We announce, with heavy hearts, that we WILL NOT hold our Summer Day Camps as usual this year.

We are hoping to hold some sort of modified camps later this summer and will keep you posted as we decide.

For now, please watch our Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center Facebook page for upcoming Virtual Programming.

We’ll have Nature Storytimes at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday via Zoom; pre-register at We’ll also have Lunchbox Naturalist on Tuesdays at Noon through Facebook Live and lots more. Come hike our trails and look for new self-guided Scavenger Hunts and Trail Activities weekly, starting June 1st.

We apologize for the inconvenience but the safety of your children, our guests and our staff is our primary concern right now. Thank you for understanding and trust us, we are missing all of you!

Explore the Outdoors with Us!        

Woodbury County Conservation Board has been hosting summer day camps at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center since 1997. They are designed to encourage hands-on learning through outdoor explorations, hiking, activities, games, crafts and more. The programs are led by full-time professional environmental educators and seasonal naturalist staff. Our camp leaders thrive on the joys and challenges of teaching about the amazing facets of nature through hands-on creative and fun activities.

The number of campers is limited to ensure a fun learning experience with a ratio of between 14-20 campers to 2 staff depending on the campers ages.

  • All campers participate in outdoor explorations and hiking
  • Ages 9 & up must bring a bag lunch with a drink
  • Each registered camper receives a camp T-shirt
  • A daily snack with drink are provided for all ages
  • Please click on the links below to learn more!
  • Members of the Woodbury County Conservation Foundation receive early registration benefits and potential camp discounts. Click on to become a member.


As each registration form is processed; a confirmation email (or letter) will be sent. Please review this for the correct camp dates and themes. Reminder emails will also be sent the week before your registered camp.

Cancellations & Refund Policy
If a camper must cancel their reservation, please notify the Woodbury County Conservation Staff as soon as possible. This allows us to possibly fill the space from our waiting list. The $20 deposit is not refundable. The balance of the registration cost is refundable with 7 days or more notice.

Camp Behavior Expectations & Discipline Guidelines
Please share these with any child registered for camp. Thank you. Basic rules that all campers
must follow are: 1) Campers must not hurt themselves or others. 2) Children must stay with the group. 3) Campers must stay on the trails (unless directed otherwise). 4) Respect all others as well as nature. 5) No foul language or threats (verbal or physical).
If needed, staff will give a verbal warning first, followed by a Time-out. If 3 time-outs are given in one day the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately and that camper will be asked to leave. No refunds will be given in this situation. We will also do our best to inform you of any behavior difficulties at the end of each camp.

We will be actively exploring the outdoors and there is a definite possibility that your camper(s) will get dirty. Please make sure your campers are dressed appropriately for outdoor play. Open-toed shoes are not allowed as they offer little protection against sticks and other sharp objects along the trails. We plan on going outside every day – even in the rain! So please dress for the weather or send spare clothes (make sure to mark with your child’s name).

Drop-off & Pick-up Policy
Please be prompt in dropping off and picking up your camper(s). Campers may not arrive before the start of their respective session and must be picked up promptly. This allows staff time to prepare for and clean up from each session.
Please call the nature center if your camper is unable to attend or you are running late. Campers will not be released to anyone other than a parent/guardian or listed carpool person unless you notify the education staff ahead of time.
We wish to avoid any potential accidents in the parking lot, so please escort your child(ren) inside the nature center to their individual classrooms. Thank you!

Woodbury County Conservation Education staff will provide all materials that are needed for each day’s explorations. Personal items that might be handy include a hat, insect repellant and sunscreen. Please mark these items with your camper’s name.

Food & Water
A daily snack and drink are provided for all ages. If your child has any food allergies or special diet, please note on the Camper Information Form. Water fountains are available but each camper may bring a reusable water bottle if desired. Please mark with your child’s name. Meadowlarks, Badgers and Hawks campers must bring a sack lunch with drink.

Restroom Use Requirement
We require that all campers must be toilet trained. Our staff is not allowed to change diapers or pull-ups. Thanks for understanding.

Special Conditions Emergencies
Our staff is certified in CPR and First-Aid and is trained to handle emergency situations. Please note any severe allergy or medical conditions on the Camper Information Form. We will keep parents informed of any out of the ordinary occurrences.

Special Needs Campers
Woodbury County Conservation Nature Camps try to accommodate all interested children. However, they are extremely active camps with a large number of transitions and sensory changes throughout the day. Children are expected to keep up and keep going. They must be able to follow directions, rules and expectations independently. Children must participate well with others and follow safety rules without adult prompts.
For certain special needs our camps are wonderful, for others it puts the child and staff in uncomfortable and unsafe situations. We are responsible for the safety and well-being of all the campers and cannot allow one child to jeopardize that. Please call to discuss your child’s particular needs.

Weather Procedures
We all know the weather in Iowa is unpredictable. The Woodbury County Conservation staff and volunteers follow procedures to maintain the safety of your children. Precautions in place include the following:

  • A weather alert radio is on during camp operations. Staff will respond accordingly when alerts are announced. Staff also carry cell phones and/or radios while on the trails. This allows us to be in contact with receptionists that monitor the weather radio.
  • If a warning is issued for our area, we will move the children to a place of safety within the nature center or park we are visiting. The weather will be monitored until severe weather has passed. Staff will be responsible to helping to calm and reassure the campers during these times.
  • At first sound of thunder or first sighting of lightning, all children will be required to be indoors and stay there until the threat is gone. Appropriate indoor nature-based activities are ready for such moments.

Woodbury County Conservation Board,
Attn: Theresa Kruid
4500 Sioux River Road, Sioux City, IA 51109
Phone: (712) 258-0838