Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Conservation Camp - Back to the Basics - Day 2

Day Two:  Another perfectly gorgeous day, perfect for hiking in the woods. Our Wildlife/Forestry Specialist Levi Arnold, took the kids on a walk to show them the different plants and trees that grow in the woods and discuss wildlife habitat.
Longtime volunteer Dee Carter, retired science teacher, taught a class on basic soil information. As usual she made what might seem like a boring subject fun!
 The kids got to make an edible soil profile with marshmallows, Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, M&Ms, and as a final topping, gummy worms. Each item represented a different component of the soil profile: bedrock, subsoil, topsoil, humus & vegetation, and the decomposers that turn organic matter into rich soil fertilizers.
 Ag Resource Specialist Jason Tyrell taught a class on basic orienteering and then the kids took what they learned and used their compasses to build and use a scavenger hunt course.
 After a lunch break, the kids spread out and made all sorts of crafts. Anna Hodges and some youth volunteers brought the crafts and helped the kids make their treasures. Then it was off to the bus to ride home, with a new backpack full of booklets, puzzles, and other interesting handouts to take home and use to remind them of what they'd learned at camp. Whew! We were all tired - especially the adults.
A big thank you to our volunteer nurse, Kerry Linton, for her help both days.

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