Luther College Discovery Camps

Luther College Discovery Camps offer weeklong environmental programming to students entering first through ninth grade who are interested in learning more about the natural world. Early registration is open until Saturday, April 15, and available at a discounted rate. Camps take place on the Luther campus and surrounding natural areas of Decorah. Space is limited in all programs, so early registration is recommended.

For the past twelve years, Discovery Camps have been engaging and enriching the lives of area youth, connecting them to their community and the natural world. A partnership between Luther and Winneshiek County Conservation, the camps allow kids to learn about the natural world through hands-on outdoor experiences that are fun, engaging and full of discovery. Programs feature opportunities to investigate various habitats, track wild animals, learn to make a fire without matches, build a shelter, observe plant and animal interactions and test water quality in area streams.

Wild Wonderers, for kids entering first or second grade, will engage young learners in nature play and teach them skills to investigate the natural world using their curiosity as fuel for their discoveries. This camp kicks off the summer for first-graders June 5-6 and second-graders June 7-9.

This summer's lineup also includes the Adventurers Camp, for kids entering third through sixth grade. For this camp, the Winneshiek Energy District will provide energy education and the chance to build solar ovens, cars and model turbines. Adventurers Camp runs June 12-16.

Pathfinders Camp, for kids entering grades five through seven, teaches skills campers can enjoy throughout their lives, like biking, geocaching, fishing, canoeing and birding. Pathfinders Camp runs June 19-23.

Kindernature, for preschool-aged students, is a chance for little ones to explore the natural world with all of their senses and gain confidence in their abilities as they hike, build, play and learn in the natural world. Kindernature is offered June 19-23.

Survival Camp, for kids entering grades six through nine, includes an overnight campout and is designed to teach basic survival techniques and wilderness awareness. Survival Camp will end the season on June 26-30.

Priority registration fees are as follows: Kindernature, $65; first-grade Wild Wonderers, $90; second-grade Wild Wonderers, $105; Adventurers, $155; Pathfinders, $170; Survival, $180. All fees include course instruction, materials and a Discovery Camp T-shirt. Partial scholarships based on financial need are available for all of the programs; families needing assistance are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information on Discovery Camps, including registration forms and pictures of last year's camps, visit the website at, or contact Emily Neal, assistant director for the Center for Sustainable Communities, at 563-387-2138 or [email protected]. Additional information on need-based scholarships is also available on the website. 

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