Cave Crawling at Maquoketa Caves: Ages 9-12

Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Black Hawk County

Friday, July 14, 2017

 Cave Crawling! Ages 9-12 9:00AM- 5:00PM

Travel to Maquoketa Caves State Park and explore through the many caves – large and small! Discover how they were formed and who lives there!

We will walk through Dancehall Cave and then gear up with kneepads and headlamps to explore/crawl in Steele Gate Cave. If time allows we will visit Balanced Rock and some of the smaller caves within the park.

PACKING LIST: Kids are asked to show up to camp wearing: shorts or pants, t-shirts, grubby shoes for hiking (no sandals or flip-flops for cave exploring). Bring along a light jacket or long sleeved shirt in case. Don't bring anything you don't mind getting covered in mud! Bring an entire set of clothes and footwear (including underwear!) for the ride home. Pack the 2nd set of clothes in a plastic grocery bag with your child's name on it. The bag will be reused to contain the muddy clothes after cave crawling.

***A headlamp is recommended (to allow the camper to use both hands while crawling), but a bright flashlight will be satisfactory.

Old knee pads are optional. As are hats or a bandanna to cover the head.

Other items to pack: Large Sack Lunch, Lunch Drink, 1-2 Water Bottles, afternoon snack, wash cloth/wet wipes, backpack or zip-up bag, sunscreen, bug spray/wipes, rain gear (optional).


Only 15 spots available - sign up now!  

Fee: $35 per child/pre-paid (with registration/medical forms submitted)        

$45 per child/walk-in (on the day of the program - if any camper spots are still available**)   

 This roadtrip will happen rain or shine, so dress your camper accordingly.

(**NOTE: Please call the day BEFORE to see if camp is full before 'walking in’.)    


**Before and After care is available if you need to drop off or pick up earlier/later than the program time. If interested, you must schedule this far in advance with your child’s registration by contacting the nature center staff.


Prior to the camp, parents will be sent a list of supplies needed for the camp and a tentative schedule of activities for the day.  




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Cave Crawling at Maquoketa Caves: Ages 9-12


Friday, July 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


BH Co. Conservation Board- Administrative Office
1346 W. Airline Hwy
Waterloo, IA 50703
Katie Shelton,
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Children - $35.00


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