CURRENT HOURS: TUES-SAT • 9am–4pm • Last tractor cart leaves at 2pm

3rd grade camps

For campers entering 3rd grade in fall 2024


Step 1: Purchase tickets using the links below

Step 2: Submit a Camper Information Form
    (This is where you can make a request to place your child with another camper.)

Please note that you need to purchase tickets AND submit a Camper Information Form to complete your camper’s registration.

Then watch for these three emails:

  • Immediately: Confirmation of payment from
  • About a week before camp: Details of drop-off/pickup, schedule, etc. from
  • About 5 days before camp: Introduction from your counselor.

Questions about registration and logistics? Email
Questions about camp content and curriculum? Email

camper doing washTime Travelers

Full day: 9am–4pm
Sessions 1–5 and 9–10

Jump through history as you explore a new time period each day and experience the lives of Iowa’s first farmers. Help with farm chores in 1900, make ice cream 1870s-style, tell a folk story in the pioneer days, and cook fry bread!

ThemeActivity Highlights
MondayLife in 1900Visit 1900 Farm and do chores, make pinwheels
TuesdayPioneer DaysVisit 1850 Pioneer Farm, dip candles, tell folk stories
WednesdayHeritage DayVisit Flynn Mansion and Tangen Home, learn to play croquet
ThursdayIoway Native AmericansVisit 1700 Ioway Farm, cook fry bread, Creek Walk
FridayTown DayLearn art of paper quilling, make ice cream, shop in Museum Store 

Activities subject to change. Short weeks will vary but will include creek walk. On creek day your camper will get wet and muddy. Bring a towel or plastic bag for the car.

farmers threshing with steam engineTechnology through the Years

Full day: 9am–4pm
Sessions 1, 3, 5–8

Get dirty planting a garden with 1700-era Ioway tools, try your hand at an assembly line in 1900, and see how new machines made work easier for craftsmen in the 1870s. Investigate inventors like Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, and learn how people like John Deere and George Washington Carver changed farming. Discover how changes in technology have transformed our lives as you travel through time visiting our historic sites.

ThemeActivity Highlights
Monday1700sVisit 1700 Ioway Farm, go fishing, Creek Walk
TuesdayMoving to IowaVisit 1850 Pioneer Farm, learn about Eli Whitney and Alexander Graham Bell, make ice cream
WednesdayBusinessesVisit town businesses and 1900 Farm; shop in Museum Store
Thursday1900sLearn about Henry Ford and George Washington Carver, assembly line
FridayIn the HomeVisit Flynn Mansion and Tangen Home, learn about Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla

Activities subject to change. Short weeks will vary but will include creek walk. On creek day your camper will get wet and muddy. Bring a towel or plastic bag for the car.

Wait list

  • If a camp session is full, you may fill out this form to be placed on a wait list.
  • Include the program and date that you are interested in attending.

Group Requests

When we have multiple camps of the same grade level, we cannot guarantee your child will be placed with friends. However, we will make every effort to accommodate up to two requests. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Campers must be registered for the same camp, in the same week, and be in the same grade.
  • Camp is about making friends. When large groups of friends are together, other campers can feel left out. We will split requests larger than 3 friends.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.