The University of Iowa is hosting wildlife day camps in several state parks this summer, including Waubonsie State Park, and there's still time to sign up. The fee for the camp is $150, and registration has already opened.

The University of Iowa Wildlife Camp is coming back to Waubonsie State Park July 15-19.  The camp will get students learning, exploring, and growing in the outdoors through a blend of conservation education and adventure recreation.

The camp is taught by teachers, naturalist staff and college students, and is open to students entering third through seventh grades. Students will be grouped by age. If a camper wants to join another camper in a different age grouping, let staff know on the first day and they will accommodate that request.

Campers will learn about animals, ecology and the outdoors in a fun, safe environment. Day camps are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Camp drop-off is between 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at the Wa-Shawtee Shelter, and campers may be picked up between 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Campers will:​​​​​​

  • Learn about the wildlife of Waubonsie State Park;
  • Engage in outdoor recreational activities to explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats of Waubonsie State Park, and 
  • Learn about the park’s history by exploring the unique features of the park.

Activities and topics may include:

  • Waterworld: Studying our Pond, 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;
  • Orienteering: Finding our Way through the Park;
  • Geology: Learning about the Loess Hills, and
  • On the Water: Canoeing and Water Activities. 

Registration for the camp is online only. Internet Explorer does NOT work with the park’s registration portal, so use Chrome or Firefox. An online account with the park must be completed to register.

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.

Registration questions: call 319-335-9293 or Jeanette Luke at 319-335-9294 or email her at

Camp questions: email Jay Gorsh at

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