About Yellow Banks Park

From Polk County Conservation’s website:

The 140-foot tall bluffs at Yellow Banks Park rise above the Des Moines River and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The bluffs are formed from loess soil deposited by the wind during the time of the glaciers. Hiking trails at this 552-acre park lead to scenic overlooks, an oak savanna, a Native American burial mound, and a unique backpacking camping area. This is a prime area for viewing migrating raptors in spring and fall. 

Yellow Banks is located in Pleasant Hill, about 20 minutes east of Des Moines

About the Trip


This all-inclusive camping trip is for girls ages 6-8 and their caregivers. The activities and conversation we’ll be engaging in will encourage bonding and trust, all while having lots of fun! You will also learn basic camping skills so that you can plan your own camping trip in the future! Our trips are very hands-on so you will be able to get firsthand experience with these skills. This trip is for girls ages 6-8. For girls 9 and older please check out this trip.

Trip Itinerary


  • Depart Des Moines at 12:30 pm

  • Arrive at Yellow Banks and set-up camp

  • Get to know one another over snacks and some fun games

  • Head out on a hike to explore all of the amazing spots within the park, including breathtaking scenic views of the Des Moines River, an oak savanna, and a Native American burial mound.

  • Catchin’ critters at the pond! We’ll bring the nets and magnifying glasses so we can get up close and personal with some of the cool critters that live in the pond. We’ll also have fishing poles on hand.

  • Indulge in a delicious dinner, complete with dessert.

  • Fire circle

  • Relax! Enjoy some snacks (gourmet s’mores!), and conversations around the campfire. Then crawl into your tent for some well-deserved rest.


  • Wake up and enjoy a yummy breakfast while relaxing around camp

  • Make and take camp craft so you can commemorate your trip

  • Presentation on planning your very own camping trip, complete with a take-home guide and packing list

  • Pack-up and head out

Your Investment

$175 (mother daughter pair) this trip is limited to five pairs

Trip fee includes

  • Delicious meals from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, including snacks, dessert, and drinks.

  • Park admission and campsite fees.

  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and camping chairs

  • Crafting supplies

  • Guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation from our experienced guides.

  • A camping 101 guide and camping packing list print-out so you can plan your own camping trip in the future

  • A Wander Women tote bag filled with goodies for you to enjoy after the trip.

  • Membership in our private Facebook group and exclusive access to Wander Women day hikes, happy hours, and other special events.

  • A 10% lifetime discount on future Wander Women trips.

Are you ready to treat yourself to an adventure?! AWESOME.

Please review or trip cancellation policy before registering.

Additional questions? E-mail us at hello@wanderwomeniowa.com