Summer’s here, and so are the kids. University of Iowa summer camps let elementary through high school students explore new interests, polish their talents, and enjoy opportunities that only a university can offer.
Take the camps sponsored by Arts Share, the University’s premier arts outreach program. Open to children entering first through sixth grades, the weeklong camps offer half-day sessions on creative movement, theater, music, graphic arts, and writing.
For students keen on the outdoors, the UI Division of Recreational Services hosts Wildlife Camps for first through ninth graders and a volunteer program for high school students. Camps are held at Macbride Nature Recreation Area north of Iowa City and at Lakeside Lab, the West Okoboji field campus administered by Iowa’s three regents universities.
Budding entrepreneurs can enroll in elementary and middle school programs through the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The day camps teach basic business skills, introduce students to successful entrepreneurs, and let participants compete for seed capital.
The UI College of Education Belin-Blank Center offers a variety of “Summer on the Brain” programs for students in grades 2-11. Options for older students include the National Scholars Academy—a residential program of weeklong classes on topics like creative nonfiction, biomedical research, and law.
Other residential programs for high school students include the Iowa Summer Music Camps, Summer Journalism Workshops, and the National Summer Institute in Forensics. Iowa’s sports camps offer residential and day programs in nearly 20 sports.
Some programs are designed especially for students from particular backgrounds. The Iowa First Nations Summer Program, for example, is a three-week experience focused on the life sciences, the environment, and Native American culture.
Whatever they choose, students who spend part of their summers at Iowa gain memorable experiences and a taste of university life.