"Kids Outdoors" Free Outdoor Gear Checkout


Gear Available for Free Checkout

Take the kids (or yourself) outside and spend some quality time exploring nature! Don’t have the outdoor equipment to do it? No problem...borrow some from us at the Red Rock Visitor Center (or Corps office when the center is closed) free of charge! 

For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690 or via email at


Snowshoes (available when there is a base of at least 4" of snow)
- Aluminum frame style (wear with your own boots)
- Youth and Adult Sizes Available (size determined by weight of the wearer) 


Science Pack
Science Pack includes microscope, prepared slides of insects and plants, STEAM Kids book, Nature Science Experiments book, binder full of various nature activities, Sunprint paper, and water pollutants lab kit.  (One pack available)



Bird Exploration Packs
Each backpack includes: Binocular, Sibley Birds of Eastern North America Field Guide, "Birding by Ear" bird call CD set, and bird checklist

  Geocaching Packs
Each backpack includes: One E-Trex H GPS unit, Maps and coordinates for lake area geocaches, and two extra AA batteries
  Tracking Packs
Each backpack includes: Animal track activity booklet, animal track stencils, track molds, and container of Plaster of Paris (not shown in picture). 
  Disc Golf Packs
Each backpack includes:  Putt and Approach disc, Mid-Range disc, Fairway Driver disc, disc golf basic instructions, score cards and pencil.
  Insect Exploration Packs
Each backpack includes: Collapsible bug cage, bug catcher net, four magnifier specimen boxes, Insectigations activity book, Everything Bugs book, Caterpillars book, Pocket Naturalist for Butterflies and Moths, Golden Guide for Spiders, and Golden Guide for Insects.
  Life Jackets
- Infant, Youth and Adult Sizes Available
- Life jackets can also be checked out free of charge at the North Overlook Beach concession building during operating hours
  Pond Exploration Kits
Each kit includes: Dip net, white plastic tub, critter box with snap-on lid, two kinds of magnifiers, Pond Life Golden Guide, Pocket Naturalist for Pond Life, Iowater Invertebrate Identification key.