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Nature Camps
Summer Nature Camps
Nature Camps are week-long, half-day camps for youth. Registration will open at the beginning of April upon the release of our newsletter Prairie Horizons. Camp dates and times are subject to change until publication of Prairie Horizons.

Nature Camp Registration Form

Youth Half-Day Nature Camps
Youth starting kindergarten in fall 2014

Camp A (June)
June 9-12  (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.)
June 9-12 (1:00 - 3:30 p.m.)
Youth experience nature using dirt, rocks, plants, and water. They will get wet and dirty in the process!

Camp B (July) 
July 14-17 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.) 
July 21-25 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.)

Youth explore what makes each animal special - fur, feathers, fliers and fins included! On the last day, youth will venture near the lake with nets, so be prepared to get wet and dirty!

Youth completing kindergarten in spring 2014

Camp A (June)
June 16-20 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.) FULL
June 16-20 (1:00 - 3:30 p.m.) FULL
Youth discover the world through games, activities, and songs about animals and their habitats.

Camp B (July) 
July 14-18 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.)
July 21-25 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.)

Every day at Frogs camp is an adventure, as youth examine the natural world around them!  

Youth Completing grades 1 or 2 in spring 2014

Camp A (June)
June 16-20 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.) FULL
June 16-20 (1:00 - 3:30 p.m.) FULL

Youth investigate animals, insects, and plants located in Iowa's different habitats and explore their creative side with art and writing activities. Get ready to splish-splash in a local marsh! Youth will be wet and dirty after each day of camp.

Camp B (July)
July 14-18 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.) FULL
July 21 - 25 (9:00 - 11:30 a.m.) FULL
Youth will go on expeditions to find nature's wonders right here in Story County!

Fun-Loving Outdoor Adventure Team (FLOAT)
FLOAT Camps teach outdoor skills to youth completing grades 3 - 12.  The length of each camp varies, and complete schedules and registration forms are available at the beginning of April. 

(June 26 - June 27 / August 7 - August 8) FULL
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.

(July 29 - July 30)
Youth completing grades 5 or 6
Campers learn a variety of outdoor skills, including canoeing, orienteering, outdoor cooking, and fishing. Skills are tested during an overnight camp out.

(July 1 - July 2)
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 (July 9 - July 11)
Youth completing grades 7 - 8
Campers explore Iowa underground, through caving and hiking. This experience is a two-night camping trip in Iowa. Please note that caving involves crawling through dark, small spaces.

Youth completing grades 9 - 12 
Campers go on a week-long backpacking trip at a designated state or national park. 

Adventure Awaits!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
July 31 - August 7, 2014

Join Story County Conservation’s F.L.O.A.T. V nature camp on a backpacking adventure to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You will experience a seven-day trip to challenge your mind, body, and spirit. Make it a summer to remember!

Applications are due by May 30, 2014.

FLOAT V Application

IAN Wilderness Trip Scholarship