Wildlife Camps at 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 8:30a.m. (supervision begins at 7:45a.m.) and ends at 3:30p.m. (supervision ends at 4:15p.m.). Please note that weather plays a big factor in our activities! Inclement weather may mean a change in activities and location.

2019 Camps

Mines of Spain (Dubuque) 
Springbrook (Guthrie Center) 
George Wyth (Cedar Falls) 
Walnut Woods (West Des Moines) 
Maquoketa Caves (Maquoketa) 
Lake Darling (Brighton) 
Waubonsie (Hamburg) 
Ledges (Madrid) 
Stone (Sioux City)
Dolliver (Otho)
Big Creek (Polk City)
Lake Manawa (Council Bluffs)
Volga River (Fayette)
Lake Macbride (Solon)

Registration Information

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

  • When registering, select "Spring 2019" to see camps.
  • Registration is online only. Please have an online account with Recreational Services prior to registering for camp. This can be done at any time. Parents/Guardians must sign up campers as dependents when setting up an online account. Learn how to set up an account and how to register here.
  • Camp fees must be paid in full at time of registration. 
  • The forms of payment accepted are credit and debit cards.
  • When there are two sessions to choose from, campers may sign up for both sessions.
  • Need our Federal ID Number for childcare credit? Federal Identification Number: 42-6004813

Work for us!

Questions about the camps or employment? Email 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