How to Register:
Return information and check to Madison County Conservation Board, P.O. Box 129, Winterset, IA 50273.
Tadpole Camp (Ages 3-5)
Dates: June 5, July 10, and August 7
Time: 9-11:30 am
During this 3-day camp we will learn all about the animals that surround us. We will cover topics such as what an animal needs to survive, how we are similar to animals, how an animal stays safe and how we know there are animals nearby. The camp will focus on nature based discovery opportunities with short hikes, hands on activities including a scavenger hunt, and simple crafts utilizing our natural resources. Each session will feature one of the animals residing in the nature center. Parents are welcome to attend the camp and are encouraged to participate in the activities with their child.
Salamander Camp (Ages 5-7)
Session 1: June 9-11
Session 2: August 4-6
Time: 9-11:30 am
Camp participants will spend me discovering all the things that can be found in different levels of the natural world including the water, soil, and air. We will learn about the things that swim in Middle River and take short hikes in Pammel Park where we will hunt for frogs, and fossils along sand bars, search for snails along the trails, and count the birds that fly overhead. There will be interactive games and scavenger hunts to help us learn about the inhabitants of Pammel Park. This camp will also feature a lesson on the animal food chain during which the campers will create an interactive food chain craft.
Chipmunk Camp (Ages 6-9)
Time 1-3:30 pm
During this 3-day adventure, camp participants will learn about the animals that call the nature center home and discover what different animals need to survive. We will learn how our actions affect the world around us and how we can help protect the environment. Campers will also learn about life cycles of park inhabitants including frogs and butterflies. Featured activities will include frog catching, insect netting, and critter catching in Middle River.
Kestrel Camp (Ages 8-12)
Session 1: June 23-25
Campers will spend their time learning about the different types of creatures that reside in Pammel Park including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and the many types of aquatic organisms found in Middle River. Daily adventures will include animal tracking throughout the park, fossil hunting along sandbars, critter catching at the ford, bird watching at the bird blind, and hikes along the backbone trail. There will be an emphasis on water quality and the role it plays in the lives of animals.
Taste of Camp (Grades K-8th)
Session 1: June 15
Time: 9 am – 7 pm
The Madison County Conservation Board will be partnering with ISU Extension to provide a one day adventure camp experience. This camp is oopen to kids in grades K-8th. Participants will spend the day learning age appropriate outdoor skills, competing in friendly competitions, and exploring Pammel Park. Families of participants will be invited to join summer camp participants for an evening meal and campfire. More details will be available soon.
*Outdoor Adventures (Ages 10-15)
Session 1: June 29-July 1
This camp will focus on developing hands on wilderness skills. During this 3-day adventure we will discuss different fishing methods, learn how to pack backpacks, practice setting up a campsite, try our hand at campfire cooking, and discover the meaning of Leave No Trace. There may even be a canoe trip to Cedar Lake.
Night Owls Camp (Ages 8-12)
Session 1: July 6-8
Session 2: July 28-30
Time: 7-10 pm
We will be exploring Pammel Park at night and discovering all of the wonderful creatures that make the night come alive including owls, bats, and raccoons. We will learn about the adaptations that help these creatures see after dark and catch their prey. Hands on activities will include blacklight animal tracking, firefly hunting, and night vision activities. We will discuss what we should do if we are lost in the woods after dark and campers will practice building a camp fire.
A Day in the Park (Ages 9-12)
Session 1: July 13
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
This 1 day camp will feature hands on activities inside Pammel Park. Campers will begin the day with a lesson on the park’s resident wildlife and leave no trace before heading outside to explore the park. Activities will include campfire building, hiking, bird watching, and creek stomping. As we learn about outdoor cooking, campers will make their own lunch over the fire or with the use of a Dutch oven.
Critter Camp (Ages 5-7)
Session 1: July 14
New this year, Critter Camp is a one morning adventure in Pammel Park that will focus on finding the park’s hard to find wildlife. Participants will look for insects along the Pammel Park Lodge Trail, watch for turkey buzzards and great blue herons by the ford, and hunt for minnows and crayfish in Middle River.
*Water Rocks! (Ages 9-12)
Session 1: July 21-23
Back by popular demand, this camp will feature all things aquatic from bullfrogs to people. Using ISU’s Water Rocks! curriculum, camp participants will learn about watersheds, wetlands, and the critters that live in them. Activities may include critter catching and water quality testing in Middle River, constructing and racing boats made from recycled materials, and canoeing at Cedar Lake.
*Some summer camps may utilize multiple parks including Pammel Park, Fellowship Forest, Hanson Prairie, and Cedar Lake. These camps may require campers to be dropped off at a different parks based on scheduled activities*
*Spots for each camp are limited. Madison County Conservation Board does not offer refunds on camp registrations. Should the camp be cancelled due to lack of participants (at least 3) or uncontrollable means, money will be refunded in full.