Classes are open to all students interested in learning more about the beauty and diversity of our natural world. Each week students participate in 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 a.m. Monday through Friday, behind the Olin Building on the Luther Campus, and pick up is from 3:30–4:00 p.m. Kindernature runs from 9:00 - 11:00 am each day, drop off and pick up is 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.
A partnership with Winneshiek County Conservation will add to existing programming to get kids outside, having fun, and learning about the wonders of the natural world.
Early Bird (EB) Pricing: REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 15th
Entering Grade 1: June 3-4
EB: $80; After April 15: $100
Entering Grade 2: June 5-7
EB: $100; After April 15: $115
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.
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!
Join us for a five-day, three night adventure throughout Northeast Iowa! Discover the wild places of the Driftless area, meet the local heros working to protect our environment all while adventuring in the out-of-doors through camping, canoeing/kayaking, spelunking, trekking, and more!
Students will spend three nights camping in Yellow River Forest and Backbone State Park.
From Primitive to Modern learn the outdoor skills of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Light a fire from sticks and matches. How about a battery? Learn to navigate by the sky, a compass and GPS. Cook over an open fire to a brand-new pocket rocket. Combine the best of primitive skills with cool new outdoor hacks! Thursday Overnight.
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!