CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Openings remain for University of Iowa wildlife camps
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- There are still some openings for children interested
in participating in summer wildlife camps sponsored by the University of
Iowa. The day camps, held at Macbride Nature Recreation Area, focus on
the wildlife and natural habitats of eastern Iowa.
Fledgling Camp is an introductory camp for children currently in first
grade and will be June 30 through July 3. Cost of the camp is $88. Campers
will be transported by bus from the UI Recreation Building at 8:30 a.m.
and will return to the Rec Building to be picked up at 4:15 p.m.
Hawk, Falcon and Eagle camps are for students currently in second through
fifth grades and will include canoeing and programs at the UI Raptor Center.
The cost is $110. The camps will run concurrently during the weeks of June
16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, and July 28-Aug.
1. Campers have a choice of being transported from the UI Recreation Building
or from Prairie Crest Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. Busses and vans
will leave the UI and Prairie Crest Elementary at 8:30 a.m. and return
at 4:15 p.m. Parents may also opt to drop off and pick up their children
at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.
Hawk Camp features a variety of woodland activities ranging from bird-banding
to observing an active Cooper's Hawk nest.
Falcon Camp focuses on grasslands and includes a trip to the Rochester
Cemetery prairie preserve and a first-hand look at the peregrine falcons
in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City.
Eagle Camp will give students a close-up look at Iowa's first attempt
at osprey reintroduction and will also focus on wetlands, fishing and aquatic
Owl Camp, for students currently in sixth through eighth grade, will
give campers a chance to develop their own wildlife research study and
then present their findings to younger campers. Cost of the camp is $130.
Owl Camps will be offered July 14-18,
July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1. Each session includes an overnight camp-out
on Thursday. Campers will be transported to Macbride from the UI Recreation
There is a Late Stay program for campers who cannot be picked up by
Registration is limited. To register or for more information, call Dave
Conrads or Jeanette Luke at 319-335-9293.