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SPARK! Program


Upcoming activities:

Overview: SPARK! programming provides active engagement for youth to help them find their passion. We provide positive interaction, safe spaces, and access to outdoor and recreational opportunities for youth wanting to explore new activities, form new friendships, and create memorable experiences. 

Eligibility: Youth 12-18 yrs. old. We prioritize youth facing barriers to participation in activities that spark their interest (e.g. youth of color, LGBTQ+, and/or low socioeconomic status).

Get involved: See "Upcoming activities" below and click "Sign up!" to register. (Programs that are currently full will direct you to a waitlist.)

'Cool' Campout (high school)
Saturday Dec. 2 - Sunday  Dec. 3

Worth it. Cold weather camping is all about warm sleeping bags, a good fire, and s'mores. Give it a try with us!


Owl Prowl Hike
Monday, Dec. 4th, 5-7p

We'll hike with Johnson County Conservation and try to spot owls (!!!) as the winter sun sets.

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Batting Cages
Thursday, Dec. 7th, 3:45-5:30p

A trip to Diamond Dreams in North Liberty to put baseball + softball skills to work.

*Future activities...

January 2024


  • Rock climbing

  • Snowshoeing OR cross-country skiing (weather permitting)

  • Foraging

  • Wilderness Survival - Making Shelter

  • Ice fishing

*subject to change.

Now available: SPARK Outdoor Gear Library!


​Students who have previously participated in a SPARK Explores outdoor adventure are able to check out gear for personal use, for free! The rental form and agreement will need to be filled out with a parent/guardian.

Available gear to borrow:

  • Tents (2-person, 4-person, and 6-person)

  • Sleeping bags (various temp. ratings)

  • Sleeping pads

  • Headlamps

  • Water bottles

  • Fishing poles

  • Daypacks

  • Camp chairs

  • Ponchos

  • Air mattress (1)

  • Camp pillows

  • Sleeping cot (1)

To request gear, visit:

Other SPARK! programming:

SPARK! Vibes


Safe and supportive hangout spaces for BIPOC youth and allies, where youth are encouraged to be their full, joyful selves. Locations rotate through the Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty communities.

SPARK! Talks


Facilitated conversation groups with youth about topics surrounding their diverse lives, experiences and ideas for the future.

SPARK! Connects


Connecting youth to other events in the community. Past Connects opportunities have included roundtable discussions with college athletes and community leaders, a job shadow at a bakery, and a visit to the University of Iowa AfroHouse.

Questions about SPARK? Get in touch!

We will follow up within two weeks of your submission.

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