Nature Detectives

Monday began with a skype from a real marine biologist! Campers had the chance to ask all their ocean related questions. These ranged from “what’s your favorite animal” to “what’s an example of oceanic symbiosis”. They are all on their way to being ocean experts!

Next campers took some time to learn about different endangered animals. Then they had to find a way to raise awareness about their chosen animal through a poster or craft.

To further their endangered animal knowledge, campers also played a board game together. 
Finally, campers had the chance to make Vaquita windsocks. Vaquita are small porpoises found off the coast of California and there’s only 30 of them left! 
Tuesday campers learned all about how pollution affects our environment, especially when it comes to water. Campers began the day simulating a pipeline and learning about what happens when waste gets dumped in all at once. An example of this is when everyone goes to bathroom during halftime when the super bowl is on!
They also solved the mystery of the Cholera outbreak!
Later campers got to see to what happens to fish when pollution occurs. Freddie the Fish wasn’t looking too good by the end of it!
Finally, campers simulated an oil spill and had to figure out the best way to clean it up. Surprisingly kitty litter works pretty well!
Campers spent the day in the Arb on Wednesday! They played a game of camouflages, looked at trees, and spent time collecting things for their impressions on Thursday.
They also had a chance to make houses in the fairy garden!
Wednesday, campers learned all about plants! The leaves they picked up at the Arb were used to make clay impressions. 

They also identified unknown leaves by using dichotomous keys. 
Finally, they made their own wetland models that water can be poured on at home!
Friday, campers started the day off by painting their leaves.
They also spent some time on the third floor answering wildlife riddles.
More mysteries were solved in the carnivore crossroads game. Different footprint scenes were displayed and campers had to figure out what was happening!

Lastly, they role played being birds and found out how their lives were affected when different situations occurred. 
We had a lot of fun learning all about nature this week!