Luther Discovery Camp early registration open

April 11, 2012    

Luther College Discovery Camp early bird registration is open until April 20, offering discounted rates to enroll children in the popular weeklong environmental programs for students entering grades 1-9.

For more information on Discovery Camps, including registration forms and pictures of last year’s camps visit the website at

Registration information is also available from Emily Neal, Luther director of environmental outreach, telephone 563-387-2138 or email [email protected].

Information on need-based scholarships is also available on the website. 

Discovery Camps are open to all students grades 1-9 interested in learning more about the natural world. In addition, a Kindernature program offers sessions for curious preschoolers to learn about the natural world.

Camps take place on the Luther campus and surrounding natural areas of Decorah. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended.

The 2012 summer schedule includes eight Discovery Camp sessions and two Kindernature sessions.

Adventure Hunt kicks off the summer for 6-9 graders on June 11- 15.

The first grade two-day camp runs June 11– 12. 

The three-day second grade camp runs June 13-15.

Adventurers Camp for students entering grades 3-6 will be June 18-22.

Survival Camp for students entering grades 5-8 will be June 25- 29.

Energy Expedition for students entering grades 4-6 will be July 9-13.

The Edible Earth for students entering grades 2-5 will be July 16- 20

River Expeditioners Camp for students entering grades 7-9 will be July 16-20.  This camp features a three-day, two-night Upper Iowa River trip.

Kindernature session 1 begins May 28 and runs until June 28, every Monday and Wednesday, 9-11 a.m., with no classes the week of June 11.

Kindernature session 2 begins June 25 and runs until July 20, every Tuesday and Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

Priority Registration fees are as follows:

Two-day (first grade) $90

Three-day (second grade) $100

Five-day (grades 3-6) $150

Focus Camps are as follows:

Adventure Hunt $175

Survival Camp $175

Edible Earth $160

Energy Expedition $150

Expeditioners Canoe $170

All fees include course instruction, materials and a Discovery Camp T-shirt.  Scholarships are available, based on financial need.

"It is our strong belief that any child wishing to come to Discovery Camps and learn more about the natural world should be able to do so," said program director Neal. "Partial scholarships based on financial need are available for all of our programs.  We encourage families needing assistance to apply."

Discovery Camps provide opportunities for youth to learn about the natural world through hands-on outdoor experiences that are fun, engaging and full of discovery.  Programs teach children to investigate various habitats, track wild animals, learn to make a fire without matches, build a shelter, investigate plant and animal interactions, and test water quality in area streams. 

Students learn camping and wilderness skills, canoe, hike, create natural works of art, and play outdoor games. 

“Our programs give students a chance to reconnect with nature in ways not possible in a classroom setting,” said Neal.

Energy Expedition is an exciting new program for students entering grades 4-6.  In partnership with the Winneshiek Energy district, Luther will offer children opportunities to experiment with the power of the sun, build solar cars, learn about composting, and tour innovative buildings that use reusable products and renewable energy.

Students will map their own carbon footprint, and burn lots of “free “energy with fantastic games and activities.

Adventure Hunt returns this summer. In this action-packed camp children explore the beauty of northeast Iowa on rocks, trails and wheels.  They learn biking, climbing, hiking, canoeing and the most important outdoor skill: teamwork.

Survival Camp is designed to teach basic survival techniques and wilderness awareness. Camp includes a Thursday night "primitive" campout.

"Wilderness survival takes each of us to our very roots," said Neal. "Our ancestors relied on nature awareness and survival skills for their very existence."

 The Edible Earth camp focuses on food production and the relationship between our food system, our health and our planet. Students will visit local farms and gardens, and will grow, cook and taste the foods they prepare.  They will "will travel through history" to learn about hunting, gathering and agriculture through hands-on activities, games, cooking and eating.

Discovery Camp 2011