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Camps

Registration for all camps at Starr’s Cave Nature Center will be held online through CampDoc. Links to the SCNC CampDoc registration page will be made available on the DMCC home page and SCNC Face-book site prior to registration. An informational meeting regarding the online registration process will be held at Starr’s Cave Nature Center on Friday April 22nd to help answer any questions regarding the online process. Registration is scheduled to open Tuesday, April 26 at 12:00 AM.


All camps are designed to be fun and active and to provide high quality environmental learning experiences through games, crafts, stories, and in-depth exploration. Kids love coming to our camps and look forward to them each summer. Parents love our camps too because they know their kids are having fun AND are learning at the same time! All camps include a mid-morning snack.

Camps usually begin the First full week in of June but may vary depending on the last day of school and run through the first week of August. We have camps for 3 year olds all the way up to 13 year olds. With the exception of Polliwog, each camp has 15 openings.

Polliwog Camp
Ages 3-4 with guardian accompaniment
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
two days
Cost: $20
There are a total of 2 Polliwog Camps offered. Each is two days long and will take place during the week.

Parents can introduce their child to the wonders of nature during this camp. Both days there will be a hike, craft, and hands-on nature learning that parents and children will get to explore together.
 
Caterpillar Camp
Ages 5-6
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday - Friday
Cost: $40
In this fun camp, young children are introduced to the world of the outdoors. Activities include a different craft each day, stories, games in the woods, learning how to use binoculars, insect netting, and much more!

Discovery Camp
Ages 7-9
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday - Friday
Cost: $50
Explore the prairie, forest, and creek as we focus on habitat. We'll look closely at where animals live and what they need to survive.

Firefly Camp
Ages 7-9
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
Cost: $40
See what comes out at night during this night camp! As the sun sets, we'll see bugs that light up, bats that eat them, and extraordinary birds with night vision. We'll also play flashlight tag and tell stories and roast marshmallows over the campfire.

Dark Wings Camp
Ages 10-13
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
Cost: $40
What goes on in the natural world at night? We'll be hooting for owls, listening for bats, and peering through a telescope at the night skies. This camp includes one evening at Big Hollow Recreation Area. 

Adventure Camp
Ages 10-14
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday - Friday
Cost: $50

Students will learn about the natural and human history of the land and acquire valuable outdoor-living and safety skills. Campers will 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. 

2017 CAMP SCHEDULE

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

 

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Contact
Frances Owen,
Naturalist
Email

Starr's Cave Nature Center
11627 Starrs Cave Rd.
Burlington, IA 52601

Ph: (319) 753-5808

Registration

Registration for all camps at Starr’s Cave Nature Center will be held online through CampDoc.com. Links to the SCNC CampDoc registration page will be made available on the DMCC home page and SCNC Face-book site prior to registration. Registration is scheduled to open Tuesday, April 26 at 12:00 AM.


Scholarships
A limited number of scholarships are available. If the camp fees are a financial hardship, please contact us to inquire about assistance.

Volunteers
Most camps need volunteers to assist our staff with the exception of Young Naturalist and Polliwog. If you would like to be a volunteer for a week of camp, contact SCNC at 753-5808

Disabilities
Camp activities can be designed to accommodate children of different abilities; please let us know of any special needs when you register.

Refunds
Full refunds will be given for cancellations made one full week before the start of the camp. Cancellations made less than a week before camp starts will not receive a refund (with the exception of medical emergencies).