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Summer Nature Camps

Who knew learning could be so much fun? At Creek Camp, your child will be guided by naturalists and experienced interns as they explore the outdoors, learn about wildlife, enjoy unstructured play, practice outdoor skills, observe the wonder of nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Children will create memories while they learn and even get a little dirty, too. Creek Camp will help foster in your child a connection to the outdoors that lasts a lifetime!


Ages 4-5

Jr. Naturalist

Learn what it takes to be a Jr. Naturalist! Collect insects, observe birds, and start your own nature collection. We’ll play with magnifying glasses and make our own binoculars while we explore the woods and prairie!

Super Scales

Turtles, lizards and snakes, oh my! Visit with our scaly critters and find out what makes these great animals different from all others. We’ll visit and learn about our wetland and play games!

Prairie Party

Look closely at the special plants and animals that call the prairie home. Play games to learn the importance of camouflage in nature. Celebrate the tall grass and flowers that provide shelter, food and space for animals.

Down by the Pond

Wetlands are interesting ecosystems! Explore the animals that make our pond and wetland their home. We’ll collect water bugs and sing songs with the frogs!

Mighty Mammals

Mammals rule the animal kingdom! What kinds of mammals live near the Nature Center? Explore animal homes, go on a mammal safari, and become your favorite mammal!

Week-long Camps and Overnights

Immerse yourself in the beauty, wonder and adventure of the Nature Center for an entire week session of outdoor fun! Please note: Campers must have completed the grade listed. Wrap around care is available for full days of Creek Camp!

Join! Become a Household Plus member of ICNC, and receive one $25 discount per member child per camp season. Discount applies to Four-Day Sessions or One Day Experiences. Complete your membership here to receive your discount code.

Solar System Exploration | 2nd - 3rd Grade

Take a trip into the unknown! Learn about the different planets that make up our galaxy, how Earth’s relationship with the sun supports life, and find out how gravity affects the simplest tasks! Crafts, games, and night sky observation will take us to another world!  This camp will be far out there-literally! *Overnight campout will take place on June 15 at the Nature Center.*

Outdoor Skills & Adventure Camp | 4th - 5th Grade

Are you an adventurous spirit? This camp is for the outdoor recreation enthusiast. Learn how to orient with a compass, how to build a fire and outdoor shelter, and test your navigational skills! Enjoy a day on the river kayaking, hiking at Palisades-Kepler State Park, camping out, and more! Get ready for a week long adventure in the great outdoors! *Overnight campout will take place on July 13 at the Nature Center.*


Dig em' Up! | 2nd - 4th Grade

There’s something satisfying about playing in the dirt! Be an archaeologist for a week at the Nature Center! We will visit the Devonian Fossil Gorge to go fossil hunting, travel in time to explore creatures that once walked the earth, and discover how Native American’s used the natural resources of Iowa to survive. Become an explorer and plan to get dirty! *Overnight campout will take place on July 27 at the Nature Center.*

Four-Day Camps

Immerse yourself in the beauty, wonder and adventure of the Nature Center for an entire four-day session of outdoor fun! Please note: Camper must have completed the grade listed. Wrap around care is available for full days of Creek Camp!

Join! Become a Household Plus member of ICNC, and receive one $25 discount per member child per camp season. Discount applies to Four-Day Sessions or One Day Experiences. Complete your membership here to receive your discount code.

Drawn to Nature | K - 1st Grade

Isn’t the natural world beautiful? Nature and art go hand in hand in this camp! We will explore different mediums of art throughout the week, including painting, sculpture, and print making while we play with the colors of the woods, prairie, and wetlands, looking for our artistic inspiration! Play games, get dirty, and create at this 4 day camp!

Wild Animals | K - 1st Grade

Be a part of the pack at the Nature Center this week! There are many wild animals that use our trails, and find shelter and food at the nature center. We’ll use our senses to discover who lives here, and how they survive in the wild.  Enjoy wild games, crafts, and adventures!


One-Day Experiences

Full-day camps perfect for first-time campers looking to get their “feet wet,” or anyone looking for one day of fun and excitement!

Please note: Campers must have completed the grade listed. Wrap around care is available for full days of Creek Camp!

Nature's Formation | 3rd - 5th Grade

Geologic events and moving water can create some really amazing natural formations! We will hike along the bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley, visit the interpretive center, and enjoy lunch in the sunshine at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a guided interpretive walk into Crystal Lake Caves, home to mineral formations and pristine stalagmites!

Spelunking at Maquoketa Caves | 4th - 6th Grade

Caves are cool, mysterious and a challenge to explore! Crawl underground to experience some of Iowa’s natural wonders.  Join our professional staff for an adventure to learn about cave formations, the unique geology of the Maquoketa State Park and the Native American history of the caves.

Aquatic Adventures | K - 1st Grade

Water, water everywhere! Use your five senses to explore the wonderful wetlands, brook, and pond at the Nature Center! We’ll catch water bugs and frogs, play water games, take a water hike, and more. Keep cool at this water themed camp!

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