In a beautiful natural setting reminiscent of a traditional summer camp, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program provides high caliber arts instruction and memorable arts immersion workshops to a diverse student population of all ages and abilities. Nearly 2,000 children, youth, adults and families participate in the diverse summer program featuring workshops in all the arts and specifically tailored to all proficiency levels and ages. The Summer program provides children, teens, adults and professional artists intensive practical instruction in all the visual arts and performing arts – sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, Native American arts, film & digital media, fashion design, dance, music, theatre and creative writing.

2020 Summer Dates:

June 14 – August 9, 2020

Teens & Kids Registration
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Family Week Registration
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Adult Registration
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4-Week Summer ESL
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How Do I Register? Can I Register and Pay Online?

Register now at The Summer Program partners with CampMinder to offer easy, secure and robust online registration and payment. Registered families can login to their CampInTouch account at any time to find out the latest information about application status, what to pack, and when to arrive. You can even send your camper emergency cash, safely and securely, from any computer or smartphone. Make sure is on your email safe list so that important communications from CampInTouch don’t end up in your spam folder. Sign on any time at

Where is Idyllwild?

From the Riverside Area thru Hemet:

Route 60 Riverside, towards Beaumont. Right on route 79, 8.3 miles to traffic light. Left onto Ramona Express Way, travel 8 miles to Florida Ave. Left at traffic light onto Route 74. Fifteen miles up mountain to Highway 243 at Mtn. Center. Left onto Route 243, four miles to Idyllwild. Left on Tollgate Road, one mile to campus.

From the Los Angeles Area thru Banning:

Route 10 or 60 East to Banning. Take the 8th St. exit to Route 243 which leads up the mountain 25 miles to Idyllwild. Continue one mile through the village. Right on Tollgate Road one mile to campus.

From the San Diego Area:

  1. Highway 15 north to Temecula. Exit Highway 79 south toward Indio/Palm Desert. Highway 371 Turn (or bear) left onto (Continue towards Indio/Palm Desert). Left at Highway 74, 10 mile to Highway 243. Right four miles to Idyllwild. Left at Tollgate Road. 1 mile to campus.
  2. Route 15 north to Winchester Road. Right on Winchester Road to Route 74; Right on Route 74 to Mtn. Center. Left on Route 243, 4 miles, left on Tollgate Road, 1 mile to campus.


There is no public transportation to or within Idyllwild. Transportation is available via campus vans from Ontario International Airport or Palm Springs Regional Airport and Idyllwild. Arrangements must be made in advance.

How Do I Get from the Airport to Campus?

Transportation is available from the Palm Springs (PSP) and Ontario (ONT) airports at $95 each way/$190 roundtrip, and from Los Angeles International (LAX) at $150 each way/$300 roundtrip. To use the airport shuttle, you must make reservations online through your CampInTouch account at least two weeks before you plan to arrive.

What is the Daily Schedule?

Students should expect to spend six hours or more in Workshop and Intensive activities. Students are expected to be present and on time for every class, rehearsal and performance as assigned by instructors. Students may spend additional time doing individual work and rehearsals. Recreational activities are available, and include a 25-meter swimming pool, organized hikes, field sports, recitals, performances, art exhibits, lectures, and a weekly Barbecue & Open Mic Night (your chance to show off your own performing skills).

What about Counselors, Facilities and Services?

All students are supervised by assigned counselors who earn their positions through rigorous screening and interviews with professional staff. Counselors are caring, attentive and fun; they are there to help students feel safe, at home and included.

While on campus, students are housed in large residence halls, and eat in a modern dining hall. The Krone Library, campus bookstore and laundry facilities are also available for summer students. Dance studios, rehearsal halls, film studio and practice rooms are located across the campus.
Indoor and outdoor art studios and exhibition areas include the Parks Exhibition Center and the Eymann Sculpture Garden. Performance halls include Lowman Concert Hall, IAF Theater, Stephens Recital Hall, Holmes Amphitheatre, and the Junior Players Theater.

The Margaret Cargill Commons, located at the heart of campus between Lowman Concert Hall and the IAF Theatre, offers areas to relax, converse, and mingle.

Is there cellular and wi-fi service?

Idyllwild Arts is the ideal place to escape screens of all kinds and focus on arts and friendships. Because of our campus location, it can be difficult for mobile phones to get a working signal. Wi-fi service is available for High School students between 5-10 p.m. on weekdays, and from Saturday at noon through Sunday night. (Extended use for academic or other purposes may be granted via request to the Director of Summer Programs.) You can always contact one of our campus numbers if you need to reach your child while she or he is at the Summer Program.

Are There Health Services on Campus?

The on-campus Akaloa Health Center opened 2014, and is the only LEEDS-certified commercial building in Idyllwild. Resident nurses provide medical services and first aid, and consult with local physicians. Idyllwild also is served by several medical clinics, a pharmacy and paramedics. The nearest hospital is just 25 miles away in Hemet. Health forms must be completed in your CampInTouch account one month before your student arrives on campus. These forms allow the nursing staff to give your child proper medical care. All prescribed and over-the-counter medications must be distributed by the nursing staff. For the full Medications Policy, visit or check your CampInTouch account.

Medical expenses incurred by Summer Program students, including deductibles, are the sole responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.

See our entire Medication Policy and Procedures

How Do You Receive and Distribute Medications?

We take our students’ health needs, health-related practices and HIPAA law seriously. Idyllwild Arts requires all medications, including over-the-counter medications such as vitamins, to be individually packaged for daily dose before we can dispense to your child.

Idyllwild Arts has contracted with Idyllwild Pharmacy to provide easy, efficient and convenient prescription medication for students. Idyllwild Pharmacy works with most major prescription plans and bills directly, so that you will only be charged for applicable copays, set-up fees and deductibles. Idyllwild Pharmacy will provide your child’s prescription medications in daily, dose-appropriate, individual “pop” packs. And you have less to think about when it comes time to pack for camp.

If you choose not to use Idyllwild Pharmacy, plan to arrive a bit earlier on Registration Day. You will need to join the Nurse/Medications line, and you will need to pay a $50 packaging fee so that medications are ready for distribution. All of your child’s medications must be in original containers, clearly labeled in English.

See our entire Medication Policy and Procedures

How Do I Send Mail and Packages to My Student?

Address mail and packages to your student, include his or her workshop, and send to:

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
P.O. Box 1682
52500 Temecula Rd.
Idyllwild, CA 92549

How do I Find Out About My Child’s Performance or Exhibit?

Visit or check the News section in your CampInTouch account for the most up-to-date information.

Does Idyllwild Arts offer Discounts and Scholarships?

Yes! Special discounts include Early Registration, Pay-in-Full, Bring a Friend, All-State/Honor Ensemble and Family registrations. Also, some merit, need-based and special designation aid is available. 

Special designation aid for Teens & Kids includes aid for:

  1. Gifted/Talented students ages 8–18 years old who are identified as Gifted/Talented or who are enrolled in a Gifted/Talented program (verification required).
  2. Native American students ages 9-18 years old (tribal affiliation verification required).
  3. Female High School Students from Riverside or San Bernardino counties.

Special designation aid for adult students includes aid for:

  1. Native American Community Leaders, Artists, Members, and Teachers
  2. Inland Empire Teachers, Professors, and Graduate Students
  3. Writers Week Fellowships for Poets and Writers

Please contact for further details.

What is Idyllwild like? Should I Plan to Stay in Town for a Few Days? How’s the Weather?

Included in John Villani’s book 100 Best Small Art Towns in America, Idyllwild is home to many galleries, gift shops, and antique and thrift stores. Hundreds of trails take hikers deep into the heart of the surrounding state and national forests. Idyllwild offers many lodging options, from luxury to rustic, as well as campgrounds. A variety of local restaurants feature everything from pub food to gourmet. Vegetarian and gluten-free options abound. Summer temperatures range from the high 70s to low 90s during the day and dropping to the 50s–60s in the evenings. Summers tend to be dry, but pack a few items for the occasional summer rainstorm.

For local lodging, restaurants, weather, and more, search for Idyllwild on

How Do I Contact a Live Person or Find Out Information?

All registrations and payments are done online. Start at

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Coordinator of Registration Summer & Auxiliary Program / Husch Dorm Head
Native American Arts Program Coordinator
Assistant Director of Programs & Facilities
Director of Adult Arts Center and The Native American Program & Festival
Vice President, Summer & Auxiliary Programs
Summer Program Registrar
Parks Exhibition Center Manager