Wildlife Camps at DNR State Parks | Recreational Services
University of Iowa
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 weather plays a big factor in our activities! Inclement weather may mean a change in activities and location

2020 Camps

For more information on each of the camps, please follow the links below:

June 8th - June 12th:

June 15th - June 19th:

June 22nd - June 26th:

July 6th - July 10th:

July 13th - July 17th:

July 20th - July 24th:

Registration Information

Registration will open Monday, March 9th , 2020 

Already registered? See our Family Letter with all the information you need to know before your camper attends camp.

Registration is available online only! Internet Explorer does NOT work with our registration portal. Please use Chrome or Firefox. You must have an online account with us to register. If you do not have an account, we recommend setting up an account PRIOR to registration opening.

Here's what you need to know:

You can sign up for an account at any time. Learn how to set up an account and how to register here. If you have questions please call (319) 335-9294.

Backbone Big Creek Dolliver Memorial George Wyth

Lake Darling Lake Macbride Lake Manawa Ledges

Maquoketa Caves Mines of Spain Palisades-Kepler Pikes Peak

Pilot Knob Pine Lake Prairie Rose Springbrook

Stone Volga River Walnut Woods Waubonsie         


Families will receive a refund minus the non-refundable processing fee ($75.00) if canceling 4 weeks prior to the start of camp attending.

Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.

If you need to cancel, please call Jeanette Luke at (319) 335-9294 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) 335-9294 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.

Work for us!

Questions about the camps or employment? E-mail Jay Gorsh at jay-gorsh@uiowa.edu or call (319) 461-5700.
Need our Federal ID Number for childcare credit? Federal Identification Number: 42-600-4813

Contact Us

Jay Gorsh
Assistant Director, UI School of the Wild & State Wildlife Camps