Wildlife Camps at State Parks | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa
 
In the summer of 2017, we brought our day camp program to Iowa DNR State Parks for the first time. Wildlife Camps are day camps for students entering 3rd – 7th grade, unless otherwise noted in the camp descriptions. 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.”

 

Registration will open Monday, March 29, 2021.

State Park Camps

Date: June 7-11, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Backbone State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the CCC Museum. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Backbone State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Backbone State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: July 12-16, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Big Creek State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at Shelter 1. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Big Creek State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Big Creek State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Date: June 7-11, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Dolliver Memorial State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Center Lodge
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location

Campers will: 

  • Learn about the wildlife of Dolliver Memorial State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Dolliver Memorial State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include: 

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $100

Register

 

Dates: June 14-18, 2021

Location: The majority of time will be spent at the George Wyth State Park. We reserve the right to relocate camps as needed.

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Josh Higgins Shelter. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of George Wyth State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of George Wyth State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park. 

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows
  • Rock climbing on some of the geologic features in the park

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: June 14-18, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Lake Darling State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Lodge.
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Lake Darling State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Lake Darling State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: June 28 - July 2, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Lake Macbride State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Main Lodge. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Lake Macbride State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Lake Macbride State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: July 19-23, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Lake Manawa State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at Shelter 7. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Lake Manawa State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Lake Manawa State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: June 28 - July 2, 2021

Location: The camp will be at Ledges State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Oak Woods Shelter. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Ledges State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Ledges State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: June 21-25, 2021

Location: The camp will be at Maquoketa Caves State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Welcome Center. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Maquoketa Caves State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Maquoketa Caves State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: June 14-18, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Mines of Spain State Recreation Area

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Mines of Spain State Recreation Area including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. 
  • Learn about the area’s history by exploring the unique features of the area.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: July 12-16, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Palisades-Kepler State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Stone Lodge
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Palisades-Kepler State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Palisades-Kepler State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows
  • Rock climbing on some of the geologic features in the park

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: July 19-23, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Pikes Peak State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the boat ramp parking area. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will: 

  • Learn about the wildlife of Pikes Peak State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Pikes Peak State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include: 

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: June 21-25, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Pilot Knob State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Stone Shelter.
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Pilot Knob State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Pilot Knob State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the Lakes, Streams, and Wetlands in the Park
  • Discovering Life in the Forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s Raptors and Birds
  • Basic Camping and Survival Skills
  • Exploring our Prairies 
  • Searching for Mammals, Snakes, Turtles, Frogs, and Insects
  • Hitting the Target with Atlatls and/or Bows and Arrows

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: July 19-23, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Pine Lake State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the boat ramp parking area. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will: 

  • Learn about the wildlife of Pine Lake State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Pine Lake State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include: 

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: July 19-23, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Prairie Rose State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the North Shelter. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Prairie Rose State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Prairie Rose State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: June 7-11, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Springbrook State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Beach Shelter. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Springbrook State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Springbrook State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: July 12-16, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Stone State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Wahkaw Shelter.  
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Stone State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Stone State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: July 5-9, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at the Volga River State Recreation Area

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Meyer Shelter.
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Volga River State Recreation Area including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Volga River State Recreation Area. 
  • Learn about the area’s history by exploring the unique features of the area.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows 

Fee: $150

Register

Dates: June 21-25, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Walnut Woods State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Lodge.
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Walnut Woods State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Walnut Woods State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150 

Register

Dates: June 14-18, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Wapsipinicon State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the [TBD]. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Wapsipinicon State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Wapsipinicon State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $100

Register

Dates: June 21-25, 2021

Location: The camp will be held at Waubonsie State Park

  • Drop-off is between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. at the Wa-Shawtee Shelter. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Waubonsie State Park including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Waubonsie State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows

Fee: $150

Register

Camp Information and Policies

Thank you for choosing to participate in University of Iowa Wildlife Camps at State Parks this summer! We are looking forward to adventures that will include fun, hands-on investigations within some of our ecosystems at each of the individual state parks. We will learn the science of nature while still experiencing the best of recreation. Below you'll find all the information you'll need to know for your campers to have a successful time with us!

  • In case of emergency or to notify us of an absence or for registration information, please call Jay Gorsh at (319) 461-5700.
  • If the weather is questionable, call (319) 461-5700 for camp information after 7:00 AM. Special events and inclement weather may affect activities completed.
  • Campers are expected to be respectful to themselves, others, and nature. If a camper does not follow these guidelines, staff will communicate it to families. Staff will also notify families if a camper becomes ill or injured at camp. The Director reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose choices or conduct becomes detrimental to the program, others, or themselves. No refunds will be made for dismissed campers.

Given the fluid nature of the presence of the virus in our community, all information below regarding COVID-19 policies and procedures is subject to change based on guidance from the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

  • Camps will be limited to 40 participants.
  • Campers' health will be assessed daily upon arrival and a health questionnaire completed to determine if the camper has (or been in contact with) COVID-19 or has COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If the camper falls into any of the following categories, they will not be allowed to join camp:
      • Has any one of the following symptoms: new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever of 100.4° or higher, chills, vomiting, diarrhea;
      • Has any two of the following symptoms: new headache, muscle/body aches, new fatigue, sore throat, new runny nose, new congestion, nausea, feeling otherwise unwell; 
      • Has been in close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If the camper passes the daily health assessment, they can then be checked-in for camp.
  • Daily Activities:
    • Wildlife Camps are an outdoor activity utilizing the natural environment in the park(s) and open air shelters when necessary.  
    • Masks will be worn at all times during camp activities. Mask breaks may be taken when distancing is greater than 6’ and/or when eating/drinking.  
    • The camp will provide disposable masks if a camper forgets theirs, loses one, or needs to change out theirs during the day.
    • Campers will remain in their pod of 8 throughout each day of their week at camp.
    • Campers and staff will be encouraged and reminded to use hand sanitizer frequently as well as wash hands with soap often. The camp will provide hand sanitizer, water, and soap.
    • When restrooms are not available, portable commodes will be provided with regular cleaning and maintenance with hand cleanser provided.
    • Most shelter sites have water pumps and soap dispensers available.
    • When equipment must be shared (archery bows, binoculars, etc.), we will minimize exchanges and equipment will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes between usage.
    • Spacing will be discussed at the beginning of the first day of each camp with continual reminders to reinforce expectations throughout the week.  
    • If severe weather (storm and/or heat warnings) is strongly predicted for a camp day, camp may be canceled. This will be communicated to families via email by 7:00 am on the day of camp.
    • Staff will disinfect any camp supplies used daily.
  • Communication and Response to Positive COVID-19 Result or Close Contact (modified from the ICCSD “Return to Learn” Plan):
    • Camp communication will be conducted primarily via email once a camper has registered for camp. Confirmation for the camp along with safety information will be provided in these communications.
    • Campers or Staff testing positive for COVID-19 or showing COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed at Wildlife Camps until they have gone 24 hours with no fever (and without using fever-reducing medications), symptoms improving, and 10 days since symptoms started.  
    • Campers or Staff testing negative for COVID-19 will not be allowed at Wildlife Camps until they have gone 24 hours with no fever (and without using fever-reducing medications) and symptoms improving. 
    • Close Contact: Since the only foreseeable instance where close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual (within 6’ for 15 minutes over 24 hrs) at camp would be on the bus, campers and/or staff within 6’ of a COVID-19 positive individual will need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to camp. If no symptoms develop, they are free to return to camp. 
    • Parents or guardians of campers and staff will be notified if a COVID-19 positive individual has been identified in a camp. If a camper and/or staff member was sitting within 6’ of the individual on the bus those campers and/or staff will need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to camp. 
  • From the CDC's Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps, the Lowest Risk Camps are ones that have:
    • Small groups of campers that stay together all day, each day. 
    • Campers remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects. 
    • Outdoor activities are prioritized. 
    • All campers are from the local geographic area (e.g., city, town, county, community).

Campers will meet Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted in the camp descriptions.

  • 7:45 AM – 8:30 AM Student drop-off time
  • 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Formal camp activities
  • 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Student pick up time  

Because we spend all, if not most, of our time in the outdoors you should come prepared for sun, rain and everything nature may bring. We recommend either wearing and bringing:

  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirts are preferred over tank tops to prevent sunburned shoulders
  • Raincoat or poncho; Programs will move inside when necessary during storm watches and warnings
  • Proper shoes are important! This could be a pair of tennis shoes, hiking boots, or sandals that stay snugly on feet and are designed for hiking and exploring outside
  • Campers should bring their own snack, lunch, and water bottle. Additional water will be provided.
  • We’ve seen a reduction of non-recyclable waste generated at lunchtime. We would love to see this continue! If possible, avoid over-packaged products and bring reusable containers. 
  • We will follow a carry-in/carry-out policy.

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) 335-9294 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.

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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

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