Chico'sPremier STEAM Summer Day Camp

Science, Technology, Engineering,

Art and Math

Where Campers are Free to Learn, Imagine, Explore, Create, Play, Dream and Shine.

Give them a Summer of Playing and Learning in Freedom.

They work hard all school year. Give them a summer of fun, friendships and good old fashioned playful memories.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities all in hands on, project based style for campers to choose from. 

Fun, friendship, science, art, nature, adventure and park and creek exploration come together in a fully child choice environment with respectful, caring adults sharing their skills.

  • Camp Wild Heart is hosted and presented by Thrive. 

  • Open to all TK-8th grade students (ages 4 years and 9 months to 13).

  • FREE breakfast and lunch provided by Chico's Summer Nutrition Program (open to students in all income levels) most of summer.

  • Families, please provide your own sack lunches all other dates. 


Self-Directed and Child- Led

Wild Heart Campers are treated to a daily array of fun, educational, exciting options and have the opportunity to choose which activities they'd like to participate in.

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Nature, Park and Creek Exploration

A short walk to beautiful Bidwell Park. One of our popular students' choices is to join the leaders who are spending the day in the park building forts, splashing in the creek, and learning naturalist and survivalist wilderness skills.

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Hands On Science, Art and Engineering

Wild Heart Campers love the exciting hands on projects and activities they get to choose from daily. STEAM activities are presented in a fun, engaging hands on way with enthusiastic adults making learning fun.

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We believe our children need real, in-person play, socialization and hands-on learning now more than ever! The majority of our camp is mask-less.

  • Campers are welcome to wear or not wear a mask at any time. We do not tolerate any teasing, shaming or negativity around mask-wearing or non-wearing.

  • The majority of our program is outside and in active play.

  • Our rooms are large, well-ventilated and campers do not spend extended time indoors.

  • We clean and sanitize high touch areas frequently.

  • Punch Cards make it easy for parents to keep sick kids home without losing a day of camp.

  • We can not guarantee your child will not contract or be in contact with COVID at camp.

We heard your concerns! We will NOT do creek trips this year.

LOTS of fun

on-site WATER Play!

We will reassess for safety in 2022.

Truly Flexible Scheduling

Virtual Punch Cards for FULL FLEXIBILITY because we know summer plans change often. Choose the number of days you want on your punch card and use your days any day we are open. We are still assessing our plans for SUMMER 2021 to follow COVID guidelines. Check back in March 2021 for detailed update of our Summer plans.

We are back in full swing for Summer 2021.

Open Dates:

We are normally open the 10 weeks of Chico Unified's Summer plus 2 extra weeks for those with varied schedules.

June 7th to August 27th, 2021

Monday thru Thursday 9:30am to 4:30pm

CLOSED Mon. July 5th (to celebrate 4th of July)

No day time camps on Fridays.

*NEW* Friday Evening Camps, 3 to 10pm on select dates.

June 18th, July 16th, July 30th and August 13th

Simply use one of your punch card days!

Camp is open 9:30am to 4:30pm with main activity options between 10:45am and 3:15pm.


Students must arrive no later than 10:45am and be picked up no earlier than 3:15pm (unless other arrangements have been made).





We don't oversell so once you purchase a punch card campers will never be turned away as long they arrive by 10:45am (may arrive as early at 9:30am).


Days do NOT need to be consecutive. Mix and match any days (or evening camps) we are open during the summer.

**No refunds or roll over for unused days. All days must be used the summer they are purchased.**

Contact Us

For more information about Camp Wild Heart, our programs, activities, staff, and more, don’t hesitate to contact us!

530-809-4638 or 530-828-9288

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