Camps & Outreach

2024 Summer Camps & Events

For Youth Currently in Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

Fishing with Clay County Conservation

Join Bree with Clay County Conservation to reel in some fish at Scharnberg!

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Scharnberg Park

3430 145th Ave., Everly

Registration Fee: Free!

Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle.

Register!

Get Growing

Let's get growing! Join us to learn about how plants grow, how to care for growing plants, and even take some plants home to watch them grow and thrive. 

Thursday, June 6, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office

1515 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please wear sunscreen, bring a water bottle, and dress to get a little messy.

Register!

Dino Discovery

Go back in time with us to discover how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, and how we study them today. We'll play games, go on a fossil dig, and more!

Thursday, June 13, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office

1515 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

Register!

Hands-On Science

Join us as we experiment, play, and get a little messy as we learn all about chemical reactions and the science happening around us everyday. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office

1515 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle. 

Register!

Horsin' Around (Open to All Youth K-12!)

Whether you are a horse expert or you're just ready to learn more, get ready for a day of fun as we cover all things horses. We'll learn to rope, play games, and learn how to care for horses.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
4-H Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds

800 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle.

Register!

Charcuterie for Kids

We're giving you permission to play with your food! We will practice basic kitchen skills and safety while we build our own delicious snack trays. 

Thursday, June 27, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office

1515 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $10

Please bring a water bottle. 

Register!

Summer Art

Celebrate summer with bright hands-on art activities and games!

Tuesday, July 9, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
4-H Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds

800 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen.

Register!

Exploring Camp with Clay County Conservation

Explore the great outdoors and investigate the natural habitats of insects, birds, and more! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Oneota Park

420 10th Ave. SE, Spencer

Registration Fee: Free

Please bring a water bottle, apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving, wear waterproof boots or shoes, and dress to get messy.

Register!

Weather Wonders

Have you ever thought about where the rain comes from, why the sky is blue, or what causes thunderstorms? Join us as we experiment, play games, and learn all about the weather around us. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
4-H Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds

800 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen.

Register!

Down on the Farm

We love farmers here in Northwest Iowa! Get ready to play games, meet farmers, learn about farm safety, and so much more.

Thursday, July 25, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

4-H Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds
800 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen.

Register!

For Youth Going into 4th Grade and Up

Sew Fun

Join ISU Extension staff and volunteers to improve your sewing skills or learn how to sew for the first time. Learn more about how sewing machines work, how to use a pattern and how to construct simple items.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office

1515 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $10

Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle. If you have a sewing machine, feel free to bring it with you!

Register!

Babysitting Basics

Join Extension staff and community leaders for this day-long class that covers all things babysitting. Topics include care of infants, toddlers and children, safety, basic First Aid and CPR, and how to make playtime fun with developmentally-appropriate games for kids of all ages. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4-H Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds

800 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: Free

Please bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

Register!

Fly Fishing with Clay County Conservation

Join Bree with Clay County Conservation to learn the basics of fly fishing and try your hand at making a big catch!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Dickins Pit

One mile south of the town of Dickins on 290th Ave.

Registration Fee: Free

Please wear closed-toed shoes, bring a water bottle, and apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving.

Register!

Iowa Lakes Summer STEM Fest

Explore STEM and the Arts at Iowa Lakes Community College. See how technology and career opportunities collide as you make friends, explore wind energy, connect circuits, fly drones and more through various sessions and group games on campus.

Tuesday, June 20, 2024
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Iowa Lakes Community College - Estherville Campus

Registration Fee: Free

Please bring a water bottle. A lunch of hot dogs, chips, apples and cookies will be provided. 

Register!

Horsin' Around (Open to All Youth K-12!)

Whether you are a horse expert or you're just ready to learn more - get ready for a day of fun as we cover all things horses. We'll learn to rope, play games, and learn how to care for horses! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
4-H Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds

800 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $5

Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a water bottle.

Register!

Everybody Kneads Bread

Have you ever wondered what makes bread dough rise? Or wished you could make your own bread at home? Join us as we dive into the science of creating the perfect loaf and make your own to take home.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location TBD

Registration Fee: $10

Please bring a water bottle. We will be making our own lunch! 

Register!

Clover Kitchen Showdown

This summer favorite is back for another year! New name, same fun! Put your kitchen skills to the test as we learn new kitchen skills and develop our flavor mixing abilities!

Thursday, July 11, 2024
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4-H Exhibit Building, Clay County Fairgrounds

800 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $10

Please bring a water bottle. We will be making our own lunch!

Register!

Cake Decorating Basics

Ever wish you could decorate birthday cakes for your friends and family? We're here to give you the basics! We will make buttercream, and practice piping and icing a cake. You will go home with your own decorated 6-inch cake!

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County Office

1515 West 18th St., Spencer

Registration Fee: $15

Please bring a water bottle and sack lunch.

Register!

Archery & Air Rifles with Clay County Conservation

Join Bree with Clay County Conservation for a morning of shooting sports activities! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2024
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Oneota Park

420 10th Ave. SE, Spencer

Registration Fee: Free

Please wear closed-toed shoes, bring a water bottle, and apply sunscreen before arriving.

Register!

Sleeping Bag Safari @ the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Join us to explore the Omaha Zoo! Sleep under the aquarium and touch ocean creatures if you dare. Enjoy games and a night tour of the zoo. Explore the Wild Kingdom, journey through Madagascar, trek around the Arctic, and view the world's largest desert dome.

Monday, August 12 - Tuesday, August 13, 2024
2:30 p.m. (on 8/12) - 7 p.m. (on 8/13)
Departing from and returning to the Faith Lutheran Church Parking Lot in Spencer.

Registration Fee: $125
Cost includes zoo entry, charter bus transportation, 2 meals and a shirt.

Please bring a sack lunch supper, sleeping bag, pillow, overnight bag, pajamas, clean clothing, walking shoes, and $15 for supper on the way home.

Register!

 

Questions?

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 712-262-2264
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Financial aid is available for our camps.

Please complete this form and submit it to xclay@iastate.edu or return it to our office.