Naturalists lead an annual set of summer camps that allow children to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. The camps are a week-long experience in conservation and nature. Activities may include hiking & outdoor recreation, meeting live animals, story time, nature arts & crafts, picnics, and science activities. Kestrel and Challenge camps will also include an overnight with campfire cooking and a campout.

Parents may register children for camp beginning Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, come to the Annett Nature Center or call us at (515) 961-6169 (no e-mail registrations will be accepted.) Our camp sessions fill up very quickly. Due to the popularity of our camps, children may one attend each camp one time.

To Register, Have the Following Information Ready:
-Parent’s Name
-Camper’s Name
-Phone Number
-Camper’s Age of First Day of Camp
-Camper’s Date of Birth

*Day Camp fees are non-refundable

2017 Day Camp Schedule

CRICKET CAMP (2 sessions):
Ages 4-5
Session I: June 12-16
Session II: June  19-23
Cost: $45
Monday-Thursday, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Must be 4 years old by opening registration day.
This camp is themed around “animal awareness”. Children will learn about Incredible Insects, Feathered Friends, Pond Friends, Fabulous Furries and Reptiles Alive. Each day will include nature art, games, hiking, songs, snacks and story time.

Ages 6-7
June 26-30
Cost: $65
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
This camp is themed around habitats and the principles of Leave No Trace. Children will learn about Woodlands, Prairie, Wetlands/Ponds, and Lakes. Each day will include LOTS of hiking along with some journaling, nature art, games and story time.

Ages 8-9
July 10-14
Cost: $70
Monday-Wednesday 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Thursday 3:00p.m.- Friday 8:00 a.m.
This camp is themed around early Iowans. We will learn about Native Americans, Westward Bound, Early Iowans in Nature and Primitive Cooking. Each day will include games, craft and hiking!

Ages 10-12
July 17-21
Cost: $70
Monday-Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. – Friday 8:00 a.m.
This camp is themed around an outdoor challenge/survival theme. We will learn about fishing, knot tying, orienteering, canoeing and campfire cooking. Each day will include games and hiking.


Scholarship applications are available upon request through the Friends of Warren County Conservation, made possible by donations. Contact the WCCB office at (515) 961-6169 for more information.