Programs 2023-01-20T19:56:24+00:00

Architecture & Architectural Engineering

  • Experience hands-on projects demonstrating architecture design principles and practices.
  • Learn about general architecture, phases of building design, sustainable design, and engineering systems in building design.
  • Discover what education and training is needed to be successful in the architecture field.
  • Next program begins Spring 2023

Architecture, Engineering & Land Survey

  • Design the floorplan and exterior of your own building
  • Test retaining walls
  • Virtually test bridge designs
  • Design a water tower
  • Imagine your ideal street layout
  • Tour a site through VR
  • Learn to use surveying equipment

Conservation & Wildlife Management

  • Complete hands-on activities related to science, wildlife, and outdoor education & conservation –
  • Meet with professionals in careers such as park rangers, naturalists and biologists
  • Previous activities included: water tests, kayaking, habitat field work, and bird banding

Send completed registration form (with parent signature) and registration fee to Exploring, PO Box 732, Dubuque, IA 52004 or to

Diesel Mechanics

  • Inspect a semi-truck up close – inside and out
  • Remove engine components and learn the functionality and operation
  • Compete in a “Top Gun” competition
  • Build your own light or horn circuit

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Engineering & Technology

  • Get introduced to a wide array of engineering disciplines and some of the engineers that work in those disciplines.
  • Participate in hands-on activities
  • Discover what steps you can take to be on the engineering career path

Next program starts fall 2023

Law Enforcement

    • Experience law enforcement by participating in activities like crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, and traffic stops.
    • Ride along with a law enforcement officer
    • Discover what types of careers exist in law enforcement

18-20 Year Old Participants

Exploring participants in the 18-20 age range, must fill out an adult application (found at,  submit to a criminal background check, and successfully complete Youth Protection Training (found at

Contact Melissa at 563.556.4343