Summer Camps

Getting students outside is probably the most important aspect of our education model. It has been proven that increased outdoor time benefits cognitive functioning, reduces symptoms of attention deficit disorder, and increases self-discipline and emotional well-being.

Clay County Conservation Board continues to help address the growing need to introduce and engage today’s youth in the natural world. Every camp or classroom program we offer is designed to be fun, active, and engaging. They provide high quality environmental learning experiences through games, crafts, stories, and in-depth nature exploration. 

Summer Camp 2022 registration will be April 1st.

Register online is required at www.mycountyparks.com 

2022 Summer Camp and Events

Trailblazers (going into) 4th-8th Grade
Water, Wilderness and Explore

June 9th and June 10th 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Enjoy a two-all day camp with friends from Dickinson county. This event includes two locations to discover. Thursday, June 9th will be Schmerse Wildlife Area, 2535 280th Street, Fostoria, IA. Dive into the world of water by catching fish, sampling water, and netting for aquatic life. Friday, June 10th will be Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area, 1924 240th Street, Milford, IA. Train in skills of wilderness survival and stealth. Blend in with the forest and learn animal tracking. Must attend both days.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Scharnberg Campground Programs
Morning at the Pond

June 11th 8:30 AM

Family Fishing at Scharnberg Park.  Clay County Conservation will provide the equipment for a morning of family fishing at Scharnberg Park! This program is designed for families so an adult will need to be present with the children.   Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Wild Child (going into) K-1st Grade
Young Casters Camp at Scharnberg Park

June 20th 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Spend the morning at Scharnberg Park where we will learn the basics of fishing and fish identification. Cast a line, use different lures, fish with live bait and master the art of unhooking your catch. Fish for the whole camp and become an expert angler.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Nature Explorers (going into) 2nd-3rd Grade
Nature Mud Bogging

June 20th 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for an afternoon celebrating mud! Explore the properties of mud and the living things found in it, while exploring Oneota Park. This is sure to be a muddy good time. Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Nature Explorers (going into) 2nd-3rd Grade
Young Casters Camp at Scharnberg Park

June 21st 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Spend the morning at Scharnberg Park where we will learn the basics of fishing and fish identification. Cast a line, use different lures, fish with live bait and master the art of unhooking your catch. Fish for the whole camp and become an expert angler.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

Wild Child (going into) K-1st Grade
Let’s Go Play

June 21st 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Roll on a hill, make a mud pie, build a small dam and play games in the grass. Have fun in nature playing among hills, along streams, at a marsh and in our open spaces. Use your five senses to explore and enjoy Oneota Park.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Expeditions (going into) 7th-10th Grade
Fish, Paddle, and Explore Camp at Dickens Pit

June 23rd 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Dive into the world of water by catching fish, sampling water, and netting for aquatic life. Paddle canoes on Dickens Pit. Explore the hidden world under the water’s surface.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Toddler Tracks Camp Ages 2-4 year old with adult
Mud Camp

July 7th 10:00 AM 

Spend the morning with your toddler making mud discoveries at Oneota Park! Caregiver and child will participate in activities to develop motor, sensory, and awareness skills. Making mud tracks, and building mud pies campers will enjoy an morning immersed in nature. Prepare to get muddy. A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Toddler Tracks Camp Ages 2-4 year old with adult
Splash Camp

July 12th 1:30 PM 

Caregiver and child enjoy water play Oneota Park style! What makes a splash at Oneota Park? We will discover what rivers, ponds, lakes, and wetlands have in common. Come prepared to get wet! A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Wild Child (going into) K-1st
Nature Investigators

July 18th 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

Travel with us to wild places around Oneota Park in search of wonderful and wacky wildlife. Campers are sure to have a blast learning and visiting different biomes as we explore animal adaptations up-close.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Nature Explorers (going into) 2nd-3rd Grade
Kids Rule

July 18th  12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us where kids rule and the sky's the limit! We’ll use natural materials and some fun accessories to explore nature. During this camp, kids get to decide what and how we explore Oneota Park!  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Trailblazers (going into) 4th-8th Grade
Fish, Paddle, and Explore Camp at Scharnberg Park

July 19th 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Dive into the world of water by catching fish, sampling water, and netting for aquatic life. Paddle canoes on Scharnberg Park. Explore the hidden world under the water’s surface.  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Trailblazers (going into) 4th-8th Grade
Stealth, Archery and Wilderness Survival

July 21st 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM 

Train in skills of wilderness survival and stealth. Blend in with the forest, learning animal tracking and camouflage. Take to the range, practicing archery with arrow and bow.   Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!

 

Scharnberg Campground Programs
Nature Bingo!

July 23rd 10:00 AM at Scharnberg Park Open air shelter

Practice your skills of observation and see if you can spot these bingo items found all around us at Scharnberg Park. One of the amazing things about the natural world is it changes every day. This program is designed for families so an adult will need to be present with the children. Participants will meet the naturalist at the open air shelter!  Mandatory online registration opens April 1st!