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Youth Nature Camps
Story County Conservation offers half-day nature camps and overnight camps for youth each summer. Dates and descriptions for camps are available published in our events calendar and in our Prairie Horizons newsletter in early April each year, with registration for camps beginning in mid-April. Many of the camps fill quickly, so register early to save your spot! Online registration for a nature camp t-shirt is separate from nature camp registration.

Browse and register for available camps and our other programs by viewing our events calendar.

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Youth will explore and experience nature! Two different camps are available for each age group, so your child can attend twice in one summer (first curriculum is in June, second is in July). Some camps are in the morning and some are held in the afternoon.

POLLIWOGS Youth starting kindergarten in fall

FROGS Youth completing kindergarten 

WATERBUGS Youth completing grades 1 or 2


Fun-Loving Outdoor Adventure Team (FLOAT)

FLOAT Camps teach outdoor skills to youth completing grades 3 - 12. The length of each camp varies.

Youth completing grades 3 or 4 
Campers learn basic outdoor skills while preparing for the higher levels of FLOAT camps. Fishing, canoeing, map reading, outdoor cooking, and other outdoor skills will be taught.

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Campers learn a variety of outdoor skills, including canoeing,
orienteering, outdoor cooking, and fishing. Skills are tested during an overnight camp out.

Youth completing grades 6 or 7
Campers explore life on an Iowa river during an overnight canoe trip. Campers must have prior canoe experience or have attended a previous FLOAT camp.

FLOAT IV Youth completing grades 7 or 8
Campers explore Iowa underground through caving and hiking in this two-night camping trip.

FLOAT V Youth completing grades 9 - 12 
Join Story County Conservation’s F.L.O.A.T. V nature camp on a
backpacking adventure! Experience a seven-day trip to challenge your
mind, body, and spirit. Past trips have been to the Rockies, Porkies, and Smokies.
Regular online registration not available for this camp - you must apply!
Scholarships are available: IAN Wilderness Trip Scholarship


Browse and register for available camps and our other programs by viewing our events calendar.