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Summer Camps

Summer Break Day Camps

Summer Camps 

Summer camps at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium provide children entering Kindergarten – 8th grade with engaging, interactive, and affordable programs during the summer months. 

For Members

Members must register and create a log in password to receive the member discount. If they have already registered, they simply need to log in to their existing account. This can be done after selecting a camp by clicking on the links in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Participants must bring a sack lunch for full day camps. Camps are divided by grade level.

Wrap-Around Care


Child wrap-around care is available Monday - Friday and is $30 per child. Wrap-Around Care is for those enrolled in 1st - 5th grade camps. Morning wrap-around care is provided beginning at 7:45 a.m. Afternoon wrap-around care ends at 4:45 p.m.


Full refunds or transfers will be granted up to two weeks prior to each camp.


A limited number of Summer Camp Scholarships are available to those who are in need of assistance. The scholarships made possible by the Wal-Mart Dubuque Store, Black Hills Energy, and Tim and Nancy Butler. If you have any questions or would like information, please contact Melissa Wersinger at the email below.

For questions on summer camps, please contact Melissa Wersinger at

COVID-19 Safety Measures

COVID-19 safety measures can be found at the bottom of this page.

Elementary School Camps

Elementary school camps are for children entering Kindergarten - 5th grade and are week long camps. Wrap-around care options are available to all campers for $30 per camper, for the week.

7:45 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Wrap-around Care
9 a.m. | Camp Begins
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Lunch
4 p.m. | Camp Ends
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Wrap-around Care

Questions? Contact Melissa Wersinger at

Kinder-Kamp: Animal Friends
(Entering Kindergarten)

June 20 - 24 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Prepare to enjoy animals of all shapes and sizes from around the world through this year’s KinderKamp! Campers will encounter live animals and their habitats, explore nature, make crafts, and experience the world of our newest exhibit, Forever Forest

Members $100  |  Non-Members $125


All Fun and Games

June 27 - July 1
Explore the evolution of toys! How did toys from the past function? What did they look like? In this camp, we’ll discover traditional and modern toys from around the world and use our imagination to invent our own toys.

All-Day - Members $200  |  Non-Members $240


Rock of All Ages

July 11 - 15
Rocks come in all different shapes and sizes! From fossils to lava rock, each one has a different origin. How in the world did they get here? We’ll dig up the details on different types of rocks and where they come from. Don’t miss the chance to unearth some fun in this camp!

All-Day - Members $200 |  Non-Members $240


Fish From Around the World  
(Entering grades 1-2 Only)

July 18 - 22
There’s something fishy about this camp! Explore the lives of fish from around the world! From lakes to rivers to oceans, discover why some fish live in fresh water while others live in salt water. We’ll encounter fish that live in the Mississippi River and compare them with those that live on the other side of the earth.

All-Day - Members $200  |  Non-Members $240


Mystery at the Museum
(Entering grades 3-5 Only)

July 18 - 22
Something is missing from the museum! Come help us find it! In order to solve the mystery, campers will explore the various exhibits in the museum, conduct interviews, and dust for fingerprints. Can you solve the puzzle?

All-Day - Members $200  |  Non-Members $240


Forever Forest

July 25 - 29
An adventure awaits as campers explore our newest exhibit, Forever Forest! Discover how we use the forest to live, work and play. We’ll trek around the forest searching for animals that live there and examine all the parts of a tree. Find out what every-day products come from trees and how to make them sustainable. Don’t miss out on this unique experience!

All-Day - Members $200  |  Non-Members $240


Middle School Camp

Middler School camp is for children entering 6th - 8th grade. The camp is a 2-day camp and includes an overnight at the River Museum.

Questions? Contact Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x 213 or

Next Level Overnight Adventure 
(Entering grades 6-8)

July 6-7
There are many conservation-based projects here at NMRMA that reach out into the world. Do you know them all? Meet the people helping re-populate endangered species, get your hands dirty while helping to make the world a better place.

Members $150  |  Non-Members $180


Covid-19 Guidelines 

The safety and health of campers is always our top priority. The following guidelines will be in place throughout all camps this summer:

  • Mask use will be at the discretion of parents.
  • We will be sanitizing tables, craft supplies, and any other utensils utilized, before and after we use them.
  • We will be washing hands and using hand sanitizers throughout the day.
  • Other guidelines will be supplied prior to the start of camp.
Changes and Cancellations

Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, if we are forced to make changes to our protocols, we will make every attempt to provide participants as much notice as possible prior to the first day of camp.

Sometimes, and for unseen circumstances, we are forced to cancel camp. If for any reason a cancellation is made, you will be notified and offered an opportunity transfer to another available camp or receive a refund.