Backyard Explorers


One of Concord's best kept secrets, Markham Nature Park is a remarkable location for your child to experience the Summer Camp of a lifetime.  Backyard Explorers is one of the few traditional day camps left in the Bay Area that brings kids a unique experience that will be cherished forever. Your child will explore and play in an extraordinary setting inside a grove of breathtaking greenery and trees hovering over a creek.


Spice up your child's summer in this safe, nurturing and supervised day camp; making new friends and hanging out with old friends, fishing creek side for crawdads (if available), enjoying dynamic nature hikes, and winning together in team sports and exciting games. Weekly themed activities may include:

  • Weekly trips of swimming, bowling, or picnic BBQs
  • Travel to kid friendly hot-spots including water parks, regional parks and the zoo
  • Singing camp songs
  • Creating innovative arts and crafts
  • Whipping up delicious cooking projects
  • Special events and competitions such as the Amazing Race, Water Olympics and Talent Show.


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Extended hours available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for an additional fee of $20/week)


Children entering Kindergarten through 5th Grade for the 2019-20 school year


Markham Nature Park off Babel Lane and Cowell Road (access and parking off La Vista Avenue)

Trip Schedule

Monday/Wednesday: Swimming at Concord Community Pool
Tuesday: Mini trip, locations vary
Thursday: All day trip--see the schedule below or download the Trip Schedule (PDF) (Updated in March)

 Jun 10-14: Sacramento Zoo
 Jun 17-21: Prewett Water Park, Antioch
 Jun 24-28: Chabot Space & Science Center
 Jul 1 - 5:  Presidio of San Francisco (due to closure on 7/4, field trip will take place on 7/2)
 Jul 8 - 12: Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore
 Jul 15-19: California Railway Museum/Old Town Sacramento
 Jul 22-26: California Academy of Sciences
 Jul 29 - Aug 2: The Wave Water Park, Dublin
 Aug 5 - 9: Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley

For more information, call Concord Parks and Recreation at  925-671-3404, or register online through the Parks and Recreation website.