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Release: Immediate

Openings remain for University of Iowa wildlife camps

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- There are still some openings for children interested in participating in summer wildlife camps sponsored by the University of Iowa. The day camps, held at Macbride Nature Recreation Area, focus on the wildlife and natural habitats of eastern Iowa.

Fledgling Camp is an introductory camp for children currently in first grade and will be June 30 through July 3. Cost of the camp is $88. Campers will be transported by bus from the UI Recreation Building at 8:30 a.m. and will return to the Rec Building to be picked up at 4:15 p.m.

Hawk, Falcon and Eagle camps are for students currently in second through fifth grades and will include canoeing and programs at the UI Raptor Center. The cost is $110. The camps will run concurrently during the weeks of June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, and July 28-Aug. 1. Campers have a choice of being transported from the UI Recreation Building or from Prairie Crest Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. Busses and vans will leave the UI and Prairie Crest Elementary at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4:15 p.m. Parents may also opt to drop off and pick up their children at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

Hawk Camp features a variety of woodland activities ranging from bird-banding to observing an active Cooper's Hawk nest.

Falcon Camp focuses on grasslands and includes a trip to the Rochester Cemetery prairie preserve and a first-hand look at the peregrine falcons in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City.

Eagle Camp will give students a close-up look at Iowa's first attempt at osprey reintroduction and will also focus on wetlands, fishing and aquatic studies.

Owl Camp, for students currently in sixth through eighth grade, will give campers a chance to develop their own wildlife research study and then present their findings to younger campers. Cost of the camp is $130. Owl Camps will be offered July 14-18,

July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1. Each session includes an overnight camp-out on Thursday. Campers will be transported to Macbride from the UI Recreation Building.

There is a Late Stay program for campers who cannot be picked up by 4:15 p.m.

Registration is limited. To register or for more information, call Dave Conrads or Jeanette Luke at 319-335-9293.