George Wyth State Park | Recreational Services
University of Iowa

June 17th – June 21st

The University of Iowa Wildlife Camps are coming to George Wyth State Park again this year. The camp will get students learning, exploring, and growing in the outdoors through a blend of conservation education and adventure recreation. The camp is open to students entering grades 3rd – 7th. Students will be grouped by age. If a camper wants to join another camper in a different age grouping, please let staff know on the first day and we will accommodate that request.

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.
  • Travel to the University of Northern Iowa campus to try their hand at indoor rock climbing. 

Activities and topics may include:

  • Waterworld: Studying our Lakes, Streams and Wetlands 
  • Riparian Woodlands: Discovering Life in the Floodplain Forest 
  • Grasslands: Exploring our Prairies
  • Raptors: Search for the State Endangered Red-shouldered Hawk and Other Raptors
  • Ornithology: Birding and Bird Nest Discovery
  • Mammalogy: Searching for Mammals and Their Tracks 
  • Herpetology: Snakes, Turtles, Frogs and the State Endangered Blue-spotted Salamander
  • Entomology: Insects and Their Role in the Environment
  • Living on the Land: Basic Camping and Survival Skills 
  • Go Fish: Fish Identification and Fishing
  • On the Water: Canoeing and Water Activities 
  • Orienteering: Finding our Way through the Park

Fee: $150


Registration opens Friday, March 8th, 2019

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

Registration is 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 319-335-9293.
  • If you are familiar with our online registration process, click the "Register" button below.

Register for Camp


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


  • 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.


Registration questions: call Jeanette Luke at 319-335-9294 or email her at
Camp questions: email Jay Gorsh at