Information for Families - Summer Camps | 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.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.

  • 8:30 a.m. Buses/vehicles leave for MNRA 
  • 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. Buses/vehicles leave for Hawkeye Rec Fields

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 verses 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 on feet snugly 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're signed up for Owl Camp or Pereginatio Per Iowam, please see a list of items to bring for overnights below.

Suggested items for overnights:

  • Positive Attitude & Flexibility
  • Sleeping Bag/Pad/Pillow
  • Raincoat/Rainwear
  • Extra pair of shoes
  • Clothes (for two to three days in the wild)
  • Toiletries
  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen/Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Flashlight
  • Towel
  • Sandals/Extra Socks
  • Swimming Suit/Trunks


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.