Information for Families - Snowy Owl Camps | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

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Thank you for choosing to participate in UI Wildlife Camps this winter! We are looking forward to adventurous days together. 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 Jeanette Luke at 319-335-9294.
  • If the weather is questionable, call 319-335-9294 for camp information after 7:15 a.m. A message will be left if camp is canceled. 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.

General Schedule

Campers will meet each day at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex unless otherwise noted in the camp descriptions.

  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Buses/vehicles leave the HTRC
  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Introduction & warm-up for the day
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Morning activities session
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and noontime activities
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Afternoon activities session
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sharing & wrap-up for the day  
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Buses/vehicles return to the HTRC

What To Wear

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
  • Layers including a base layer for cold days, snow pants, warm socks, hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens.
  • Coats appropriate for the weather (programs will move inside when necessary).
  • Proper shoes are important. This could be a pair of snow boots, hiking boots, as well as tennis shoes.

What To Bring

  • 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.
  • On days we swim, campers will need a swimsuit and towel. Goggles are optional. PFDs are provided, if needed.
  • On days we climb, campers will need clean, dry tennis shoes. All other gear is provided.


If you have any questions about camp, please email Meredith Caskey. If you have questions about registration, please email Jeanette Luke or call her at 319-335-9294.