duration of each program day, and the environment is our teacher. The Young Explorers Enrichment Program is open to youth ages 3.5 through those currently enrolled in Kindergarten as of the session start date.  The spring session lasts 9 weeks, and participants meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm during that session (a total of 18 dates).

2022 River Camp Programs

In 2022, River Camp consists of 6 programs.  Click on the program name below for more information and 2022 dates.  Members-only registration begins on February 1st, general registration begins on March 1st.

Young Explorers Camp - Pre-K and Kindergarten mini-camp program offering Tu-Th half-day sessions for campers ages 3.5-entering Kindergarten (note: no swim).  All campers must be potty trained.

River Camp Adventurers - Environmental education based day camp for 1st-5th grade campers held at Scout Island.

River Camp Rangers - Leadership, teambuilding, and science day camp for 6th-8th grade campers held at Owl Hollow.

River Camp Voyagers - Outdoor skills and paddle sports focused camp for High School students held at Sumner Peck Ranch.

Junior Leaders Program (High School Students) - High school volunteer program for all River Camp programs.

River Camp at Firebaugh - Our rural camp held in Firebaugh, serving local 1st-8th grade youth with 6 one-week sessions each summer.

Contact: Molly Schnur-Salimbene, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Meet the 2021 River Camp Staff!


Surprise the special child in your life by sending them to camp.  Click here for more information on purchasing a River Camp gift certificate.


Young Explorers program takes place at the River Center, a facility owned and operated by the River Parkway Trust, where participants will explore the Hidden Homes trail, create arts and crafts, engage in dramatic play, and more.. (Note: there is no swim at Young Explorers; water-based games and activities are built into each program day.)

River Camp Adventurers takes place at Scout Island, a private riverfront facility owned and operated by the Fresno County Office of Education.  Campers attending River Camp Adventurers will be dropped off at and picked up from the River Center each day and will ride the River Camp bus to and from camp.

River Camp Rangers takes place at Owl Hollow, a riverfront property owned and operated by the River Parkway Trust located near the River Center.

River Camp Voyagers takes place at Sumner Peck Ranch, a riverfront property owned and operated by the River Parkway Trust located 4 miles north of the River Center on Friant Rd.

River Camp at Firebaugh takes place at the Andrew Firebaugh Community Center and Park in Firebaugh, where participants learn about the local history of the town, play environmental education games, and take part in traditional camp activities each day.

The Junior Leader program allows high school participants to participate at any of the River Camp programs in which they are interested.


Benefits include early access to registration beginning on February 1st and reduced fees for River Parkway Trust members at the $100 membership level or higher. You can become a member online. If you're a member and haven't received your code, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  DISCOUNT CODE MUST BE ENTERED DURING REGISTRATION; DISCOUNTS WILL NOT BE RETROACTIVELY APPLIED.


Sponsor River Camp: Contact Bryna De Fede, Development Associate 559-248-8480x216 or bdefede@riverparkway,org.  

CLICK HERE for the River Camp in Fresno 2022 Sponsorship Packet. 

CLICK HERE for the River Camp in Firebaugh 2022 Sponsorship Packet.