Classes are open to all students interested in learning more about the beauty and diversity of our natural world. Each week students participate in two courses designed to engage them in hands-on, discovery-oriented learning about their environment. Courses are divided by age level. Drop off for Discovery Camps is from 8:30 - 9:00 M - F, behind the Olin Building on the Luther Campus, and pick up is from 3:00 - 3:30. Kindernature runs from 9 - 11 am each day, drop off and pick up behind the Red Barn on the Luther Campus.
Each year provides new and diverse classes in all of our camps. Topics run the gamut from wilderness ecology, ornithology, entomology, geology, nature art, awareness, team building skills and so much more! Knowledgeable instructors provide diverse learning experiences that are guaranteed fun and educational for all! Our focus camps are designed to concentrate on specific concepts and ideas related to human needs and our environment.
June 8 - 9: Wild Wonderers (1st Grade)
June 10 - 12: Wild Wonderers (2nd Grade)
June 15 - 19: Adventurers (3rd-6th Grade)
June 22 - 26: Kindernature (pre-K)
June 22 - 26: Survival (6th-9th Grade)
June 29 - July 3: Expedition NEW! (6th-9th Grade)
July 6 - 10: Edible Earth (2nd-4th Grade)
July 20 - 24: Kindernature (pre-K)
Wild Wonderers: Entering Grades 1–2
Welcome to the wild world of wonder! Little ones are filled with such excitement about the natural world, and they carry with them a spirit of discovery! This camp is designed with this sense of discovery and excitement in mind. Campers will spend time learning and exploring the natural world through adventure hikes, nature games, crafts, and plenty of hands-on exploration activities related to plants, animals, geology, and beginning wilderness awareness.
“The Edible Earth”: Entering
Grow, taste, and cook! Food is the fuel for our bodies and minds. Learn about how the growing and production of food affects our world and our health. Through hands-on activities, food tasting parties, visits to local farms, and participation in food preparation and collection, students will learn about the various intricacies of the fuel that sustains us!
Adventurers: Entering Grades 3–6
Dig in the dirt, investigate interesting places, spy on bugs, crawl through grass, open your eyes, venture forth, explore the water, and rediscover roots. Campers will spend each week learning and exploring the beauty and diversity of our natural world. Topics vary each week, but all provide a general ecology focus. Students will hike, canoe, play adventure games, and explore the natural areas of northeast Iowa!
For students entering 5th and 6th grade, there will be an optional camp out on Thursday night.
Discovery Survival Camp: Entering Grades 5–8
Shelter, water, food, fire and fun! Learn basic survival techniques, wilderness awareness, and try your hand at staying in the wild. Students will learn how to make natural cordage, build primitive shelters, find “wild” food, and build primitive fires. Learn how survival teaches us about our connection to the earth. Camp includes a Thursday overnight camp out. Limited enrollment of 14 campers.
Expedition! NEW!: Entering Grades 6–9
This is a week for heading out into the wild! Students will spend time Climbing! Canoeing! And Caving! This exciting week will be an opportunity to fine-tune your naturalist skills as you explore Northeast Iowa! Students will spend time on the Luther High Ropes and Rock Climbing Wall, along with traveling about the Driftless Area exploring the geology and ecosystems of this unique environment. They will visit three amazing state parks in our region, including White Pine Hollow, Backbone and Maquoketa Caves State Parks. Two-nights of camping! 5-days of fun! Limited enrollment of 16 campers.
Introduce your curious pre-schooler to the wonders of nature. Hands-on exploration in the out-of-doors through games, crafts, guided exploration and discovery! Your child will learn about plants and animals while building confidence, balance and entertaining their curious nature!