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UI Wildlife Camps receive grant to expand across the state

UI Wildlife Camps receive grant to expand across the state

For 25 years, the University of Iowa Wildlife Camps have provided Iowa City area children with the opportunity to learn about ecosystems and land preservation, while exploring the great outdoors.

This past year, over 1,500 children attended UI Wildlife Camps during the summer. And at this same time next year, even more kids will get the chance to spend a week in the wild. 

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Children have a wide variety of places to camp and landscapes to explore with the Wildlife camps.

In June, the UI Wildlife Camps received a grant from the state of Iowa to pilot the development of their UI Wildlife Camps program at six Iowa State Parks:  Maquoketa Caves, Mines of Spain, George Wyth, Ledges, Springbrook, and Viking Lake State Parks.

“We hope to have 40 grade-school aged campers attend a week of camp at each of the six parks next June and July – for a total of 240 campers,” said David Conrads, associate director for Outdoor Programs at Recreational Services. “We are grateful for this collaboration with the Iowa DNR to help provide more outdoor opportunities to children and families across the state.”

The UI Wildlife Camps, a program within Recreational Services, began in the summer of 1991, with a mission to awaken an awareness and appreciation of the natural world in their campers, as well as to inspire participants to action through the development of a sound land ethic.

Getting kids outdoors is the essential goal of the Recreation Services program.

Getting kids outdoors is the essential goal of the Recreation Services program.

This mission is carried out through hands-on activities and adventures at camps during the summer, winter, and spring breaks. Most camps are held at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, about 15 miles north of Iowa City.

Over the past 25 years, the UI Wildlife Camps has become a staple for many Johnson County children, and the Recreational Services staff and program employees are looking forward to offering this experience to even more young outdoor enthusiasts across the state.

Read more about the UI Wildlife Camps on Iowa Now.

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