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

4th grade camps

For campers entering 4th 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

garden at 1700 Ioway farmOutdoor Explorers

Full day: 9am–4pm
Sessions 1–5 and 7–10

Enjoy the great outdoors as you learn about Iowa’s flora and fauna, explore all the creek has to offer, and observe nature! Nature plays an important role in where we live, how we live, and what we eat. You’ll tend a vegetable and flower garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ll also examine the connection between history and nature by studying Native American life and early settlers.

ThemeActivity Highlights
MondayLeisureBake solar oven cookies, fishing, Creek Walk
TuesdayPlantsPlant seeds, dissect a seed, make mint tea
WednesdayAnimalsBuild birdhouse, learn about ecosystems and camouflage
ThursdayTownVictorian scavenger hunt, visit General Store and Drug Store, shop at Museum Store
FridayNative AmericansStick weaving, make nature art, cook fry bread

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.

campers touching buffalo hidePeople of Iowa

Full day: 9am–4pm
Session 6–7 and 9–10

Dive into the culture and cuisine of the diverse groups who have lived in Iowa throughout history, from the Ioway to European immigrants to today’s Iowans. Bake fattigman, a traditional Scandinavian treat, and learn the steps to the Virginia Reel dance. Witness how our state became a melting pot of traditions and explore how communities formed, lived, and celebrated. Learn how Emancipation Day became a holiday, and how many different groups throughout history have made Iowa what it is today.

ThemeActivity Highlights
MondayNative AmericansWork in garden, visit 1700 Ioway Farm, Creek Walk
TuesdayMelting PotVisit Tangen Home, Flynn Mansion, Schoolhouse; shop at Museum Store
WednesdayImmigrantsDesign heritage shield, build community from Legos, visit 1850 Pioneer Farm
ThursdayCelebrationsVisit Print Shop, play 1876 baseball, dance Virginia Reel, make newspaper
Friday1900sVisit 1900 Farm, bake apple pie

Activities subject to change. 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.


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