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Inventive Gardens Part I

May 29-June 1

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Some Bugs Part 1

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Outdoor Detectives Part 1

June 11-15

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Survival Camp Part I

June 18-22

Day 1: Today our camp group got to know each other and brainstormed ideas for how we could survive outside! We knew we needed food, water and shelter.  The first thing we began building outside was our fort/shelter, which required us to work together to gather big sticks and move them to our shelter area. We want to make our fort waterproof, so we can stay outside it when it rains. We think it needs more sticks, and possibly vines, leaves and grasses- so we will keep working on it and then test its durability tomorrow! 

Day 2:  We couldn't wait to revisit our fort and test to see if it was waterproof!  We threw a bucket of water on it while several of our campers hid inside! Turns out its not quite ready to stay in during a rain storm, so we will think about how we can improve it further. 

Since we were already wet, it was the perfect time to move towards the creek. Using our explorer gear of net and buckets, we found some incredible animals that we learned were stonefly larva. We practiced skipping rocks and thought about different ways we could catch fish. We even made a fish trap with rocks and sand and we’ll see if we caught anything tomorrow! Some campers chose to explore the frog pond and though we didn’t catch anything in the pond we had to fish out a few shoes from the mud!

We finished up our morning by thinking about nature patterns and will look for some of the patterns in the outdoors throughout the week

Day 3: Today we explored the meadows of BH and thought about some of the alternative uses of plants- edible, medicinal and decorative. We read a Native American story about how the Osage people were given useful plants by the buffalo. We made “medicine bundles” that included sassafras leaves, beauty berry leaves, virginia pepperweed and jewel weed as well as some pretty flowers we found. We also thought about the areas we have explored and we made a group map of the preserve! We will be using it this week for a treasure hunt!

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Creek Week Part I

June 25-29

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Sketchy Nature: July 2-3,5-6

July 2-3,5-6

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Survival Camp Part II: July 9-13

July 9-13

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Creek Week Part II

July 16 - 20

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Some Bugs Part II

July 23-27

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Inventive Gardens Part II

July 30-August 3

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Outdoor Detectives Part II

August 6- 10

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