ISU Extension offering summer day camps; sign up underway

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Jefferson County has packed its summer full of educational opportunities for all school-age youth.

?We will host six stand-alone day camps in June through August,? said County Youth Coordinator Rachel Wonderlich. ?We are also planning our second annual STEM Investigation Destination Week July 23-26.?

Each of the six stand-alone day camps cost $5 per participant and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with one camp lasting until 4:45 p.m. The Fairfield Community School District summer lunch program will provide lunch at each camp, and snacks will be provided to participants.

Camps are based on the grade youth will be completing this spring.

Starting in June, ?Quest to be Your Best? day camp for grades 4-8 on June 12 challenges participants to adventures that will help uncover their personal ?spark.?

Participants in grades K-3 will travel the world through books, games, music, and more at the ?Passport to Adventure? day camp on June 14.

?To wrap up June, plan to join us daily for animals, projects, activities and games at the Greater Jefferson County Fair June 27 through July 2,? said Wonderlich.

Continuing in July, get groovin? and movin? learning about the science and history of music and sound at the K-3 camp, ?Movin? to the Beat? on July 10. The day will end with a presentation by ISU?s Insect Zoo about ?The Songs of Bugs? which will end at 4:45 p.m.

Next, youth in grades 4-8 have the chance to learn about ?Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse? on July 17. Learn how to live without electricity, what to do if a natural disaster strikes, build a survival kit, discover the protocol on outlasting a vampire attack and have fun while preparing for those ?what-if? situations.

The early pioneers were known for their hearty spirit and ability to live off the land and youth in grades K-3 will have the chance to learn all about that way of life at the ?Frontier Living? day camp on Aug. 3.

Wrapping up the summer of fun, grades 4-8 are invited to experience life as a monarch butterfly in the ?Monarchs on the Move? day camp on Aug. 21.

Registration and payment for the six stand-alone camps will be done online at

?Don?t delay as these camps are sure to fill up quickly,? said Wonderlich.

Registration for STEM Investigation Destination Week will open in May.

For information regarding the summer youth programs, contact the youth staff at the Jefferson County Extension office at or 472-4166.