Wilderness Trips Available through the Iowa 4-H Center



AMES, Iowa--This June and July, the Iowa 4-H Center offers specialty camps designed for true outdoor lovers. Youth ages 14-18 may take a Wilderness Canoe Trek, Backpack Trek or Horsepacking Trek through the rugged trails of places like Minnesota and Michigan.

“These trips are unique because they combine wilderness travel, outdoor skill development, teamwork, environmental learning and personal growth,” said Abbie Parker, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist. “The trained volunteer adults who lead each program are teachers and naturalists who bring special skills and knowledge to the experience.”

Youth with previous camping experience, who are in good health, enjoy challenging themselves and love camping and the outdoors are encouraged to join one of these wilderness adventures.

To register for one of these wilderness trips, please call the Iowa 4-H Center camp office at 515-795-3338. Space is limited and the treks will fill up quickly.

The following list includes descriptions of each trek along with dates, prices and leader names. Each trip is for youth ages 14-18.

Wilderness Canoe Trek

June 25-July 2: $400
Leaders: Katie Hammond and Dan Cohen
This trip explores the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northeast Minnesota. Participants paddle across wilderness lakes, portage canoes and packs, fish for fun and food, read maps and use compasses, live in tents without leaving a trace, cook meals in wilderness areas and learn about the ecology of the area. Tents, backpacks, canoes, cooking gear, food and transportation from the Iowa 4-H Center are all provided.

Youth Backpack Trek

July 2-9: $400
Leaders: Laura Semken and Lowell DeVries
During this trip, campers backpack through the Porcupine Mountains in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Teens learn about wilderness ethics, outdoor living skills and natural history while exploring miles of trails. Tents, backpacks, cooking gear, food and transportation from the Iowa 4-H Center are all provided.

Youth Horsepacking Trek

July 23-30: $900
Leaders: Joel Van Roekel and Sondra Cabell
Participants spend four nights in a fully furnished high country camp. Five days are spent traversing mountain trails, becoming horse experts and fishing in cold mountain lakes. Location is to be determined. Call the Iowa 4-H Center Camp Office at 515-795-3338 for more information.

Visit the 4-H Wilderness Trips website. 

About the Iowa 4-H Center

The Iowa 4-H Center is an outdoor learning environment of 1,100 acres located in Boone County just 45 minutes north of Des Moines.  An American Camp Association accredited camp since 1954, the Iowa 4-H Center staff follows the 4-H model of “learning by doing” and draws on the knowledge base of Iowa State University.

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