Discovery Camp Update as of April 27, 2020

It is with great sadness that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Discovery Camp programs this June. Given the uncertainty of the times and to best protect our beloved campers and their families we have determined this is our best course of action at this time. Full refunds will be issued to families who have already registered. 

We strongly encourage all of our families and campers to continue to explore the natural world together and we look forward to planning the best summer yet for 2021.

Discovery Camp Staff


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.

 Registration is now OPEN!

Wild Wonderers

Entering Grade 1: June 8-9
Registration:  $90

Entering Grade 2: June 10-12
Registration:  $110

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. 


Entering Grades 3–6: June 15-19
Registration:  $160

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!

Expedition Camp

Entering Grades 7-9; June 22-June 26
Registration: $235

Join us for a five-day, three night adventure throughout Northeast Iowa!  Discover the wild places of the Driftless area, meet the local heroes working to protect our environment all while adventuring in the out-of-doors through camping, canoeing/kayaking, spelunking, trekking, and more! Students will explore the areas of NE Iowa, SE Minnesota, and SW Wisconsin. Students will spend three nights camping at regional state parks.


Entering Pre-K: June 22-26
Registration:  $70

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!

Outdoor Leadership

Entering Grades 6-8: June 29-July 3
Registration: $215

With nature as our conduit, Outdoor Leadership camp will provide students with experiences and adventures that will not only fill their week with fun but also deepen their awareness of their own strengths and abilities. Using group challenges and honing outdoor skills, students will learn how to effectively operate in a group in order to achieve common goals and grow their personal outdoor skill set! In addition to group challenges and a high ropes course,  students will canoe on the Upper Iowa River, learn wilderness first aid skills, practice survival hacks and develop their own personal leadership style. This camp is by application only, students wishing to attend the Outdoor Leadership camp will need to fill out an additional application online at here.