Owl Camp | Recreational Services
University of Iowa

For students who completed 6th – 7th grade Academic Year 2018 – 2019The theme for Owl Camp is “Quests” - Asking Questions and Pursuing Answers. 

  • June 3rd – June 7th (Mines of Spain Field Trip) (Due to snow days, we will refund you for any day that your school is still in session during this week.)
  • June 17th – June 21st (Mines of Spain Field Trip)
  • June 24th – June 28th (Mines of Spain Field Trip)
  • July 8th – July 12th (Maquoketa Caves Field Trip)
  • July 15th – July 19th (Maquoketa Caves Field Trip)
  • July 29th – August 2nd (Maquoketa Caves Field Trip)

Activities and topics will include:

  • Developing a research project (Based on some of our major camp themes: Wetlands, Woodlands, Savannas, Prairies, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Archaeology, and Survival)
  • Carrying out field research
  • Organizing a presentation on research findings
  • Presenting findings to younger campers
  • Mini explorations to unique natural areas in Eastern Iowa
  • Tent camping out at Macbride Nature Recreation Area - Food Provided (Thursday Night)
  • Swimming at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center, Rec Pool - Food Provided Friday

Fee: $265 (per week)

Scholarships

We're excited that there are two scholarship opportunities available through E.B. Green and United Way. Thank you to these organizations for providing support to children to attend camp! If your child receives a scholarship, please register by calling Jeanette Luke at 319-335-9294.

Registration

Registration opens Friday, March 1st, 2019

Already registered? See our Family Letter with all the information you need to know before your camper attends camp.

Registration is online only! Internet Explorer does NOT work with our registration portal. Please use Chrome or Firefox. You must have an online account with us to register. If you do not have an account, we recommend setting up an account PRIOR to registration opening.

Here's what you need to know:

  • You can sign up for an account at any time. Learn how to set up an account and how to register here. If you have questions please call 319-335-9293 or stop by the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center or Field House Member Services desk. 
  • If you are familiar with our online registration process, click the "Register" button below.

Register for June     Register for July

Location

  • The majority of time will be spent at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area. Some field trips may be taken to other local natural areas.
  • We reserve the right to relocate camps as needed.
  • Unless otherwise noted, drop-off is between 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the Hawkeye Recreation Fields. The buses leave at 8:30 a.m.
  • Pick-up is between 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.
  • We offer a Late Stay Program for campers from 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. at the Hawkeye Recreation Fields for an additional fee. 
    Five day camps - $35
  • There is an option to drop-off and pick-up at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area. Drop-off at this site is between 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and pick up is between 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the Archery Pavilion (second left after you enter the Macbride Nature Recreation Area).

Refunds

  • Families will receive a refund minus the non-refundable processing fee ($75.00) if canceling 4 weeks prior to the start of camp attending.
  • 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.

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.)

Questions?

Registration questions: call Jeanette Luke at 319-335-9294 or email her at jeanette-luke@uiowa.edu.
Camp questions: email Meredith at meredith-caskey@uiowa.edu
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