Mines of Spain State Recreation Area | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

June 15th – 19th

The University of Iowa Wildlife Camps are coming to Mines of Spain State Recreation Area 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 Mines of Spain State Recreation Area including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. 
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. 
  • Learn about the area’s history by exploring the unique features of the area.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Exploring the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the park
  • Discovering life in the forest
  • Searching for Iowa’s raptors and birds
  • Basic camping and survival skills
  • Exploring our prairies 
  • Searching for mammals, snakes, turtles, frogs, and insects
  • Hitting the target with atlatls and/or bows and arrows
  • Paddling adventures and/or other water activities

Fee: $100

(Fee is reduced from $150 thanks to Friends of the Mines of Spain.)


Registration opens Monday, March 9th, 2020

Register for Camp


  • The camp will be held at Mines of Spain State Recreation Area
  • Drop-off is between 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.


Registration questions: call Jeanette Luke at (319) 335-9293 or email her at jeanette-luke@uiowa.edu.
Camp questions: email Jay Gorsh at jay-gorsh@uiowa.edu