Polk County Conservation

Youth Camps

Jr. Naturalist campers showing off their fire.

These day camps are designed to encourage hands-on learning through outdoor explorations, activities, games, crafts, and more. Camps will be led by naturalists. Campers are asked to bring a water bottle and sack lunch every day. Afternoon snacks will be provided.

On-line Registration Opens on February 27, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.!

Water Wonders Camp

June 13 - 16, 2016
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Ages 8 – 9 years
Come and get your feet wet as we discover all we can about water. We’ll compare ponds, rivers, lakes, and wetlands plus the animals that live in them. Daily field trips will take us to other Polk County parks.

• Fee: $125
• Registration deadline is May 27
• Limited to 12 campers
• Meeting location: Jester Park, Shelter by Lodge

Due to the popularity of our camps, your child may only attend this camp one time.

To register for Water Wonders Camp, click here.

Junior Naturalist Camp

June 20 - 23, 2016 (FULL) and June 27 - 30, 2016 (FULL)
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: 10-11 years
Do you know a child who loves the outdoors? Campers will spend the week fishing, canoeing, hiking, geocaching and more while exploring the outdoors. Campers will also learn how to use a compass, build a fire, and cook a snack over a fire. On the last day of camp, campers will become official Iowa Junior Naturalists and receive a badge and certificate. Daily field trips will take us to various Polk County parks.

• Fee: $125
• Registration deadline is June 3
• Limited to 12 campers
• Meeting location: Jester Park, Shelter by Lodge

Due to the popularity of our camps, your child may only attend this camp one time.

To be added to the waiting list for Jr. Naturalist Camp the week of June 20, click here.

To be added to the waiting list for Jr. Naturalist Camp the week of June 27, click here.

Discovery Camp

July 5 - 8, 2016
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Ages 6 - 7 years
This camp is all about animals! Learn about basic animal groups: insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. There will be plenty of games, live animals, snacks, and more! 

• Fee: $60
• Registration deadline is June 29
• Limited to 12 campers
• Meeting location: Jester Park, Shelter #5

Due to the popularity of our camps, your child may only attend this camp one time.

To register for Discovery Camp, click here.

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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