1st - 2nd


More information coming soon! For more program details, please email sierra.kuisle@dmymca.org


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Amazing Animals

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Discover the similarities and differences between amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals as we look at some of the amazing animals with which we share our planet.  What do they need to survive?  Which ones live in Iowa and how can we protect them?

Animal Tracks 

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Aquatic Plants and Animals

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We will use nets and buckets to collect, and charts to identify, the various insects, crustaceans and other small creatures that inhabit our creek or river.  We will learn all about the small critters that live in the water around Y Camp, what they need to survive and what we can do to keep the water clean.  

Changes in Properties

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What is matter? How can it change? These questions & more will be answered as we investigate the properties of solids, liquids, and gases and do some hands on experiments.

Forces and Motion

We’ll push! We’ll pull! We’ll use the forces of magnetism and gravity to make things move without even touching them. Then we will use our new knowledge to make catapults! Ready, aim, fire! 

Rock On

We will become geologists and investigate, identify, and classify several different types of rocks and soils including some found around Y Camp. Each student will begin their own rock collection and be able to take home some of what they collect

Wonder of Worms


Do you know how important worms are? Learn about worm anatomy, life cycle, and just what makes worms so wonderful. Expect to examine (and touch) worms and determine if they prefer dry or wet environments, light or dark and rough or smooth surfaces.

Whatever the Weather

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 Come visit us in any season and become Jr. Meteorologists as we investigate the components of weather, discover the importance of the water cycle, and learn about the tools used to measure the weather

Discovery Hike 


This adventure through the woods offers students a versatile experience, we can cater an experience of either an intensive hike and a more leisurely stroll along the trails. Regardless of the pace, students will immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the river valley that surrounds them. As they traverse the terrain, they could have the opportunity to identify animal prints, learn about native plants or observe the diverse bird species that call this ecosystem home. Each Discovery Hike is different and allows for students to get outside and find something new!

Links in a Food Chain

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