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Adventure Camp Returns: Now Enrolling!

Adventure Camp Returns: Now Enrolling!

Summer is coming, but fear not, weary parents! Fortunately, our summer day camp program—Escondido Creek Adventure Camp—is back to save the day (well, five days, actually).


Escondido Creek Adventure Camp is a wildly engaging 5-day outdoor summer day camp. Campers explore the enchanting Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, where they discover the natural world by hiking, playing, and conducting hands-on science! The wide variety of activities includes guided exploration, arts and crafts, games, science experiments, storytime, visits from special live animal ambassadors, and more!

 Each day begins and ends at Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido, allowing the campers the opportunity to observe the connection between the urban portion of the creek upstream and the more natural section of the creek downstream, plus it allows them the chance to use the playground and socialize with their fellow campers. We provide transportation from Grape Day Park to Elfin Forest and back.


We are currently enrolling children ages 7-10 for the following weeks:

  • June 20-24
  • June 27 – July 1
  • July 11-15
  • July 18-22
  • July 25-29
  • August 1-5

Each day is 8:00 AM-1:00 PM. Pickup occurs between 1:00 and 1:30.


This 5-day summer day camp program costs $275 per camper (a limited number of scholarships are available for Escondido children from qualifying households). Lunch is not provided, but we do offer snacks for the campers.

Sign up

Contact Education Director Simon Breen: 

Email: [email protected]     •      Phone: (619)481-2661

Elementary students racing in a recycling challenge in a park.Camper reactions

Escondido Creek Adventure Camp is a transformative experience! Don’t take our word for it! Here are some quotes from last year’s campers:

“Today was exciting and I am so glad to be here. I am learning new things and it is fun.”

“I loved everything about camp. It was great!”

“Too bad this is only 5 days long. I wish it lasted 1,000 days!”

“I love camp! I get to do cool stuff like look at bugs, see the healthier version of the creek, and go hiking.”

“Best week of my life!!!! Even better than Disneyland!!”

Thank you!

Lastly, we want to give a shout-out to the San Diego Foundation for funding our pilot camp last year and to San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for loaning us their 15-passenger van and driver Marvin to help us transport the campers from Grape Day Park to Elfin Forest and back.

A man stands in front of a transport van smiling at the camera.
An above photo of an elementary student in a blue jacket and matching blue mask coloring on an animal diagram
Elementary students climbing on boulders across a stream with trees in the background.
A teacher showing students a crawfish on her palm in front of a stream.
A student in a grey tee and pink face mask presenting their nature painting to the camera.