Pilot Knob State Park | Recreational Services
University of Iowa

Pilot Knob State Park 

June 22nd- 26th

The University of Iowa Wildlife Camps are coming to Pilot Knob 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 Pilot Knob 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 Pilot Knob State Park. 
  • Learn about the park’s natural and human histories 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 


Fee: $100

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


Registration opens Monday, March 9th, 2020

Register for Camp


  • The camp will be held at Pilot Knob State Park Recreation Area. 
  • Drop-off is between 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at theStone Shelter.
  • Pick-up is between 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.


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