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 2024 registration will start at 8:00 a.m. on the first Monday of May (May 6, 2024).

Register online is required at www.mycountyparks.com 

2024 Summer Camps

Expedition (going into) 7th-9th Grade

Into the Wild

June 13th and June 14th 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

The wilderness is out there. Most of the wilderness has been explored, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself in a remote area with nothing but your intelligence. Join us to discover the secrets of surviving that may just save your life one day. Thursday, June 13th will be Schmerse Wildlife Area, 2535 280th Street, Fostoria, IA. Friday, June 14th will be Horseshoe Bend Wildlife Area, 1924 240th Street, Milford, IA. Train in skills of wilderness survival and stealth. Must attend both days.

 

Trailblazers (going into) 4th-6th Grade

Water, Wilderness and Explore

June 6th and June 7th 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Enjoy two-all day camps with friends from Dickinson county. This event includes two locations to discover. Thursday, June 6th 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 7th 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.

Trailblazers (going into) 4th-6th Grade

Outdoor Recreation

July 24th 9:30 AM-2:00 PM

Time to warm up those arms for some great outdoor activities. This camp is a great way to test out your skill at archery, slingshot, air rifle, and ax throwing, while enjoying nature.

 

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

Nature Builders

June 25th 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Campers will investigate the special characteristics, functions, and habitats of each dwelling and even practice their engineering skills by picking a few favorite examples and attempting to recreate these amazing structures.

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

Kids Rule

July 15th 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

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!

 

Wild Child (going into) K-1st Grade

Let’s Go Play

June 18th 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

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.

Wild Child (going into) K-1st Grade

Creepy Crawlies

July 16th 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

It’s time to think small and get our magnifying glasses out. We are going to look into the tiny world of insects. Come join us as we learn about the parts of insects and how many insects live at Oneota Park.

 

Toddler Tracks Ages 2-4 year old with adult

Mud Camp

June 24th 10:30 AM

Celebrate National Mud Week! 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 mudpies, campers will enjoy a morning immersed in nature. Prepare to get muddy. A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp.

Toddler Tracks Ages 2-4 year old with adult

Insect Camp

July 9th 9:30 AM

It’s time to think small and get our magnifying glasses out. We are going to look into the tiny world of insects. Come join us as we learn about the parts of insects and how many insects live at Oneota Park. A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp.

Toddler Tracks Ages 2-4 year old with adult

Bubbles, Boats and Float

July 22nd 10:30 AM

Caregiver and child enjoy water play Oneota Park style! Build your own boat and float it in the stream, experiment with objects and find the ones that float, and end the day with a bubble celebration. Come prepared to get wet! A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp.

 

Nature Babies Ages 0-1 year old with adult

Muddy

June 24th 9:30 AM

Celebrate National Mud Week! Prepare to get muddy. This is sure to be a muddy good time. Caregiver and baby discover the wonders of nature together. This program is to introduce babies and caregivers to nature! A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp. Ages 0-1 years old with an adult.

Nature Babies Ages 0-1 year old with adult

Splash

July 22nd 9:30 AM

Caregiver and child enjoy water play Oneota Park style! What makes a splash at Oneota Park? Come prepared to get wet! Caregiver and baby discover the wonders of nature together. This program is to introduce babies and caregivers to nature! A parent or guardian must accompany each child in this camp. Ages 0-1 years old with an adult.

 

2024 ISU Partnership Camps

Grade K-3

ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County

June 5th 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Scharnberg Park Fishing

July 10th 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Exploring Oneota Park

Please contact ISU Extension to register

Grade 4-12

ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County

June 12th 9:00-11:00 AM Dickens Pit Fly Fishing

July 30th 9:00-11:00 AM-Oneota Park Archery/Air Rifle

Please contact ISU Extension to register