Camp Chico Creek

Learn   *   Splash   *   Laugh

Let your child experience the wonder of Bidwell Park!

Registration is OPEN!!

More Information:

Dates: Monday- Friday, All Summer (following the Chico Unified summer dates)

No Camp in celebration of Independence Day on 7/3 and 7/4.

 Times: Full Day: 9am to 4pm, Half Day: 9am to 1pm

Extended Care Available 7:45am to 9am and/or 4 to 5:30pm at no additional cost

 Location:  In the heart of Bidwell Park, at the Chico Creek Nature Center.

1968 E. 8th Street Chico, Ca 95928 – (530) 891-4671

Cost: Flexible Scheduling with Daily Rates and Weekly Discounts

Week of Full Days= $210, Week of Half Days= $135

Single Full Day= $45, Single Half Day= $29

Extended Care at no additional cost

 Registration: Convenient, Online Registration.

You may, also, call (530-891-4671) or stop by to register.



Summer 2017 Sessions:

Wiggling Worms (Week 1) Jun 8 – 9, 2017
Wet ‘n Wild (Week 2) Jun 12 – 16, 2017
Reptile Adventures (Week 3) Jun 19 – 23, 2017
Creek Explorers (Week 4) Jun 26 – 30, 2017
Slithering Snakes (Week 5) Jul 5 – 7, 2016 (No camp July 3 and July 4, 2017)
Splash Zone (Week 6) Jul 10 – 14 2017
Turtle Power (Week 7) Jul 17 – 21, 201
Water Adventures (Week 8) Jul 24 – 28, 2017
Raging Raptors (Week 9) July 31 – Aug 4, 2017
Creepy Crawlers   (Week 10) Aug 7 – 11, 2017

Egg Laying Critters (Week 11) Aug 14-18, 2017

Download a camp map suitable for coloring here.

Download the ParentInfoSheetforSummer2017 and emergency contact form here.



Join CARD’s Youth Leadership Program to be a Jr. Naturalist at Camp Chico Creek!

Our Youth Leadership Program entails a parent meeting, interview, training, and a minimum commitment of two weeks during the summer.  All Summer 2017 Jr. Naturalists have been interviewed and scheduled.


Program Overview: The Chico Creek Nature Center, located in the heart of Bidwell Park, presents nature education day camps for children ages 5 to 11. The program is designed to provide outdoor recreation and to foster awareness of nature in a fun, safe, and caring setting. Campers enjoy hands-on natural science labs, up close animal visits, outdoor games, arts and crafts, and swimming in Big Chico Creek.

Camp Shirts:      Campers are required to wear their camp shirt every day of camp. Shirts are $10 and will be distributed to campers on their first day. Size is determined at that time. Shirts are the same each year so you may wear last years. Some families choose to buy multiple shirts so they are prepared for many days of summer camp fun.

Camp Lunch:      Sadly we are not longer served by Chico Unified’s summer meal program.  Campers should come with a large lunch and several snacks.  Families that qualify for free lunch may still be provided with a lunch that includes a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich, a cheese stick, a chewy granola bar and a piece of fruit.  If you are in need of our limited free lunch program please look for an e-mail each week with a link to sign up for the program.  A separate application must be filled out each week and proof of qualification will be required.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Bring/Wear:       To ensure a GREAT experience campers should bring or wear the following:

Large Packed Snacks Campers get very hungry throughout the day.
Closed Toe Shoes No sandals, flip flops, etc.
Closed Toe Water Shoes Campers will not be allowed in the water without these. They may be a second pair of sneakers but may not be flip flops or any type of sandal with exposed toes.
Layered Clothing The temperature can change a lot throughout the day.
Sunscreen Please send your child with sunscreen and apply sunscreen before they arrive at camp. Counselors will remind them to re-apply as needed throughout the day.
Bug Repellent Counselors will remind them to apply if needed.
Water Bottle Extra Outfit at needed
Swim Suit We recommend items come in a backpack for safe keeping. Campers will have use of cubbies to store their items. Please label all items brought to camp.
Extra Outfit at needed

Swimming/Sunscreen:  We swim every day of camp. Please make sure campers always have the necessary supplies. Counselors will remind campers to reapply sunscreen as needed. Counselors will oversee the application and, if needed, a fellow camper may help with the application. Counselors will not assist with the application of sunscreen.

Sign In/Out: For the safety of your children we ask they you sign them in and out every day. Please be prepared to show a photo ID at pick up. Only named parents and authorized pick ups will be allowed to pick up. If you need to have someone else pick up please revise your registration online or contact us. Please pick up at your scheduled time. We charge $10 for the first 10 minutes late and $2 per minute after that.


Camp Team    (530)891-4671 x27

Camp Directors:  

Taylor Beck, Camp Name: Red Tail

Kate VonMosch, Camp Name: Polywog

Jonah McInnis, Camp Name: Bobcat

Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

At the Chico Area Recreation and Park District, we are constantly striving to provide you with quality recreation programs.  We are confident that you will like these programs…so confident that we will ensure our promise to provide that high quality.  If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the quality of our programs or instructors, we encourage you to contact us immediately so we can work to resolve your concern and improve the quality of our programs for all participants.  If you are not completely satisfied, contact us and we will arrange for you to do one of the following:

1.       Repeat the program at no charge.

2.       Receive full credit that can be applied to any other program.

3.       Receive a full refund.

Currently, this guarantee applies to all of our programs except Adult Leagues, Facility Rentals, Trips and Tours, and all grant/scholarship funded programs.  These programs have specific policies that apply.  Your complete satisfaction with these programs is equally valued, and we will work with you to resolve your concerns.

To receive a credit, repeat a program, or obtain a refund, please contact us in writing, by phone, by email, or in person.  Requests must be made within ten (10) business days after the last program meeting.  Your receipt, cancelled check or proof of I.D. may be required.  Refund checks will be processed within fifteen (15) business days.

Cancellation Policy

In the event CARD needs to cancel a class or program due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or any other unforeseen circumstance, you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.  We understand that unexpected circumstances may also arise resulting in a need for you to withdraw from a class or program.  If so, please notify us by the Thursday before camp.  Requests for refunds or transfers made be made in person, by email or by phone.  Your receipt, cancelled check or proof on identification may be required.  Refund checks will be processed within fifteen (15) business days.

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In Bidwell Park at 1968 E 8th Street, Chico, CA, 95928 – – phone (530) 891-4671 – fax (530) 891-0837