Volga River State Recreation Area | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

July 6th – 10th

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:

  • 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: $150


Registration opens Monday, March 9th, 2020

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.


Registration questions: call Jeanette Luke at (319) 335-9293 or email her at jeanette-luke@uiowa.edu.
Camp questions: email Jay Gorsh at jay-gorsh@uiowa.edu