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. 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

Camp activities will start at 8:30 a.m. (supervision begins at 7:45 a.m.) and ends 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.

2019 Camps

Lake Macbride (Solon) | June 10th – June 14th 
Mines of Spain (Dubuque) | June 10th – June 14th
George Wyth (Waterloo) | June 17th – June 21st
Springbrook (Guthrie Center) | June 17th – June 21st
Volga River (Fayette) | June 17th – June 21st
Lake Darling (Brighton) | June 24th – June 28th
Maquoketa Caves (Maquoketa) | June 24th – June 28th
Stone (Sioux City) | June 24th – June 28th
Ledges (Madrid) | July 8th – July 12th
Walnut Woods (West Des Moines) | July 8th – July 12th
Big Creek (Polk City) | July 15th – July 19th
Prairie Rose (Harlan) | July 22nd – July 26th
Waubonsie (Hamburg) | July 15th – July 19th
Lake Manawa (Council Bluffs) | July 22nd – July 26th

Registration Information

Registration will open March 8th

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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

Contact Us

Jay Gorsh
Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation & Education