Backbone State Park Wildlife Camp | Recreational Services
University of Iowa

June 8th - 12th 

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

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 
  • Rock climbing on some of the geologic features in the park

Fee: $100

Fee is reduced from $150 thanks to an Iowa DNR REAP Conservation Education Program grant.

Registration

Registration opens Monday, March 9th, 2020 

Register

Location

  • The camp will be held at Backbone State Park
  • Drop-off is between 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the CCC Museum. 
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Questions?

Registration questions: call Jeanette Luke at (319) 335-9294 or email her at jeanette-luke@uiowa.edu. Camp questions: email Jay Gorsh at jay-gorsh@uiowa.edu