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Posted on: February 14, 2017

2017 Starr's Cave Nature Center Summer Camp Dates

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SCNC 2017 Summer Camp Dates

June 5-8                  Caterpillar #1

June 5-9                  Discovery #1 

June 12-15              Dark Wings #1

June 12-16              Discovery #2 

June 19-22              Firefly #1

June 19-22              Caterpillar #2 

June 26-27              Polliwog #1

June 28 -29             Polliwog #2 

July 10-13               Dark Wings #2

July 10-14               Discovery #3 

July 17-20               Firefly #2

July 17-20               Caterpillar #3 

July 24-28               Discovery #4

July 24-27               Caterpillar #4 

July 31- Aug 4         Adventure Camp #1

July 31- Aug 3         Explorer Camp

Aug 7-11                 Adventure Camp #2

Aug 9-11                 Survival Camp


Camp Registration

Registration for all camps at Starr’s Cave Nature Center will be held online through Links to the SCNC CampDoc registration page will be made available on the DMCC home page and SCNC Facebook site prior to registration. Registration is scheduled to open Tuesday, April 25 at 12:00 AM.

SCNC Camp Descriptions

· Polliwog Camp

Ages 3-4; 9:30-11:30 AM, 2 days with adult accompaniment

Parents can introduce their child to the wonders of nature during this camp. Each day will feature a hike, craft, or story, as well as hands-on nature learning that parents or guardians will get to experience along with their children.

· Caterpillar Camp

Ages 5-6; 9-noon, 4 days

In this fun camp, young children explore the outdoor world. Activities include different art projects, stories, hiking, games in the woods, catching bugs, going on bird hunts and much more!

· Discovery Camp

Ages 7-9; 9-noon, 5 days

Campers explore the prairie, forest, and creek around the nature center with a focus on ecosystems, habitat, and nature discovery. They look closely at where things live and what they need to survive. They use dip nets to catch aquatic critters; learn about amazing birds and mighty mammals. They play camouflage games to discover how animals survive; discover animal trails, tracks and signs; and learn about the predators who hunt and the prey that escapes.

· Firefly Camp

Ages 7-9; Night camp; 7-10 pm, 4 nights

Campers learn about what comes out in nature during the night. As the sun sets, they will see bugs that light up, bats that eat them, and extraordinary birds with night vision. They will learn about the stars that light up the night sky and play games in the dark.

· Dark Wings Camp

Ages 10-13; Night camp; 7-10 pm; 4 nights

Campers learn what goes on in the natural world at night. They go hooting for owls, canoe with head lamps, listen for bats, and peer through a telescope at the night skies. This camp includes one or more evenings at Big Hollow Recreation Area.

· Adventure Camp

Ages 10-13; 9-noon, 5 days

Students learn about the natural and human history of the land and acquire valuable outdoor living and safety skills. Shelters, knots, rope making, fires without matches and reading the wild are all part of this outdoor experience. Campers learn to use a bows and atlatl; they’ll improve and develop navigation, canoeing, and climbing skills. Campers will also learn to work together to accomplish goals and challenges, building confidence and trust both in themselves and in others. This camp includes one or more days at Big Hollow Recreation Area near Sperry.

· Explorer Camp

Ages 13-15; all day off site camp; 9-5 pm; 4 days

Join us as we explore Iowa’s outdoor recreation opportunities. Campers will canoe a section of the Iowa River, climb at the University of Iowa, and explore Maquoketa Caves State Park. This camp is off site, pick up times may vary depending on travel time.

· Survival Camp

 Ages 13-15; all day off site camp; 3 days with one overnight.

Campers will get a day of orientation and team building in preparation for a two day expedition into the Big Hollow Recreation Area.  Local experts will guide us as we fish and forage for food, build shelters, canoe, track wild life, and camp out under the stars. This camp includes one overnight at Big Hollow Recreation Area near Sperry. 

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