*Please note our drop off and pick up location for River Camp at Scout Island and Young Explorers is at the River Center. Click here for a map. 

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.

Click here to download the River Camp Brochure (3 MB). 

River Camp consists of 4 programs.  Click on the program name below for more information.

River Camp at Scout Island (1st through 8th grade) - Our flagship program serving Fresno-area youth with 8 one-week sessions each summer.

River Camp at Owl Hollow (6th through 8th grade)New in 2020! Leadership, teambuilding, and science camp for middle-school aged campers.

Young Explorers Camp (3 1/2 through entering Kindergarten) - Our pre-K and Kindergarten mini-camp program offering Tu-Th half-day sessions for younger campers.

Junior Leaders Program (High School Students) - Our high school volunteer program for River Camp at Scout Island and Young Explorers Camp.

River Camp at Firebaugh - Our rural camp held in Firebaugh, serving local 1st-8th grade youth with 5 one-week sessions each summer.

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


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


River Camp at Scout Island is held at Scout Island, a beautiful 85-acre outdoor education facility owned and operated by the Fresno County Office of Education. The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust is proud to partner with the FCOE to bring outdoor education to the children in our community.  

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.

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

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


Are you a River Parkway Trust member? Benefits include reduced fees for River Camp. You can become a member online. 


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

CLICK HERE for the River Camp in Fresno 2020 Sponsorship Packet. 

CLICK HERE for the River Camp in Firebaugh 2020 Sponsorship Packet.