Information for Families - Wildlife Camps at State Parks | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Thank you for choosing to participate in University of Iowa Wildlife Camps at State Parks this summer! We are looking forward to an adventurous week 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.

General Schedule

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  

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
  • 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

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.


If you have any questions about camp, please email Jay Gorsh. If you have questions about registration, please email Jeanette Luke or call at (319) 335-9294.