OUTDOORS: Lake Darling State Park hosting University of Iowa Wildlife Camp

This summer, the University of Iowa is partnering with 14 Iowa state parks, including Lake Darling State Park near Brighton, to host Wildlife Camps for kids across the state.

“Wildlife Camps have been a popular educational and recreational experience in the Iowa City area for more than 25 years and we are excited to share this program with kids across the state,” said Jay Gorsh, program coordinator. “Campers will spend a week exploring, learning and playing – in the wild.”

The University of Iowa hosted Wildlife Camps in nine state parks last summer. The camps have been so successful, the university is expanding to 14 state parks in 2019.

Wildlife Camps are day camps for students entering 3rd-7th grade and offer fun, exploratory activities focusing on the wildlife, natural habitats and unique features of each state park. Dates and locations of each camp are as follows:

• Lake Macbride (Solon), June 10-14

• Mines of Spain (Dubuque), June 10- 14

• George Wyth (Waterloo), June 17-21

• Springbrook (Guthrie Center), June 17-21

• Volga River (Fayette), June 17-21

• Lake Darling (Brighton), June 24-28

• Maquoketa Caves (Maquoketa), June 24- 28

• Stone (Sioux City), June 24-28

• Ledges (Madrid), July 8-12

• Walnut Woods (West Des Moines), July 8-12

• Big Creek (Polk City), July 15 — 19

• Waubonsie (Hamburg), July 15-19

• Prairie Rose (Harlan), July 22-26

• Lake Manawa (Council Bluffs), July 22-26

Registration is open and enrollment will be limited to 40 students per camp.

Cost ranges from $100-$150 per week depending on the park.

To register and learn more about individual camp activities visit: