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2022 Summer Camps

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Combining joyful educational experiences with play as we explore our community's best resources! 


This year we are offering TWO sessions that bring the best of Iowa summers to our campers!  With most of our time spent adventuring in nature, our campers will explore the woods and caves, build shelters and fires,  stomp through prairies and creeks, and climb, hike, and make new friends.  Our experienced counselors are prepared to help guide all campers in discovering their favorite parts about nature regardless of age or experience. 


We will start off each morning at Mercer Park (as weather permits), enjoy time playing, learning new games, crafts, and art. Then we will load our buses for our nature explorations throughout Johnson County and surrounding areas.  We will be visiting local nature favorites like Kent Park, Squire Point, Wild Cat Den, Muddy Creek, and Maquoketa Caves.  Water exploration is cautiously approached and heavily supervised, limited to depths of campers' knees.

Ages: Entering Kinder - 6th Grade

Dates:  Session 1, June 6th - July 1st (M-F)

                 Session 2, July 6th - July 29th (M-F)

Hours: 8:00-3:00 (wrap-around hours available with enough enrollment - minimum 12 required)

Drop-Off/Pick-Up: at Mercer Park, unless due to weather we need shelter, in which case we will meet at Tamarack Discovery School (14 S. Linn Street, Iowa City)

Tuition: $240/week for new campers, $225/week for returning campers or current TDS students.  Late Pick up (after 3:00-5:30) $45/week/camper

What to Bring Each Day: water bottle, sunscreen, snacks x2, lunch, and an extra change of clothes 


Once an application is submitted and it is confirmed there is still room, an invoice will be sent to secure your child(ren)'s spot.  Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have further questions, please email