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.

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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 children ages 4 years and 9 months to 11. 

  • Check out our teen leadership program for your older kids (ages 13& up, some mature 12 year olds accepted)

  • We are hopeful to bring back the free breakfast and lunch provided by Chico's Summer Nutrition Program for 2022. We will update this section once we know whether we will be able to provide lunch & breakfast to campers.


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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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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Nature, Park and Creek Exploration

A short walk to beautiful Bidwell Park offered to campers on specific dates. 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.

*NEW* Join us on our 4 special Thursdays where we will take ALL campers to the park for a Nature & Creek Exploration day! 

Truly Flexible Scheduling

Our Punch Cards offer 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 looking forward to another awesome Summer in 2022!

Open Dates:

We are normally open the 10 weeks of Chico Unified's Summer plus 1 extra week for those with varied schedules.

June 6th to August 18th, 2022

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

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

No day time camps on Fridays.

 Friday Evening Camps, 5 to 10pm on select dates, must register separately.

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


Students must arrive no later than 10:30am and be picked up no earlier than 3:30pm (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 10:30 am (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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