Iowa Wildlife Camps have been operating since 1991 and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve your family again this summer by providing opportunities for campers to safely explore the natural wonders that the Macbride Nature Recreation Area has to offer.

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Snowy Owl Camp

Dates offered: Tuesday, January 3 - Friday, January 6, 2023

This camp is open to current 1st through 6th graders

Cost - Pricing is tiered:

  • Tier 1 - $325
  • Tier 2 - $275
  • Tier 3 - $225

Bundle up and join us for four days of wintertime exploration! We will study the unique Snowy Owl and other animals that dwell in Iowa’s winter landscapes. We will stay warm by exploring the trails at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, searching for Bald Eagles, and scaling the climbing wall at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. 

Other activities will include:

  • Studying the Macbride Nature Recreation Areas’s evergreen trees
  • Exploring the properties of ice
  • Visiting the Iowa Raptor Project’s Gyrfalcon, Elsa who is native to the tundra!

Drop-off and pick-up location for Snowy Owl Camp will be at the UI Main Library.

*More information about tiered pricing can be found under the Tiered Pricing tab, which is located under the Camp Information and Policies section further down this page. 

Camp Information and Policies

Thank you for choosing to participate in UI Wildlife Camps! We are looking forward to adventures that will include fun, hands-on investigations within some of our ecosystems at Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA). We will learn the science of nature while still experiencing the best of recreation. Below you'll find all the information you'll need to know for your campers to have a successful time with us!

  • In case of emergency or to notify us of an absence or for registration information, please call Ellen Carman at 319-467-3287. 
  • If the weather is questionable, camps will be canceled and families will be notified via email by 7 am. Refunds will be issued in this situation.
  • Campers are expected to be respectful to themselves, others, and nature. If a camper does not follow these guidelines, staff will communicate it to families. Staff will also notify families if a camper becomes ill or injured at camp. The Director reserves the right to dismiss any camper whose choices or conduct becomes detrimental to the program, others, or themselves. No refunds will be made for dismissed campers.

MNRA Park Map

This year Iowa Wildlife Camps will offer a tiered pricing system. Tiered pricing allows families to select a fee, from provided options, that most aligns with their families’ budget. We ask that families use the honor system and choose the tier that they are able to afford.

All campers will receive the same high quality camp experience regardless of which tier is chosen. Each family’s cost for camp remains confidential. 

Tier 1 - This price covers the direct cost of our program for your camper. It also contributes to costs that enhance your camper’s experience such as maintaining the spaces they will visit, providing funds needed to maintain and grow our program, and making camp more accessible to all families.  

Tier 2 - This price most accurately reflects the direct cost of our program for your camper. 

Tier 3 - This is our subsidized rate for families that find the full cost a bit out of their budget.

Families in need of additional financial assistance to attend Iowa Wildlife Camps should fill out a financial assistance application here.

If you are interested in scholarship opportunities please contact Ellen Carman at or call 319-467-3287.

The following policy outlines refund amounts based on when a camp session is cancelled. 

  • If you cancel your camp session within 48 hours of registering a 100% refund will be provided.  
  • If you cancel your camp session 8 weeks or more in advance of the first day of the camp session a 75% refund of camp fees will be provided. 
  • If you cancel your camp session 4 weeks or more prior to the camp session's start date a 50% refund of camp fees will be provided. 
  • If you cancel your camp session within 4 weeks of the camp session's start date, no refund will be provided. 

If Iowa Wildlife Camps cancels a camp session, you will be given the option for a full refund or when available, to transfer your registration to another available session. 

Call our UI WILD office at 319-467-3287 or email with any questions.

  • Campers should bring their own snack, lunch and water bottle. Additional water will be provided. We’ve seen a reduction of non-recyclable waste generated at lunchtime. We would love to see this continue. If possible, avoid over-packaged products and bring reusable containers. 
  • We will follow a carry-in/carry-out policy.

Because we spend all, if not most, of our time in the outdoors you should come prepared for sun, rain and everything nature may bring. We recommend either wearing and bringing:

  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirts verses tank tops to prevent sunburned shoulders.
  • Raincoat or poncho. Programs will move inside when emergency situations arise during storm watches and warnings. If inclement weather is predicted for the day, camps will be canceled and families notified via email by 7 am. Refunds will be issued in this situation.
  • Proper shoes are important. This could be a pair of tennis shoes, hiking boots or sandals that stay on feet snugly and are designed for hiking and exploring outside.

Work for us!

Questions about the camps or employment? Email Ellen Carman at or call 319-467-3287. 

Wildlife Camps Job Openings:
Assistant Coordinator
Bus Driver 


Registration and camp questions: Contact Ellen Carman at

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