During July, you may have seen Mr. Dan walking the Gardens’ trails with several campers in tow, explaining their natural surroundings and the importance of conservation. Mr. Dan and the campers all would agree that everyone had fun and learned a lot!
Mr. Dan had help from his new assistant, Ms. Mary Margret, a recent graduate of the FMU Biology program, and they had help with arts and crafts from Ms. Mary, Mr. Chris, and Kimutai Chebii. Along with arts, crafts, and trail hikes, other activities for the groups included searching for and learning about insects, visiting the fish in the pond, learning about the water cycle while sampling ground water from our artesian well, and participating in fun games made from everyday materials.
The milk jug toss, which reuses empty milk jugs to catch a newspaper ball, and other “reuse” games inspired the campers to reuse items instead of throwing the items away. Mr. Dan was happily surprised that all grade levels realized where these items went after they made it to the trash-- the landfill! He was also delighted that the campers understood that we have limited space and should try our best to reduce what we put into the landfill.
There were a variety of other activities, including everyone’s favorite: snack time! Our week(s) ended with one final hike through the Gardens, counting fairy houses, then getting a refreshing drink from the artesian well. Once we returned to the Joslin Education Center, we cooled off with popsicles, and then Yuko Jewel taught us how to make beautiful origami art. After that, we had ice cream and field day activities, many of which were reused items turned into games.
For the “graduating class” of campers, rising 5th and 6th graders, Bryson Bowman’s Grandfather treated the group to a beautiful and delicious cake!
We are already gearing up for next year’s exciting camp, so remember that Week in the Wild Camps are offered every summer and fill rapidly. Mark your calendars now for open registration, which will be Monday, May 7, 2018. Open registration is always the first Monday in May. The dates for 2018 camps are July 9-13 for rising 1st & 2nd grade, July 16-20 for rising 3rd & 4th grade, and July 23-27 for rising 5th & 6th grade.