Information for Families | Recreational Services
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Thank you for choosing to participate in UI Wildlife Camps this spring! We are looking forward to an adventurous week that will include fun, hands-on investigations within some of our ecosystems at Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA). 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.

General Schedule

Campers will meet Monday – Friday for Goshawk Camp

  • 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.: Bus will leave for the day's activities
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Introduction activities for the day
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Morning session
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch and noontime activities
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Afternoon session
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Wrap-up activities & clean up 
  • 3:30 p.m.: Bus returns to HTRC

What To Wear

  • Because we spend a great deal of the time outside, if not most on some days, campers should come prepared for snow, sun, rain and everything nature may bring. 
  • Dress for the outdoors and be ready to get a bit dirty. Since this is a very unpredictable time of year, please dress warmly with lots of layers. Keeping head, feet, and hands warm and dry keeps campers comfortable. 
  • Proper shoes are important! This could be a pair of tennis shoes or hiking boots that stay on feet snugly and are designed for hiking and exploring outside.
  • 1st – 3rd graders will swim on Thursday and 4th – 6th graders will swim on Friday. Please pack suit and towels for your campers.
  • 1st –  3rd graders will climb on Tuesday and 4th – 6th graders will climb on Wednesday. Please bring clean tennis shoes.

What To Bring

  • Campers should bring their own snack, lunch and water bottle. Additional water will be provided. We’ve seen some progress in the 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.

Supervised Drop-off and Pick-up Locations

When campers are dropped off and picked up, please speak with our instructors so there is no miscommunication between families and our staff - and to ensure everyone's safety. If there are changes to where a camper checks in or out please do this in writing and communicate with the camp coordinator verbally. Thank you!

Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center

  • 7:45 a.m.  8:30 a.m.: Drop-off 
  • 4:00 p.m.  4:15 p.m.: Pick-up

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Families will receive a refund minus the non-refundable ($75.00) processing fee if canceling prior to Monday, February 25th, 2019. 
  • 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.

Medical reasons & unplanned emergencies that may cause a cancellation

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.
  • If a camper is able and there is time and room, an attempt will be made to switch the camper to a different session. (This only applies to summer and winter camps).

Tax Information

Camp registration fees may qualify for childcare credit for tax purposes. Our Federal ID number for childcare credit is 42-600-4813.


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.