Wildlife Camps at DNR State Parks | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Summer 2020 Wildlife Camps have been canceled. Please visit our COVID-19 Announcements page for more information.

In the summer of 2017, we brought our day camp program to Iowa DNR State Parks for the first time. Our goals for campers include: 
  • Awaken an awareness of the natural world and wildlife in our state parks
  • Nurture an appreciation for wildlife and natural ecosystems
  • Inspire action by developing a “land ethic.”

Wildlife Camps is a day camp and is for students entering 3rd – 7th grade, unless otherwise noted in the camp descriptions. The registration deadline is two weeks before the camp starts, and we must have 15 campers registered to hold camp. Please note this is NOT an overnight camp.

Daily Schedule

  • Supervision begins at 7:45 a.m.
  • Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
  • Supervision ends at 4:15 p.m.

Please note that the weather plays a significant factor in our activities! Inclement weather may mean a change in activities and location


Families will receive a refund minus the non-refundable processing fee ($75.00) if canceling four weeks before the start of camp attending.

Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.

If you need to cancel, please call Jeanette Luke at (319) 335-9293 and complete the online refund request form.

The Director reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose choices or conduct becomes detrimental to the program, other participants, or themselves. No refunds will be made for dismissed campers.

We understand that a medical issue or unplanned emergency may cause a camper the inability to attend camp. 

Please call Jeanette Luke at (319) 335-9293 and complete the online refund request form.

A refund may be requested minus the non-refundable ($75.00) processing fee per camp session for each participant not attending.

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Questions about the camps or employment? E-mail Jay Gorsh at jay-gorsh@uiowa.edu or call (319) 461-5700.
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Jay Gorsh
Assistant Director, UI School of the Wild & State Wildlife Camps


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