Dubuque County Conservation - 2022 Summer Camps

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  • SV-Creepy Crawlies (Ages 5-6)
    August 17-18 (W-Th), 8:30am-11:30am

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EB Lyons Interpretive Center/Mines of Spain – 2022 Summer Camps

Ages 3-4

Winnie the Pooh - FULL
June 23-24 (Th-F), 9:00am-11:00am
Explore the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and his friends at the the Mines of Spain. You will have a bouncing good time with Tiger as we find out what big adventure they will get into next. Adult must stay with child. Cost: $10
Cap: 15 participants - FULL

Wild Kratts - FULL
August 8-9 (M-T), 9:00am-11:00am
Help the Wild Kratt Brothers as they protect the Mines of Spain against Zach Bots and others. Get the chance to learn all about the cool creatures that live in our area! Adult must stay with child. Cost: $10
Cap: 15 participants - FULL


Ages 5-6

Night Owls
June 21-22 (T-W), 8:30am-11:30am
Once the sun goes down the fun begins for many animals. Come learn about the nocturnal animals that hide in the dark of the night. Although we might not get a chance to see these animals out during the day, we can still search for signs of their activity! Cost: $15
Cap: 20 participants

Creepy Crawlies
July 6-7 (W-Th), 8:30am-11:30am
Worms, bugs and slugs! If you enjoy getting down and dirty with the creepy crawlies that roam these areas then this camp is for you! Come learn about the all the different “creepy crawlies” and discover how they are not creepy at all. Cost: $15
Cap: 20 participants

Reptile Safari Camp - FULL
August 1-3 (M-W), 8:30am-11:30am
Grab your hat and let’s head out on a safari adventure in prairies, woodlands and waterways of the Mines of Spain. Discover the different reptiles from snakes to turtles that are lurking about in these different habitats. Cost: $25
Cap: 20 participants - FULL

Magic School Bus - FULL
August 11-12 (Th-F), 9:00am-12:00pm
Ms. Frizzle is excited to have you climb aboard her bus as we set off exploring the lands of Dubuque County. Join us on this journey with a chance to discover locations, creatures, time periods and more! Cost: $15
Cap: 20 participants - FULL


Ages 7-9

Reptile Safari Camp - FULL
July 11-13 (M-W), 8:30am-1:30pm
Grab your hat and let’s head out on a safari adventure in prairies, woodlands and waterways of the Mines of Spain. Discover the different reptiles from snakes to turtles that are lurking about in these different habitats. Cost: $25
Cap: 20 participants - FULL

The Lorax
July 25-26 (M-T), 9:00am-2:00pm
“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, and unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Come learn about the Trufflia Forrest and the importance of trees with the Oncler and Lorax, while wearing your thneed! Cost: $20
Cap: 20 participants

Driftless Discoveries - FULL
August 15-17 (M-W), 9:00am-2:00pm
Come discover the driftless area. Not sure what that means? We live in a unique area that was untouched by the last glaciers leaving us with a beautiful landscape. Learn about the cool plants and animals found nowhere else in the world as a result! Cost: $25
Cap: 20 participants - FULL


Ages 7-14

Talon Camp - FULL
June 8-10 (W-F), 8:30am-1:30pm
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! Join us in a birding expedition and learning all about birds and their neat adaptations. Being along the Mississippi River can some unique bird spotting opportunities. Cost: $30
Cap: 20 participants - FULL

Wilderness and Survival Camp - FULL
July 28-29 (Th-F), 9:00am-2:00pm
Learn about the wilderness and how to survive in it. You will learn everything from shelter building, fire making, orienteering and first aid. Become skilled in mastering the unknowns that nature could throw at you. Cost: $30
Cap: 20 participants - FULL


Ages 8-12

Water Treasures - FULL
July 18-20 (M-W), 8:30am-1:30pm
Get ready for some splishy, splashy fun as we uncover the hidden treasures in our waterways. Get the chance to catch some small critters living below the water surface, kayak the creek, and more water fun awaits! Cost: $30
Cap: 20 participants - FULL

Becoming an Outdoor Girl (BOG) - FULL
August 18-19 (Th-F), 9:00am-2:00pm
Interested in building your outdoor skills and discovering what it took to live out on the prairie? Join us in becoming confident girls in exploring the outdoors. We will learn how to cook outside, identify plants, and much more! Cost: $45
Cap: 20 participants - FULL


Ages 10-14

Challenge Camp - FULL
August 8-10 (M-W), 8:30am-1:30pm
Fishing, knot tying, orienteering, and kayaking are just a few of the possible challenges that could come up at this adventurous camp! Each day you will have a chance to earn badges with new skills that you learn. Cost: $45
Cap: 20 participants - FULL


Ages 12-16

Junior Naturalist
August 4-5 (Th-F), 8:30am-1:30pm
Learn what being a naturalist is all about. Learn more about plants, animals and the environment around you. Being a naturalist also involves getting to do fun recreational activities such as hiking, geocaching, archery and more! Cost: $30
Cap: 15 participants

Swiss Valley Nature Center Summer Camps - 2022 Summer Camps

Ages 3-4

Wild Kratts - FULL
June 8-9 (W-Th), 9:00am-11:00am
Help the Wild Kratt Brothers as they protect Swiss Valley Nature Preserve against Zach Bots and others. Get the chance to learn all about the cool creatures that live in our area! Adult must stay with child. Cost: $10
Cap: 15 participants - FULL

Winnie the Pooh
August 1-2 (M-T), 9:00am-11:00am
Explore the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and his friends at the Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. You will have a bouncing good time with Tiger as we find out what big adventure they will get into next. Adult must stay with child. Cost: $10
Cap: 15 participants


Ages 5-6

Magic School Bus
July 18-19 (M-T), 9:00am-12:00pm
Ms. Frizzle is excited to have you climb aboard her bus as we set off exploring the lands of Dubuque County. Join us on this journey with a chance to discover locations, creatures, time periods and more! Cost: $15
Cap: 20 participants

Creepy Crawlies
August 17-18 (W-Th), 8:30am-11:30am
Worms, bugs and slugs! If you enjoy getting down and dirty with the creepy crawlies that roam these areas then this camp is for you! Come learn about the all the different “creepy crawlies” and discover how they are not creepy at all. Cost: $15
Cap: 20 participants


Ages 7-9

The Lorax
June 15-16 (W-Th), 9:00am-2:00pm
“I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees, and unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Come learn about the Trufflia Forrest and the importance of trees with the Oncler and Lorax, while wearing your thneed! Cost: $20
Cap: 20 participants

Mountain Biking and Adventures -FULL
June 24 (F), 8:30am-11:30am
Let’s get those tires rolling as we discover the thrill of mountain biking. Along with enjoying the ride you will also get to explore all the fun activities there are at the Proving Grounds. Please pack your own bike and helmet. Cost: $15
Cap: 15 participants - FULL

Critter Connections - FULL
August 9-11 (T-Th), 9:30am-2:30pm
Do you have a great love for animals? Then this camp will be prefect for you. Come learn how to care for our educational animals at Swiss Valley Nature Center and get the chance to discover what other critters roam around the area! Cost: $25
Cap: 20 participants - FULL


Ages 7-14

Bike the Heritage Trail (Overnight)
June 13-14 (M-T), 9:00am-2:00pm
Dyersville to Heritage Pond take this chance to bike the whole Heritage in two days! Take a break, by camping along the trail and learn proper bike maintenance and trail etiquette when biking this area. Please pack your own bike and helmet. Cost: $50
Cap: 20 participants

Out of this World (Overnight) - FULL
July 21-22 (Th-F), 9:00am – 12:00pm
3, 2, 1 take off! Blast out of this world as we explore elements outside of our world and area. Take the chance to camp with us and discover the mysteries of the starry night sky. You will also get to cook your own food over a fire. Cost: $50
Cap: 20 participants - FULL

Cave Exploring - FULL
August 3-4 (W-Th), 9:00am-2:00pm
Grab your flashlights and let’s explore underneath the earth. Learn about the formation of caves and their hidden secrets of the dark. We will visit various locations and climb into the unknown. Cost: $30
Cap: 15 participants - FULL


Ages 8-12

Buzz Like a Bee
Session 1: June 21-22 (T-W), 9:00am-2:00pm
Session 2: June 29-30 (W-Th) 9:00am-2:00pm
The bees are a buzzing and the flowers are a blooming. Come be part of the hive, playing games and learning what it really means to be as busy as a bee. Talk to a real bee keeper, for a chance see a hive up close. Cost: $35
Cap: 15 participants


Ages 10-14

Mountain Biking and Adventures
Session 1: June 23 (Th), 8:30am-1:30pm
Session 2: July 15 (F), 9:00am-2:00pm
Let’s get those tires rolling as we discover the thrill of mountain biking. Along with enjoying the ride you will also get to explore all the fun activities there are at different Dubuque County Conservation Parks. Please pack your own bike and helmet. Cost: $15
Add Cap: 15 participants

Forage and Feed - FULL
July 6-8 (W-F), 9:00am-2:00pm
Learn what tasty treats nature has to offer and participate in harvesting, preparing and cooking with wild edibles. You will also get a chance to practice your archery skills and learn about the different wild game found here in Iowa. Cost: $50
Cap: 15 participants - FULL

Explore your Rivers
Session 1: June 27-28 (M-T), 8:00am-3 :00pm - FULL
Session 2: July 28-29 (Th-F), 8:00am-3:00pm - FULL
Join Naturalists on beginner friendly rivers. Join us for water fun and kayaking adventures. Learn how to navigate rivers and kayaking techniques! Cost: $50
Cap: 15 participants - FULL


Ages 11+ (Age restriction per Iowa DNR requirement)

Hunters Safety Camp - FULL
July 12-14 (T-Th), 9:00am-2:00pm
Join Dubuque County Hunters Safety instructors and Conservation Officers from the Iowa DNR for a multi-day hunter’s safety experience. Participants gain extensive hands-on instruction on firearms, fishing, and many other outdoor skills including learning about camouflage, gun carrying techniques, shot sizes, decoys, archery, animal calls and more! Participants will shoot a .22 rifle and a 20-gauge shotgun. They will also earn their Iowa DNR Firearms Safety Certificate. Cost: $50
Cap: 35 participants (participant MUST be 11 yrs of age or older) - FULL

Girl Scouts Hunters Safety Camp
July 26-28 (T-Th), 9:00am-2:00pm
For girl scout members who have signed up through Girl Scouts. Cost: $50


Ages 12-16

Compass and Maps
June 17 (F), 9:00am-2:00pm
Join us in a true wilderness experience as we head out to White Pine Hallow at the Northwest side of Dubuque County. At this camp you will get to learn how to read a compass and maps to make your way through this undeveloped wooded area. Cost: $25


Overnight Summer Camps

Adult Mississippi River Voyageur Paddling Trip (Ages 18+)
June 20-22 (M-W)
Spend two nights and three days paddling the mighty Mississippi aboard 10-passenger voyageur canoes! This trip will involve paddling with our camping gear, cooking over camp stoves, and sleeping on sand bars along the river. Cost: $50, Contact Dubuque County Conservation Board at 563.556.6745 for registration.
Mandatory pre-trip meeting: June 5 (Sun)

Yellow River State Forest Backpacking Trip (Ages 14-17)
June 28-30 (T-Th)
Explore the stunning woodland views and meandering trout streams as we hike through the Yellow River State Forest. This will be a two-night three-day backpacking trip where you will discover what it is like to carry your possessions on your back, filter water, sleep in a tent and more! Cost: $50, Contact Dubuque County Conservation Board at 563.556.6745 for registration.
Mandatory pre-trip meeting: June 23 (Th)

Kickapoo State Recreation Area Backpacking Trip (Ages 12-17)
July 12-14 (T-Th)
Youth looking for an adventure are invited to join us as we go on a backpacking trip to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve! We will embark on this 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip as we hike the prairies and wooded hills of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve in Wisconsin. Cost: $50, Contact Dubuque County Conservation Board at 563.556.6745 for registration.
Mandatory pre-trip meeting: July 7 (Th)

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