Volga River State Recreation Area | Recreational Services
University of Iowa

June 17th – June 21st

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

Activities and topics may include:

  • Waterworld: Studying our Lake, River, Streams and Wetlands 
  • Woodlands: Discovering Life in the Forest 
  • Grasslands: Exploring our Prairies
  • Ornithology: Birding and Bird Study
  • Mammalogy: Searching for Mammals and Their Tracks 
  • Herpetology: Snakes, Turtles, and Frogs 
  • Entomology: Insects and Their Role in the Environment
  • Living on the Land: Basic Camping and Survival Skills 
  • Go Fish: Fish Identification and Fishing
  • On the Water: Canoeing and Water Activities 
  • Archery: Basics and Safe Use of Bows and Arrows
  • Orienteering: Finding our Way through the Park

Fee: $100

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


Registration opens Friday, March 8th, 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.
  • If you are familiar with our online registration process, click the "Register" button below.

Register for Camp


The camp will be held at the Volga River State Recreation Area

Drop-off is between 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the Meyer Shelter.

Pick-up is between 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the same location.


  • 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.


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