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University of Iowa News Release


May 14, 2007

UI Expands Popular Youth Wildlife Camps To Lake Okoboji Area

For 21 years, Recreational Services at the University of Iowa has held the Wildlife Camps at Lake Macbride north of Iowa City, attracting hundreds of Eastern Iowa youth each year. Now these camps are also coming this summer to the Lakeside Lab on Lake Okoboji.

Registration has begun for two one-week camps that will be held Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, and Monday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 3. These are day camps from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Youth who have completed second through sixth grade in the spring of 2007 and who live in the Okoboji area or will be there during the summer are invited to participate.

The goal of Wildlife Camps is to introduce area youth to the beauty and diversity of the natural world through hands-on activities that focus on prairie, forest, wetland and lake ecosystems. Specific activities may include songbird, raptor and bird banding; wilderness survival, identifying edible plants, canoeing, swimming, animal tracking, photography, journaling and art in nature.

The Lakeside Lab located at 1838 Highway 86 in Milford, Iowa is a 140-acre field campus on the west shore of West Okoboji Lake run jointly by the UI, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa through the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The UI is offering the camps to expand its service to northwest Iowa residents, and hopes to offer more programs at Lakeside Labs in the future.

To receive more information about UI Wildlife Camps or to download a registration brochure, visit or call UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.

To learn more about the Lakeside Lab visit:

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: Ed Saehler, UI Recreational Services, Wildlife Camps, 319-335-9293 or Jeanette Luke, 319-335-9293; Writers: George McCrory and Kerry Fear.